Chicago Dogs Opening Day at Impact Field
Disclosure: I was invited to as a guest to attend The Chicago Dogs opening day at Impact Field on May 25, 2018. The following opinions are my own.
There is a new sports team in town. The Chicago Dogs baseball team recently opened their first season at the brand new $63 million IMPACT Field development in Rosemont, IL. The stadium is a 6,300 seat baseball field with a 10,000 person concert capacity. The concourse is includes open views of the field, concessions, and area surrounding the stadium. There is also an attached parking garage with 850 parking spaces.
— Joel Gratcyk (@joelgratcyk) May 25, 2018
Abigail and I attended opening day on Friday, May 25, 2018. The energy in the crowd was pretty fantastic. There was a wide range of families, singles, retirees, and media.
There was a live band playing outside the main gates into the stadium. The line moved quickly into the stadium and security was professional.
We spent a good part of the first inning in line for concessions. That time waiting gave us a clear view of what its like to be in the club house above the main concourse. This was our view from below looking up.
Our tickets/seats were close to the field. I don’t think there is really a bad seat in the house.
There was an ongoing joke throughout the whole game about how there is “no ketchup on hotdogs at Impact Field.” This is a photo of the ketchup running onto the field just before he/she was carted off by security.
There are areas all around the stadium to stand and eat your food if you don’t want to cart everything back to your seats. The hot dogs we got were luke-warm when we got them.
The beers available on site, that I noticed, included Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Linnie’s Summer Shandy and 1867. This is disappointing. There are many local Chicago craft brewers who would be a perfect fit for an “independent” team like the Chicago Dogs. The bills, however, do get paid more reliably by the mass produced macro brewers.
There is a well stocked merchandise shop.
The shop seemed to be busy the whole night.
There is plenty of room to walk around during the game if you want to stretch your legs are get a different view of the ballpark.
There are plenty of activities for the kids before and during the game.
There are also spots around the concourse to sit and eat. Some are first come first served and others can be reserved by groups.
The main video screen even has instant replays when needed. I found it amusing that this camera guy was getting bothered by fans because he was just out in the open. Poor guy.
My date for the night, SkyWaitress, had a blast.
This is such a beautiful new stadium. I hope to make it back to several more of the 50 scheduled home games this inaugural season. Check out some of the upcoming special themed night listed below.
The Chicago Dogs 2018 Inaugural Season includes regular daily promotions on game days:
- $3 bottomless popcorn
- $3 bottomless fountain drinks
- Game Day USA Top Dog Youth skills competition (Ages 8 – 15)
- Post-game autographs
- Free mustard pack to first 1,500 fans
- $2 domestic drafts all night
- Team takes the field as The “Chicago Wieners” in special Wednesday uniforms
- Special offers for fans
- Village of Rosemont Entertainment District Fireworks Fan Fridays
- Giveaway item every Friday to first 1,500 fans
- Kids can run the bases post-game
- Post-game fireworks extravaganza
Specially Themed Games
- Fri. June 1: Replica jersey t-shirt giveaway to first 1,500 adults presented by Signature Transportation / Boy Scout night
- Sat. June 2: Post – game fireworks feat. The music of Elvis / Youth baseball night
- Fri. June 15: Dogs home caps to first 1,500 fans presented by Wintrust
- Sat. June 16: Jurassic ballpark
- Sun. June 17: “Fathers day catch” pre-game catch on field
- Thurs. June 21: Flight night / Salute to airline and airport personnel
- Tues. June 26: Business persons special / Summer camp day
- Fri. June 29: Replica jersey t- shirt to first 1,500 kids ages 14 & under
- Sat. June 30: Girl Scout night / Princess night
- Mon. July 2: First responders night
- Tues. July 3: Village of Rosemont & Chicago Dogs Independence Day fireworks 9:30 p.m.
- Fri. July 6: Dogs inaugural season pennant to first 1,500 fans / youth baseball night
- Sat. July 7: Post-game fireworks featuring the music of Jimmy Buffet / Parrot head night
- Sun. July 8: Brotherhood for the Fallen night
- Wed. July 11: Summer camp day / Business persons special
- Fri. July 20: Chicago Dogs floppy hats to first 1,500 adults presented by Miller Lite
- Sat. July 21: Harry Potter night
- Sun. July 22: Chicago Dogs team card set to first 1,500 fans
- Tues. July 24: Business person special / Summer camp day
- Wed. July 25: Chirstmas in July
- Wed. Aug. 1: Chicago Dogs special announcement
- Tues. Aug. 2: Umpire appreciation night
- Fri. Aug. 10: Muscular dystrophy awareness night
- Sat. Aug. 11: American Cancer Society night
- Sun. Aug. 12: Inaugural season team photo to first 1,500 fans presented by Athletico
- Fri. Aug. 24: Chicago Dogs backpacks to first 1,500 kids ages 14 & under
- Sat. Aug. 25: Special Olympics night / Old school night
- Sat. Sept. 1: Star Wars night
- Sun. Sept. 2: Photo with a dog day
- Mon. Sept. 3: Final regular season home game
Will I see you at Impact Field this summer? Let me know in the comments.
Find out more about the new stadium, get team details, and buy tickets online at TheChicagoDogs.com.