19 April 2011
More On Dehler Park
I was surfing around on the term Dehler Park today when I discovered this very nice review on www.ballparkdigest.com It was written in late November 2008, after the first season in the new park. It has got a lot of useful information for the baseball enthusiast and especially if you are passing through town, as there is some stuff on restaurants and motels etc. Most of it is up to date.
The Lead-Off Grill is located behind the beer stand down the 3rd base line. It is notable for its Stang Burgers, a combination of excellent Angus beef as the burger, together with some tasty brisket beef on top of that. In addition they have good hot dogs and their Johnsonville bratwursts are notable as they are from the right place in Wisconsin—Sheboygan that is. These kids work their buns off during a game.
The beerstands sell the usual big sellers as well as a good many micro-brews from around the Northwest.
Not everything is perfect at Dehler Park: sometimes between innings the announcer gets carried away and turns the volume of the PA system way up and pretends he is a cheerleader, an annoying habit probably left over from high school hockey or basketball. On the other hand, the stadiums in Great Falls and especially Missoula are much worse in this regard. The latter has something to say not only between innings, but also between batters and often between pitches. It is simply maddening. They don't have a pitch count or pitching speed on the scoreboard. The seats are not the most comfortable I've ever been in. But if worse comes to worst you can take a stroll around the concourse, and stick plugs in your ears, especially when you get to the outfield.
There are some good statues of Billings' heroes Dave McNally and Ed Bayne out front and this nice bust of Bob Wilson. They all cashed in their chips way too early.