Ogden’s Pro Baseball Team, The Ogden Raptors Celebrate 20 Years at Lindquist Field

When Ogden Raptors pro baseball team owner Dave Baggett accepted an Indie Ogden award for “best local team” this year, he asked who in the large audience had attended a Raptors game. Most of the crowd raised their hand. Dave was in shock. He has since talked many times about how much that meant to him and that he didn’t know he was reaching this audience. He also offered everyone in attendance a free ticket to see a game if you email him, so don’t forget to take him up on that!

I have a confession, though I’ve attended a game each year with our accountant, I’m not really a sports fan type. I go for the fun of it and to support our home team. Ogden is lucky to have a pro team – besides the Raptors there’s only one other pro team — the Bees in Salt Lake.

Fun facts about the Ogden Raptors:

  • The Raptors name is based on a dinosaur. The logo is patterned off a dinosaur at the George S Eccles dinosaur park in Ogden. An Ogden resident submitted the name in a contest and won lifetime tickets to see the Ogden Raptors play. She hasn’t missed a game since!
  • The Ogden Raptors are in the Pioneer League and the club has played at Lindquist Field for 20 years this year. They are an affiliate of the LA Dodgers.
  • The view of the mountains from at Lindquist Field, right near the heart of downtown Ogden, is known as having the best view in professional baseball.

    Just look at that view!

    Just look at that view!

  • Lindquist Field is named after former Raptors co-owner John A. Lindquist whose family owns Lindquist Mortuary in Ogden. It was that donation that made it possible to build the stadium.
  • There used to be a hot tub but things got too wild and it was too hard to maintain, so that was shut down and today there’s a playground for the kids.
  • Baseball fans have gotten married at the park and many have gotten engaged there. The team announcers can sometimes help!
  • There are no tryouts for singing of the national anthem (not sure if any other pro team that doesn’t have auditions). If you want to do it and no one else has claimed the day, it’s yours. You do have to purchase a ticket.
  • Besides the Wasatch Mountains, the view towards the outfield includes the Ogden temple. According to this story, Baggott tried but ultimately wasn’t successful in getting the LDS church’s leadership to turn the angel Moroni to face so it looks like it is watching the game. He claimed that Notre Dame has Touchdown Jesus, so why not giving Utah a “Home Run Moroni”?
  •  Players who come from all over the world stay with local families during the season.

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Special Days at the Park

These are the days that are the most fun times to go see a Raptors game:
Taco Tuesdays – tacos are $1
Wednesdays – $1 hot dogs
Thursdays – half price fountain drinks and $2 draft beer (12/oz can)
July 18th – free bobble heads for the first 500 fans
August 15th – free Lindquist Field replicas for first 500 fans
Saturdays are date nights – bring a date and they get in free
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Fireworks: Friday July 15, Friday August 12, Friday Aug 26 at 6:30, Friday Sept 2nd 6:30.
Games (unless noted) start at 7pm, on Sundays they start at 4pm (add this onto your list of things to do on Sunday in Ogden).

Here’s a schedule for this year’s games. The box office opens from 9am to 5pm on non game days or until 8pm on game days. Call 801.393.2400 to schedule. Please tell them Indie Ogden sent you.

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Look at the beautiful Wasatch Mountains!

Group Discounts to See a Raptors Game:

If you want to get a group together of at least 20 people, you can get reserved seats at the best price and all sit together. This is great for employees, church groups, neighborhoods, large families/friends, and more. If you’re like me you want to go for the social aspect as much as the game – and the food (they have Lucky Slice pizza and more). So it’s more fun the more people you can bring. There’s an entire section for groups who want to come to the ballpark together.
– Get the night named after them (The Even Steven’s Night at the park, for example) and it will be announced.
– Your logo will be displayed on the video board and you’ll be welcomed to Lindquist Field
– Someone from your group company can throw a ceremonial first pitch
– Someone from your group can sing the national anthem (based on availability)
Rates go down the more people you have in your group.
20-100 $8 a seat
101-200 $7 a seat
201-300 $6, etc.
Picnics:
All you can eat, from 5:30-7pm
$22 for adults
Kids $17
PRICE INCLUDES YOUR SEAT
Food includes: drink (not beer), hamburger, hot dogs, chicken sandwich
For group sales text or call Janet at 801.362.7975 or call 801.393.2400. Or, you can order online (minimum order size of 20 tickets applies) and we’ll contact you to confirm your group name, get your logo (if applicable), etc. Again, be sure to tell them Indie Ogden sent you. Let’s try and get an Indie Ogden day at the Ogden Raptors going for next year!
This post was written by Janet Thaeler, who has gotten an incredible education on the history and business of baseball by getting to know the Ogden Raptors this year. I met Dave Baggott at the Indie Ogden Awards (we were at the same table). When he found out I did Facebook advertising for local businesses, he asked me to assist in the online marketing. As part of the perks of the job, I get tickets to the games, so I plan to attend a lot more games with my family to cheer on the team this year!

Guest bloggers are locals who love Ogden! To become a guest blogger, email Mikaela@indieogdenutah.com.