UPMC Park – Erie Seawolves

by | Aug 5, 2018 | Baseball, MiLB, Steve Bloom

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The SeaWolves were originally a short season A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  MLB expansion to Tampa Bay and Phoenix caused a need for additional AA teams, and franchises were awarded to Erie & Altoona, PA.

The short season franchise relocated to Niles, Ohio and became the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, while the AA team in Erie kept the SeaWolves name.

The park was originally named after Erie philanthropist, Jerry Uht, however after the 2016 season the team sold the naming rights to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

UPMC Park is wedged into a city block in downtown Erie, which causes it to have some features unlike any other MiLB facility.

The game day experience is very intimate and exciting.

Food & Beverage 4

UPMC Park offers a high-quality concessions experience with a wide variety of food and drink options.  From traditional ballpark fare such as hot dogs, nachos, hamburgers, Pepsi products and various foreign and domestic beers, UPMC Park offers something for everyone at a very economical price.

Unique to the stadium is the cotton candy and Nerds hot dog, created by Concessions Manager Tom Ando.  It achieved viral status online in June 2018 after the team held Sugar Rush Night.

Concession stands are scattered around the ballpark and all offer quick and friendly service.  Credit cards are accepted everywhere.

Atmosphere 4

UPMC Park is an intimate venue with excellent sight lines from all seating areas. It has a traditional main seating bowl with picnic areas along the first and third base lines. Field box seats are located very close to the field. The park has achieved a high rating from fans for its upper deck seating along the first base line. The park also has six private suites.

UPMC Park has very little foul territory. Fans really have to pay attention to the action.

The next-door neighbor of UPMC Park is the Erie Insurance Arena, which serves as the left field wall. Erie Insurance Arena is part of the UPMC Park, as the clubhouses are located here.

A medium sized video board is located in center field and fans can keep up on stats during the games from the ribbon board on the roof of the arena.

Music played between innings in no way distracts from the fan experience.

The team mascot is C. Wolf, who playfully engages with fans throughout the game.

There is not a bad seat in UPMC Park as you are really on top of everything. Everything is close up and personal.

Neighborhood 3

UPMC Park is located in the middle of safe and bustling downtown Erie. Neighboring Erie Insurance Arena is home of the Erie Otters and NBA G-League Erie Bayhawks. Across the street is the Warner Theater, which hosts a variety of live entertainment. Dining options within a ten-minute walk include a variety of local based establishments such as Alkeme, Dave’s Diner and Cloud Nine Wine Bar.

A 10-15 minute drive from the park is Millcreek Mall, which contains typical shopping and dining options such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster and McDonalds.

Also, within a 10-15-minute drive is Presque Isle State Park with ample beaches and hiking trails.  Fifteen minutes from UPMC Park is Presque Isle Downs & Casino for horse racing and gaming fans.

There are a wide variety of lodging options within 10 minutes of UPMC including Candlewood Suites, The Avalon Hotel & Conference Center & Western Inn Downtown.

Fans 4

UPMC Park is home to one of the most loyal and educated fan bases in minor league baseball. They are loud and invested.

While the team falls into the middle of the pack attendance-wise of the Eastern League, the crowd makes it seem like more due to their enthusiasm.  The fans are very engaged during the game, no matter if they are cheering loudly or keeping score.

Talking to various fans throughout the game, it becomes clear they are all grateful to be in a baseball town. From when there was short season A baseball in town to now with AA Eastern League play, Erie fans enjoy being able to have the spring and summer to come out to UPMC Park for a great family-oriented time.

Access 4

UPMC Park is very accessible in terms of getting there and being able to move around the ballpark once inside.

Erie offers a variety of transportation options such as buses that stop in front of the ballpark and taxis.  Erie International Airport is 10-15 minutes from UPMC Park.

Numerous parking garages are within several blocks of UPMC Park and there is ample street parking.

The main entrance to the ballpark is behind home plate. Even on high attendance days, the crowds smoothly stream in.

A wide concourse is underneath the seating bowl that stretches from home plate to third base. It contains several concession stands, a first aid station and a small team store. The concourse in the middle of the seating bowl goes around the entire park from foul pole to foul pole with tremendous space for fans to grab food or a beverage or just stop and enjoy the atmosphere.

Fans requiring special access will find no issue at UPMC Park. There are a large number of handicapped spaces and an elevator to the second level.

Return on Investment 4

SeaWolves tickets are a reasonably priced purchase ranging from $16 for Dugout Box Seats to $13 for Baseline Box Seats and $10 for Upper Box Seats along the first base line.

The team became well known in 2018 for the cotton candy hot dog covered with Nerds that Concessions Director Tom Ando unveiled for their Sugar Rush Night. This $5.50 concoction received mention on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Complimentary programs are available to fans entering the park.

Extras 3

When you consider the friendly staff all over the ballpark, the reasonably priced concession options and how close you get to the action at UPMC Park, it is a great place for anybody to enjoy.

SeaWolves games are broadcast on WFNN-AM 1330 in Erie and the TuneIn App with Greg Gania and Bailey Angle.

While it is situated in downtown Erie with the Erie Insurance Arena in left field and houses comprising the remainder of the outfield, the backdrop of the ballpark is not lackluster. The atmosphere inside it makes up for being in an urban setting.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Calamari’s Squid Row  

1317 State St

Erie, PA 16501

(814) 459-4276

http://calamaris-squidrow.com/


The Plymouth

1109 State St

Erie, PA 16501

(814) 453-6454

http://plymouthtavern.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

The Brewerie  

123 W 14th St

Erie, PA 16501

(814) 454-2200

http://www.brewerie.com/


Tap House  

333 State St

Erie, PA 16507

(814) 520-5419

http://www.upick6.com/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

The Avalon Hotel  

16 W 10th St

Erie, PA 16501

(814) 459-2220

http://avalonerie.com/


 

Days Inn Erie

7415 Schultz Rd

Erie, PA 16509

(814) 868-8521

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/erie-pennsylvania/days-inn-erie/overview


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Stadium Info

UPMC Park
110 E 10th St
Erie, PA 16501

Erie SeaWolves website

UPMC Park website

Year Opened: 1995

Capacity: 4,200

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