Venue Review: Bellizzi Stadium, Albany, NY, Albany Dutchmen

Today I stopped by Bellizzi Stadium in Albany, NY to check out a few innings of an Albany Dutchmen game.

The Albany Dutchmen play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, a summer league for college players. Many of the players come from the Albany, and upstate New York.

Bellizzi Stadium is located in Albany, NY and is part of the Plumeri Athletic Fields for The College of Saint Rose. Adjacent to the baseball stadium is a lacrosse field, and softball field.

The stadium is extremely easy to find, and parking was sufficient for a college baseball field. Parking was also located right next to the stadium. Tickets were extremely affordable at $5.00 for an adult ticket, and $3.00 for children. There is no advance ticket purchase for the Dutchmen, so it comes on a first come, come first serve basis (I highly doubt there games sell out).

The overall layout of the field was nice, but the viewing area was limited to right behind home plate, with three sets of bleachers. One set closer to the home dugout, one closer to the visitors dugout, and one right behind home plate where the press box was. The stands were made out of aluminum, which was extremely uncomfortable to sit on. Also, their was a net around the whole back stock, which made it difficult to take pictures through the netting.
Concessions were affordable, and were located in the middle of  the complex, only a short walk from the field.

Players are extremely accessible as they walk around behind the bleachers prior to and after the game. It's extremely easy to get an autograph, or have a chat with one of them.

Overall, the atmosphere of the game was somewhere between a college and minor league game. I'd recommend going to games if want to watch raw baseball, and have a good time without the pageantry of minor league baseball. 

Here are the pictures of the game I attended, which was the end of a make game from July 12th against Cooperstown.



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