Saturday, June 14, 2014

Zephyr Field - New Orleans, LA - Pacific Coast League

Posted by William Lee Coleman III | Saturday, June 14, 2014 | Category: |

With this ballpark trip, I decided to drive to New Orleans and try to to get Javier Beaz on some cards.  The history of the Zephyrs is vast and my cliff note version of baseball involving the Zephyrs goes like this:  The Miami Marlins are entering their 6th season of affiliation with the New Orleans Zephyrs and the Zephyrs arrived in New Orleans from Denver in 1993. During there time in New Orleans, the Zeps have been affiliated with the Brewers, Astros, and the Nationals while playing in the Pacific Coast League. Maestri Field for four years and then moved to Zephyr Field in 1997. I decided to switch my writing format to appeal more to the person just going to watch a game with me commenting on the pictures.

Random Tidbit:  The Zephres mascot, Boudreaux D. Nutria, is a hybrid creation including the features of a bear, dog, manatee, and walrus. Try explaining that to a four year old.

Stadium Grade: B

Good concessions and simple layout. If I have to watch AAA baseball, I prefer a stadium like this.

The most interesting thing about the stadiums location is how close it is to the Saints and Pelicans practice facilities.

Zephyr Field is a 10,000 seat stadium

This place serves some awesome BBQ Nachos.

The highlight of the stadium is the concessions.

Concourse offers a lot of walking space

Distractions like this in stadiums annoy me.

Gift Shop was closed on my visit

There is a lot of green space behind the stadium.

Its a very simple stadium.

I never actually seen anybody swimming in the pool on any of my visits.

I had locals tell me they call the stadium the "The Shrine On Airline"

Nothing wrong with a good functioning scoreboard.

Sadly, the concourse is not a wraparound concourse.

The background to Zephyr stadium gets boring very quickly.

The best view in the stadium.

Zephyr Field offers a ton of shade.

View from my seat.

No surprise to see a party shack in New Orleans.

I heckled Christian Villanueva for the last two innings of the game.

These arrived minutes before gates opened for a craw-fish boil that was being hosted on the party deck.

The highlight of the trip was Iowa Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin throwing a no-hitter. This was my first no-hitter in person and I got Mr. Rusin to sign my ticket stub.

This stadium is a easy drive from my house that I should add it into my monthly stadium rotation but the trip is very boring to do alone. The addition of Biloxi next year in the Southern League should make this trip more routine. I could not take a lot of pictures due to some of the seating sections being blocked off due to the School Day promotions.  I will be back later on this season with the intention being to take more pictures and get a second round of BBQ Nachos.

Currently have 3 comments:

  1. I'm a Biloxi Shuckers fan heading to Zephyr Stadium tomorrow & Tuesday (6/6-6/7 2016) to watch the Sky Sox play NOLA. The Sky Sox as you know are AAA for Milwaukee & the Shuckers are their AA team. I'd like to get some autographs from some former Shuckers. What's your opinion on which end of the dugout is best for pre-game OR post game autographs? Looks like they come outta the tunnel on the far end of the dugout however, they get on the field (to bat) up by the on deck circle.
    Where would you suggest I "hang out" before the game for signatures? It looks like ALL KINDS of seats are available for these games right behind on deck circle - I'm thinking of buying a ticket for there & enjoying "front row" for the games!!
    Any suggestions?! THANK YOU!

  2. You can graph after the game on both sides of the stadium. Visiting team is on third base side and home team on first base side. Your going to want to graph pre game for both teams on the side of the dugouts closest to the outfield. Seat location doesn't really matter at this stadium.

  3. AWESOME, Mr. Coleman...Thank You very much!!

    Last question (I promise) ... The Shuckers hardly ever allow us in for batting practice... do the Zephyrs? Maybe Triple-A is like the Majors & they let you in a couple of hours before the game to watch BP & get graphs.

    Thanks again & I look forward to hearing from you.​