My First Smokies Baseball Game
I am not a huge sports fan and anyone that knows me is well aware of this. I am sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that I am severely athletically challenged and my attention span is very small. I get very antsy sitting at sporting events because I think of all the other things I could be doing. I can watch games on television because I multitask. However, I was excited when I received an invite to a Yelp Event to Smokies Baseball Game last week. Although I am not a huge sports fan, I could not pass up the chance to attend my first Smokies game and I love attending Yelp events. (Side Note for those unfamiliar with Yelp. Yelp is an online review site that allows people to review places they visit. Elite members get invited to events in exchange for their reviews and feedback. I am new to our Elite community and love meeting people in our area.)
The weather looked suspicious as we headed out to the game (my husband was also attending) but after a brief rain shower the clouds cleared up and we arrived in time to see the tarp pulled back from the field. The Smokies are the proud Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The Smokies Stadium is small compared to the major league stadiums I have been in but I love the hometown feel that it evokes.
We had Clubhouse seats and I loved that you could see the whole field and park from that level. There was indoor and outdoor seating which was great because their was a chill in the air. The clubhouse provides some food and beverages (soda, water and tea) in the cost of your ticket. Alcoholic drinks are extra and so are any additional food. The only disappointment to the night was the food that was served. They went with fried rice, teriyaki chicken, and vegetables. It was all cooked from frozen and you could tell that in the taste. No one was a huge fan of the food and wished they had stuck with traditional ballpark fare. They did have plain hot dogs, cookies and popcorn so all was not lost.
Being as the park was smaller, I felt more connected to the game and noticed it held my attention better than other events I had attended. On a positive note, the Smokies did win the game against Birmingham and the rain held out until the game had ended. The “Selfie” picture above I had shared on Twitter and we got to see it on the Big Screen when they shared it along with other images with the #SmokiesSelfie Hashtag.
I have already asked my husband if we could come back again this summer. Prices are reasonable for tickets and cost about the same price as a movie ticket. They offer regular seating and bleacher seating plus you can even get Berm seating where you can bring a blanket and relax on the grass. For families they offer an “alcohol free” zone which is great when you are with little ones and don’t want them surrounded by people drinking alcohol.
A Smokies Baseball Game is the perfect place to take a family for an afternoon or evening of fun. If you are coming with a group they have a variety of options besides the clubhouse including outdoor patio areas and more. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the game but I left knowing that it going on my list of “must visit” places for people visiting the area. I am already making plans to take our daughter for her Smokies baseball game and see many games in our future.
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