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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) — There are two diamonds in the rough if you’re a baseball fan in the St.Louis metro area and both belong to frontier league teams. The Gateway Grizzlies call GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois home. Less than an hour away in O’Fallon, Missouri the River City Rascals play at Car Shield Field.
“What’s happening on the field is really separate from what’s going on in the rest of the stadium,” said River City Rascals General Manager Dan Dial.
You’ll hear that a lot across the Frontier League and it was certainly on display during our visit to Car Shield Field.
“The most important thing to realize is that we’re competing against a lot of different entertainment options. What we’re trying to do is make sure that when you come here it’s different than going bowling or going to the pool or going downtown to a sporting event because it’s very affordable, very family friendly, and we have a lot of crazy cool promotional nights that are going on” added Dial.
You can rock out with Ruffie the Rascals mascot and salute Hope the Nacho Queen. Needless to say there is plenty of action between the lines and between innings at Car Shield Field.
The same can be said at GCS Ballpark where the Gateway Grizzlies play. Olympic gold medalist and wrestling legend Kurt Angle was the special guest the night we visited. The main attraction most nights can be found at the concession stand.
“We have baseball’s best burger and we have a cult following, said Grizzlies GM Steve Gomric.
A Krispy Kreme donut serves as the bun for this quarter-pound beef patty with American cheese and bacon.
“We sell out most nights, so you better get here early and get it. It’s not a fad,” added Gomric.
While you’re polishing off baseball’s best burger, let the youngsters explore the Kid Zone. Chances are that’s where you’ll run into Grizzlies mascot Izzy.
“We’re the affordable alternative and the alternative for baseball lovers that are like “hey I want to go take my whole family out here, enjoy the night, come here with $50 and leave with change in my pocket. You can do that at GCS Ballpark,” said Gomric.
There are many similarities and differences between the St. Louis areas Frontier League franchises. From fun food to priceless promotions, you’ll not only get a lot of bang for your buck but also a unique night at the ballpark.
So why not take in both experiences before the season draws to a close?