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“Best ballpark!”
Review of Whataburger Field

Whataburger Field
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Been here for a few games.....well laid out, good concessions,but far and away is the location on CC bay/ship channel with views of passing ships & the colorful lights on the Harbor Bridge. I'm actually excited to go to ball games here! (IMHO Too hot though when temps. Are above 90)

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Positives: great setting; great amenities; great concessions; great baseball
Negative: tricky to find

We'd seen Whataburger Field, home of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, on television. It's next-to-the-water setting looked really cool...a sort-of minor-league version of San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Attending a game in this stadium was high on our wish list.

Unfortunately, our arrival in Corpus Christi coincided with the close of the Hooks' regular season. But the story ended well, as the team qualified for post-season play by winning their division. Consequently, we were able to attend a game while in town.

About the Ballpark -

From the main gate to the scoreboard...and beyond... Whataburger Field is a real gem of a ballpark. Its designers crafted a modern stadium and tastefully added elements from the golden age of baseball. The results are both attractive and functional.

We spoke with several guest relations employees who eagerly shared facts about the facility. They described how the area had been a run-down industrial complex. A cotton warehouse once sat on land now occupied by the ballpark. During construction, most structures were demolished but a couple of sections that would have been too expensive to remove were incorporated into the layout. These industrial components add a lot of character to the site.

A walkway encircles playing field, allowing fans to view games from the outfield. Folks of
different ages can enjoy alternate recreation at the basketball court or playground (complete with mini-diamond). A youth-sized ball field and adjoining "fun park" are integrated into the complex behind the outfield.

Surroundings -

This ballpark is one component of an entertainment district that's growing alongside the ship channel. This area is also home to several museums, galleries, and performance venues. Urban renewal has reclaimed much of the area but it's possible to make a wrong turn into neighborhoods characterized by under-maintained or derelict buildings. (We know because we did!)

Site planners wisely included ample parking around the ballpark. We had no problem finding space despite a large crowd.

Not surprisingly, views from the stadium are better in person than on television. The harbor bridge rises gracefully above the outfield. After dark, computer-controlled lights provide a nifty show.

A couple of employees said the current bridge will be replaced by a taller one on the opposite (west) side of the stadium. This change is to accommodate larger ships. Construction will probably take years, but eventually this classic scene will disappear.

Other scenic highlights are visible from inside the stadium. Corpus Christi's skyline is easy to see from the outfield. Passing ships also add interest. In a sense they are "mobile scenery."

Concessions -

Whataburger was the "flagship vendor." Their counter sat at the top of the entry stairway. Despite its small size, the stadium features a good variety of food options.

My dinner selection was made before we arrived. I'd wanted to eat a Whataburger at their namesake stadium for a long time. Prices were actually reasonable, a little more expensive than at a free-standing restaurant, but not so high as to be considered "gouging". More importantly,the product every bit as tasty as at a "regular" restaurant.

Beyond Whataburger, Nolan Ryan's booth offered various meat products, including sausages. There were also hot dogs, pizza, nachos...all the standard fare. We found something not offered at many ballparks: cups of freshly-cut fruit. My wife and I shared one. It was a bit expensive, but delicious and refreshing.

Hooks Baseball -

After becoming AA champs in 2006, the franchise posted losing records the next five years. They turned things around in 2012 and continued in 2013.

Local residents were excited about post-season play. Most seats were occupied by rowdy fans that cheered loudly, waved rally towels, held up signs, etc. Corporate support was also strong. Several companies offered prize drawings and giveaways outside and inside the park. We picked up several useful items including tote bags to carry memorabilia home.

We saw a good contest. It was a tight game to the end, but the Hooks eventually prevailed, 2-1. Unfortunately, they lost the series three games to two, ending the season.

The Bottom Line -

The past decade, we've attended literally hundreds of minor-league games...most at the AAA level. It's been several years since we had an experience as good as at Corpus Christi. Whataburger Field and the Hooks provided a perfect combination of style, comfort, entertainment, and athletic competition.

Even if you're not a baseball aficionado, Whataburger Field is well-worth a visit. It has something for casual observers looking for something to do as well as ardent baseball fans interested in up-and-coming prospects.

2  Thank The_Real_Birdcatcher
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

I visited Whataburger Field several times this summer and loved it every time. It's hard to have a bad seat...just avoid the first base outfield side because of the sun. All other seats are great! We felt like part of the action because of how the seating is arranged and my grandsons had fun getting players' autographs. I'm looking forward to returning!

Thank MKLCentralTexas
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

we have gone to Whataburger Field for a couple of the Hooks games, and love it. Spacious, beautiful view of the Harbour Bridge(beautiful when it's lit up at night), interesting concession areas. If you are lucky enough to be in a suite, the staff is extremely good. If you are sitting outside, the ambience is just a blast. A great, fun evening out.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Best family entertainment in Corpus. Home of the Houston Astros double A affiliate. Stadium is fantastic. Not a bad seat in the house. Try the rocking chairs in left/center field for a different experience. You will love it. Lot's of activities for kids in the outfield play area. You can also bring a blanket and sit on the grass berm and watch if you so desire. Food is good and choices are many. There is a Whataburger Restaurant in the stadium or you can try the Nolan Ryan Grill.
Great value!

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