Jack Couch Park
Review by Gary
Jack Couch Ballpark has been home to the Intercounty Baseball League’s (IBL) Kitchener Panthers since it opened in 1967. The Panthers are one of the founding members of the IBL, which started play in 1919. The ballpark is part of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (also known as The Aud), which includes two smaller arenas, a soccer/track and field stadium and a skatepark.
The ballpark seats 1,400 fans on six aluminum bench grandstands that wrap from base to base. Each grandstand rises up about five or six rows and all rest behind a massive chain link fence that horseshoes around the infield. Directly behind the home plate stand sits a cinderblock A-frame building with windows on the second level that are presumably used as the press box and is large enough for a clubhouse and restrooms.
Jack Couch is a very non-descript baseball field that takes a back seat to the much more popular hockey arena. I liked the “dug-out” dugouts, but there was little else interesting to notice about this diamond. Sadly, the gloomy, rain-soaked day only added to the feeling that this is little more than a rudimentary high school ballfield.