Initial Visit: August 18th, 2014
Description: Play ball!
First and foremost, I am not a baseball fan. I don’t dislike the game. I just find it too slow for my attention span. Now, if you put me in a situation where I am watching a game in person, then we can talk. Which is what happened on this very night.
My job was giving away free Peoria Chiefs baseball tickets. I snagged some for a friend but they ended up not being able to go. So, what was I going to do with 4 free tickets to a baseball game? Why not use them myself? It did take some convincing and bugging of my friends to get them to go as none of us are sports fans. We may not be in to sports but we are in to adventures.
This was my first time at Dozer Park but I had been to this stadium once or twice as a kid to watch a baseball game. I remember sitting here for a baseball game in 5th grade, I think, while wearing black shorts in the summer sun. My legs did not appreciate that one bit. Luckily there was no repeat of that as the sun was setting as the game got started. Actually, now that I am looking at the Wikipedia page, this stadium was not the same one I visited as a kid. It appears this was a new one built around 2002 (I would’ve been in high school at this point). I’ll leave this in as a small anecdote. 🙂
The baseball game was baseball-y. But the stadium itself was actually really nice. Since it was built fairly recently, everything still had an updated and modern feeling to it. There were concession stands located throughout the area where you can purchase your overpriced pretzels and waters. The only real negative I have to say about Dozer Park is the parking situation. From what I could gather, you either take a chance of parking along the street or find a parking spot somewhere else and walk to the stadium. I believe there is a small parking lot nearby but do not quote me on that as I’ve only ever parked along the road when I’ve been here. (Only other time I was here was for beerfest, so I was more a passenger, but still took notice.)
Honestly, the ticket prices are cheap enough that incorporating a baseball game or two during the summer is a good way to get out and enjoy life. Who knows, maybe you’ll catch a ball, win a t-shirt from a t-shirt cannon or meet the mascot.
730 SW Jefferson Ave
Peoria, IL 61605