Impact Field Hosts Open House
By DION MARTORANO
Journal & Topics Sports
Excitement is in the air in Rosemont as fans across the area continue to hear the buzz about the impending arrival of the Chicago Dogs minor league baseball team.
The Dogs hosted an open house Saturday, May 5 to show off their brand new stadium, Impact Field. Fans took tours of the ballpark and interacted with coaches, including manager Butch Hobson, and players of the new team.
Impact Field, which cost $63 million to build, holds 6,300 seats, all up close and personal to the field. The suites are also close along the first base side. Wide open views of the field can be found from any spot in the park. An open concourse plenty of space to move around.
Fans got a chance to walk around the outfield of the new ballpark Saturday during the open house. Many families played catch as they soaked in the new surroundings.
The team worked with Rosemont to build new parking structures right outside of the ballpark, meaning fans won’t have long walks to get to their vehicles. The stadium parking holds 850 vehicles according to the team website. Everything is conveniently close, taking away a lot of the hustle required at other ballparks.
The bullpens are located along the right and left field sides near the respective foul poles.
National anthem auditions brought out some great singing voices as they tried to become next Jim Cornelison, the beloved Chicago-area anthem singer.
The ballpark is located at 9850 Balmoral Ave. and the team’s first game is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 25 against the Kansas City T-Bones. The inaugural game will feature a commemorative ticket, post-game fireworks show and a chance for kids to run the bases. The Dogs play their first six games on the road, starting their inaugural game at 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Sioux Falls Canaries.