Two Midwest League ballparks are among the top 25 in Minor League Baseball, according to rankings released by Baseball America last week.
Baseball America created lists of the top 25 minor-league ballparks and top venues in each league after surveying more than 100 MiLB general managers, radio announcers, league observers and others involved in the sport. Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field and Dayton’s Fifth Third Field rank No. 5 and No. 24, respectively, on the overall list.
Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, is described as follows:
A variety of seating options sets Parkview Field apart. Fans can pick from the “Treetops Rooftop Party Area” on top of the convention center in right field, a tiered picnic area in right field, the home run porch atop the left-field wall and the “410 Club” built in the batter’s eye beyond center field. The menu is almost as diverse, with in-house concession offerings ranging from the outrageous (including a variety of apple-themed desserts) to the practical (gluten-free options are available).
(As an aside, I found it interesting that Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians, is ranked right after Parkview Field. I’ve been there several times, and I’ve always felt the two ballparks are comparable. Indiana residents who live between Fort Wayne and Indianapolis are fortunate to have two impressive MiLB ballparks in their area.)
Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons, is described as follows:
The Dragons have sold out every game since 2000, and the franchise sold for a record amount in 2014, reportedly $40 million. So they’re doing something right, and part of that is the ballpark. It’s cut into a city block, offers 30 luxury suites, three party decks and top-notch customer service.
The Midwest League rankings are as follows:
1. Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
2. Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons
3. Dow Diamond, home of the Great Lakes Loons
4. Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps
5. Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs
6. Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
7. Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts
8. Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs
9. Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains
10. Community Field, home of the Burlington Bees
11. Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits
12. Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, home of the Kane County Cougars
13. Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods
14. Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels
15. Ashford University Field, home of the Clinton LumberKings
16. Pohlman Field, home of the Beloit Snappers
Do you agree with these rankings, or do you think one or more ballparks got shortchanged? Leave a comment and let’s talk about it!