Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park – Texas A&M Aggies

by | Nov 10, 2017 | Eric Moreno, NCAA Baseball |

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A Sweet Spot for the National Pastime in Aggieland!

To say that there is a buzz of excitement constantly hovering around the region of Texas colloquially known as Aggieland would be a bit of an understatement. Texas A&M’s move to the SEC in 2013 elevated the profile of every team, including the baseball program. Just before the conference move, the Aggies opened up one of the true jewels in college baseball, Blue Bell Park. The $24 million project was spearheaded by nearby Blue Bell Creameries, run by a former A&M alum.

Going hand-in-hand (or hand-in-glove, as it were), the Aggies have had tremendous success on the diamond over the years. The starting nine for A&M have made a trip to the NCAA Tournament numerous times since 1951, and have had six appearances in the College World Series. Consistently ranked as one of the best ball parks in college baseball, Blue Bell Park is highly deserving of its reputation. With its old-school red brick facade and state-of-the-art amenities, Blue Bell Park is truly a haven for baseball fans.

Food & Beverage   3

Fans attending games at Blue Bell Park won’t be blown away by the selection, but they will come away satisfied. There are several large concessions areas on the second-level concourse. There you can find Aggie Dogs, foot-long corn dogs, cheeseburgers, and barbecue sandwiches, as well as chips, candy, popcorn, pretzels, and sodas.

In addition to the main stands there are frozen lemonade stands, a McAlister’s Deli pop-up location offering their famous sweet tea, and multiple locations offer the eponymous Blue Bell Ice Cream (a true Texas staple). Double Dave’s Pizzaworks and Slovacek Sausage also have pared down menus available at the ballpark. A recent addition is a cart (also on the second concourse) offering funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos.

Again, while there is nothing outrageous along the lines of what could be found at any number of college baseball stadiums across the country, the menu at Blue Bell Park should have you covered, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

Atmosphere   5

Games at Blue Bell Park are as entertaining an experience as you will find in all of college baseball. The facilities are top notch, and the fans are enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

One of the main highlights is the P.A. announcer and the scoreboard operator; they are both truly on top of their game, and drop some really pot-on sound effects. For example, when an opposing player lost a ball in the sun, he was greeted playfully by the playing of ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses” and when the Aggie pitcher struck out an opposing batter, a video of Chuck Connors and the opening credits to The Rifleman were played.

However, for some truly spectacular baseball taunting – which is, after all, inherently part of the game – you will be hard-pressed not to enjoy the antics of the Aggie baseball die-hards the RAggies. These fans are merciless on opposing pitchers; their heckling is a true highlight for fans – unless you’re a fan of the opposing team, of course.

Neighborhood   3

Blue Bell Park is located in the heart of the Texas A&M Campus. It is in the shadow of Kyle Field and shares a parking lot with Reed Arena. If you come at the right time of the year, it might be possible to “double up” on a game at another one of the Aggies’ legendary facilities.

Also on campus is the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Built as a repository for the papers and artifacts of the 41st President of the United States, the facility is a must-visit for anyone interested in history.

When it comes to food and hotel options, there are not many choices. You will have to venture farther into College Station or nearby Bryan. If by chance you are interested in sampling the area’s nightlife, you can’t go wrong with the legendary Dixie Chicken; it is one of the most popular spots in town.

Fans   5

As previously mentioned, Aggie baseball fans – separate from the RAggies, even – are passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated. They cheer the home team, razz the opposing one, and are tuned in to the action for the entire game. Before the game, you can find them tailgating in the parking areas by the hundreds.

Last season, the Aggies ranked in the top 10 average and total home game attendance in NCAA Division I. At Blue Bell Park you can expect large crowds dressed in all manner of maroon and white, and can expect them to be vocal all the way from the pre-game festivities to the closing singing of the alma mater.

Access   4

Located on the campus of Texas A&M, Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park is located on Olsen Boulevard off of George Bush Way. Since it is located right behind Kyle Field, you can’t miss the ballpark. There is ample parking near Reed Arena, but the lots directly near the ball park fill up fast – remember the hundreds of tailgaters previously mentioned.

College Station itself is about an hour and a half from Houston, and just under three hours from San Antonio. Traffic won’t be an issue until you get close to the ball park.

Return on Investment   4

Single game tickets for most home games can be purchased for around $12. Parking in lots around the ball park can be had for $5, and you can get a pretty good meal (a hot dog and a large soda) for $10. Altogether, this is a great bargain to see one of the best college baseball programs in the country.

Extras   3

The P.A. announcer, the scoreboard operator, and the RAggies all add to the game experience at Blue Bell Park. However, the baseball program lacks some of the other gravitas that can be found at Aggie football games. For example, there is no mascot, no Corps of Cadets, no student body standing up for the entire game. However, there is a playground for kids along the right field foul line. Also, there is one great extra to be found – for every Sunday home game, kids get to run the bases at Blue Bell Park. Nothing grows fans more than the chance to interact with the game on a level like that.

Final Thoughts

Blue Bell Park is truly a beautiful facility. It’s red brick facade, real grass, and clean sight lines make it a truly great venue for college baseball. Aggieland is also a special place for college athletics. If you are in this part of Texas you should attend a game, and if you are a fan of baseball at any level, you need to add this to your must-visit list.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Dixie Chicken

307 University Dr

College Station, TX 77840

(979) 846-2322

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Burger Boy

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Entertainment Recommendations

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

1000 George Bush Drive West

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(979) 691-4000

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Museum of the American GI

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Lodging Recommendations

 

Hampton Inn College Station

320 Texas Ave S

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(979) 846-0184

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Four Points by Sheraton College Station

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Stadium Info

Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park
301 Olsen Boulevard
College Station, TX 77843

Texas A&M Aggies website

Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park website

Year Opened: 1978

Capacity: 6,100

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