116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
This is part of Matt Nelson's series, "Ballparks of the Midwest."
Is it "The Home of the Owlz," or "Brent Brown Ballpark?" Brent Brown is a Toyota dealer down the street from the ballpark in Orem, Utah. The ballpark, located on the campus of Utah Valley University, is the subject of an unusual ballpark naming situation.
The Orem Owlz, a Pioneer League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, are summer tenants at the ballpark. Because the Brent Brown Ballpark bucks of sponsorship go to the university and not the Owlz, the team chooses to refer to the facility as "The Home of the Owlz."
The naming situation is unusual, but not quite as unusual as the fact that this is the only minor league facility that does not serve alcohol. That's due primarily to a state law in Utah prohibiting alcohol sales in situations like this on college campuses. The high LDS presence in the area is also a factor (the ballpark is about five miles from the BYU campus in Provo). So, instead of the more traditional "Beer Batter" at the game (designated batter strikes out=cheap beer for an inning), the "Pepsi Batter" is in full effect in Orem (seriously).
The Home of the Owlz does not have an overly spectacular exterior presence, its design pretty matches that of the rest of the university buildings. The interior presence is spectacular because, much like Ogden and Salt Lake City, the Wasatch Mountains are not far away.
The Owlz draw a lot of fans due in part to incredibly inexpensive berm seating down the left field line. For the 2011 season adult lawn tickets are $4 and children are just $2.
Call it "The Home of the Owlz," or "Brent Brown Ballpark," but either way, the field is a nice place to catch some Rookie Level baseball with a scenic look at the nearby mountains...with a soda in hand.