Ballpark review: Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians

The centerfield entrance to Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians.

I’m going to stray from the Midwest League today to write about Victory Field, home of the International League’s Indianapolis Indians (currently the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates).

Victory Field is a beautiful ballpark within walking distance of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and site of this year’s Super Bowl. As a matter of fact, when I went to Victory Field last year, I parked on a side street near Lucas Oil Stadium and walked from there so I could avoid paying for parking.

Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts

Victory Field opened in July 1996 and was subsequently named “Best Minor League Ballpark in America” by Baseball America (1999) and Sports Illustrated (2001). It is a retro-style ballpark that pays homage to baseball’s long history in Indianapolis, provides a great view of the city’s skyline, and offers plenty of good food choices.

Lucas Oil Stadium and a factory can be seen beyond Victory Field’s rightfield wall.

Here’s a look at the skyline from another direction:

Three Marriott buildings can be seen beyond Victory Field’s leftfield wall.

The grandstands have a classic look:

Do these phone-wielding people in the front row know there’s a ballgame going on?

After every Indians win, a kid gets to ring the Max Schumacher Victory Bell.

Victory Field gets its name from the ballpark it replaced. The former home of the Indianapolis Indians was known as Bush Stadium when it closed, but was called Victory Field from 1942 to 1967 in celebration of America and its allies winning World War II.

If you find yourself in Indianapolis during baseball season and the Indians are home, I highly recommend catching a game at Victory Field!

(To see a couple more photos from when I visited Victory Field last summer, click here.)

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5 Responses to Ballpark review: Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians

  1. Looks like a sweet place! I wonder how many MiLB parks are that close to NFL stadiums. In Baltimore and Detroit, the MLB and NFL stadiums are essentially next to one another.
    - Malcolm
    http://theballparkguide.mlblogs.com/

  2. mfgoffy says:

    Nice post. I will be there with a couple of buddies in May to see them play the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, as part of a 2-week road trip. Looks like a great stadium!

    Will be seeing KC play too – their ballpark is right next to Arrowhead Stadium for sure.
    Cheers
    Matt
    http://kingofthepunditslive.wordpress.com/

  3. We absolutely loved Victory Field. Our seats in the front row of the second deck are one of the best for watching a game we’ve experienced. They were in the process of building the new hotel and other things getting ready for the Super Bowl when we were there a couple of years ago.
    –Mike
    http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

  4. Craig,
    I was just re-reading this post as I hope to get to Indy this summer, and I’m shaking my head at the people on their cellphones. It’d be bad enough if one person was doing it, but three in a row is awful. Of course, I’m sure it made you cringe, too!
    Malcolm
    http://theballparkguide.mlblogs.com/

  5. Indeed it did, Malcolm. If you make it to Indy this year, will it be your first time there? Victory Field is one of my favorite minor-league ballparks. I highly recommend it, mainly for the reasons I touched on in this post.

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