Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Review by Mike
I stopped by LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in April and found the stadium open about three hours before game time. Sadly, I could not stay for the game, but I was able to wander freely while the teams went about their pre-game drills and meetings.
Located about an hour east of Los Angeles, this lovely Low-A West ballpark is just a few minutes off of I-10, set in a park called The Epicenter, which synchs up nicely with the team name, the Quakes. The approach to the ballpark is very California, with palm trees lining the plaza and a cooling light stone for an exterior.
Despite being more than 25 years old, the grandstand is pristine, with the seats a clean, brilliant blue. A single level of seating wraps from beyond first base to beyond 3rd, with every seat providing an excellent view of the field. The first base seating also features a lovely view of the mountains, somewhat obscured on this day by cloud cover.
Opened in 1993, it's an older style Class A park, with the concessions below the grandstand and just a few luxury suites sitting above the general seating. A stubby roof provides a little shade for the folks behind the plate, but I would imagine that afternoon games, if they host any, would be torturous in the Southern California sunshine.
I was impressed with LoanMart Field at The Epicenter. Despite it's age, it looked brand new and had a very positive energy about it. Perhaps someday I will see a game there, but if I don't, I'm glad I got to stop in and take a peek.