Happy Tuesday! (And happy 16th birthday to my brother, Chris!!)
Hope you all had a good weekend! I visited my family again this weekend and it was so good to hang out with them again. We spent all of Saturday looking at cars for my mom but I can’t complain. They had some swanky lounges with treats and powerful air conditioning. What more could you ask for? :) The rest of my trip was spent eating per usual, so that was fun. If you caught my recent Portland food guide post, I have an addition. Duck House Chinese Restaurant is a must try if you like soup dumplings or beef pancake rolls.
Okay, onto the main point of this post! If you saw my Instagram stories of our visit to Cheney Stadium, then this is the blog post I promised. As a foodie, of course I had to report on what we ate. Also I was just thoroughly impressed by the stadium and the entire experience. We were treated so well that now I don’t think I can attend a better baseball game!
For someone who isn’t really into sports, I have been to my fair share of baseball games at Safeco Field. I’ve even been on a tour of Fenway Park in Boston! After two tragic incidents with my last two iPhones at baseball games (long story) I swore I was done with baseball forever. But when I got invited by the Fearey Group to attend a preview of the new stadium, I had to make an exception. Jared and I had so much fun that I wanted to recap the night for you all. For what it’s worth, I was not asked to write this post. I’m simply sharing because we had such a fun time and I wanted to recommend it for something fun to do this summer near Seattle!
Cheney Stadium is in Tacoma which is south of downtown Seattle. Yes, that stretch on I-5 that has traffic at pretty much any time of day. Although Tacoma may be a trek for those that live in Seattle proper or the east side, the unique experience is worth a drive in my opinion. If you’re located close to Tacoma already, then transportation is definitely not an issue! Unlike Safeco Field, you can easily find parking at Cheney Stadium because it has its own parking lot! It’s a lot cheaper to park here than one of the lots near Safeco.
Where to Sit
This is a more intimate stadium so you can get a good view of the field, no matter where you are seated. I like that there are many types of seats so no matter what your budget is, you can find something for you. You can get box seats, sit in reserved suites with access to food and drink, and even sit on a grassy area with a picnic blanket! We were lucky to have access to the new left field party deck which has its own bar, a fire pit, and amazing seats that have a view of Mt. Rainier (and of course, the field).
What to Eat
Okay, all my fellow foodies or people that like the food more than the baseball at games – this is for you. I scoped out all the food and drink options at Cheney Stadium so you know where to go next time you’re at a game. Jared and I love to eat and so do my friend Sheila and her husband, so together we all had the best time! I won’t pretend food wasn’t a big draw for me here :) The food at baseball games is always my favorite part about the experience!
We started off the night getting drinks at the R Bar which is part of the left field party deck. I got a rhubarb cocktail and Jared grabbed a beer. It was HOT so these were a welcome treat as soon as we stepped off the bus! Boss Mama’s Kitchen is a food truck and they served the BEST grilled cheese I’ve ever had. We ordered the Spicy Crunch grilled cheese which had jalapenos, Fritos, and three types of cheese. As if that weren’t enough, we added bacon. Always go for extra bacon.
The four of us decided to take a dessert break and we shared a funnel cake, some Dippin Dots, and more beers. I’m still learning to love beer so it’s rare that I rave about a beer. If you like citrusy beers, you must try Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Soooo good.
We also shared a few more plates at the Summit Club which gives you a great view from up top. This is a sit down/order from a menu place but honestly I preferred the ground floor vendors. It’s easier to eat that food from your seat as well. We did enjoy the air conditioning in the club and the service was great. Our favorite from the below was the salmon and chips. You can’t go wrong with Ivars!
July 12th is the Triple-A All-Star game and it’s a big deal because Cheney Stadium is hosting the game! This will be the first time since 1960 that a Pacific Coast League team hosted an All Star game. If you’re new to Minor League Baseball like me, it’s worth checking out the more intimate side of local baseball.
Disclosure: The Fearey Group and the Tacoma Rainiers were gracious enough to host us for this event and we were provided complimentary tickets and VIP passes. All opinions and photography are my own.