When planning things to do in Bisbee, AZ, a visit to Warren, AZ, home to the emblematic Warren Ballpark, is an absolute must. Seated charmingly in the heart of the Copper Territory, it's an essential inclusion on any traveler's bucket list. As the twinkling field lights come into view, nestled amidst the panoramic vista of the valley, a sense of anticipation takes over.
The Warren Ballpark bears the prestige of being America's oldest multifunctional ballpark, its history proudly reaching back to the year 1909. As you walk through its entrance, you can almost feel the echoes of the past swirling around you. A testament to the city's rich history, this iconic landmark offers more than just the thrill of the game. It stands as a silent, steadfast narrator of the stories etched in its crevices and corners.
Accompanied by our dedicated tour guides, you'll get an intimate glance into the ballpark's past. They weave fascinating narratives from their personal experiences with the field, adding a distinct touch of nostalgia to your visit. You'll find yourself transported back in time, stepping into their memories, experiencing the park through their eyes.
What sets Warren Ballpark apart is its rustic grandstands. Constructed from resilient adobe brick and concrete, these structures conceal a labyrinth of rooms, hallways, restrooms, and locker rooms. Each of these locations carries tales from the past waiting to be discovered, allowing you to uncover the unique history that makes up this extraordinary place.
But it's not just the ballpark's architecture that tells stories. The field itself has seen countless games played by Major League legends, including Tris Speaker, Sam Crawford, Ray Schalk, and Red Faber. You can almost hear the cheers as you walk on the same field graced by these baseball greats. And the iconic home run by Olympic Champion Jim Thorpe? It's a celebrated piece of the park's rich legacy, still echoing through the ages.
The Warren Ballpark's historical significance extends beyond the world of sports. In the year 1917, it served as a significant juncture in Bisbee's history. This was the place where 2000 copper miners were interviewed by the I.W.W. labor union, marking a pivotal point in labor history. The site where 1300 of these miners were subsequently shipped off to New Mexico can be visited as part of our enriching Big Jeep Tours.
Today, the Warren Ballpark continues to be a thriving hub of local sports culture. It not only hosts baseball games but also serves as the battleground for the historic Bisbee Douglas Rivalry Football game, affectionately known as the "Pick Game". Our esteemed tour guide, a former player himself, will regale you with personal anecdotes and experiences from his time on the field.
Whether you choose to embark on the Copper Territory Tour or the 12 City Tour, a visit to Warren Ballpark is sure to be a highlight. It's a window into a time gone by that you won't want to miss. Immerse yourself in the compelling tales from the past and let the echoes of history resonate with you. Experience travel in a way that transcends mere sightseeing – travel to experience history.