|Beer for a buck? Yes please!|
Papillion, NE 68046
Yes, I know, Werner Park isn’t a bar…and even if it were…it would not be a dive bar. BUT, any place where I can watch sports (live in this instance) and actually sit at a bar and have $1 beers deserves some kind of review.
Keep in mind that I liked going to Omaha Royals games at Rosenblatt, and I am bit of curmudgeon, so the thought of now going to a Storm Chasers game in Sarpy County did not sit well with me. But I figured, what the hell, it was “Thirsty Thursday” which meant dollar beers…I am never one to pass up a chance to drink dirt cheap beer…so off I went.
First Impressions: Pulling into the lot, I wasn’t initially wowed with facility. But did I just see a sign for “free” parking? Yes I did! I hopped out of my car and was immediately greeted by a dude in Storm Chasers shirt “Great night for baseball” he shouted my way with a smile. I don’t remember that kind of greeting at Rosenblatt? Keep in mind that friendly Storm Chasers staff will be a recurring theme. Hey, so far, not too bad.
|Sit at an actual bar and watch the game|
The Crowd: The Storm Chasers have gone out of their way to create an atmosphere where baseball fans, guys out on the town, and families with small children can all coexist and have a great time. In my seat right behind home plate, I was sitting next to a group of men in their 60s keeping track of every pitch. A quick glance of the luxury suites showed people in their 20’s and 30’s drinking and having a great time. Here with your family? Grab your drink and head out to the “Family Fun Zone” you can still see the action on the field and you’re never too far from your next beer!
|The more options the better|
Prices: Not interested in the $1 beer selection (fools) you can get a domestic pint for $5 or a 24 ounce draft for $7. Higher-end selections, like Stella Artois, will set you back $8 for a 24 ouncer. Margaritas and a few other mixed drink selections will set you back roughly $7 a pop.
Food: There are many food options, everything from burgers and dogs to pizza and my personal favorite…Frito Pie. And the real kicker, the prices now seemed to be less at Werner Park than they were at Rosenblatt. I only had nachos for $4 and they were fine enough. The cheese was a bit bland, but if that is my only complaint so far, I can easily live with that!
|Craft beer anyone?|
Restrooms: The only real downside of the restrooms is that they are a bit of hike from the club seats where I was sitting. Other than that, they are decent-sized, have TVs over each of the urinals (not that the women care) and even have those Dyson super-duper hand dryers. As dollar beer night wore on, the lines did get a bit longer. Coincidence? I think not. As a wise old man once told me “You don’t buy beer, you only rent it”.
|Never miss any of the action|
Other Observations: Never before have I seen so many things that have corporate branding and that includes the foul poles and the seats. One aspect that I especially liked is that you can walk around the entire field and still be able to watch the game from anywhere. Want to get your exercise while you’re here? Three laps around Werner Park is equal to one mile. And, no matter where you sit (as long as you have seats and not sitting in the outfield berm) you are never more than 16 rows from the action, and there’s NEVER a bad seat in the house.
Final Thoughts: Even if you’re not a baseball fan, Thirsty Thursday at Werner Park should be a MUST on your list of things to do this summer. Bring your buddies, bring your kids, hell bring the whole damn neighborhood. It’s fun, it’s cheap, and it is more cost-effective than going to the movies…and you get A LOT more entertainment. The Strom Chasers have taken affordable entertainment to a whole new level…beers for everyone!