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BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD

Bright House Field, Clearwater, Florida

TEAM ::: CLEARWATER THRESHERS
LOCATION ::: CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
MY FIRST VISIT ::: MAY 28, 2009
OPPONENT ::: CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS
LEVEL ::: FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE 'A'
ALSO ::: SPRING TRAINING HOME OF THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Phinley, the Threshers mascot

The many costumes of Phinley - Clearwater

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

The pitch - Clearwater, Florida

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Running home in Clearwater - Clearwater, Florida

My experience with the Florida state league is pretty limited, however, in my limited experience I've seen that the parks are generally old and the crowds are usually small. What a surprise it was to show up at Bright House Field and see a modern facility with staff that was schooled in the area of Customer Service.

Bright House Fields 1st base stands - Clearwater

Parking at for the Florida State League game is $3, but when you walk in they hand you a game program. There is a paved lot but also a grass lot, on my visit when there were about three thousand at the park and they put me on the grass, I am guessing for the Spring Training games they park you in the Joe DiMaggio Park across the street.

Game action in Clearwater, Florida

Once inside I was reminded of two parks immediately, Lakewood and Greensboro.
Like Lakewood, the park has a walkway where you can do a 360 around the park, I'm always a fan of this feature.

Like Greensboro, the park has a bar in left field, when looking at the pictures just know that the empty seats were empty because a majority of the fans were seated at the Tiki bar in left field. I have a feeling left Field bars are going to be popping up at more and more parks, people really get into seeing the game from the left field bar.

Waiting on deck in Clearwater, Florida

As for the game, it is handled pretty well here in Clearwater. The between inning promotions are few and quick and the field is in perfect condition.  There is only one scoreboard and that just gives the current batter and no further updates. The board is clear and easy to read though.

The pitch - Clearwater, Florida

Palm trees in the cool breezes of Clearwater

Looking around the park, the palm trees in right field make for a relaxing evening in Clearwater.  The Tampa Rays are about 1/2 hour away but after spending a day at the beach and in the sun, why go indoors to watch a game? I highly recommend a trip into Clearwater for an evening with the Threshers.

Tonights game - Clearwater vs Charlotte - FSL

Exchanging the line ups - Clearwater, Fl

THE LINE UPS
 
Charlotte Stone Crabs manager :::
2 Jim Morrison
 
Cleawater Threshers manager :::
12 Ernie Whitt

CHARLOTTE STONE CRABS
 
5 Emeel Salem cf
3 Shawn O'Malley ss
31 Nevin Ashley c
34 Matt Fields 1b
8 Gregory Sexton 3b
17 Reid Fronk rf
4 Shawn Williams 2b
21 Ryan Royster dh
19 John Matula lf
26  Jesse Darcy p / LP

Packing up for the locker room - Clearwater, fl

CLEARWATER THRESHERS
 
25 Javis Diaz cf
4 Fidel Hernandez 2b
3 Dominic Brown rf
23 Tim Kennelly lf
62 Matt Rizzotti dh
61 Michael Durant 1b
29 Joel Naughton c
5 Cody Overbeck 3b
34 Jesus Villegas ss
16 Michael Cisco p / WP

Bright House Field's Scoreboard - Clearwater, Fl

STONE CRABS   010   000  000   1   8  0
 THRESHERS     020   005  21x  10 14 1
 
TIME ::: 2:28
ATTENDANCE ::: 2,771
WEATHER ::: 81 VERY HUMID, CLOUDY

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