The Cook County Cheetahs play at the tiny (2500 seat) Hawkinson Ford Field, constructed in 1998 and named after a local car dealership. How tiny? The third base line side only has 7 rows of seats! Definetly keep your eyes peeled for foul balls.
As for the park itself, well, don't get me wrong, I love watching this level of baseball in an intimate setting, and the Hawk certainly is intimate. Maybe a bit too much so, far too often annoyances take away from the baseball experience: Very few people seem to be here to actually watch the game. Spectators hardly pay attention as foul balls fly into the stands, inane chatter that has nothing to do with the game abounds, kids run around unsupervised, and at almost every game I, or someone with me, ends up getting food or drink spilled on us thanks to clumsy, careless lout.
The first base side seems to be the best place to sit to avoid the child-bearing masses; it's close to the food, beer and bathrooms, but bring your sunglasses. Due to a quirky design the sun will disappear?behind the upper deck only to reappear about 20 minutues later before finally dipping below the horizon. Very distracting. The party deck also obscures a good section of rightfield.
Overall the place seems to have been designed more to provide entertainment for the spectators rather than making it a fun place to WATCH a ballgame. And that's too bad, Frontier League baseball is geared towards younger players so the action is both scrappy and sloppy.
Pictured: Me chillin' out in the Cheetahs' dugout, pondering a big league career (yeah right!)
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