Calvin Falwell Field – Lynchburg Hillcats
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Minor League Baseball in the Virginia Hill Country
Calvin Falwell Field opened in 1939 as a venue for use by professional baseball teams. Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, the stadium has been used by affiliate teams for 11 major league baseball clubs, including the Lynchburg Hillcats, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians since 2015. The ballpark currently has a capacity of 4,281.
Calvin Falwell Field is located next to Lynchburg City Stadium, a football venue that seats 9,000, which is currently used by the Lynchburg City Public Schools. It was also used by the Liberty Flames football team until 1989 (NCAA).
Food & Beverage 5
Calvin Falwell Field has a great selection of food and beverage options for such a small stadium. Hot dogs, corn dogs, burgers, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, pizza, pulled pork, brats, Italian sausage, and grilled chicken salad are all available at prices ranging from $3 to $8.50, including kid’s meals for $4. Numerous snack items are also available including nachos, peanuts, Cracker Jack, chips, French fries, mac ‘n cheese bites, pretzels, and Little Caesars crazy bread ($3 to $5).
If you find yourself craving something sweet, Calvin Falwell Field also offers many different dessert items, including Oreo churros, several ice cream selections, and assorted types of candy ($2 to $5).
Drink items are equally numerous, with selections including bottled water, fountain soda, Gatorade, Rockstar energy drinks, hot chocolate, several coffee choices, including cappuccino, and even beer and wine. Beer starts at $5, wine starts at $6, and non-alcoholic drinks run $2 to $4.
Calvin Falwell Field has comfortable seating, with wide chair back seats in the section behind home plate, and in the first few rows along the first and third baselines (most of the seats along the baselines are metal bleachers). Most of the section behind home plate is covered by a roof, so you will be protected from the sun (or rain) if you choose to sit there, which is actually the general admission section (unlike most sports venues where general admission would be the “worse” seats).
The scoreboard at Calvin Falwell Field is pretty basic, and does not include a video board, and the in-game activities between innings are pretty standard.
There is not a lot to do in the immediate vicinity of Calvin Falwell Field, though the region offers plenty, such as Appomattox Court House National Park and the National D-Day Memorial both within a 30-minute drive. Less than a mile from the baseball field, though, is Fort Early, a Civil War-era battlefield with a couple of monuments, and you can also visit Amazement Square (a children’s museum) in downtown Lynchburg.
Downtown is also the place to be if you are looking for a bite to eat while visiting – Depot Grille and Market on Main are both great choices. And if you are looking for a place to stay while in the area, most of the hotels near downtown are bed and breakfasts, but there are a slew of national chains southwest on Highway 29 near Liberty University, including a Hilton Garden Inn and a Fairfield Inn & Suites.
This 2018 season the Lynchburg Hillcats are averaging only about 1,300 fans per game, with Sundays tending be the least attended. This level of attendance doesn’t lend itself to much crowd noise, although it does make it really easy to park and to get around the stadium.
Getting to Calvin Falwell Field is not hard, per se, since there isn’t a lot of traffic in the area, but the venue does feel like it is a bit out in the middle of nowhere, so you won’t be able to use Interstates for much of your trip, meaning you will hit a lot of stoplights on your way in and out of town. The stadium does have some free parking on site, however, which is nice, in addition to some reserved parking slightly closer to the front entrance for about $6 per vehicle.
Moving around the concourse is easy, thanks in part to the small crowd size, and there are no lines to speak of. The only downside really is that the parking lot is not that well kept up – on one recent visit, I ended up ruining a pair of sneakers, due to the summer heat being so bad it melted some of the asphalt.
Return on Investment 3
Tickets to Lynchburg Hillcats games start at only $6, which is a pretty good deal, and is in line with other minor league parks in the vicinity. Free parking is also a plus, and the concessions prices are reasonable, albeit coming in at a slightly higher price point perhaps than similar venues. The only downside is the out of the way location, so depending on where you live, you may be able to find a baseball game that is a little easier to get to.
The Lynchburg Hillcats have a great logo, with nice bright colors, and there is a huge play area for the kids inside the park. Also, the staff does a lot of great promotions throughout the year.
The Lynchburg Hillcats currently compete in the Carolina League, and have the 2nd-lowest attendance in the league so far this 2018 season. That said, there are other parks nearby you could visit with bigger crowds and better amenities. But if you do find yourself at Calvin Falwell Field for a game, you will certainly have a decent time.
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3511 Memorial Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Hilton Garden Inn Lynchburg
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Lynchburg, VA 24502
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