We have played many regular games at Arnaiz Stadium where every first game of the day starts with a National Anthem and an announcement of their world-famous Root Beer Float 😉
It is located at 3293 E Morada Ln, Stockton, CA 95212
They have a $5 or $7 entry fee to get in the park for Adults. Players and coaches are free. They have a decent snack shack and real restrooms (not just porta pottys) which is good. Here is a look of the snack shack and a pic of their menu. Nothing fancy, just regular ball park food. There are a couple of places (subway, Starbucks etc) near by that you can go to get something a little better. May be they will add more items to their menu for Nationals.
Their menu is here below…just in case you want to know ahead of time.
Here are the park rules posted on their site.
Most importantly…please lock your valuables or better yet, do not leave anything of value in your car. Almost every time we have played here someones car has been broken into. Remember this is Stockton, not fairy land. They used to have a big sign right at the front gate that I took a pic of several years ago. They have since removed this sign, but the message still stands. You can’t call 911 if your car gets broken into since the city is bankrupt (may be they are out of bankruptcy now) and does not respond to car break-ins. They have to allocate their resources to more important emergencies.
Also if your team goes across the road to practice at the Glacier Point park, be wary since occasionally there are some shady characters (basically thugs or gangs) driving around in motorcycles playing really loud music. Very intimidating the last time it happened when our team was practicing here in between games. Does not make you feel safe.
But it is something out of control of Aranaiz Stadium folks who do their best to promote sports. So go support them when you are playing there. Sports is a great way to turn around kids who might otherwise get in trouble living in a wrong environment. Sports teaches life lessons in a controlled setting and how to deal with success and failure.
We have played softball games several times at Louis Park in Stockton, CA. The things that come to mind immediately about this park is the hot weather (duh..Stockton!) and several police cars and police officers in motorcycles going around and around while the games are in progress. Doesn’t make you feel comfortable to see that. Two of our parents cars were broken into at this park at two different times. So, I can understand the police presence. Please make sure not to take any valuables with you when you go here and if you do please don’t leave it in your car.
I have never been to the other areas of the park besides the softball fields. The City of Stockton says that besides the 4 softball fields in a circular pattern, there is 1 baseball field, 4 tennis courts, 4 handball courts, 19 horseshoe pits, 40 picnic tables, 20 BBQ pits, and a remodeled Boat Launch Area.
The snack shack is right in the bull’s eye of the circle. Here is the menu of available snacks available.
The times we have played here has always been very hot. The dugouts had some shade which was very much appreciated by the coaches and kids and the seating for parents and other spectators also had shade depending on the angle of the sun.
Ending on a positive note. Every once in a while you see a nice big boat/ship/sail boats pass through the canal and it is quite a sight to see. The younger siblings get excited to see that.
The big week is here. Our 12U team is going to theASA Nationals in Roseville, CA next week. An entire week of Softball. This is the first time for my daughter & her team to go to Nationals, so she and her team are super excited. There are about 55 teams from all over the country participating in this years nationals. That is a lot of teams and a lot of girls playing softball. I have no idea how this experience will be. This is the first time for us as parents too. So, I will write more about it in a later post.
One thing I know for sure is that it is going to be roasting hot. Temperatures are over a 100 degrees all days with a few days forecast at 107 degrees. I am not sure if there are studies done on kids playing in extreme heat. I am a little concerned about the heat. I will be getting some cooling towels for the kids to cool themselves off during the game. I also need to go to the stores and browse what is else is available for kids to stay cool.
Well, summer softball is coming to an end soon and then we get a much needed month-long break. The kids have worked hard and played hard. Hope you have had a great summer of Softball 2015 too!!