Review by Mike
Rawlings Field is on the campus of Colorado State University Pueblo in Pueblo, Colorado. Opened in 1994, this is primarily a college ballpark for the Division II Thunderwolves, but it did host professional baseball for one season in 1995. Well, almost one season. The Pueblo Bighorns of the independent Texas-Louisiana League played 50 games before folding.
The stadium is a nice one, with an intensely green turf field featuring the Thunderwolves logo emblazoned into the centerfield turf. The logo is so big and bright that it can likely be seen from the ISS. The seating is all around the infield with mostly aluminum benches and a few fixed seats. The seating is close to the field and nicely pitched, so every seat is a good one.
The press box building, which houses the concessions on the ground floor, rises above the stands, but is set off-center to the 1st base side with the front angled to look straight down the 3rd base line. This must mean that the stadium announcers and anyone else watching the game from here will have to turn their heads to the right to see the pitcher’s mound. An odd arrangement.
With easy access off I-25, ample parking, intimate seating, and a wide concourse for stretching your legs when you grab a hot dog, Rawlings Field is a nice little ballpark that would serve an independent pro team well, should anyone ever decide to try again.