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.
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.
Here’s a look at the skyline from another direction:
The grandstands have a classic look:
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.)