Roadrunner Field – UTSA Roadrunners

by | Nov 6, 2017 | Eric Moreno, NCAA Baseball |

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The Bird Bath – Home of the Roadrunners

The University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) is located on the far northwest side of the city. The campus takes on the characteristics of the former ranch land it once inhabited, with limestone buildings and clusters of live oak trees; this ruggedness has been embodied by the school’s still fledgling athletic program.

The Roadrunners baseball team has experienced a fair amount of success in their relatively short history. The team has won their conference title multiple times (in the Southland, the WAC, and recently in Conference USA), and have had a few players earn All-American honors. The Roadrunners currently play at Roadrunner Field.

Affectionately known as “The Bird Bath”, Roadrunner Field was literally carved out of the scrub brush and cacti that formerly inhabited the land. Live oaks are still part of the landscape, and they dot the parking lot and walk-up area outside the park. With a capacity of less than 1,000, the word “intimate” best describes the facility. However, Roadrunner Field is not without its own charms.

Food & Beverage   2

One area where Roadrunner Field is definitely lacking compared to other Division I facilities is in the concessions offered. Near the front entrance, underneath the center bleachers, is a food trailer. Its menu consists of nearly all the traditional ballpark fare: hot dogs, chips, candy, sunflower seeds, and bottled sodas.

A recent addition to the concessions stand is domestic beer; at $6 per bottle this is by far the highest priced item on the menu. While the menu is limited, it is definitely affordable. One thing to be aware of, however, is that the concessions are cash only.
One thing to note, though, is that you can bring in your own food in coolers (minus alcohol), and there is also an abundance of restaurant options nearby, which will be discussed shortly.

Atmosphere   2

As could be expected, you aren’t going to find an overly boisterous crowd at Roadrunner baseball games; the capacity simply doesn’t allow for that. However, those fans that do show up are vocal, knowledgeable, and passionate, and they show up in the low hundreds for most games (even during the week).

Seating consists of three sections of bleachers – one behind home plate and one along each dugout line; seating options includes stadium style seating (i.e. metal benches), as well as molded seats. The students, in particular, show up by the dozen; they sit in the bleachers and on picnic tables set up just behind the right field line. A hill overlooks part of the area, and that hill is home to the student section (who are known as “The Dirty Birds” ) – they even have their own banner.

Diehard fans bring in their own camping chairs and line the left field line. You will find nearly everyone (on the home side, at least) bedecked in the orange and blue of the home team, and you won’t be able to help but chuckle at the P.A. sound drops that occur in-between pitches, and prior to the players’ walk-up music.

Neighborhood   3

Roadrunner Field is literally on campus at UTSA, and there is even student housing beyond the left and center field walls; behind right field are the intramural and recreational fields. Student parking doubles as game day parking, and the field is surrounded by campus buildings and additional student housing. As such, there is not much to do in the immediate area.

However, just a few minutes away are enough attractions (dining and entertainment) to keep anyone satisfied. When it comes to dining, out on Loop 1604 is the holy trinity of South Texas fast food options: Whataburger, Taco Cabana, and Bill Miller Bar-B-Q. All three are excellent (and relatively inexpensive) pre or post-game dining choices.

In terms of shopping options, there are the Shops at La Cantera, a mix of high-end and family-friendly stores and chain restaurants. Last, but not least, is one of San Antonio’s premiere attractions: Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The massive theme park is visible from the UTSA campus, and is open for virtually all of baseball season.

Fans   2

The fans that come out to games, as mentioned before, are completely into the game and completely behind the home team. The size of the facility doesn’t allow for massive crowds, and midweek games don’t necessarily draw huge numbers. However, the students show up in good numbers, and there is plenty of orange and blue to be found in the stands, and in seats along the foul lines.

Access   3

It is very easy to get to Roadrunner Field, as it is on the campus of UTSA, near both Loop 1604 and I-10. From either freeway, you can wind your way through campus to get to the field.

Despite sharing parking with the dorms and students attending class, there is plenty of parking for games – as a bonus, parking is free in the lot designated for baseball games.

Return on Investment   4

You really get your money’s worth at UTSA baseball games. Not only does UTSA play against some top-notch D1 competition, but games are very inexpensive.

General admission tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for children and military personnel. Couple that with free parking and almost every concessions item under $5, games at Roadrunner Field are a very cost-effective way to treat the whole family to a high level of college baseball.

Extras   1

The games themselves at Roadrunner Field don’t really offer much in the way of “extras”. Like most baseball games, though, they do offer some added in-game fun, in the form of contests in-between certain innings. As a plus, game attendees get to spend some time in San Antonio, which is one of the most popular tourist cities in the country.

Final Thoughts

I may be a bit biased as UTSA is my alma mater. However, despite its shortcomings, I truly think anyone attending a game at Roadrunner Field will enjoy every second of their visit. The campus is unique, the city is one of the best in the country, and the field itself allows for an intimacy and a closeness to the players that is often lacking at this level of competition.

I wouldn’t say this should be on everyone’s bucket list, but if you’re a fan of college baseball and are in S.A., make it a point to catch a game at Roadrunner Field.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Whataburger

6803 North Loop 1604 W

San Antonio, TX 78249

(210) 690-8366

https://locations.whataburger.com/tx/san-antonio/6803-n-loop-1604-w.html


Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

7273 North Loop 1604 W

San Antonio, TX 78249

(210) 699-8849

https://www.billmillerbbq.com/locations/bill-miller-50/


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Entertainment Recommendations

The Shops at La Cantera

15900 La Cantera Pkwy

San Antonio, TX 78256

https://www.theshopsatlacantera.com/en/directory/


Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 IH-10 West

San Antonio, TX 78257

(210) 697-5050

https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Holiday Inn Express – San Antonio Rivercenter Area

1309 E Commerce

San Antonio, TX 78205

(888) 465-4329

http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/san-antonio/satec/hoteldetail


 

La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk

303 Blum St

San Antonio, TX 78205

(210) 222-9181

http://www.laquintasanantonioriverwalk.com/


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Stadium Info

Roadrunner Field
10 Barshop Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78249

UTSA Roadrunners website

Roadrunner Field website

Year Opened: 1993

Capacity: 800

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