|Address:||873 Long Dr, Aberdeen, MD 21001, USA|
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Overpriced Ineffective Event Venue, Inexperienced Rotating Staff Ripken Stadium has the largest turnover of ill-experienced event staff making for an extremely unprofessional experience for top event promoters, wedding planners, corporate function organizers, and concert promoters. Hosting an event at the stadium means dealing with terrible weather issues, a lack of enclosed exhibit space to sell, unprofessional concessions handled by Levy Restaurants and working with staff who are often drinking alcohol while on the job. Ripken Stadium management on all levels is fractured, giving clients, whether they are wedding parties, concert organizers, corporate function planners and any other group who chooses this venue, an unorganized, lackluster support structure. With Upper Management of the Ripken Baseball organization unwilling to step in and fix problems and deal with clients directly who are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, clients are left dealing with inconsistent policy and unprofessional treatment. Regarding cost per square foot of space available for trade show exhibit sales and the like, Ripken Stadium is the most expensive venue per square foot from a pure venue rental standpoint. Add to this the extra tenting and other materials and staff needed to effectively host a large event and you more than double your investment for event exhibit space in which exhibitors have to deal with extreme wind on the open concourse. Ripken Stadium has not been able to retain major building and sky box sponsors and clients, including Service Magic, BMW of Bel Air, and the Harford LIVE Home & Garden Show. Perhaps Ripken Baseball and Ripken Stadium ought to refer to real event venues who know the importance of establishing consistent policy, practicing high standard practices, and hiring capable staff before self-titling itself Ripken Events. All information in this review can be verified and is based on fact.
My family are season ticket holders. For years my son has been able to sit behind the dugout and catch balls tossed up by the players as they came in from the field. Tonight my son and his friend were told they had to leave because the man in charge of that area was not going to be responsible if they got hit by a ball. However all night on the 3rd base dugout side, kids were all over the back of the dugout. I know this because I have pictures for proof. I went to fan asst. a total of 6 times. I was told someone by the name of Brad was coming to talk to me. I heard them call him on the radio and him answer, so I know he was there. The game started at 5:35 tonight and. I went to fan assistance at 6:17, it is now 9:19 pm and still no Brad, who I am told is the Asst. General manager, who never showed up. They dont treat season ticket holders very well. In fact I think waiting over 3 hrs to talk to someone, is outrageous at any situation. I have decided that I will not be a season ticket holder next year, nobody wants to be treated like that. They could have sent anybody over to talk to me, anybody but they chose not to and that wander why less and less people are going to the games. Brad, didnt even know what I wanted, guess it doesnt matter. If you are reading this. SAVE YOUR MONEY, DONT WAIST IT HERE. Very disappointed.
We came up from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to see the Ironbirds play. We are season tickets holders at Delmarva Shorebirds in Salisbury and we like to hit the affiliates of the Orioles each year as well. Well worth the four hour drive. The stadium itself is awesome, graphics, activities, food and drink. The staff was delightful as well, not to mention we went down and spoke with some of the players and they were very friendly as well. It was everything you like in a major league stadium but you still got that personal touch the smaller stadiums give you. Thanks
Wish they would post fireworks accurately. Never announced 4th of July fireworks anywhere i could see online, and then never actually had the fireworks they had scheduled for friday july 7th. Sat around waiting for fireworks only to have security start clearing the lot. The flow of info regarding upcoming events is just plain awful. No wonder the team is partially for sale and the lease took forever to get renewed. Lack of organization and marketing. Disappointing.
Great place. Dont have to pay for parking, all coolers are allowed and the place is very professional. Kids feel like they are playing for the major leagues... They also announce all the players at every inning and field. I definitely will come back.. Lastly, they supply cooler and cups for the dugouts!!! Down Fall: Umps could be better and at final game Ripken use to put four umps on the field and now they go with the traditional two umps...
Do you read the menu for the games? Tonight beside salads, we were to have fruit salad - Im still looking for it. Assorted cakes for after dinner. The chicken was very good as were the potatoes. The cakes must be hanging out with the fruit salad. We pay a good price for the dinner, and you print out what we were having. True? What happened? The game was perfect as was the tribute to the Officers. Thank you for that.
As far as minor league games are concerned Ripken Stadium does it right from top to bottom. Our kids love the experience and it is not as crowded or expensive as a major league game. The players are always kind and accessible and you can feel that it is geared towards family which is always nice with small kids. We will be going here for the foreseeable future. The only issue I had was that they ran out of peanuts.
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Great price, awesome location, tons of free parking! We had our wedding reception here, and if I had to do it all over again, I would have skipped the church, and got married on the field! Andrew helped us get everything we wanted, and I couldnt have been happier!! We had an issue with the church, and had to move our wedding back 1.5 hours. Ripken Stadium was very accommodating!
Beautiful little mini Camden yards! The Orioles have this great consistent look in their facilities for all their ball teams....the stadiums that the small teams play are like replicas of the big field in Baltimore. spring training facility, and minor league stadiums too! Leidos field is really nice, and a great place to watch a game, go check out the Ironbirds!
Have held a season ticket plan for the Ironbirds since they opened in 2002. It is a 1.5+ hr drive each way from my home in PA. We love the fan experience at Ripken Stadium, which keeps us coming back. A good value for the money. Have upped our seats from original 2 to 6 to accommodate more family. Love it here, good, fun and great family atmosphere.
This is a great small stadium. I love the things they have for the kids. When my daughter was in girlscouts they actually have a overnight camp out where we set up our tents on the field, play a movie on the big screen, and lots of activities before bed time. The only thing is that it can be over priced the tickets and the food.
Great place to introduce your kids to baseball. Fun stadium although it is terrible that they continue to serve beer during the national anthem (a guy actually cut to the front of the line because everyone else was turned towards the flag being respectful) - really annoying that the concession worker just kept serving food.