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Here are some Pictures of Lowell Park (includes views from different seating areas, to help you decide where you'd like to sit at the game). These pictures were taken in 2008, with the exception of one picture of the scoreboard. Since the team replaced the scoreboard in 2009 we thought we should replace the picture.
The Cotuit Kettleers have played at Elizabeth Lowell Park on Lowell Ave. for something like a half a century. As a spectator park, it is very good, in our opinion the fourth best in the Western Division, a division rich in good spectator parks.
Lowell Park has the reputation of being one of the prettiest, if not the prettiest park in the league. It is surrounded by trees and the only buildings visible are those associated with the park (press box/souvenirs, refreshments, restrooms). The park is not close to any significant traffic, so you'll probably only hear the crack of the bat, the murmur of the crowd, the screams of happy children, and the crying of the gulls. It is truly a beautiful setting.
As far as seating capacity goes, until 2008 the capacity was smaller than average. But with the 2008 addition of a nice big grandstand on the first base (visitors') side, its seating capacity probably passes Falmouth for the third most in the Western Division. We still give Falmouth a slightly higher rating as a spectator park than Cotuit because at Falmouth there are many places to watch the game without looking through a screen or fence, which is not true at Cotuit. The new grandstand on the first base side also has plentiful handicapped seating. Now there are two large grandstands, one on each side of the field. You'll be looking through a mesh screen from either grandstand, which is better than looking through a chain link fence. Also, since Cotuit plays its games during the day, that makes looking through the mesh screen less bothersome than at a night game.
There is also a good deal of room for lawnchairs along both first and base lines, as well as out beyond the outfield fence, but you'll be looking through a chain link fence from those locations.
The pressbox is situated behind home plate and includes a concession stand where you can get a scorecard and buy Cape League souvenirs. There is also a temporary pavillion set up where you can make a donation, buy a ticket to the raffle, or chat up the helpful interns.
The team name is intriguing and a conversation starter. Supposedly the name "Kettleers" commemorates the history of the village of Cotuit going back to Colonial days. History tells us that Sachem Paupemtuck of the South Sea Tribe sold the land that is now Cotuit in the mid-seventeenth century to English Pilgrim John Alden for two brass kettles and a hoe. Thus the name "Kettleers." It's worth mentioning, if that seems like an unreasonably good deal for waterfront property, that the tribal inhabitants of Cape Cod at that time didn't think of land ownership rights the way we do now. They thought of land as being held in common by the entire tribal group for the benefit of the entire group; there was no such thing as private property ownership. When you hear of Native Americans "selling" land to Europeans, typically in their minds they were selling what we would consider usage rights (the right to hunt or fish and gather wild edibles on the land). Typically it came as a surprise when the Europeans then ordered them off "their" land. Just another instance of the Europeans exploiting the people who were here first.
The team color of the Kettleers is a pretty maroon. Home uniforms are white with maroon lettering.
The main parking lot right next to the field on Lowell Ave. is relatively small and often fills up early with the players and people associated with the team. But you can park along the roads surrounding the ballpark; the neighborhood is very supportive of their baseball team. Just observe the rule about not parking on the residential side of Lowell Ave. -- that's the south side, or the side away from the ballpark for the compass-challenged. There is also a plentitude of parking in the Cotuit Elementary School grounds, a short walk up Main Street. There is usually a sign pointing you into the parking lot.
This is one of the parks in the league where there is a serious risk of getting your windshield smashed. Do not park in the front few rows of the parking lot, or you may be brushing glass off the driver's seat when you leave the game.
There is no actual playground, but there is a batting cage, and plenty of room to run around chasing loose balls. There are also woods where a Children's Village forms during the game, as kids hang out in there reading and discussing 'Lord of the Flies' ... just kidding, they're actually waiting for foul balls.
The Cotuit Kettleers organization are the worst braggards in the CCBL. It's true that they have a strong volunteer organization and that the franchise has been going strong for over half a century, but when it comes to some of the claims the p.a. announcer makes, just remember the expression "buyer beware." For example, they're always saying they have the "best 50/50 raffle on the Cape." (A brief explanation for those who aren't familiar with the concept: the team sells raffle tickets and the winner receives half the pot and the team keeps the other half, but there are also other prizes donated by local businesses. Every team in the league has made its peace with this form of fundraising to finance their teams, despite the problems inherent in any form of gambling.) It's true that Cotuit gets unusual prizes like a print of a painting of mermaids at the park (ummm ... okay), but every team in the league gets good prizes from the local community, and to say they have the best in the league just seems like unnecessary boasting.
The Cotuit Kettleers also have their own (weird) way of cheering for their team when at bat: "Have a hit." Have a hit? Okay ... whatever.
We very much appreciate the fact that this team apparently has no interest in putting lights into the field. While other teams rush to raise money to put in lights (Bourne and Hyannis in 2008 alone), the Cotuit organization seems to like day games. They seem to have an intuitive understanding of the notion that the majority of people who come to CCBL games are tourists here on vacation. Those tourists can come during the day, when the weather is nice and it's much better for the kids. A 7:00 pm start (game ending typically at 9:30 or so) is late for families with children. How are you going to teach your kid respect for the game if you have to leave in the fourth inning to tuck them in?
There is a restroom building on the third base side set back a bit from the stands. Indoor restrooms are always a plus at any Cape League park. The waiting lines do tend to get a little long.
Lowell Park has a refreshment building, the Kettleers Kitchen, behind the third base stands. The so-called Award-Winning Chowder is only fair. But they do grill their hot dogs (possibly the only team in the league that does, although we haven't ordered a hot dog at EVERY park), so that might be your best choice. And remember, ball park food has no calories.
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