Boomers Stadium – Schaumburg Boomers
A Booming Ballpark in Schaumburg
Boomers Stadium opened in 1999 as Alexian as the home of the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League. In 2011, the Flyers folded due to financial difficulties and the Schaumburg Boomers began to play the following season. The Schaumburg Boomers are a member of the independent Frontier League.
According to the team’s official website, Boomer Stadium has a capacity of 7,365 with 16 luxury suites, 200 outfield bleacher seats, and an additional 900 fans can be accommodated in the lawn area along both foul lines. The Schaumburg Club located on the first base side of the suite level features restaurant style seating complete with a full bar and glass-enclosed viewing of the game and is also available for private parties and banquets year round.
Salvi Sports Enterprises owns the Schaumburg Boomers as well as the Gary Southshore Railcats (American Association) and the North Shore Navigators (Futures Collegiate Baseball League). The Boomers have three Frontier League championships in 2012, 2013, and 2017.
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Overall the food is quite good. There is the usual ballpark food of pizza, made by local Frato’s for $4. The best food choice might be Ben’s Soft Pretzel ($5) and $1 more for a dipping cup of vanilla icing or cheese dip–they are heaven in a wrapper.
There are three different mac & cheese creations this 2018 season for $8 which are very filling. Lastly, they have the walking taco for $8. Beer options range from Miller Lite, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Leinenkugel’s and Lagunitas ($6-$7). Pepsi products are the soft drink of choice at the ballpark.
The ballpark is like any other park built during its time of construction, there is nothing too special about, but it is a good place to see a game. The park has been recently painted to reflect the Boomers colors or orange and black. However, the best thing about the seating area is that there are cup holders at each seat.
There are two grass berms along the foul line from just past the dugout to near the outfield wall. However, the bad thing about the park is you can’t walk around it, one can only walk from foul pole to foul pole.
There is Party Deck in left field that is rarely used for private parties of up to 80 for $25 each which includes hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork, brats, pasta salad, ice cream sandwiches and soda or water (domestic draft beer is available for $2). When there are no parties anyone can sit there since there are some tables with umbrellas. It is a nice place to view the game but no concessions are in the area.
There is plenty of handicapped seating areas, which the Boomer provide steel folding chairs. A lot of the seating is covered by the overhead suites which is nice if it rains or you want some shade.
The scoreboard which was replaced in 2012 has the usual features, a video screen that shows up to the minute current players’ stats. The ballpark has the same dimensions (353 feet down the right field line and 355 feet down the left field line) and “wells” in left and right field at Wrigley Field and was originally billed as a “mini Wrigley Field.”
The kids’ area, which is behind the party deck is basic with a bouncy house and a few other features. If you are with the kids, you might miss the game since the area will entertain them. There is a speed pitch there by the third base entrance.
Between innings promotions are the usual minor league stuff especially since everyone has a video board that features a Kiss Cam, Smile Cam, etc. However, the Boomers have a race that pits three contestants picked from the crowd dressed as Repellent, Sunscreen, or Shaving Cream canisters. They race from the right field foul pole to near home plate.
As for the neighborhood, the park is surrounded by residential housing, parking lots and a Metra train station. The Schaumburg Regional Airport is nearby, so, during a game, you will regularly see small planes and helicopters going over the stadium. The Woodfield Mall with adjoining big box stores and a bunch of restaurants is about 15 minutes from the ballpark.
If you are looking for a restaurant close to the park, two recommendations would be Pilot Pete’s which is an aeronautical themed bar and restaurant and Sammy’s Mexican Restaurant, both are approximately five minutes from the park. The food quality at both establishments is good with reasonable prices. A local bar named Rookies is opening soon that will provide pub food and craft beer selections.
Since the Salvi group has taken over the Boomers average a little over 3400 a game and has been at or near the top for attendance in the Frontier League. However, on Saturdays, they will draw about 4,000 to 6,000 due to fireworks after the game. As with every Frontier League crowd, there are a few fans that are really into the team and game, and there are others who are just there to socialize with family and friends.
Overall, the access to the stadium is excellent since the park is located off the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway (I-390). It should be noted that the parking is free, but on crowded days (usually Saturdays) it will take a while to get out of the lot. Also, there is a Metra train station one block from the stadium.
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Reserve seats will cost $11, lawn seats are $8, and expect to pay $1 more on game day at the gate. A screen is in front of the seats in sections E-K (dugout to dugout) to protect fans from foul balls.
The Boomers are named for an endangered bird that is native to Illinois known as the Great Prairie Chicken. They can be found in greater abundance in the Dakotas, but at one time were prevalent in this area and nicknamed “boomers” because of the loud noise and dance they make during mating season.
Coop the Boomer, the team’s mascot, is out amongst the fans and on the field quite a bit and is popular with the kids. Coop is present throughout the game on the field and concourse.
Finally, an extra point for the field since Roger Bossard, the “Sodfather” the long-time groundskeeper of the Chicago White Sox, installed a new playing surface in October 2011.
The Schaumburg Boomers experience is noticeably better than the Schaumburg Flyers experience from several seasons ago. Hopefully, the Boomers keep up their good work and continue their winning ways and perhaps attract capacity crowds to Boomer Stadium.
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905 W Irving Park Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60193
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