- Joseph Oakes
Plumeri Park - William & Mary Tribe
Photos by Joseph Oakes, Stadium Journey
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.00
Plumeri Park 221 Ironbound Rd Williamsburg, VA 23188
Year Opened: 1999
Home of the Tribe
Plumeri Park is the home of the William and Mary baseball team that plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, and is located in beautiful Williamsburg, VA. The facility is named after alumni Joseph J. Plumeri II who gave a generous donation to build the ballpark. The ballpark seats 1,000 and it opened on March 20, 1999 when the Tribe defeated Penn State 16-10.
Food & Beverage 3
Plumeri Park offers standard concession in its single concession stand dubbed Rosy’s Café. Food selections include cheeseburgers ($5.50), hamburgers ($5), and hot dogs ($4.50). Snack items include soft pretzels ($4.50), peanuts ($3.50), popcorn ($3.50) and sunflower seeds ($3). Beverage items offered are bottled Pepsi products ($4), Dasani water ($3.50), and assorted Gatorade flavors ($4).
While there is not much variety, the items offered are enough to get you by for a baseball game.
The exterior of Plumeri Park is a nice brick façade that looks impressive from the outside. Inside the ballpark, there are two types of seats: reserved chair back seats between the dugouts and two sections of metal bleachers above each dugout. Only the top row of these bleachers has bench backs. The chair back seats are nice, but be warned that they are severely obstructed due to the screen that is hard to see through and the poles holding it up. The bench seating above the dugout offers a much better view of the playing field. This area also enables you to spread out as the bench seating is pretty tight.
There is a single suite adjacent to the press box behind the plate, which also has eight outside private seats.
A single scoreboard is located in left field that only provides basic info such as line score, balls, strikes, and outs. The playing surface at Plumeri Park is natural grass; the word “Tribe” is painted on the artificial surface behind home plate, while CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) is painted on the natural grass surface in front of each dugout.
If you are looking for other things to do while in town for a William and Mary baseball game, there are many options in the Williamsburg area. Colonial Williamsburg has many colonial style homes, shops, restaurants, and attractions in the downtown area.
Also nearby is Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement on the east coast; and Yorktown, the site where the British surrendered and the Revolutionary War ended.
There also many other resorts and attractions nearby including theme parks Busch Gardens and Water Country.
During our visit, not many fans were in attendance. Many appeared to be the family and friends type, and the visiting team had almost as many fans as did the hometown Tribe. However, the fans in attendance were knowledgeable of the game, were involved, and did quite a bit of cheering when the Tribe would score or get big defensive plays.
Plumeri Park is easily accessible from US 60 in Williamsburg, and is located just off of Ironbound Road. However, you must turn right as soon as you see the sign for Plumeri Park. If you wait to you see the ballpark itself at the corner of Ironbound Road and DePue Drive, there is no access the ballpark. This can be confusing if it is your first time, so be alert. If using a GPS, use 221 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg, VA. Parking is free but is somewhat limited. When we attended, the crowd was relatively small, but parking was still an adventure. People pretty much park wherever around the outfield wall and the neighboring soccer stadium.
There is a single entrance to Plumeri Park along the first base side that is easily noticeable by a free-standing brick building ticket booth. Tickets can be purchased here, and just beyond is the stadium gates. Entrance is easy and there is no security; they just check your ticket. There are two “concourses” at Plumeri Park: an upper one above the seating bowl and a lower one underneath the stands. Directly behind the concession stand and press box, there is a brick tower with steps and an elevator that goes to the upper concourse. There are also steps on either side of the stands near the dugouts. Restrooms are on the lower concourse and are spacious and clean. Handicapped seating is plenteous on the upper concourse.
Return on Investment 4
Ticket prices are $10 for reserved chair back seats and $8 for general admission bleacher seats. This may seem a little high, but with free parking and affordable concession prices, this is just about right as far as pricing goes for a day at the ballpark.
An extra point for the friendly ushers who came up and told us that we could sit in the chair back seats, even with bleacher tickets since the crowd was so small.
Plumeri Park is a nice little ballpark that is perfect for a program like William and Mary. If you’re ever in the Williamsburg area and are looking to catch some good college baseball, Plumeri Park is just the place for you!