20 Best Minor League Ballparks

20 Best Minor League Ballparks

There’s nothing quite like spending the day watching some exciting baseball action at one of the best minor league ballparks in the country. The atmosphere is electric, the stadium food is always on-point — especially if it’s your cheat day — and you get to meet some new people.

They don’t refer to baseball as America’s National Pastime for nothing. In fact, it’s one of the most popular sports in the entire world and draws viewers from everywhere. While minor league baseball isn’t as popular as the big leagues, it still attracts a variety of unique, dedicated fans. 

Why is that? Well, minor league tickets are usually cheap — especially compared to the major leagues — making it the perfect family outing for adults and children alike. Plus, a lot of the stadiums are located in areas that don’t have professional sports, so it’s all fans have to root for.

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What Are the Best Minor League Ballparks?

20 Best Minor League Ballparks
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As you can likely imagine, no two ballparks are created equal. They all have unique features, design elements, and styles that separate them from each other. It’s a large reason why so many people make an effort to visit as many minor league ballparks as possible in their lifetime.

Although you’ll have fun at any ballpark, the best minor league ballparks take that experience to the next level. They have the best food, the best views, the best jumbotrons, the best announcers, and the best promotions. The best minor league ballparks know how to do it right.

With so many ballparks across all three minor league classes (A, AA, AAA), you’re likely wondering which ballparks are considered the best minor league ballparks. Don’t worry, we’re going to break down our top-20 best minor league ballparks that need to be on your bucket list. 

20. Las Vegas Ballpark

Location: Summerlin, Nevada

Team: Las Vegas Aviators (AAA)

Affiliate: Oakland Athletics 

Built: April 6, 2019

Capacity: 10,000 people

Las Vegas Ballpark is one of the newest minor league ballparks, giving it an advantage against other ballpacks that are a little more outdated. The ballpark became the new home of the Las Vegas Aviators in 2019 after spending the previous 35+ seasons at Cashman Field. 

Some of the features at Las Vegas Ballpark include a pool in center field, a kid’s zone, 350 party deck seats, 22 suites, 400 club-level seats, and several bars. It’s the only minor league stadium with all breathable mesh seats and features the largest video board at 3,930 square feet.

19. ONEOK Field

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Team: Tulsa Drillers (AA)

Affiliate: Los Angeles Dodgers

Built: April 8, 2010

Capacity: 7,833 people

ONEOK Field replaced the Tulsa Drillers previous ballpark called Drillers Stadium in 2010. If it weren’t for last minute efforts by then-mayor Kathy Taylor, the Drillers likely would’ve moved to Jenks, Oklahoma — a Tulsa suburb. Instead, they decided to build a ballpark downtown. 

The actual field is recessed about 13 feet below street level, giving it a unique feel when you enter. It features 23 suites and is designed to give fans a luxurious experience similar to that of a major league game. It’s also home to FC Tulsa of the USL Championship soccer league. 

18. Dunkin’ Donuts Park

Location: Hartford, Connecticut

Team: Hartford Yard Goats (AA)

Affiliate: Colorado Rockies

Built: April 11, 2017

Capacity: 6,121 people

Dunkin’ Donuts Park was part of a massive redevelopment plan — Downtown North (DoNo) — that was estimated to cost around $400 million. It’s located in Connecticut’s capital city and opened in 2017. It was named Ballpark Digest’s best minor league ballpark in 2017 and 2018.

It was originally supposed to open in 2016, but construction delays resulted in a 2017 opening. The ballpark also plays home to some college baseball games, the Cape Cod Baseball League occasionally, some international baseball exhibition games, and the Links at the Yard. 

17. Riders Field

Location: Frisco, Texas

Team: Frisco RoughRiders (AA)

Affiliate: Texas Rangers

Built: April 3, 2003

Capacity: 10,216 people

Many of you may know Riders Field as Dr. Pepper Ballpark, which is what it was called until the 2021 season. Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. actually decided not to renew their naming rights to the stadium in 2017, but the team didn’t want to pay to have the signage replaced in the stadium.

Now known as Riders Field, the ballpark has a unique style, design, and architectural feel to it. Some people call it a “village-like park surrounding a baseball field.” It boasts 360-degree views, 26 luxury suites with patio balconies, covered party decks, and a 174-foot long lazy river. 

16. AutoZone Park

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Team: Memphis RedBirds (AAA)

Affiliate: St. Louis Cardinals

Built: April 1, 2000

Capacity: 10,000 people

AutoZone Park has been the home of the Memphis Redbirds for over 20 years and is one of the most beloved minor league ballparks. It offers a variety of seating views, including a Family Leisure Picnic Pavillion, the Bluffs (lawn seating), two open-air party decks, and three balconies. 

Over the past few years, the team has invested over $10 million in improvements and renovations, including a new video board, a team store, and updated Club Level seating. The ballpark features 1,600 club seats, 48 upper club level suites, and an air-conditioned concourse.

15. Hadlock Field

Location: Portland, Maine

Team: Portland Sea Dogs (AA)

Affiliate: Boston Red Sox

Built: April 18, 1994

Capacity: 7,368 people

Hadlock Field has been around for over 25 years and has seen plenty of improvements since it first opened. It’s unique in many ways, including the ‘Maine Monster’ (similar to the Green Monster at Fenway Park). It’s also one of two minor league ballparks with an elevated bullpen.

Every time a Sea Dogs’ player hits a home run, a giant lighthouse emerges in centerfield. The lighthouse also makes an appearance after every Sea Dogs’ win. The ballpark is named after Edson B Hadlock Jr. and is also where Portland High School and Deering High School play. 

14. Sahlen Field

Location: Buffalo, New York

Team: Buffalo Bisons (AAA)

Affiliate: Toronto Blue Jays

Built: April 14, 1988

Capacity: 16,600 people

You might not think of Buffalo as a good baseball town, but this city absolutely loves their Buffalo Bisons’ team. In fact, Sahlen Field has been around since 1988 and was formerly known as Pilot Field, Downtown Park, North AmeriCare Park, Dunn Tire Park, and Coca-Cola Field. 

Seating 16,600 people, Sahlen Field has the highest capacity of any AAA team in the US. There’s a lot of history in this ballpark and was even chosen to host the Toronto Blue Jays during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also hosts concerts, professional wrestling, and more. 

13. Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Team: Durham Bulls (AAA)

Affiliate: Tampa Bay Rays

Built: April 6, 1995

Capacity: 10,000 people

Also known as DBAP, Durham Bulls Athletic Park features a 32-foot high wall in left field called the Blue Monster — similar to Fenway Park’s Green Monster. There’s also a huge bull sign located on top of the Blue Monster, which is a replica of the one used in Bull Durham

The ballpark saw major renovations in 2014 after a 20-year lease extension was signed. This brought improvements to the concessions, new picnic areas, a new club area, new plumbing, new field lighting, state of the art HD displays, and much more. It’s a must-visit ballpark.

12. Fluor Field at the West End

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

Team: Greenville Drive (High-A)

Affiliate: Boston Red Sox

Built: April 6, 2006

Capacity: 6,700 people

If you’re a Boston Red Sox fan or a fan of Fenway Park in general, then Fluor Field at the West End is a must-visit ballpark for you. Not only does it have a ‘Green Monster’ replica in left field and ‘Pesky’s Pole’ in right field, but the field has the same exact dimensions as Fenway Park. 

The Greenville Drive even play ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the middle of the eighth inning — a tradition at Fenway Park. Since the furthest seat is just 15 rows away from the action, you’ll be close to the field no matter where you sit. It has hosted several Southern Conference Baseball Tournaments. 

11. Parkview Field

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Team: Fort Wayne TinCaps (High-A)

Affiliate: San Diego Padres

Built: April 16, 2009

Capacity: 8,100 people

Parkview Field is the ballpark that replaced Memorial Stadium as the home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps. It was part of a massive redevelopment project downtown called Harrison Square and is definitely one of the best minor league ballparks to visit — either alone or with the family. 

The ballpark features 16 luxury suites, the Appleseed Picnic Pavilion in right field, the Treetops Rooftop Party Area, the Home Run Porch, lawn seating, and a one-of-a-kind luxury suite located in the ‘batter’s eye.’ As you can see, there are a lot of different ways to experience this ballpark. 

10. FirstEnergy Stadium

Location: Reading, Pennsylvania

Team: Reading Fightin Phils (AA)

Affiliate: Philadelphia Phillies

Built: April 15, 1951

Capacity: 10,000 people

FirstEnergy Stadium is the oldest ballpark on this list, first opening on April 15, 1951 — over 70 years ago. It was originally called Reading Municipal-Memorial Stadium, but earned its current name due to corporate sponsorship. The last major renovations were completed in 2011. 

It has long been considered one of the best minor league ballparks, receiving the Digital Ballparks.com Ballpark Of The Year Award in 2002. The ballpark isn’t to be confused with the home of the Cleveland Browns (NFL), which is also called FirstEnergy Stadium.

9. Dell Diamond

Location: Round Rock, Texas

Team: Round Rock Express (AAA)

Affiliate: Texas Rangers

Built: April 16, 2000

Capacity: 11,631 people

What used to be 85 acres of farmland was converted into one of the best minor league ballparks in the country. The owners of the Round Rock Express were originally interested in building a stadium in Austin, Texas, but ultimately chose to sign a 38-year lease in  Round Rock, Texas. 

It’s a good thing Dell Diamond can hold over 11,500 fans because the area has been booming in recent years. Over the past 20 years, the population has more than doubled, providing fans with amazing baseball entertainment every year. It doesn’t have scenic views, but it’s worth a visit. 

8. Huntington Park

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Team: Columbus Clippers (AAA)

Affiliate: Cleveland Indians

Built: April 18, 2009

Capacity: 10,100 people

After being built in 2009, Huntington Park was named the Ballpark of the Year that same year by Baseballparks.com — beating out all other new ballparks, including several major league parks. It’s a true testament to just how incredible this ballpark is. From top to bottom, it’s spectacular. 

Huntington Park features a 110-foot bar in left field, six open patios, the AEP Power Pavilion, the Picnic Terrace, and the Pedialyte Porch, giving fans several different ways to enjoy and experience the game. It also features 650 club seats, 42 loge boxes, and 32 luxury suites. 

7. LoanMart Field

Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California

Team: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Low-A)

Affiliate: Los Angeles Dodgers

Built: April 3, 1993

Capacity: 6,588 people

Formerly known as the City of Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter Entertainment & Sports Complex, LoanMart Field earned its current name after LoanMart signed a 10-year sponsorship in 2013 to gain naming rights to the stadium. It was designed by architect Grillias-Pirc-Rosier-Alves.

It has seen several improvements since 2008, including new seats, cup holders, padded seating, renovated clubhouses, and a Batting Cage Terrace where fans can watch a player’s batting practice and even take an abbreviated batting practice themselves during the game. 

6. Blue Wahoos Stadium

Location: Pensacola, Florida

Team: Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)

Affiliate: Miami Marlins

Built: 2012

Capacity: 5,038 people

If you love a scenic view while watching one of the greatest sports in the world, then Blue Wahoos Stadium is the place to be. It has one of the best views in minor league baseball and has an atmosphere unlike any other. There’s a reason it sees such a high attendance each year. 

In fact, the ballpark was designed by a company that often designs stadiums for professional sports teams, which makes sense when you visit the ballpark. Despite being the smallest stadium in AA baseball, it allows fans to get a closer look at the action compared to other parks. 

5. Nat Bailey Stadium

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Team: Vancouver Canadians (High-A)

Affiliate: Toronto Blue Jays

Built: July 15, 1951

Capacity: 6,500 people

Nat Bailey Stadium is the second oldest ballpark on this list. It’s one of minor league baseball’s most historic ballparks and has hosted Vancouver baseball for over 70 years. While most ballparks today feature a digital scoreboard, the Nat features the classic manual scoreboard. 

Over the past two decades, ownership has taken huge strides in not only improving the ballpark, but helping to restore the ballpark back to its original 1951 condition. Formerly known as Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, their goal is to provide fans with a nostalgic experience.

4. Coca-Cola Park

Location: Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Team: Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)

Affiliate: Philadelphia Phillies

Built: March 30, 2008

Capacity: 10,178 people

With a capacity over 10,000 people, Coca-Cola Park provides fans with a variety of ways to experience the game they love, including the Majestic Clubhouse, Bud Light Trough, Capital BlueCross Lawn, PenTeleData Party Porches, Dugout Suites and Red Robin Tiki Terrace. 

It’s also a great place to bring the family. It features a number of games that kids can play, including the LVHN Children’s Hospital KidsZone, speed pitch, slides, and much more. There’s a 20×50 foot videoboard and the Coca-Cola bottle that launches fireworks when they score.

3. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Team: Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Low-A)

Affiliate: Chicago Cubs

Built: April 12, 1999

Capacity: 6,599 people

Formerly known as Coastal Federal Field and BB&T Coastal Field, TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is a one-of-a-kind ballpark in Myrtle Beach. It’s in need of improvements, but ownership is aware and is willing to put a plan together to keep the ballpark in good standing. 

For example, they need to improve the home and away clubhouses, several team facilities, wall height upgrades, and lighting upgrades. Still, this ballpark is one of the best minor league ballparks to visit and should be on any baseball fan’s bucket list at least once in their life. 

2. Day Air Ballpark

Location: Dayton, Ohio

Team: Dayton Dragons (High-A)

Affiliate: Cincinnati Reds

Built: April 23, 2000

Capacity: 8,000+

Day Air Ballpark features 28 luxury suites, 7 permanent concession stands, 13 specialty concession carts, a 72,000 square foot plaza at the entrance, indoor batting and pitching tunnels, an LED outfield wall, a seven story tall LED scoreboard, and two 90-foot LED fascias.

It’s been around for over 20 years now and has cemented itself as one of the best minor league ballparks in existence today. It’s known for its sellout atmosphere, breaking a professional sports record with 815 consecutive sell-out games — a record previously held by the Portland Trail Blazers.  

1. Truist Field

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Team: Charlotte Knights (AAA)

Affiliate: Chicago White Sox

Built: March 22, 2014

Capacity: 10,200

Truist Field used to be known as BB&T Ballpark, but changed its name after BB&T merged with SunTrust. It features skyline views, two-level club seats, a VIP club, 975 club seats, and 22 luxury suites. Make sure you bring your glove because it’s known for its high home run rate.

If you want to feel like you’re watching baseball in the middle of a bustling city, then Truist Park is the ballpark for you. It has an amazing atmosphere, beyond delicious food, and an excited crowd that brings everything full circle. If you haven’t visit it yet, do so as soon as possible. 

Have You Visited Any of the Best Minor League Ballparks?

Now that you have a good idea of what some of the best minor league ballparks are, the real question is how many of them have you already visited? Better yet, which ones are you already planning on visiting in the near future? Honestly, your goal should be to visit every single one!

Baseball isn’t the most physical or violent sport, but it’s one of the most relaxing sports to watch and has its fair share of excitement as big plays and big home runs happen frequently. You never really know what you’re going to witness at the best minor league ballparks in the country.

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