Yogi Berra Stadium – New Jersey Jackals

by | Jun 21, 2018 | Baseball, Indy Baseball, Marc Viquez |

Fanfare Score

Total Score
3.43

Crowd Score

Total Score
3.08

 

The House of Yogi

Yogi Berra Stadium is located in Little Falls, New Jersey, on the campus of Montclair State University. Built in 1998, the 3,784-seat stadium was a donation from Montclair native and chief executive officer of Kmart Floyd Hall who privately funded the ballpark and nearby hockey arena.

The ballpark features the colors of red, cream, and black and the stadium only features one suite above the third base side of the stadium for Mr. Hall himself. There are banners representing the four championships won by the Jackals since 1998, and there are four retired numbers on the outfield wall (including #8 for Yogi Berra). The press box is located in the center of the concourse and displays the game’s lineup and the current Can-Am League standings.

After the 2017 season, new ownership promised to invest $1 million into the ballpark with upgrades including renovations of the picnic area, kids zone, craft beer pub, and concessions stand. The centerpiece of the modern renovations is a 20’ high, 36’ wide state-of-the-art video board that replaced the ballpark’s original scoreboard.

Food & Beverage 4

There is plenty of variety of ballpark food at the stadium at the two main concession stands. However, only one was in operation during our most recent visit, but it housed everything a patron would need while watching a baseball game and more.

The prices are affordable and the selection is varied. Some of the offerings include chicken strips ($4), brats ($4), chicken wings ($9.75), pizza ($5), nachos ($5-$7) hot dogs ($3), and mozzarella sticks ($5).  If you are looking for more treats to eat, then enjoy deep-fried Oreos ($4), funnel cakes ($5), and kettle corn ($5-$7).

Yogi Berra Stadium features a beer garden concession stand that offers Bud Light, Coors Light, Sam Adams, Yuengling, and local product Cricket Hill. The domestic beers ($4.50-$6.50), specialty beers ($4.75-$6.75) and wine ($7) are extremely reasonably priced. On Thursdays, all domestic beers are just $1.

Atmosphere 3

Yogi Berra Stadium is like a dependable local diner, you always know what you are going to get and sometimes get a few surprises. The ballpark does not look nor feel like the five other minor league venues that are currently in the state. It is a beautiful college baseball venue, but you never get the impression that the Jackals are the second class team in the building. Many of the banners and signage clearly indicate that this is their home stadium.

The main entrance features a large black gate that is decorated with silhouettes of Yogi Berra; fans enter the main concourse by walking down a short flight of stairs. There are vendors selling cotton candy, programs, and other food items on the spacious concourse level. The majority of the 3,874 seats are now sun-bleached red, while the rest of the 1,500 lawn seating exists in the form of a massive hill down the right field base line in the outfield. On game days with a smaller crowd, you will find a gathering of children running up and down the lawn seating area. 

The Jackals gift shop is impressive with bountiful team merchandise. You can find caps, jerseys, shirts, stuffed animals, mini bats, and plenty of other paraphernalia in the expansive store. The prices are also very reasonable. For example, team caps are $20 and t-shirts start under $18. The modernized Jackals logo makes for a great gift to a fan or collector

The team’s mascot, Jack, does a fabulous job of throwing out shirts to fans, leading the crowd in the YMCA, and shaking hands with patrons during the game. Jack will even ride on the hood of a car while waving a flag in between innings; a very entertaining and active mascot.

Adjacent to the main entrance is the Yogi Berra Museum. On the weekends, the museum is open during game days. The cost is $6 for

Yogi Berra Stadium, located in Little Falls, New Jersey, on the campus of Montclair State University. Built in 1998, the 3,784-seat stadium was a donation from Montclair native and chief executive officer of Kmart Floyd Hall who privately funded the ballpark and nearby hockey arena.

The ballpark features the colors of red, cream, and black and the stadium only features one suite above the 3rd base side of the stadium for Mr. Hall himself. There are banners representing the four championships won by the Jackals since 1998, and there are four retired numbers on the outfield wall (including #8 for Yogi Berra). The press box located in the center of the concourse and displays the game’s lineup and the current Can-Am League standings.

After the 2017 season, new ownership promised to invest $1 million into the ballpark upgrades including renovations of the picnic area, kids zone, craft beer pub, and concessions stand. The centerpiece of the modern renovations was a 20’ high, 36’ wide state-of-the-art video board that replaced the ballpark’s original scoreboard.

Food and Beverage 4

There is plenty of variety of ballpark food at the stadium at the two main concession stands. However, only one was in operation during our most recent visit, but it housed everything a patron would need while watching a baseball game and more.

The prices are affordable and the selection varied. Some of the offerings include chicken strips ($4), brats ($4), chicken wings ($9.75), pizza ($5), nachos ($5-$7) hot dogs ($3), and mozzarella sticks ($5).  If you are looking for more treats to eat, then enjoy deep-fried Oreos ($4), funnel cakes ($5), and kettle corn ($5-$7).

Yogi Berra Stadium features a beer garden concession stand that offers Bud Light, Coors Light, Sam Adams, Yuengling, and local product Cricket Hill. The domestic beers ($4.50-$6.50), specialty beers ($4.75-$6.75) and wine ($7) are extremely reasonably priced. On Thursdays, all domestic beers are just $1.

Atmosphere 3

Yogi Berra Stadium is like a dependable local diner, you always know what you are going to get and sometimes get a few surprises. The ballpark does not look nor feel like the five other minor league venues that are now in the state. It is a beautiful college baseball venue, but you never get the impression that the Jackals are the second class team in the building. Many of the banners and signage clearly indicated that this is their home stadium.

The main entrance features a large black gate decorated with silhouettes of Yogi Berra; fans enter the main concourse by walking down a short flight of stairs. There are vendors selling cotton candy, programs, and other food items on the spacious concourse level. A majority of the 3,874 seats are now sunbleached red, while the rest of the 1,500 lawn seating exists in the form of a massive hill down the right field baseline in the outfield. On game days with a smaller crowd, you will find a gathering of children running up and down the lawn seating area. 

The Jackals gift shop is impressive with bountiful team merchandise. You can find caps, jerseys, shirts, stuffed animals, mini bats, and plenty of other paraphernalia in the expansive store. The prices are also very reasonable. For example, team caps are $20 and t-shirts start under $18. The modernized Jackals logo makes for a great gift to a fan or collector

The team’s mascot, Jack, does a fabulous job of throwing out shirts to fans, leading the crowd in the YMCA, and shaking hands with patrons during the game. Jack will even ride on the hood of a car while waving a flag in between innings; a very entertaining and active mascot.

Adjacent to the main entrance is the Yogi Berra Museum. On the weekends, the museum is open during game days. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for kids to view many of the Hall of Fame catcher’s vast collection of baseball memorabilia. However, the museum is only open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12-5 PM

Neighborhood 3

The stadium is on the campus of Montclair State University, but a short 15-minute drive to downtown Montclair. The recently renovated downtown has many nice restaurants and shops along Bloomfield Avenue are open long after the game . The street features Cuban Pete’s, Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, The Office Beer Bar & Grill, Laboratorio Kitchen, and Manny’s Diner.

Limited to traffic, the streets offer elegant restaurants – many featuring outdoor seating areas. The beautiful tree-lined streets make you feel much closer to Savannah. Georgia, than New York City. It’s a nice little surprise just a few miles away from the ballpark.

Fans 4

Scott Freier is the type of baseball fan that all minor league teams would love to have. He is affectionately known as the Trumpet Guy and has attended well over 1,000 games since 1998. He is also a ballpark chaser, who will talk with you about his favorite ballparks in the area. During the game, he adds sound effects with his trumpet for both the home and away team.

There are other collections of Jackals fans who can be found wearing the colors of black and red inside the stadium. The fans here seem a little different than other minor league clubs in the state of New Jersey; they are more concerned with the action on the field and loyal to certain players.

Access 3

Yogi Berra Stadium is accessible through a one lane road that leads up the hill to the stadium and the campus of Montclair State University. It is only 1.5 miles from exit 148 (County Highway-506) off the Garden State Parkway, but use GPS to locate the stadium off the parkway, since there are no signs and the small one lane road can be easily missed. The parking is free and plentiful outside of the ballpark. The vendors are spread out nicely along the concourse while  portable stands for beer, food, and dessert cut down on long wait times

Return on Investment 3

The ticket prices are color coded in black, gray, and red. Reserved seats (black) are $12, Dugout Premium (gray) are $14, and Premium Field Box seats (red) are $17. Lawn seats are available for $5 only when all the Box and Reserved seats in the stadium are sold out. The ticket prices are slightly higher than most ballparks in the state, but there is no charge for parking at the stadium and concession prices are very reasonable. Also, promo nights provide additional incentives and events. 

Extras 4

One extra point for a great name for a minor league ballpark – Yogi Berra Stadium. The corporate names never sound as good as ones named after legends.

A second point is for the Fork in the Road Pub–a take on one of Yogi Berra’s many Yogisms–offering a full-service pub down the third base line featuring both regional and national craft beers. It is also the main spot for the Monday night kickball league that requires all players to kick and field with a cup of beer in hand.

Another extra point for the impressive gift store and prices. It would be hard not to be a Jackals fan with the wide array of shirts, caps, jerseys, and much more.

One final extra point for the ballpark standing out among the five others being used in the state of New Jersey. It does not have the brick exterior, the wraparound concourse, or green seating; howeverit is a comfortable place to enjoy nine innings.

Final Thoughts

Yogi Berra Stadium stands out among the flurry of minor league ballparks constructed in the 1990s in New Jersey. Its design is simple, concourses are full of concession items and people, and the views are close to the action on the field. To the folks in northern New Jersey who like their baseball the old-fashion way, this is the place to watch a game.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Cuban Pete’s  

428 Bloomfield Ave

Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 746-1100

http://cubanpetesrestaurant.com/

 


Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant  

515 Bloomfield Ave

Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 655-9000

http://www.mesobrestaurant.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

Laboratori Kitchen 

615 Bloomfield Ave

Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 746-6100

http://www.thelaboratoriokitchen.com/

 


Manny’s Diner 

12 Church St

Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 509-9600

http://www.mannysdiners.com/montclair/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Courtyard West Orange

8 Rooney Circle

West Orange, NJ 07052

(973) 669-4725

Courtyard West Orange


 

Howard Johnson

680 State Road 3

Clifton, NJ 07052

(800) 467-4600

Howard Johnson


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Crowd Reviews

Latest Crowd Reviews

Date: 2018-09-14 12:18:28
By: Legacy Review

Total Score
3.29

I love the Yogi Berra Museum next door, but don&#039t like the hours of operation. The ballpark can use a bit of TLC, but has a new video board and great food.

Date: 2018-09-06 10:49:20
By: Legacy Review

Total Score
2.86

A glorified college baseball stadium.

Stadium Info

Yogi Berra Stadium 

1 Hall Dr

Little Falls, NJ 07424

New Jersey Jackals website

Yogi Berra Stadium website

Year Opened: 1998

Capacity: 3,784

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