Ballpark Review: Pohlman Field-Beloit, WI

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beloit2.JPGIf you’re looking for the most modern and technological ballpark, then Pohlman Field isn’t for you. In fact it’s not even a stadium, but actually just a field. It looks like any field in a residential area across the country with a fence around. I do, however, recommend this ballpark. It’s simplicity screams old-fashioned baseball and the fans who are diehards make it a trip worth taking.

As I stated before, the park is located in a residential area. I believe it is also community owned and ran. The parking was free, but there was on a handful of parking spaces, which makes me believe most of the fans probably walk to the game from their homes in the neighborhood. Both the souvenir shop and the concession stand are located beneath the grand stand. The shop wasn’t real big, but had a decent selection of memorabilia. They put another concession stand on a porch down the right field side, which is really nice and has a good selection of food. On the left field side, they built the Hooters Party Deck where you can watch the game, eat and drink for one low price. Unfortunately, no Hooters girls were present, or that’s probably where I would have spent most of my time. Most of the seating was metal benches, so not real comfortable. Some stadium seat are right behind home plate, but not a great view of the action from there.

The fans, like many from Wisconsin, were all very nice. The Whitecaps had beat the Snappers for the 2007 Midwest League title, so I wasn’t sure how I’d be received with my ‘Caps jacket and hat, and so one. No one really cared, and were very welcoming. We had the pleasure of meeting ‘Kaptain K’, who is a diehard fan that sits behind the Snappers dugout and puts the ‘K’ signs up for strikeouts. He showed us around the park and let us know what prospects to look out for. He was a great ambassador for his team and a class act. They had some other colorful fans, like the bug guy with the tuba, and the older lady and her cow bell.

My trip there in 2008 was a truly unique experience that I’ll never forget. Pohlman Field is a throw back to the older days of baseball that any baseball fan would really enjoy.

The ballpark was built-in 1982, and also hosts the local high school and American Legion teams.

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Again, thanks for the unique view of our game across the country. I really enjoy reading about these minor league parks. Makes me wanna make a road trip!
–Jeff
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I agree with Jeff. Your post made me want to hit the road and visit minor league parks across the country. Glad I came to your blog.

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Hello, Michael David, my name is Greg. I saw your URL on another blog, and I am glad I checked you out. I like your premise, not only visiting as many ballparks as you can but the minor league parks in particular. I am a Marquette Univ. grad, so Beloit was particularly of interest. I noticed with interest, also, your link to the Savannah Sand Gnats, as they are a “rival” of ours in Asheville, NC, where we host the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies affiliate). Perhaps you’ll be able to visit us at McCormick Field sometime. We don’t have the greatest facilities, but it is baseball, and we enjoy it! I happen to be a Red Sox fan, so I get to see our Single-A affiliate from time to time also (in Greenville, SC, the Greenville Drive). Hosting the Rockies team (in what is otherwise “Braves country”) and rooting for the Red Sox made the 07 World Series interesting! ;) Anyway, I certainly enjoyed the entry and the links, and one of these days, perhaps Asheville will be your road trip! ;) Take care, Michael David. Thanks!

Jeff-Wisconsin makes a nice trip from Michigan. All the teams over there are a good time, and they really know how to tailgate before the game.
Jane-thanks for stopping by, and I hope you check in again soon. The summer will provide me with some memorable trips.
Greg-thanks for checking my site out, too. As I stated to Jeff, I really enjoyed my trips to Wisconsin. North Carolina is definately on my ‘to do’ list with all of the teams down there. Enough to keep me very busy.

Wisconsin = Sauuuuuuusage. Great sausage. Enough to keep me goin’ back. (I detest their football though)
–Jeff

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