Frisco RoughRiders Ballpark Getting A Lazy River in 2016
If you've never been to a Minor League baseball game, you're missing out. Not only is there high level baseball being played, there's high level entertainment.
Minor League baseball teams work really hard to have a spectacle to go along with the product on the field.
Better than most at promotions and a great ballpark experience are the RoughRiders of Frisco.
The AA team of the Texas Rangers completed phase 1 of their improvements to Dr Pepper Ballpark last year, which included a new video board that doubled the size of it's predecessor, upgraded LED signs, a new sound system, a new space for the team store and a new Bull Moose Saloon in the space previously used for the store.
The team recorded seven of its 10 biggest crowds in franchise history in 2015.
One of the crowds might have come on their Full House Night. Or the bevy of specialty nights like Taco Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday or Wiener Wednesdays which are all awesome alliterations and self explanatory.
It also helps that Frisco that is close to Arlington and the Rangers organization use it as a spot to keep its biggest minor league prospects close to home. The Rangers also rehab their biggest stars with the RoughRiders, which allows a unique fan experience.
The Frisco RoughRiders also have the best logo in MiLB. Hands down. Mount up.
There is already a swimming pool in the outfield but more fun could be on the way to Dr Pepper Ballpark.
The changes are still in the conceptual stage and team officials say they still have some issues to work through.
The plan for improvements is already voted in favor of with over a million dollars left over from the first phase of the project to put toward the second phase, which includes netting around the 1st and 3rd base lines as well as the pool revamp.
The pool renovations would include turning the pool into a much larger lazy river attraction. The design renderings also show waterfalls that will double as projection screens completed by a cabana and bar with extensive party decks.
Frisco RoughRiders Executive Vice President and General Manager Jason Dambach said the pool upgrades would add to the fan experience.
“The city, as you know, they’re great to work with, great partnership, very committed to keeping the ballpark fresh and modern,” he said, adding, “It’s going to be a really cool thing hopefully if we can get that pool project to come to fruition here at the ballpark.”
Below are more schematic designs. Note that the plans are still conceptual, and none of the designs has been approved.