Coca-Cola Park, Home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Video released on: March 15, 2010
Welcome to this edition of Lehigh Valley Visions, a video podcast highlighting area attractions. I’m your host, Tracey Werner. Today we’re taking a behind the scenes tour of Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. This brand new stadium is home to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the region’s new Triple-A minor league baseball team. We’re here in the Majestic Clubhouse Store doing a little shopping, but now we’re going to get our tour started. Why don’t you come along with us and find out what everyone’s hog wild about.
Dan, I think what I love most about attending a minor league baseball game isn’t really just the action on the field, but it’s the general atmosphere of the entire place. To me, it’s everything from the beer and the food to the mascots and even the general fan enthusiasm for the team. Why do you think it’ so special?
Dan: Tracey, every day here at Coca-Cola Park feels like opening day. There are all kinds of different promotions going on on a nightly basis. There are all kinds of giveaway items for the young and old. You also have visiting mascot appearances and athletes coming into town. It’s a big deal every single night here at the ballpark. Also, the price is right. A family of four can come to an Iron Pigs game and spend less than they would if they went to a movie. The third thing that really makes this ballpark unique is that all the seating areas are right on top of the action. There really are no bad seats here at Coca-Cola Park.
Tracey Werner: Well, Dan, we’re here on the main concourse of the park, and I’ve got to say it’s my favorite part because it’s where all the food is located. There are so many great things to eat and drink here. What can fans find?
Dan: We have a wide variety of fixed locations as well as portable units here at the ballpark. We also have unique items to our menu here at the ballpark including the Boss Hog Dog, a jumbo hot dog found only here at Coca-Cola Park. We also have the Nacho Porker which is a tremendous combination of nachos, nacho cheese, and pulled pork. Finally, the Big Porker sandwich is the staple meal here at the ballpark, always a favorite amongst the guests that come to Iron Pigs games.
Tracey Werner: And it’s absolutely a favorite of mine. I’ve had it several times. I wanted to continue on our tour now, Dan, and go up to the club level suites on the second floor. I understand that they have an amazing view of the ball field, so let’s go there next.
The club level certainly is posh with its own bar and a Hog Heaven food service counter. Think we can sneak a peek at the Iron Pigs suite?
Dan: Absolutely. Right this way.
Tracey Werner: Dan, this suite is really beautiful.
Dan: Oh, yes. This is the club level here at Coca-Cola Park. There are 20 suites on the club level, 19 of which have been bought out by different companies and founding partners of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. But, this Iron Pigs suite is the biggest of the suites and it’s open to the public although, unfortunately, it’s been sold out for quite a while here during the inaugural season.
Basically, what you have here is tremendous seating indoors, a climate controlled area so you can be in air conditioning during those humid days in July and August. You also have two big screen TVs in here as well which allows you to maybe check out some of the other action maybe down in Philadelphia watching games here as well. It’s perfect for rain delays.
The other thing that we have to offer in the Iron Pigs suite is two rows of stadium seats outside, so when it’s a beautiful day you can go out there and check out the ball game, hear the sounds of the game. Tracey, as you can see, it’s the best view in minor league baseball.
Tracey Werner: It really is impressive. I’ve heard that there are four VIP Dugout Suites downstairs that the public can rent for everything from a birthday party to a bachelor party. Can we go see one next?
Dan: Yeah, let’s check it out.
Tracey Werner: Cool.
Dan: Tracey, we are now inside the Dugout Suites here at Coca-Cola Park as you can see, the great furniture, the wonderful settings. This really is an unparalleled setting for any type of business or social gathering that you might have at an Iron Pigs game. The great thing, too, is it gives a unique perspective on the game as well, because when you’re actually outside in the stadium seats that are provided along with your suite, you’re actually closer to home plate than the pitcher is when he’s standing on the mound.
Tracey Werner: That’s a really interesting fact, Dan. I didn’t know that.
Dan: Yeah, it’s a great feature of the Dugout Suites here at Coca-Cola Park which also include a two hour ballpark buffet. Much like the suites upstairs, you also have a cash bar and beverage service provided during the course of the game as well. The other great thing about the suites down here is there’s always a fully stacked Coke fridge down here at all times. It’s always ready to be refilled with Coca-Cola products during those hot, humid evenings here at the ballpark.
Tracey Werner: Well, Dan, I’ve got to say I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping to meet FeRROUS, the team mascot, during my visit to the park today. I haven’t seen him anywhere. Do you know where he is?
Dan: Oh, I’m sure he’s kicking around here somewhere. He might be catching some R and R over at the Red Robin mascot booth. Maybe we’ll check on him just a little bit later.
Tracey Werner: Well, Dan, we’re at the end of our tour of Coca-Cola Park. I really appreciate you taking the time to show us around, and I’m looking forward to cheering the Pigs onto victory the next time they’re home.
Dan: Well, Tracey, it’s been my pleasure. Please enjoy the rest of your stay here at Coca-Cola Park.
Tracey Werner: Thanks so much. Whether you’re a baseball fan or just looking for a fun night out with the family, I encourage you to check out an Iron Pigs game yet this season. Thanks for joining me for this edition of Lehigh Valley Visions.