I’ve been going to Clippers games regularly since childhood (and the days of Cooper Stadium), but the opening of the new ballpark about a decade ago boosted my attendance, even as a childless adult. I’ve always admired the intimate, fan-first design of Huntington Park in that it provides various vantage points and ticket options.
For instance, we started this summer afternoon, sitting in the outfield lawn. After a few innings taking in the game from a blanket spread across the grass, we worked our way around the stadium, stopping at various kids attractions and activities along the way. Strollers are still a necessity for our operation, and not only are Clippers staffers accommodating, but it’s welcomed to move about the facility with one.
Adults will be pleased that the beer is reasonably-priced and local options are readily available. The same is true for the food, which ranges from standard ballpark eats to local stops including City Barbeque and Bob Evans.
By the time we made our way to the sea of picnic benches stashed near the right field corner, we were ready for a bite.
As we finished our snacks, we posted up along the railing separating this areas and the bleacher seats. Both us and the kids could easily keep an eye on the action, while still prioritizing our socializing.
From this site, you don’t need kids (in fact it probably would be easier) to marvel at the gorgeous views of our city’s skyline Huntington Park has carved out for us.
This was just our second game with little ones, so we are still novices, but after digging into it, they unsurprisingly have an entire season-long program called MVP Kids Club dedicated to children, coincidentally culminating on Sundays. We will certainly look into this next season and beyond.
While we weren’t enrolled in the Club, the kids got to run the bases after the game. This was without a doubt a highlight for them and worth staying for.
Since this was my son’s first game, he was sent a certificate honoring this milestone. Hit up Guest Services while you’re there, and they’ll take down your information. It’s really easy and a fun memento.
From my experience, there’s very few activities in central Ohio that are as family-friendly as a Clippers game in Huntington Park, that also satisfies the adults. And I personally take pride in taking my children to an urban environment that is safe and enjoyable for our family.
The season is close to over, so I recommend getting a game in before we are stuck waiting for 2018.