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Borleske Stadium has a long history of being the premier sports facility in Walla Walla County. Named for legendary Whitman College athlete and coach Raymond Vincent Borleske (class of 1910), it has served as the home for a variety of professional and amateur teams in both football and baseball. The Walla Walla Sweets have called Borleske Stadium home since their inaugural season in the summer of 2010. playing their first game at Borleske on Wednesday, June 8, 2010.
Baseball teams to have called Borleske Stadium home:
- Walla Walla Bears
- Walla Walla Islanders
- Walla Walla Phillies
- Walla Walla Padres
Big names who have played at Borleske Stadium:
- Kurt Russell (actor)
- Tony Gwynn (MLB Hall of Famer)
- Ozzie Smith (MLB Hall of Famer)
- John Kruk (former MLB All-Star)
- Drew Bledsoe (NFL player)
Other teams that have called Borleske home:
- Walla Walla High School football (current fall)
- Whitman College baseball (current spring)
- Whitman College football
- Walla Walla High School baseball
- Walla Walla Community College football
About Raymond Vincent Borleske:
After growing up and attending high school in Spokane, Raymond Vincent Borleske came to Whitman College and starred as a running back, defender and kicker on the football team and was a standout pitcher, catcher and third baseman on the baseball team. He captained both squads for his final two years at Whitman. After earning numerous accolades, including All-American honors in football and repeated all-Northwest Conference honors in baseball, Borleske graduated from Whitman in 1910 and is regarded to this day as one of the top athletes to ever come through Whitman College.
R.V. Borleske went on to receive his law degree from the University of Oregon and returned to Whitman to coach football, baseball and basketball. He won conference championships with football in 1921, 1928, 1930 and 1931. His baseball teams finished with a combined record of 530-368 and 10 conference championships while even his basketball teams enjoyed success, winning 7 conference championships in one 12-year span.
Borleske retired in 1947 and served two mayoral terms in Walla Walla while coaching American Legion baseball. Borleske died on January 2, 1957, just six days shy of his 70th birthday.
In 1940, Borleske Stadium was named after the highly decorated athlete and coach, ensuring his legacy to this day. The Borleske Trophy bears his name as well. This award is the most prestigious athletic award offered to male athletes at Whitman College, a salute to four years of athletic excellence. The female version of this award is named after R.V.'s spouse, Mignon Borleske, a Whitman physical education and dance instructor for nearly 40 years. Borleske was posthumously inducted into the Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame (first class), the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame (first person).
Click here to find directions from your specific location.
- Take Rt. 12 East towards Lewiston
- Take the Park Street/Rees Ave Exit (you will see a sign for Borleske Stadium). Be sure to take this exit slow!!
- Veer left onto E. Rees Ave.
- Borleske Stadium and parking will be on your left
From Waitsburg/Dayton/Lewiston (east):
- Take Rt. 12 West towards the Tri-Cities
- Take the Clinton St./Whitman College exit on your left.
- Take the 2nd right on to Melrose St.
- Continue straight passed the Whitman Athletic Complex and DeSales High School on your right.
- Turn right on to E. Rees Ave.
- Borleske Stadium and parking will be on your right.
From Milton-Freewater (south):
- Take Rt. 11 North into Washington, where it becomes Rt. 125 North.
- Continue into Walla Walla where it becomes 9th Ave. and make a Right on to Rose St.
- Continue straight for 1-2 miles and make a Left onto E. Sumach St. If Rose St. turns to the right and becomes E. Isaacs Ave, you've gone too far.
- Make a sharp right on to E. Rees Ave.
- Borleske Stadium and parking will be on your left.
Welcome to Borleske Stadium, one of the grand old ballparks of the Pacific Northwest and home to the Walla Walla Sweets! Please see our FAQ and A-Z guides to help ensure that your experience is a positive one. We look forward to having you join us for a Sweets game, a Whitman College baseball game, or Wa-Hi Varsity football game!
Can I bring my own food and/or beverages?
We allow families to bring food from home that is in clear plastic Ziploc bags or clear plastic containers (such as Tupperware or Gladware). Outside restaurant or fast food is not permitted. Fruit must be sliced and quartered, and only factory-sealed water bottles or empty water bottles are permitted. We do not allow carbonated, alcoholic or sports/energy drinks to be brought into the ballpark. Outside food items are NOT permitted in Field Boxes, the Sweet Spot or our Beer Gardens.
How much does parking cost?
Parking is free at Borleske Stadium; however, parking in player and Host Family lots by non-players and non-host families is prohibited.
Can I bring in a purse or backpack?
Yes, however all bags, purses, blankets, etc. are subject to search.
Can I bring my own chairs to sit in?
NO lawn chairs or other outside seating is allowed. However, pads to sit on the bleachers ARE allowed.
I'm outside when I'm at Borleske, so can I smoke in the stadium?
Borleske Stadium is a tobacco-free and smokeless facility.
Where do I enter Borleske Stadium?
All fans enter through the main gates in the right field corner (adjacent to the parking lot).
Where can I buy tickets?
The Box office is located in the right field corner, adjacent to the parking lot. Tickets are available at the Sweets Shoppe, located at 109 E. Main Street in Downtown Walla Walla. Day-of-game purchases will be available at the Sweets Shoppe Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 4 PM, and on Saturday from 10 AM until 2 PM. The Sweets Shoppe is closed on Sundays. Tickets are available for purchase at the Borleske Stadium box office with the following schedule (which is subject to change):
• 7:05 p.m. First Pitch - Box Office opens at 4 p.m.
• 5:05 p.m. First Pitch - Box Office opens at 2 p.m.
• Fans are not allowed on the field unless escorted by authorized team personnel
The Guest Services Center is located just inside the front gates, adjacent to the right field fence (under the Pepsi auxiliary scoreboard). Here, fans can have their questions about Sweets baseball answered, report stadium concerns, and "enter to win" stadium contests.
Alcoholic beverages are served in the Borleske Stadium in accordance with all state laws and regulations governing the sale of alcoholic beverages. Service of alcohol will cease following the last pitch of the 7th inning of a regulation game, and consumption of alcohol will be restricted to certain marked areas within the stadium. Alcohol will NOT be served at any legion or high school event at Borleske Stadium. No outside alcohol, illegal or recreational drugs may be brought into the stadium. Attempting to bring or use such items in the ballpark will be subject to immediate ejection and potential criminal prosecution (in the case of illegal product). The Walla Walla Sweets reserve the right to deny entry into the ballpark and/or refuse service to any guest if said guest appears to be intoxicated.
Anyone interested in performing the National Anthem at a Walla Walla Sweets game should contact the Sweets front office at 509.522.2255 or email Dan Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The Walla Walla Sweets encourage fans to ask players for autographs before and after games. Please keep in mind that league policy prohibits players from signing autographs DURING the game.
BBQs/SWEET SPOT PRESENTED BY KEY TECHNOLOGY
The Walla Walla Sweets Pre-Game BBQ on the Key Tech Deck is perfect for all summer parties! BBQ tickets can be bought for as little as $25/person, and each guest in the group receives a reserved seat ticket as well as the pre-game meal, featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, sides and soft drinks - plus great options for mexican, sliders & wings, and BBQ. Arrangements must be made in advance, and groups of (75) or more people get exclusive use of the Deck.
Birthdays are announced via the PA system in the bottom of the seventh inning. Birthday announcements are made in conjunction with Sweet Lou's Birthday Bonanza. Contact email@example.com for information on how to have your birthday party at a Sweets game...!
The Walla Walla Sweets bullpen is located past the third-base dugout. The visiting team bullpen is located past the first-base dugout.
Hand held cameras and video camcorders are permitted inside the ballpark as long as they don't interfere with the game or other guests' ability to enjoy the game.
The Walla Walla Sweets offer many concessions options ranging from snacks to full meals-all reasonably priced. Please see our policy concerning outside food & beverage here.
Cans, coolers/ice chests/thermoses, and glass bottles are not permitted inside the ballpark. Empty water bottles or (1) factory-sealed water bottle per paying customer is permitted.
FAN CODE OF CONDUCT
The Walla Walla Sweets hope to make your visit to the ballpark an enjoyable, family-oriented experience. As we strive to ensure a positive experience for those in attendance, a Code of Conduct has been put in place for all guests. The Code includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• Refrain from interfering with the progress of the game, going onto the field or throwing any object onto the field or on stadium premises.
• Refrain from smoking or using illegal or recreational drugs inside the stadium
• Refrain from using foul, obscene, offensive, derogatory or abusive language or actions
• Refrain from fighting
• Refrain from indecent exposure
• Refrain from wearing obscene or indecent clothing
• Refrain from interfering with any security measures, including gate searches
Guests who observe any of the aforementioned violations should immediately contact a member of the Walla Walla Sweets staff. Violators may be subject to immediate stadium ejection and potential criminal prosecution.
All fan mail for players and coaches should be addressed to the individual and sent to the ballpark mailing address:
C/O: Walla Walla Sweets
109 East Main Street, Suite C
Walla Walla, WA 99362
The Walla Walla Sweets cannot assume responsibility for lost, misdirected or unanswered requests. We will do our best to respond to all mail in an appropriate fashion.
Only authorized personnel will be permitted on the field prior to, during and after the game. Any unauthorized persons gaining access to the field will be ejected and subject to prosecution and/or fine.
Walla Walla Sweets fans will enjoy a number of firework shows throughout the season. Please check the promotional schedule for exact dates.
FIRST AID STATION
The first aid station is located at the Guest Services Center, located beyond the right field fences. An EMT is on-hand during games to provide medical attention when needed.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Please see our policy concerning outside food & beverage here.
Fans are reminded to be alert at all times for foul balls, baseball bats and other flying objects which tend to leave the playing field. Because of the close proximity of the field, foul balls and baseball bats may fly into the seating area. Fans are encouraged to keep any foul balls that land in the seating area; please return bats and bat fragments to a Walla Walla Sweets staff member. As such, please keep in mind the safety of children. Children should not chase foul balls into the street or any other area where injuries could occur.
Gates will open one (1) hour and (5) minutes prior to game time.
o 7:05 p.m. first pitch - gates open at 6 p.m.
o 5:05 p.m. first pitch - gates open at 4 p.m.
GATE SEARCH POLICY
To ensure the safety of our fans and players, all bags, purses, coats and blankets are subject to search.
Walla Walla Sweets group options are a perfect way to build relationships with employees, clients, family or church groups and offer great savings off the individual price. Call our front office at 509.522.2255 or visit our group ticket page for more information.
The Guest Services Booth is located just inside the front gates, in the right field corner next to the Pepsi auxiliary scoreboard. The booth serves as an information center for fans.
Handicap parking is available in designated spots in the Borleske Stadium parking lot. Please do not park here without proper identification. Violators will be towed.
Guests participating in on-field promotions are chosen at random from a pool of all designated seats. Guests interested in participating in a specific on-field promotion can visit the Guest Services Booth for additional information.
Paging of fans will be done in emergency situations only. Please visit the Guest Services Booth located beyond the right field fence should you need a fan paged.
Parking at Walla Walla Sweets games is FREE. Designated spaces for players and host families will not be open to general fan parking.
Premium Seats at Walla Walla Sweets games are located in the Canoe Ridge Diamond Seats and Premier Seats (behind home plate) and the right field line Field Boxes. To join the waiting list for these sold out locations, you must be a current reserved or general admission season ticket holder. Please call 509.522.BALL (2255) for more information.
For the safety and security of our guests and players, the following items are NOT permitted into the stadium:
• Outside Alcohol or drugs
• Weapons of any kind
• Laser pointers
• Outside food or drink
• Coolers/ice chests/thermoses
• Lawn chairs
The Walla Walla Sweets reserve the right to alter this list at anytime, and the list is not comprehensive.
All Walla Walla Sweets games are broadcast live on ESPN Walla Walla (1490 AM and 99.7 FM) and simulcast online at www.wallawallasweets.com. Pre-game starts (5) minutes before first pitch, with the post-game show lasting (7) minutes after the last pitch.
RAIN OUTS/RAIN CHECKS
In the event a game is postponed or called before it is considered an official game (4 ½ innings), tickets may be exchanged for another game ticket. All tickets must be exchanged in person at the Sweets Shoppe or the Borleske Stadium box office. There are no refunds on tickets purchased.
Re-entry to Borleske Stadium is permitted only to those with a valid ticket stub. Re-entry without a ticket stub is NOT permitted.
Restrooms are located next to the primary concessions stand. Portable units are also available in the Budweiser Beer Garden.
Season tickets are available to Walla Walla Sweets games, and the best way to enjoy the best baseball in Eastern Washington! Season ticket holders also get first priority on seating for special events, playoffs, etc. Prices start at $185 for 32 games ($5.78/game) - click here to buy!
Walla Walla Sweets will provide security at home games, located in the Budweiser Beer Garden and throughout the stadium.
Official team gear is available at the Sweets Shoppe, located in Downtown Walla Walla at 109 E. Main Street, Suite C and in the stadium at the Sweets Shoppe, located on the concourse across from the concessions stand.
Call 509.522.BALL (2255) to find out how your business can be a part of the most dynamic community experience in the Valley. In 2017, we will draw our 300,000th fan - averaging more than 40,000 fans per season for 8 straight years.
Sweet Lou is the official mascot of the Walla Walla Sweets and the party leader at the ballpark! Be sure to say HI when you see him out and about. If you would like Sweet Lou at a party or event, click here to find out how!
Tickets may be purchased with the following methods:
o Sweets Shoppe - located downtown at 109 E. Main St. in between Sinclair Estates and Lost Boardroom
o Borleske Stadium Box Office
o Online at www.wallawallasweets.com
The Walla Walla Sweets do not currently host tryouts. Players are scouted and signed from top college programs around the country. League regulations require players to currently be enrolled in college and playing college baseball to be added to the roster. If you are interested in playing and meet these requirements, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Walla Walla Sweets games are streamed live online at www.wallawallasweets.com.
Wheelchair seating is located in the Diamond and Premier Seats behind home plate. Wheelchair seating must be purchased over the phone or in person at the Borleske Stadium Box Office or at the Sweets Shoppe.
Will Call is located at the Borleske Stadium box office with the window marked "Will Call".