Coca Cola Park - Allentown, PA

A Fan's Review

Coca Cola Park is the home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

This ballpark looks and feels exactly like what it is - a brand new baseball venue. Seating around ten thousand, the ballpark is a two-tiered stadium with 75% (estimating) of the seating on the lower level. I could not find an obstructed view - although access to the upper grandstand is restricted to those holding tickets for that level.I found this limitation somewhat offensive since part of the fun of visiting ballparks - at least for me is to sample views of the game from the entire ballpark.

Parking is ample and costs $3. Gates officially open 75 minutes before game time, although they were open well before that tonight. The main gate entrance is located in right field. Entry into the ballpark is marked by a vast open area and a view of the entire outfield. You can walk completely around the ballpark - from inside (nice touch). In left center field, there's a grassy knoll that gets filled up quickly by family picnicers and sun lovers.

The main concourse is reasonably wide and there was little if any traffic congestion around the concession stands. Another plus is the amount of leg room from your seat to the next row - probably the most I've ever seen. Food is priced reasonably (for ballpark prices) and meets the standard fare of menu choices. In a bow to the Phildelphia Phillies (the parent club), Philadelphia Cheese Steaks are available - and quite tasty.

Like nearly all minor league franchises, the Ironpigs accent family and kids. In left field is a Kid's Zone and between innings there is the usual assortment of games and on the field activity. Following the game, fireworks filled the sky for nearly twenty minutes.

Nice ballpark - fan friendly - clean - a good time!

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