Review by Mike
Wintrust Field in Schaumburg, Illinois is the home of the Schaumburg Boomers of the independent Frontier League and formerly the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League. The scale of this stadium suggests that it is a former AA ballpark, seating nearly 8,000 with luxury boxes, grass berms and picnic areas, but it opened in 1999 for the independent Flyers and has housed a non-affilated baseball tenant every year since, except for 2011.
From the grand entrance and plaza behind home plate to the wide concourse and pristine seating area, everything at Wintrust is clean and well-maintained. The classic single-level grandstand runs just past 1st and 3rd base, with grass berms from there to the foul poles. The press box / suite structure above is large, extending almost to the ends of the seating areas down each line.
The view of trees beyond the outfield is pleasant and the small beer garden over the left-field fence is a nice touch. There are orange accents all around, honoring the team colors, from the foul poles to the stairs leading down between sections. The location is interesting, kind of in the middle of nowhere, in an office park a little bit off the highway, but parking is ample and seemed to be free, although I wasn’t there for a game.
Another interesting tidbit is that the outfield dimensions of the ballpark exactly match those of Wrigley Field, just 25 miles to the east. Alas, there is no ivy, bleachers nor manually operated scoreboard, but I like it anyway.
It's all just fine and lovely, but despite that there wasn’t a lot of character or anything really unique about the place. It looks like a fine place to see a game and the locals clearly support the team, being rewarded with four league championships between 2013 and 2021. Perhaps it lights up on game day and distinguishes itself. Thank you to the friendly staff at the ballpark for allowing me in to look around their very nice ballpark.