A clock on the Columbus Clippers website has been counting down the minutes until opening day. It'll hit "zero" today, and that's got some fans pretty pumped.

A clock on the Columbus Clippers website has been counting down the minutes until opening day. It'll hit "zero" today, and that's got some fans pretty pumped.

If you haven't been to a game at the new Huntington Park yet, you might not understand all the hype. The thing is, the new street-level stadium in the Arena District has plenty of appeal even for those who aren't baseball fans.

Here are five reasons why you'll want to plan at least one visit this season.

1. The cheap tickets

Consider the $6 tickets to be a cover charge to a huge bar with great people-watching, good food and a baseball game going on in the background. Swinging by the Clippers game is an ideal way to start your night.

In many ways, "going to the game" at Huntington Park isn't so different from "going to the game" as a high school girl who's not really that ga-ga over football. Except in this case, it's completely socially acceptable. And that's why we love it.

2. The local eats

A combination of local chains and locally headquartered national franchises joined forces to make eating out at this ballpark a Taste of Columbus of sorts.

In addition to Roosters and City Barbeque's promo days (see our list on page X) and food stands from Wendy's, Donatos and Bob Evans, the stadium offers everything from brats to burritos, most found in nautical-themed stands around the park.

3. The great setup

There's really not a bad seat in the house. Check out our seating guide for a guide to ordering tickets.

Plus, you'll never miss the action while waiting in line for food or a drink - the stadium's arranged so you don't have to look far to catch a play. So while the focus isn't always on the ball game, at least it's never lost in the shuffle.

4. The skyline views

From behind home plate, Huntington Park frames Columbus' downtown skyline beautifully. Whether or not you're watching the game, there's no better backdrop.

And after the game, the stadium's within walking distance of some of the city's best restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.

5. The old ball game

Oh, yeah. And the game (and all of its associated antics) is worth taking in, too - especially if you're interested in the boys up north.