This site was the home of both LeLacheur Park and Laurier Park. Scroll down to read about Laurier Park.
|Team: Lowell Spinners||Affiliate: Boston Red Sox|
|League: New York - Penn League||Dimensions: LF 337 CF 400 RF 302|
|Surface: grass||Year Built: 1998|
|Capacity: 5,000 (with standing room)||Cost: $13 million|
If I needed to give this stadium a nickname, it would be "The Great Disappointer". The stadium is located next to UMass Lowell, home of the River Hawks. The stadium is located in a revitalized warehouse district. Even though it was built in 1998, it blends in with the environment. You walk up the stairs an look around, everything is nicely designed and made of brick. You can see the Merrimack River over the left field wall and the rustic looking Aiken Street Bridge over right. Then you get let down. You see very long lines at all the concession booths. As you wait in line, you realize that there is no covering if it starts to rain. I mean none, not even the concourse is covered. Also, the seats are rather small and the seating bowl is aluminum, which makes it feel cheap. Then to add to the cheap feeling, the scoreboard has pretty much no video capabilities and poor resolution. The sound system is terrible. It feels almost like half a baseball stadium.
Edward A. LeLacheur was the legislature that basically got this park for both the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Spinners, originally from Elmira, NY.
When the Elmira team first moved to Lowell, they were playing at Alumni Field, a high school stadium on the Chelmsford line.
One of the good things about the stadium is that if they did want to expand the park, which someday could become a possibility since they sell out every game, it wouldn't be that hard to rip out the seating bowl to add more seats and there is also room for bleacher seating.
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