OVERVIEW: The AirHogs have operated out of AirHogs Stadium for over a decade now, and while so much of the surrounding suburbs have changed, the ballpark still feels relatively the same.
For a while, Grand Prairie was a suburb in what was – by far – the largest media market in the American Association. Now with Chicago in the mix, Dallas-Fort Worth isn’t the largest market anymore, but the AirHogs remain true within the American Association and now sit as the fifth-longest tenured organization in the league.
Will plenty to do in both Dallas and Fort Worth, plus so much entertainment in suburban DFW, AirHogs Stadium is nestled in almost the perfect spot for a suburban American Association club.
THE STADIUM: The stadium itself feels like a nod to the Texas League, and it sits only 10 minutes from both Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium.
It’s cavernous and sometimes feels like it’s nearly impossible to get a baseball out of there, and just about the entire surface is turf with plenty of foul territory down the left- and right-field lines. There are tons of suites to enjoy games from and there are also many seats and open-seating berm areas down both foul lines.
Perhaps the stadium’s most unique feature is its bar/grill that opens up to the entire stadium situated (and protected by netting) down the left-field line. The spot gives up a place to enjoy more unique food and drink options while also providing plenty of TVs should you want to keep your eyes on things happening elsewhere.
Though it sits right underneath flight patterns for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, it never seems like the planes create too much of a distraction for those both on the field and in the seats.
Even in a bustling suburb, AirHogs Stadium remains a quieter place to watch a game.
THE CITY: Grand Prairie is … Grand Prairie. It’s a suburb closer to Dallas but still located in a great spot to access much of the Metroplex. On both sides of AirHogs Stadium, Grand Prairie offers two much different entertainment options.
Beyond the right-field fence, you have the Theatre at Grand Prairie – a mid-sized concert venue that offers numerous shows year-round and is bound to have a gig or two while the ‘Dogs visit the AirHogs.
But off towards the left-field corner, you also have DFW’s only marquee horse racing track: Lone Star Park. The park’s been open since 1997, but it also offers some live horse racing with simulcasted events seven days a week. It’s something you don’t really expect to find where it is, but it’s still one of the more unique entertainment opportunities close to American Association stadiums.
While the Rangers and Cowboys aren’t too far away, neighboring Arlington also offers Six Flags over Texas and Hurricane Harbor as go-to spots to hit during a hot and humid Texas afternoon.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Grand Prairie, and with Cleburne located much closer to Fort Worth than Dallas, Grand Prairie gives you a chance to explore downtown Dallas before you head to the ballpark. (For anyone who missed the Cleburne stop, you can read that here.)
‘DOGS ALL-TIME RECORD IN GRAND PRAIRIE: Things have gotten better over the last couple of years, but Lincoln is just 17-19 on the road against the AirHogs.
WHEN THE ‘DOGS ROLL THROUGH GRAND PRAIRIE: July 19-21, August 18-20; Tickets range from $8-$12 and can be purchased online.