Question of the Day: Have You Seen a Renegades Game?

We want to hear from you. Tell us in the comments section below.

The Hudson Valley Renegades are a minor league baseball team that plays its home games at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y., about 30 miles from northern Yorktown. The New York-Penn League franchise is a short-season Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Several Renegades alumni, including star third baseman Evan Longoria, are now members of the parent club.

Dutchess Stadium officially seats 4,494 but patrons of picnic areas often push the official paid attendance over 5,000. Newer fans often cite the escalating cost of seeing Major League games at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field as a reason for sampling minor-league baseball at “The Dutch,” where basic ticket prices range from $6 for general admission to $14 for a box seat (add $2 for fireworks nights). Ambience includes theme nights, giveaways, contests between
innings, play area for children and a wide variety of food concessions.

Today’s Questions of the Day are:

  • As Major League games become increasingly expensive for ordinary fans, especially families, have you tried minor league baseball as an alternative?
  • Have you ever seen a Renegades game at Dutchess Stadium, or a game at some other minor league park? Tell us about your experience.

Please write your response in the comments.

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Stephanie July 25, 2011 at 01:42 PM
We've gone to 3 Renegades games so far this season, we have 3 to go. It's great fun, the kids have a blast! We may buy season tickets for next year!! Go Renegades!
Jeanne Gilholm July 26, 2011 at 06:51 PM
We tagged along with our children and were so happily surprised by seeing a good game, having a blast, good food at the concession and peanuts in the shell. Everyone went home happy. It was a day well spent. I don't think it'd be as much fun to go to Yankee Stadium as it was to "the Dutch".
Brian Marschhauser July 26, 2011 at 07:56 PM
I went to a Renegades game a few weekends ago. They were a little rusty on their in-between innings stuff, but it was a great time - especially the fireworks. The game also moves along pretty quickly thanks to no commercial breaks, so barring extra innings, you're likely to get out of there by 9:30/9:45. It can't possibly replicate a Major League game, but for a kid or a true baseball junkie, it's fun. I should point out, though, that a Yankees game these days doesn't cost as much as you think. You can take an $8 off-peak, round trip train from Croton Harmon to Yankee Stadium and sit in $5 bleacher seats (which you can always find on StubHub).
Bill July 28, 2011 at 06:11 AM
It's not quite as cheap as you make it seem to go to YS. How much does that $5 seat cost once $tubhub's fees have been added? At least $15, I'd imagine. And don't you have to pay $8 to park at Croton-Harmon? Also the between inning breaks are probably about as long as in MLB (except when FOX does the game, when they are longer to allow for more commercials). They have activities between innings so you don't necessarily notice the time.
Brian Marschhauser July 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM
The service fees are about $10, and yes there is parking. I usually buy tickets in large groups though and those fees don't exactly add up for me. But still, you can go to Yankee Stadium for under $20. And I'll simply say I disagree. Yes, I'm aware of the between-innings activities (and they don't do them for every break), however I still believe they move a little quicker.


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