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BELLSOUTH PARK

Bell South Park - Chattanooga, Tennessee

TEAM ::: CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS
LOCATION ::: CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
MY FIRST VISIT ::: JULY 2, 2006
OPPONENT ::: JACKSONVILLE SUNS
RANK ::: SOUTHERN LEAGUE 'AA'

Looie, the Lookouts mascot - BellSouth Park

The Lookouts Mascots

RATINGS

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

A view from behind Home Plate - Chattanooga

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

A view to the Right field corner - Chattanooga

PERCHED ON "HAWK HILL" IN DOWNTOWN CHATTANOOGA, BELLSOUTH PARK OVERLOOKS
DOWNTOWN CHATTANOOGA. THE PARK IS VERY CLEAN BUT LACKS THE CHARM OF THE LOOKOUTS FORMER HOME.

THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR THE BALL PARK PLANNERS OF THE SOUTH. ON MANY OF THE TRIPS I'VE MADE, I'VE NOTICED THE THOUGHT PROCESS USED TO AVOID FAN'S CONTACT WITH THE SUN. YOU CAN'T AIR CONDITION AN OPEN AIR PARK BUT IF YOU ELIMINATE SUN EXPOSURE TO AS MUCH OF THE STADIUM AS
POSSIBLE, IT WILL MAKE THE PARK BETTER AND THE FANS ENJOYMENT GREATER.

UNLIKE ENGEL STADIUM, WHICH HAD A ROOF COVERING A MAJORITY OF THE GRANDSTAND FROM FIRST TO THIRD AND EVEN HAD CEILING FANS, I'M GUESS FOR SHOW, BELLSOUTH PARK HAS ABOUT 10 FEET OF ROOF COVERING THE UPPER DECK
TO SHIELD FANS FROM THE SUN. IN SOUTHERN TENNESSEE, THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. MY ONLY TRIP TO CHATTANOOGA WAS JULY 2 FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON GAME, IT WAS 100+ DEGREES AND SUNNY DURING THE GAME. THIS TYPE OF WEATHER COULD
CLOUD MY VIEW OF THE PARK.

BellSouth Park from the Left Field perspective

THE LOOKOUTS SAY THERE IS PARKING LOCATED IN A PARKING GARAGE ABOUT A
1/2 MILE FROM THE PARK AND A TROLLEY IS PROVIDED FOR FANS. IF YOU DID
NOT DO THE PROPER RESEARCH ON THIS, YOU CAN PAY $4 TO PARK IN A VERY
SMALL LOT RIGHT OUTSIDE THE PARK. FROM THE STREET, YOU TAKE A COVERED
ESCALATOR UP TO THE BALL PARK. AT THE TOP OF THE ESCALATOR SITS THE PARK
WHICH ACTUALLY GAVE ME A FEELING LIKE THE OLD RIVERFRONT STADIUM IN
CINCINNATI. OUTLINING THE SIDEWALK ARE LARGE BASEBALLS WHICH ALSO GIVE A
GOOD FEEL TO THE PLACE.

Along the outside of BellSouth Park

ENTERING THE STADIUM, A VERY CHARISMATIC PROGRAM VENDOR GREETS YOU WITH 25 CENT PROGRAMS. FOR 25 CENTS YOU GET A LINEUP CARD AND AN 80 PAGE
PROGRAM WITH 75 PAGES OF ADVERTISEMENTS. CONSIDERING SOME PARKS CHARGE YOU A BUCK FOR A COPIED LINE UP SHEET, IS IS A GOOD DEAL.
FROM THE PROGRAM VENDOR, A WIDE CONCOURSE WITH VENDORS ALONG THE WALL AWAITS. A CLEANER CONCOURSE MAY NEVER BE FOUND. THE CONCOURSE FLOOR SHINES! THE
BATHROOMS GET THE SAME TREATMENT, VERY VERY CLEAN.

A view of the seating area - BellSouth Park

THE LOOKOUTS SAY THERE IS PARKING LOCATED IN A PARKING GARAGE ABOUT A
1/2 MILE FROM THE PARK AND A TROLLEY IS PROVIDED FOR FANS. IF YOU DID
NOT DO THE PROPER RESEARCH ON THIS, YOU CAN PAY $4 TO PARK IN A VERY
SMALL LOT RIGHT OUTSIDE THE PARK. FROM THE STREET, YOU TAKE A COVERED
ESCALATOR UP TO THE BALL PARK. AT THE TOP OF THE ESCALATOR SITS THE PARK
WHICH ACTUALLY GAVE ME A FEELING LIKE THE OLD RIVERFRONT STADIUM IN
CINCINNATI. OUTLINING THE SIDEWALK ARE LARGE BASEBALLS WHICH ALSO GIVE A
GOOD FEEL TO THE PLACE.

UP THE STAIRS OUT TO THE SEATING AREA, A GREAT LOOKING FIELD AWAITS. THE SEATING AREA IS SPLIT WITH AN AISLE DIVIDING THE TWO. BOX SEATS ARE CHAIRS BUT IN FULL SUNLIGHT, THE UPPER LEVEL ARE ABOUT 10 ROWS OF CHAIRS
AND THE REST IN METAL BLEACHERS, BLEACHERS WHICH GET DANGEROUSLY HOT IN THE SUN.

ALONG THE THIRD BASE SIDE ARE THREE UNIQUE FEATURES. A COOL TUNNEL WHICH IS A FAVORITE WITH KIDS WHO ENJOYED RUNNING THROUGH THE MIST. A BARBER
SHOP, FOR $10 (FOR MEN $17 FOR WOMEN) YOU CAN GET A HAIRCUT WHILE WATCHING THE GAME. THE THIRD THING IS THE HIGHWAY, A HIGHWAY WHICH MAKES THE SEATING AREA UNIQUE BUT
DOESN'T REALLY DO ANYTHING TO THE PLAYING FIELD.

Looking at the stands from the 3rd base side

ALL IN ALL, CHATTANOOGA IS A CLEAN PLACE TO SEE A GAME. I DON'T KNOW IF THE SUN WAS AN ISSUE BUT WHY LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN IS NOT USED AS A BACKDROP FOR THIS PARK SURPRISES ME. MAYBE THE LOCATION OF THE PARK WOULDN'T GIVE
A VIEW OF THE MOUNTAIN, BUT THERE IS ALSO A RIVER WHICH RUNS ALONG THE PARK AND THAT IS NOT USED EITHER. IT JUST APPEARS THAT THE ONLY REASON THIS PARK EXISTS IS BECAUSE THE OWNERSHIP GROUP WANTED LUXURY BOXES.

HOPEFULLY SOMEBODY IN CHATTANOOGA WILL PUSH THROUGH THE IDEA FOR THE LOOKOUTS TO PLAY A GAME EVERY YEAR AT ENGEL STADIUM, LIKE THE BARONS IN BIRMINGHAM DO WITH RICKWOOD FIELD.

Exchanging the Line Up Cards - BellSouth park

THE LINE UPS

JACKSONVILLE SUNS MANAGER :::
12 JOHN SHOEMAKER

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS MANAGER :::
32 JAYHAWK OWENS

JACKSONVILLE SUNS

23 Adam Greenberg cf
26 Wilkin Ruan  rf
9 Craig Brazell 1b
43 Tydus Meadows lf
5 Tony Abreau 2b
13 Sergio Garcia 3b
28 Jimmy Rohan ss
11 Gabriel Gutierrez c
14 Adam Thomas p / LP

Enjoying the game from the outfirld wall - Bellsou

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS

27 Chris Dickerson  cf
4 Rick Asadoorian rf
5 Joey Votto 1b
38 Aaron Herr 3b
16 Noochie Varner lf
13 Anderson Machado ss
10 Luis Bolivar 2b
29 Miguel Perez c
21 Homer Bailey p / WP

A view of the scoreboard - Bellsouth Park

 JAX SUNS    000   000   000   0   3   0
LOOKOUTS   040   000   00x   4   10   0

TIME ::: 2:43
ATTENDANCE ::: 1,997
WEATHER ::: 95 (very) HOT , SUNNY

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