There is a sign on Rte 3 Northbound, for Historic Holman Stadium. I’ve driven by it so many times, that in my minds eye it has taken the place of the exit ramp sign. Now that I’ve seen the Nashua Silver Knights play a few games at Holman Stadium I’ve found our new family fun activity. I’m a big baseball fan, I grew up watching it, and my kids are growing up watching it. Thanks to a Nashua Chamber of Commerce Mixer, I met the staff of the Silver Knights and my baseball world expanded. Holman stadium and the Silver Knights offer a great time, at a great price, and in a great venue.
Parking is free, and only a short walk from the main gate. I repeat, parking is free. You did not imagine that, parking is free. Lets see any other major sporting venue have that as a perk. You could walk to the stadium from downtown if you wanted to though. For folks not familiar with how baseball games operate, be careful how close you park to the 3rd base foul line or make sure that you have full glass coverage. We haven’t seen any cars get hit, most likely due to the treeline at the edge of the stadium. But foul balls happen, and the 3rd base side is prime territory to pick up a souvenir of the game.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. If you decide at last minute to attend make sure you check what special event is going on at the park that day, because you might be able to get a discounted ticket. Speaking of last minute, don’t worry about seats, you’ll have good seats, all the seats are good. There isn’t an overhanging roof or upper deck seats needing support columns that block your view. This also allows for a lovely breeze on warm evenings. Every Sunday the Silver Knights accept canned goods for a local soup kitchen and you’ll get a reduced ticket price for your donation. Wednesday night games, children get in free with a kids club card.
When you walk into the park, take a moment to read some of the many plaques about the parks history. You may be surprised by some of the history that is here in downtown Nashua.
Activities for children
Do your kids have a hard time sitting still for nine innings of baseball (Because I know mine do.)? Get to the game before the first pitch, there’s a booth at the gate where the kids can sign up for games on the field between the innings. Duck toss, water balloon baseball, and even running on the field during the game. Many of the games are played with the members of the Silver Knights team and the staff. A really great personable friendly bunch including the in game announcer, Jimmy Football. Speaking of running the bases, the kids get to do that at the end of every home game. How cool is that? Best way to prepare is when the Silver Knights are winning, go to the 3rd base field entrance around the 1st out at the top of the ninth.
Do you like fireworks? Well after every Friday night home game, there are fireworks. Not a few pops that sparkle, but a full scale fireworks show.
Cowbells! There is a spectator that has sat at the back of section 103 near section 104 at every game I have been too. He is selling cowbells for charity. The cowbells are $8 and fun to ring. Or in the case of small children great for teaching when to cheer and not to cheer during a baseball game (Note, not for the visiting team).
Jack wanted to go to a football that night, not a baseball game. Meeting Kendall Reyes made everything OK.
Local celebrities and giveaways. Last Wednesday Kendall Reyes of the Washington Redskins was there to throw out the first pitch and sign giveaway bobble heads. Kendall grew up in Nashua and played for Nashua North. According to articles on the internet he spends time in Nashua during the off season and does work to promote the Boys and Girls Club where he spent time as a youth. Interestingly enough Catalyst Chiropractic started a promotion at the end of June, and $25 of all new patient exam fees will be donated to the Nashua Boys and Girls club.
Other little tips
Pick up the $1 program at the merchandise stand as you walk in. It is always interesting to see which college the players attend, and where they grew up. The league has rules about what percentage of its players need to be from New England schools. Plus its always fun to find out a kid from your home town is playing ball on the field.
On Wednesday hot dogs are $1, which is half price. If you were paying attention the flyers in your mail box, you may have gotten a coupon for 2 for 1 hot dogs.
The Silver Knights Kids Club gets kids a discount on merchandise and free entry on Wednesdays. Youth t-shirts are only $10 before discount.
It’s always a challenge taking two small kids to a public restroom, especially at a sporting event. Holman Stadium has two clearly marked, accessible rest rooms right on the main concourse. Clean, well lit, and not far from the field, so you don’t miss any of the game.
Many foul balls go out around the back of section 208 and 201. Expect half way through the game a small collection of children will be there chasing after the balls.
Non-peak nights, private air conditioned boxes are $150. Find 15 friends and for $10 each you get unlimited soda and popcorn. Plus access to the full menu of concessions (for additional charges of course).
Sterling the mascot is often walking the park high-fiving children and posing for pictures.
The Silver Knights can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.
Sometime mid game, and I can’t remember when they have everyone get up and do some kind of dance that at first reminded me of the tomahawk chop from the Atlanta Braves games. Anyone want to clue me into this ritual? We’re still a bit baffled by it.
Holman Stadium has a long history with Nashua, and the Silver Knights are working to build a great relationship with the community. We’ll see you at the game.