Rivets Stadium – Rockford Rivets
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A Riveting Good Time in Rockford
The original tenants of Rivets Stadium were the Frontier League’s Rockford Riverhawks who played from 2002 to 2009. The team then moved to the Northern League in 2010, but were back in the Frontier League the next season until 2012. In 2013, the ball club was rebranded as the Aviators and would continue play until 2015.
Things changed when the Northwoods League announced that Rockford Baseball Properties, LLC had purchased the ballpark and would field a team in the league to begin play in the 2016 season as the Rivets. The collegiate wood bat league houses a majority of its teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin and the Rockford location was an ideal fit for the league. The name Rivets was selected based upon Rockford’s history of screw and rivets manufacturing.
Rockford had been home to affiliated minor league baseball from 1988 to 1999 in the Single-A Midwest League at Marinelli Field, which is still located in Blackhawk Park.
Food & Beverage 2
There are two concession stands with the usual ballpark fare of hot dogs, brats, burgers, corn dog nuggets and chicken sandwiches. However, there are good appetizers like nachos, cheese curds and soft pretzels. The food items are reasonably priced and no item is more than $6. The lines at the food concessions moved quickly. The condiment selection here is basic, ketchup, three types of mustard, sauerkraut, onions, relish and jalapenos.
On certain games during the year they have an “all you can eat” ticket plan for $25 a ticket.
Miller and Coors products are featured at the ballpark along with a selection of local craft beers. A domestic beer is reasonably priced at $5 a can. Inside the 815 Club, the full-service bar offers hard liquor drinks and wine.
All the workers here are friendly and provide good service. There is no outside food besides peanuts allowed in the park. If need be, you can leave the park and go to your car; you just have to show your ticket.
The exterior of the park is a gray brick exterior with an arched entryway which looks real nice as you are entering the park. There are only 10 rows to the seating area making every seat close; however, they are not tilted toward home plate. In addition, there are no sky boxes or an upper deck seating in the ballpark. There is a press box in a small building behind home plate along the concourse.
On the third base side concourse there is an all-you-can-eat pavilion and a collection of picnic tables under tents. Near the right field fence is a picnic area with a bar that is accessible to the public; these seats are ideal, especially after the sun goes down and close to the opposing team’s bullpen. Unfortunately the ballpark does not feature any covering over the seats and does not feature a wraparound concourse.
The team store is rather small but offers a collection of team merchandise featuring the Rivets logo on caps, jerseys, t-shirts, and equipment. One unusual feature is that there is only one men’s and one women’s restroom, but both are large enough to accommodate fans in attendance.
There is a kids area with a bouncy house and inflatable slides that is all concrete. There is no grass area within the park. Along the lines on the field are bare concrete walls that could use a touch of paint. And on this particular night the video portion of the scoreboard was not working.
The park was built in an empty field off the interstate with almost nothing in its vicinity. Currently, the only thing around the park is the YMCA, an industrial park, and a newly constructed hospital. Within about five minutes from the park are a few chain restaurants like Famous Dave’s and Culvers. There is an Sam’s Ristorante (Italian) and Pho Square Vietnamese Restaurant which are recommended before or after the game.
A lot of the fans that attend games are friendly and know a lot about the team. The Rivets average about 1,000 people a game. Of course the weekend games are better attended than weekday games. The mix of fans are the same as any other ballparks, families, people who are really into baseball, and others who just like to hang out and catch up with friends and colleagues.
The stadium was built in a field and is located right off of I-90 (IL 39) north of Rockford. It is $5 to park at the stadium but a portion of the proceeds go to a local charity.
Return on Investment 3
Attendance at Rivets game is definitely worth the price and time. The price of a ticket is either $8 or $10. The team does offer a deal that includes a hot dog, chips, and soda for either $13 or $15 included in the price of a ticket. Rivets Stadium is an average ballpark in design and fans are treated with cheap tickets and some decent collegiate league ball during the summer months.
The park gets an extra star because of the right field picnic area.
This ballpark is nice especially for a collegiate level team. The Rivets provide well played baseball and the ballpark is located directly off the interstate, close to other ballparks up north in Beloit and Madison, Wisconsin. Chances are your travels will take you pass it one day; it is definitely worth checking out during your travels.
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