The Burlington Bees, a Single A affiliate of Kansas City, play at Community Field which was built in 1947. The seating for 3,200 was upgraded 5 years ago and work has been done on the field which is in excellent condition. Before the beginning of the 2005 season an Extreme Makeover occurred that completely redid the front part of the stadium. The area under the stands behind home plate, team store and offices I think, were removed and made into a picnic area. The concession area was completely redone, ticket windows, offices, and team store added to the front, now brick building. The restroom areas and teams' facilities received a brick covering. The broadcast/announcing area is twice the size of the previous area. Covering the broadcast/announcing area and the back rows of the bleacher seating is a new canopy roof. Great improvements all the way around. The field is in excellent condition with nice looking grass and warning track. I noticed that the restrooms are air conditioned. The main seating area goes from the end of one dugout to the end of the other dugout. There is a free-standing bleacher section at the far end of the third base dugout and a concession stand beyond that with seating on the roof. In front of the concession stand is a wall that has reserved standing room. There is a party deck down the first base line. There is a very large amount of foul territory. The Bees were playing the South Bend Silver Hawks and won 7 to 5. Lots of runs, hits and several errors, somewhat typical of Single A baseball. The box score was Silver Hawks R-5, H-11, E-3 and Bees R-7, H-13, and E-1. Several Silver Hawks runs were unearned. The field lines are RF-318', RC-365', CF-403', LC-375', & LF-338'. The Bees bull-pen sits in the shade while the visitors have to sit in the sun. Several between inning activities with one having three adults chugging a bottle of water. The woman was the winner and she won more bottles of water as her prize. Paid attendance was 764. Food selection is good for Single A and is reasonably priced. Buzz the Bee, the mascot, was not in attendance. His picture is from his trading card. The protective screen covers the front of all the main stands area, so I took some pictures between the openings. Excellent lighting for a Single A field.
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