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Harbor Park is the home of the Norfolk Tides, a minor league baseball team who are the AAA farm team for the Baltimore Orioles. Harbor Park was opened in 1993, the stadium is located on the edge of the Elizabeth River, near the busy downtown Norfolk city center, shipyards and near Virginia Beach
This was my first ever Baseball game that I attended, so as you can probably guess I know nothing about the sport. I am from England where we are much more focused on our football (soccer), rugby, cricket and tennis.
The whole evening at Harbor Park was relaxed and enjoyable, we had purchased seats a few rows from the front near third base along the foul line which meant we had to keep our eyes open for wayward baseballs!
Harbor Park has a wonderful food selection, expect to be tempted by the wonderful smells as you walk past the food stalls, if you’re not hungry, the tempting smells will soon have you filling up on delicious snacks. You will find Funnel Cake, Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Ice cream, Peanuts, Burgers, BBQ, Pretzels and more. If you’re looking for something more substantial then take a walk to the far side of the stadium there is a restaurant with huge glass windows and an all you can eat buffet so you can enjoy a full meal with the all the creature comforts while you watch the game in tiered seating.
In-between each inning the crowd is kept amused by Rip Tide the mascot, games and challenges that are taken up by the fans watching the game. They had a make a burger challenge, which involved two teams with four people dressed up as burger buns, there was dancing for children to take part in and lots more.
Parking at the stadium is $4.00 extra so remember to take some cash with you, there is plenty of parking and seemingly good security through out the parking lot and the stadium. Harbor Park is only 20 minutes away from Virginia Beach Ocean Front.
For more information on the Tides or Harbor park, please visit their web site.