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Can a ballpark outshine the game being played inside it? Boston’s famous Fenway park turns 100 years old this season, so it was a perfect time to take a closer look via my Android device at the new MLB.com At the Ballpark app. Turns out the app provides a handy reference guide and proves to be a helpful companion for any baseball fan visiting a stadium.
Upon launch, the app displays a list of U.S. baseball parks and cleverly shows you the one closest to you, thus Fenway, for me, sat at the top of the list and was easy to pick. Inside, you can tap on little icons for the things that interest you: food, restrooms, beer, security, souvenirs and so on, and the app will show you where those places are within the ballpark overlaid on a map. This map was useful and accurate for Fenway.
The app also delivers videos, which included several interesting ones on Fenway’s history, and a very handy A to Z guide to the park’s details, directions, game schedules and the ability to buy tickets to upcoming games. There are also rewards for checking-in at games like discounts and special offers.
This app works for all ballparks in the U.S., not just Fenway, and for a limited number the app already includes the ability to order food from your seat and have it delivered to you. Unfortunately, for Fenway (and several other parks) this feature currently brings up a “coming soon” message.
The only downside I found in this free app was the multiple references and links to the paid ($14.99) companion app MLB.com At Bat 12 which lets you follow live games from your Android. Otherwise, take this app out to the ballpark!