Stadium Journey Ranks 160 MiLB Ballparks

Stadium Journey Chairs LogoThe folks at StadiumJourney.com have ranked 160 Minor League Baseball ballparks from best to worst.  Parkview Field, home of the Single-A Fort Wayne TinCaps (Midwest League), takes the top spot.  Chukchansi Park, home of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League), comes in at the very bottom.  Read more here.

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7 responses to “Stadium Journey Ranks 160 MiLB Ballparks

  1. Ballpark Fan

    I enjoy reading many of Stadium Journey’s reviews; I may might be a little loyal to my Coumbus Clippers, but that’s besides the point. Does a ballpark reviewer get paid a lot of money?

  2. Eric

    What does one look for when they attend a minor league ballpark? These list are interesting, creating insightful conversation and dialogue about what to expect when attending a minor league baseball game. These list are similar to ones found in multiple mediums across the gambit that mention the best places to eat, best TV shows, best characters on SNL, and movies (I personally disagree with one magazine’s best 007 movie). They are all subjective, debatable, but they usually give some sort of credence.

  3. Jason

    It is true that when you attend a game with near capacity crowds it makes things a lot better than if only a few hundred folks are in the stands. Camden, N.J, is a wonderful ballpark with amazing food, prices, and spectacular views. However, there seems to be little interest in the ballclub from the local population of the Delaware County. Add a few more people to the stadium and you would have a much different perspective of the game.

  4. Bart

    I went to Fresno on Easter Sunday this year. And while the attendance was pathetic (there were MAYBE 1,000 people there), I thought the park was at least average. I agree that Bakersfield was near the bottom of my list. But the WORST MILB stadium I’ve been to has to be Beloit.

  5. AZdev

    I have been to the Fresno Ballpark a few times about 10 tears ago. I thought it was an excellent Ballpark! Wide concourses, old time score board, great atmosphere and design. Was very impressed, so this ranking is a little puzzling. The worst Ballpark I have been to was Sam Lynn in Bakersfield, which is still worth going to mainly because of it’s historic nature.

    • The Prophet

      Your comments point to the subjective nature of rating a ballpark experience. Some people like a simple, old timey experience, and others need the latest and greatest in scoreboards and restrooms and luxury suites, etc. I think there are (at least) two objective measures that tell how well a stadium and its operators are meeting the needs of their fans: 1) attendance, 2) operating income. I suppose lists like these serve a purpose, but unless your experience criteria exactly matches those of the people doing the rankings, I wouldn’t put too much confidence in them.

      • ballparkbiz

        I agree. The list is interesting, but I give far more credence to the opinion of ballpark tourists/hunters/collectors/experts like Mock, Merzbach, Knight, O’Rielly, Pastore and others who have visited hundreds of parks and have consistent perspectives. At least if I disagree with them, I know where they are coming from.

        There are a number on the list I disagree with. For example, Memorial Stadium in Boise over Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi? Really?

        Alan

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