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APPLEBEES PARK

Applebees Park - Lexington Ky

Lexington Legends - Applebees Park - Lexington, KY
It appears there will be a carnival like atmosphere here in Lexington

TEAM ::: LEXINGTON LEGENDS
LOCATION ::: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
MY FIRST VISIT ::: AUGUST 20, 2008
OPPONENT ::: HICKORY CRAWDADS
LEVEL ::: SOUTH ATLANTC LEAGUE 'A'

Toga night in Lexington - Applebees Park

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: B
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: A
MASCOT ::: B

The pitch - Applebees Park - Lexington, Ky

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Looking in from LF at Applebee's Park - Lexington

In 2001 the South Atlantic League made some changes and moved north. Prior to 2001, the most northern franchise was located in Hagerstown, Maryland. After the 2000 season when the Minor Leagues were booming, franchises were sold and moved north to new facilities and 5000 more fans per night than these teams were seeing. Expansion franchises were also being added for the Marlins and Rockies and one of the expansion franchises became Lexington Legends who brought baseball into thoroughbred country.

The concourse area, Lexington Ky

The pitch - the Legends at the plate

When arriving at Applebee's Park the first thing you see is the big balloon out front, Lexington knows that this is supposed to be fun and they do not disappoint. $3 is charged to park in a decent sized lot. Once inside you understand why Lexington won a franchise, 26 Luxury Boxes.

Applebee's Park, Lexington Kentucky

I found the seating area to be similar to Rome, Georgia or New Britain, Connecticut. The concourse level does not have a view of the game; there are televisions throughout so you won't miss a pitch. Through a tunnel for your first glimpse of the field the seating bowl.

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Looking towards RF - Lexington Ky

My favorite aspect of the park is on the scoreboard, I liked that ad with the dog holding the local newspaper. I was also as a fan of how the horse theme was prevalent throughout the park. Oh, aside from the 26 luxury boxes there are also 2 party suites and 2 picnic areas. One of them called the Stable complete with horse next to it.

Lexington Board, Notice the dog atop the board

next to the Stable this horse watches the game

Applebee's Park seems to me will be remembered by me as a park built during the Minor League boom period. A revenue generating park when there was a lot of revenue to go around. They draw pretty good crowds here, finishing in the top 25% of the SAL attendance annually, making a trip the Lexington one that will be spent with a lot of other fans. Aside from the scoreboard and the guy at the hand operated board yelling the whole game, little will be remember about this park.

Exchanging the Line ups - Applebee's Park

The Line Ups
 
Hickory Crawdads Manager :::
 # 18 Gary Green
 
Lexington Legends Manager :::
#  Gregg Langbehn

HICKORY CRAWDADS
 
12 Keanon Simon cf
31 Austin McClune rf
28 Matt Hague 3b
27 Eric Huber dh
26 Tom Hagen 1b
7 Greg Picart 2b
29 Joe Munoz lf
13 Silvio Pena ss
46 Aeden McQueary c
15 Michael Felix p
33 Victor Igsema LP

Pre-game warm ups in Lexington

LEXINGTON LEGENDS
 
2 Craig Corrado 2b
7 Chris Jackson 3b
33 Eric Taylor dh
45 Brian Pellegrini lf
15 Kyle Miller 1b
18 Brandon Barnes cf
41 Russell Dixon rf
13 Julian Hanson c
8 Cat Everett ss
21 Jeff Icenogle p
31 Jose Duran WP

The Manual board - Done right, updated on the outs

The final score - Lexington Legends win!

CRAWDADS   000   001   000   1   4   1
LEGENDS      000   001   001   2   8   1

TIME ::: 2:40
ATTENDANCE ::: 3,632
WEATHER ::: 91 CLEAR, SLIGHT BREEZE

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