Watch out, MLB—Cleburne, Texas, is ready to play hardball. After more than 100 years since it disbanded (following its Texas League Championship victory in 1906), the Cleburne Railroaders baseball team is back in business. Paying homage to its legendary past and taking the city by storm, the Railroaders will play a series of games at The Depot at Cleburne Station. Watch baseball the way The Depot intended with these top 10 things to do at a Cleburne Railroader Game.
1.Hang out by the outfield.
You’ll want to come early before the game starts if you want to snag seating in the left-field bleachers. The bleachers are located in prime fly-ball territory, so be sure to bring your mitt and test your luck.
2. Have a tailgate party.
The Depot permits tailgate parties before Railroaders games, but only in designated spaces. The areas are first-come, first-serve, so show up early and get your party started 2-hours before the game.
3. Bring the kids.
No child wants to be confined to his or her seat for an entire baseball game. Right field is conveniently located by the bullpen, allowing kids to watch the pitchers and catchers warm up.
4. Get fancy.
If it’s within your budget, create unforgettable memories by booking luxury suites for your group or family. Each private suite seats up to 16 people and guests will get a mind-blowing panoramic view of the stadium in the comfort of air conditioning. Booking a luxury suite also includes butler service during the game.
5. Host a party.
Did you know The Depot has a private party deck? As long your group is smaller than 50 people, you can purchase tickets to the second level of the stadium, where guests can enjoy the concession stands, vendor carts and drinks overlooking the field.
6. Stock up on gear.
Show your support for the Cleburne Railroaders by acquiring a shirt or mug with the team’s logo. Merch can be found at the Railroaders Team Store, currently under works and scheduled to open to the public soon.
7. Go for green.
Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic blanket and kick back to enjoy the game at the Grass Berm Seating area. Located on the first and third baselines in an enclosed section, the grassed area provides fans a place to picnic while rooting for their favorite team.
8. Come hungry.
Enjoy mouth-watering fan favorite food items at the First Financial Bank Picnic Plaza, where you’ll find delicacies like pizzas and sandwiches waiting for you. The plaza is located on the first base line.
9. Stay after the game.
As the game ends, you and your kids can tackle the field and retrace the steps of your favorite players. It’s safe to say your children will love running around the bases and imagining themselves as professional baseball players. Before you leave stop by the historical railroader museum that provides insight on why the local team earned its name.
10. Plan postgame activities.
Cleburne has several museums to visit but make sure you visit the Cleburne Railroad Museum. While located off-site from the stadium, the museum highlights the city’s strong history in the railroad industry.
Photo Courtesy of Monica Faram and Cleburne Times Review