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FIRST HORIZON PARK

First Horizon Park reminding us where we are -

First Horizon Park - Exterior

TEAM :::  GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS
LOCATION ::: GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
MY FIRST VISIT ::: MAY 16, 2006
OPPONENT :::  ASHEVILLE TOURISTS
LEVEL ::: SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE 'A'

Guilford, The Grasshoppers Mascot - Greensboro

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: B
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: B
MASCOT ::: B

First Horizon Park - From behind Home Plate

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

THe view from Center Field - Greensboro

IN 2005 THEY OPENED FIRST HORIZON PARK IN GREENSBORO. I WAS NEVER AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM BUT AFTER LOOKING AT THE ATTENDANCE NUMBERS OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE PEOPLE OF GREENSBORO REALLY LIKE THE NEW PARK.

Looking in from Left Field - Greensboro

ON MY FIRST VISIT TO FIRST HORIZON PARK, I FOUND MYSELF GETTING OFF THE INTERSTATE AND FOLLOWING THE SIGNS THAT SAID "DOWNTOWN BALLPARK". I THEN SAW THE LIGHT TOWERS AND HEADED TOWARDS THEM. AFTER PARKING I HEADED
TOWARDS THE NEW BRICK STADIUM THAT LOOKS VERY SHARP IN THE CITY.  TO MY SURPRISE, A TUESDAY NIGHT GAME IN MAY IN NORTH CAROLINA WAS EXPECTED TO
HAVE A LARGE CROWD, I DIDN'T THINK THERE REALLY WERE ANY LARGE CROWDS OUTSIDE OF DURHAM IN NC BUT I WAS PROVEN WRONG ON THIS NIGHT. THE PLACE LOOKED TO BE A NEAR SELL OUT!

THE PARK IS VERY SIMILAR TO ALL OF THE NEW PARKS GOING UP, A SPACIOUS CONCOURSE WITH A LARGE SOUVENIR STORE AT THE ENTRANCE. I WAS SURPRISED THAT IN THIS NEW PARK, YOU CANNOT CIRCLE THE PARK, A FEATURE I'VE COME TO ENJOY IN OTHER PARKS. DOWN THE RIGHT FIELD LINE YOU CAN GO AS FAR AS THE THE FOUL POLE WHERE A KIDS PLAYGROUND WILL END YOUR WALK.

A view of the Left Field Corner - Greensboro

WALKING TOWARDS LEFT FIELD THE BRIGHT CHROME OF THE LEFT FIELD BAR IMMEDIATELY GETS YOUR ATTENTION. ALL OF THE TABLES AND BAR STOOLS ARE A BRIGHT CHROME WHICH GIVES LEFT FIELD ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE LOOKS IN BASEBALL. BEYOND THE CORNER BAR IS A PICNIC AREA WHERE YOU CAN WALK AS
FAR AS CENTER FIELD.

The Bar in Left Field - Greensboro

THE PROBLEM I FOUND WITH THE BAR AREA WAS IT DID NOT SEEM TO HAVE A BASEBALL ATMOSPHERE. THE BAR AREA AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE PARK SEEMED LIKE A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GO AFTER WORK AND SOCIALIZE, NOT TO HAVE A
FEW BEERS AND TELL THE LEFT FIELDER WHAT YOU THINK OF HIM. THE BAR AREA WASN'T THE ONLY AREA THAT SUFFERED FROM THIS, IT SEEMED MOST FANS WERE THERE TO BE 'AT' THE NEW BALLPARK, NOT TO SEE A GAME. THE CONVERSATIONS
I OVERHEARD CONSISTED MORE OF "WHAT LEVEL IS THIS?"
 "DO THESE GUYS MAKE A LOT OF MONEY?"  AND MY FAVORITE ONE WHERE THE
GUY WAS ON THE PHONE
"HAVE YOU BEEN TO SEE THE PARK YET?"
 MORE OF THIS WAS PROVEN BY THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE STILL AROUND AFTER THE 6TH INNING.

Looking in from Right Field - Greensboro

A TRIP TO FIRST HORIZON PARK IS MORE OF A CORPORATE / FAMILY OUTING THAN A TRIP TO A GAME. THE GRASSHOPPERS HELP THAT ALONG BY HAVING PROMOTIONS BETWEEN EVERY INNING AND MAKING SURE ALL THE GROUP NAMES GET ON THE
BOARD. FROM WHAT I COULD SEE THOUGH, THEY ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT SO I GUESS IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT I THINK.
I WILL SAY THAT ALL OF THIS IS VERY EASY TO TAKE BECAUSE THE SEATS HERE ARE VERY COMFORTABLE. ALSO, AFTER USING THE REST ROOM, THE FAUCETS HERE MAY BE THE BEST I'VE EVER SEEN.

The Managers - Greensboro Grasshoppers -

THE MANAGERS
 
ASHEVILLE MANAGER :::
20 JOE MIKULIK

GREENSBORO MANAGER :::
15 BRANDON HYDE

ASHEVILLE TOURISTS

24 Dexter Fowler cf
2 Eric Young Jr. 2b
10 Phillip Cuadrado ss
32 Kyle Blumenthal dh
7 Daniel Carte rf
16 Travis Becktel lf
35 Christopher Cook 3b
9 Michael Paulk  1b
27 Nelson Robledo c
19 Xavier Cedeno p / LP

Warming up before the game - Greensboro

GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

12 Agustin Septimo ss
11 James Guerrero 2b
20 Jeff Van Houten dh
16 Gabriel Sanchez 1b
35 Kris Harvey rf
7 Jared Gaston lf
31 Jonathan Fulton 3b
10 Brett Hayes c
21 Greg Burns cf
28 Aaron Thompson p / WP

A very Dark picture of the scoreboard - Greensboro

ASHVL TOURISTS 000  101  000   2  6  2
GRASSHOPPERS  103 131   03x  12 17 2

TIME :::  2:31
ATTENDANCE 5,157
WEATHER : 67 COOL

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