You can read the general introduction to this series here.
Why the Eastside Rocks #6:
Vince Genna Stadium (& Bend Elks baseball)
The Stadium, celebrating its 60th anniversary last year, is home to the Bend Elks baseball club. Named for the legendary Parks & Rec director and longtime Bend resident Vince Genna, it has a fair bit of history behind it:
The stadium was home to various American Legion and High school teams through the 40’s-60’s. Then the stadium housed pro ball through 1998. Affiliated teams from the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels have all had minor league teams domiciled here in Bend.
For eight years now it has been home to the Bend Elks baseball club, which has the distinction of being the longest standing organized club to call Vince Genna Stadium its home.
Located in Southeast Bend at SE 5th and Roosevelt (just off of Wilson behind Rite Aid and the Grocery Outlet), it seats up to 3,500. During the summer baseball season, a general admission ticket will cost you $5 (Tuesdays are only $2!), and food and beer are available, of course. Cascade Lakes Brewing even brews a special Golden Glove Ale just for the Stadium.
History and entertainment—what more could you ask for?
(Image courtesy of Bend Elks.)