10 Best Minor League Ballparks for 2015

It's all about interesting venues and fan experience this baseball season

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Corpus Christi, TX

<p>All baseball stadiums have similar characteristics: four bases, a pitcher's mound, two dugouts, grandstands, a scoreboard, concession stands. But let's face it, not all ballparks are created equal. Some are just more&nbsp;interesting and experience-appealing than others. With that in mind, we present&nbsp;Livability.com's 10 best minor league baseball stadiums, in alphabetical order:</p>

<h2>AUTOZONE PARK, home of the Memphis (TN) Redbirds</h2>

<p>On virtually every baseball expert's list as one of the finest stadiums in the minor leagues is AutoZone Park in <a href="https://livability.com/tn/memphis&quot; target="_blank">Memphis</a>, home to the St. Louis Cardinals Class AAA affiliate Memphis Redbirds. The 14,384-seat stadium opened in 2000 with designers using Camden Yards, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field as models for construction.</p>

<h2>AVISTA STADIUM, home of the Spokane (WA) Indians</h2>

<p>The Spokane Indians are a Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play in Avista Stadium in <a href="https://livability.com/wa/spokane&quot; target="_blank">Spokane</a>, which allows fans to get close to the action and offers amazing glimpses of beautiful mountains behind the outfield. Ticket prices are only $6-$10, and concession stands feature several Washington-based products including Pyramid Brewing's Curveball and Hefeweizen micro-beers.</p>

<h2>FIFTH THIRD FIELD, home of the Dayton (OH) Dragons</h2>

<p>A streak of more than 1,000 consecutive sellouts continues to this day at Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons, a Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The panoramic 7,230-seat ballpark is easily accessible off I-75 in <a href="https://livability.com/oh/dayton&quot; target="_blank">Dayton</a>, and between-inning entertainment for the kids includes a petting zoo.</p>

<h2>FIRST TENNESSEE PARK, home of the Nashville (TN) Sounds</h2>

<p>Brand new. First Tennessee Park in <a href="https://livability.com/tn/nashville&quot; target="_blank">Nashville</a> opens&nbsp;April 17, 2015, as home of the Nashville Sounds, an Oakland A's Class AAA farm team. The Sounds signed a lease through 2045 to play at the spacious $65 million, 8,500-seat ballpark that replaces the team's Greer Stadium where the Sounds played since 1978.</p>

<h2>MODERN WOODMEN PARK, home of the Quad Cities (IA) River Bandits</h2>

<p><a href="https://livability.com/ia/davenport&quot; target="_blank">Davenport</a> is home to the River Bandits, whose Modern Woodmen Park seats 4,024 and has attractions like a 110-foot Ferris wheel beyond the left field wall. Fans have great observation angles of the Mississippi River and a spanning Centennial Bridge that looks spectacular when lit at night.</p>

<h2>NEUROSCIENCE GROUP FIELD AT FOX CITIES STADIUM, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers</h2>

<p>The Timber Rattlers are a Class A club of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Fox Cities Stadium in <a href="https://livability.com/wi/appleton&quot; target="_blank">Appleton</a> also hosts the annual NCAA Division III College Baseball World Series. The ballpark with 12 different concession areas underwent a major renovation in 2013 to enhance all aspects of the fan experience.</p>

<h2>RALEY FIELD, home of the Sacramento (CA) River Cats</h2>

<p>Pro baseball in California's capital city <a href="https://livability.com/ca/sacramento&quot; target="_blank">Sacramento</a> dates to 1903, and the River Cats have been a successful Class AAA team at Raley Field since 2000. Stadium attendance averages 8,000 for home games, and fans get an excellent view of the city skyline and a bridge that crosses the Sacramento River.</p>

<h2>RICHMOND COUNTY BANK BALLPARK, home of the Staten Island (NY) Yankees</h2>

<p>Magnificent perspectives of the <a href="https://livability.com/ny/new-york-city&quot; target="_blank">New York City</a> harbor along with the downtown Manhattan skyline are glamorous bonuses for fans attending a game at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Spectators along the third baseline can also see the Staten Island Ferry and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.</p>

<h2>TRADITION FIELD, home of the St. Lucie (FL) Mets</h2>

<p>Graced with palm trees all around the stadium, Tradition Field opened in Port St. Lucie in 1987 and still looks modern today. Concession stands carry name-brand products like Nathan's hot dogs and Starbucks coffee, while the design of the ballpark allows a refreshing breeze to cool fans during warm-weather months.</p>

<h2>WHATABURGER FIELD, home of the Corpus Christi (TX) Hooks</h2>

<p>Its location along the Gulf of Mexico lets fans at Whataburger Field see ships and a harbor bridge adjacent to this beautiful ballpark in <a href="https://livability.com/tx/corpus-christi&quot; target="_blank">Corpus Christi</a>. Kids are entertained by mascots like Rusty and Hook and Sammie the Seagull, and adults can frequent concessions such as Nolan Ryan Grill and Beers of The World.</p>

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for ... more
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