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Pictures

Here are some Pictures of Veterans' Field (includes views from different seating areas, to help you decide where you'd like to sit at the game). These pictures were taken in 2009.

Seating and Field Visibility

The Chatham Athletics have played at Veterans' Field, located right in downtown Chatham, for a long time. As a spectator park, it took a hit in 2009, when new screens were erected that almost completely enclosed the grandstands on first and third base sides. This new screening is a detriment to the view from wide swaths of seating that used to have an unobstructed view of the game.

There are plenty of grandstands at Veterans' Field on both first and third base side, although now that there are tall screens enclosing them you will be looking through a mesh screen no matter where you sit. The only exception to this is the very end of the grandstand on the third and the first base sides. There is room for about four people on each side to watch the game without looking through the screen. We recommend getting to the game early and nabbing one of these spots.

At least the team put up a mesh screen instead of a chain link fence like at Harwich. The mesh is much easier on the eyes than a chain link fence. Getting closer to home plate there are plenty of grandstands, but they're built weirdly. They are like a staircase made for giants. It is as if you are sitting on one of the steps, with your feet on the next step down, and your feet wind up right next to where someone is sitting. Even so, unless it's playoffs or all-star game, there is usually enough room.

There is some room for lawn chairs around the top of the hill encircling the park behind home plate. There are even a couple of benches, but don't oversleep if you want those seats; they're taken early.

Another popular place to sit at the Chatham field is beyond the outfield. There is a very big slope next to Depot Ave. behind the outfield fence where you can sit in a chair or on a blanket and get a good perspective on the game. There is a lot of capacity on this slope, and it usually fills up. It's very convenient if you are parked over there behind the fire/police department. And you're not looking through a screen -- always a big plus in our estimation. Keep in mind it tends to be windy up at that height and it might be chilly. The attentive reader knows that he or she should bring layers of clothes to any Cape League game.

The pressbox is a modest size and situated behind the stands on the third base side so it's not blocking any potential view.

The first base dugout and the concession stand on the first base side do block some potential view, but this is not a serious problem.

Team Nickname and Uniforms

During the offseason after the end of the 2008 season, the Chatham team, which had been known as the Athletics, changed its name to the Anglers, due to the ongoing licensing dispute in which Major League Baseball is showing that their greed is vast and knows no limits. We like the name, a lot! It retains the letter "A" so the team can still be called the Chatham A's (as was customary when they were the Athletics), and it has a strong Cape Cod meaning. The new name's a winner.

In fact, the new name is much better than the old name. "Athletics" was a rather generic sports nickname, lacking the pizzazz of some of the other Cape League monikers. If they were going to have a dull nickname they should at least have modeled their uniforms after those flashy green and gold threads the Oakland Athletics wear. Especially if they wore the gold shoes and green caps the Oakland A's used to wear that made them look like mallard ducks. That would have been very appropriate to a team based on the Cape. C'mon, team, it's amateur baseball ... fun and creative team kit is part of the experience. But now that the name is Anglers, we'll have to give up on them ever adopting that green and gold color scheme. Having that color scheme NOW would make about as much sense as the New Orleans basketball team keeping the name "Jazz" when they moved to Utah (certainly one of the least jazzy states in the country).

The actual team color is mainly blue, with some red features, not a stitch of green or gold in sight. The front of the away uniform jerseys have a nice combination of the name Chatham in blue with the uniform number in red. Home uniforms feature blue jerseys.

Parking

If you are approaching from the west (from the Harwich direction) on Route 28, you will reach a small parking lot on the third base side of the park. You won't get your windshield smashed unless you insist on taking the absolutely closest space, and even then it's probably unlikely. If you skip this parking lot and continue along Route 28 just past the park, there is a much bigger parking lot next to the Chatham Community Center. The restroom building is located next to the Community Center in this parking lot.

There is also plenty of street parking around Chatham Village close to the park. You can also park behind the police/fire station across Depot Road from the outfield. There is quite a lot of parking out there, and it's convenient to the outfield seating.

This park is also within easy walking distance from the village and from a number of topnotch lodging establishments. If you're a couple of miles, or less, from the park, you can reduce your carbon footprint by riding your own footprints to the ballyard. It's great fun to walk back to the motel along Chatham's busy main street after dark, watching the tourists poking around some of the shops and eateries of this lovely Cape Cod village.

Directions to the Park

The directions to Veterans' Field that are on the CCBL website are actually wrong. They have you taking Exit 10 from Route 6. You can get there that way but it's the long way. What you should do is take Route 6 (what the locals call "The MidCape Highway" -- have you noticed all our roads have at least two names?) to Exit 11. Off the exit ramp take a left to get onto Route 137. Go about three miles till you intersect Rte. 28. Turn left on Rte. 28. (This is, for mysterious reasons known only to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, labeled Rte. 28 South, even though the compass points east.) Continue on Rte. 28 South for about three miles and the park is on your left.

For the moderately adventurous, there is actually an even better way to get there, and it is only slightly more complicated. Take Rte. 6 to Exit 11, take that left turn to get onto Rte. 137 South, and go about a mile and a half to a blinking red light. At the light turn left onto Old Queen Anne Rd. Follow Old Queen Anne Rd. about one mile till you see a sign for "Business District." Take the right turn indicated by this sign; you are still on Old Queen Anne Rd. Continue on Old Queen Anne about another mile to the intersection of Rte. 28, then turn left ("South") and you'll be at the park in less than a half mile.

Of course, this being Cape Cod, there is an even better way to get to the park ... but we're not telling you what it is. It includes roads with picturesque names like "Tip Cart Dr." and "Hitching Post Rd.," and there are about eight complicated turns on this route ... and, well, we don't want anybody getting lost because of what we've told them.

Team Culture

Veterans' Field has an excellent kids' playground. It sprawls across a third of an acre of ground just past the right field fence. It might be a little close to the field, so parents, watch your kids. This playground was rebuilt at some point before the 2009 season and most of the installations were replaced, so it's pretty much brand new. Have fun, kids!

The concession stand serves delicious freshly grilled hamburgers; the smoke rises from the refreshment building past first base, tempting the crowd to go get one. They also serve the usual assortment of park food, but at a game in 2007 one of us stood in line till the third inning to get something to eat. We think this may have been just a bad night at the concession stand and we should give them another chance.

Although they serve the usual bland boiled dogs, if you wait till late in the game you can usually get one for a bargain, when the p.a. announcer declares "dollar dogs" to be for sale.

The field boasts clean, plentiful indoor restrooms in a separate building on the first base side. These are town restrooms, so maybe the team can't take the credit. They are edged out for the best restrooms in the league by the Brewster Whitecaps' clean and plentiful indoor facilities, just because Chatham's restrooms are a little far if you're in the outfield or on the third base side.

This is the only park in the league where we have ever seen an occurrence of The Wave. It was an uneventful game and a 12 year old boy instigated it. Although at a major league game The Wave is basically an annoying distraction, entertaining for people who don't really like baseball, this one time we saw it at the Cape League it was a cool novelty. The night we were part of this, The Wave started in the third base stands and circled the park two or three times, including the folks sitting comfortably out on the center field slope.

Weather

If you like soccer (what the English more sensibly call football ... after all, it's played with the feet, right?) there is also an amateur Cape Cod Soccer League. The Chatham team in the Soccer League is called the Chatham Fog. No kidding. And why are they called the Fog, you ask? .....

Although one of our friends who lives in Chatham gets indignant when you bring this up, it is foggy in Chatham. You can have fun with the kids at the game by placing a friendly wager (no money, please, there's enough gambling in this culture) as to what inning the fog is going to roll in. (Psst ... it's usually sometime between the third and the fifth.) We're not kidding about this, folks ... a non-foggy night at the Athletics' field is as rare as a Joseph Lincoln novel without a retired sea captain or a resourceful young woman.

It gets foggy at night when you're on a peninsula surrounded by water, and Chatham is a peninsula on a peninsula. Cape Cod is surrounded by Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and Cape Cod Bay, but Chatham is surrounded all by itself by Nantucket Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and Pleasant Bay.

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