There are hundreds of minor league and independent
league teams and ballparks throughout the U.S. and Canada, but what are the “must see’s”? Each of these top 25 offer a unique experience – an experience where one exits the ballpark with a big
smile and says, “Now (or Wow), that was fun, that was a little different.” So whether it’s the
fan atmosphere, the history, the tradition, the ballpark seating or design, or a combination – these are some of the
key qualities that make up the ones you’ve just got to see with lots of unique character – and why. A Fan’s
Guide To The Ultimate Ballpark Tour: Fully Loaded! includes all the details on every Independent League ballpark
and can be purchased at the Buy Joe's Guides page.
includes all minor league parks affiliated with a Major League team, as well as non-affiliated independent leagues. This list
does not Mexican Summer League parks or former minor league parks that now host amateur teams. For info on A Fan’s
Guide To The Ultimate College Summer League Ballpark Experience visit our Best North American College Summer League Ballparks page. If you want to view a sample of the guide and how easy the guide works, visit the MLB Ballpark Trips page.
MCU Park, Brooklyn, NY (Mets Class A affiliate, New York-Penn League)
take baseball out of Brooklyn, but can’t take the baseball out of the Brooklynite. Since pro baseball’s return
to the borough in 2001, the Brooklyn Mets continue to draw phenomenally well in the short-season New York-Penn League. With
a great location on Coney Island, and an even better atmosphere, there’s no better place to catch a minor league game.
FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading, PA (Phillies AA affiliate, Eastern League)
It’s known as “Baseballtown” for good
reason – just ask anyone who’s played here. Reading has loved their Phillies since 1967, and you can sense it
in the large crowds, strong atmosphere, great ballpark and the history all around the concession stands.
Raley Field, Sacramento, CA (Athletics AAA affiliate, Pacific Coast League)
Perennial attendance leaders in all of minor league baseball
for several years now, the River Cats put on a great show and have great fans in the California state capitol, one of the
few Triple-A teams to fill most of their seats regularly.
4. LeLacheur Park, Lowell,
MA (Red Sox Class A affiliate, New York-Penn League)
Good luck finding a ticket to the Spinners, a short-season New York-Penn League affiliate
just outside Boston but deeply entrenched inside Red Sox Nation. A simple, smartly designed ballpark with a great atmosphere,
sight lines and viewpoints, it’s one of the best places to witness a minor league game – assuming you can get
5. Fifth Third Field, Dayton, OH (Reds A affiliate, Midwest League)
Back when it first opened, you’d
find scalpers outside the ballpark – scalpers for a minor league baseball game! Dayton hasn’t lost any
love for its beloved Dragons, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, which is just an hour away. A quaint downtown ballpark
with a good atmosphere, this is a charmer not to miss.
6. Midway Stadium St. Paul,
MN (Independent, American Association)
Saints continues to be on the leading edge of the bizarre minor league promotion and publicity stunt, providing fans
plenty of in-game and between innings entertainment you won’t find anywhere else on the planet.
Avista Stadium, Spokane, WA (Rangers Class A affiliate, Northwest League)
When you visit Avista Stadium, you feel like you’re in Northeast
Washington, from the mountain backdrops to the farm-like equipment beyond the outfield fences to the friendly and knowledgeable
staff and animated fans that love their Spokane Indians.
8. Hadlock Field, Portland,
ME (Red Sox AA affiliate, Eastern League)
to Fenway Park North, Vacationland style. Maine’s only pro baseball team, the Sea Dogs, drew incredibly well
when they were a Marlins affiliate. Now that they’re a Red Sox affiliate, you need to buy your tickets in advance to
find a seat inside a fairly well-designed ballpark with a good urban location, multiple seating options and fun fans.
Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls, NY (Rays Class A affiliate, New York-Penn League)
Hudson Valley Renegades fans and a well-run franchise
make this a destination not to miss. Few minor league ballparks boast a better atmosphere and between innings entertainment.
Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, AL (Rays AA affiliate, Southern League)
Built on the site of an old rail yard, this ballpark of the Biscuits in
downtown Montgomery is incredibly well-designed and has been a huge hit with fans in Alabama’s state capitol for its
great downtown location on the riverfront, sight lines and other viewpoints.
11. Clipper Magazine Stadium,
Lancaster, PA (Independent, Atlantic League, Lancaster Barnstormers)
12. Bethpage Ballpark, Central Islip, NY (Independent, Atlantic League, Long
People's Natural Gas Field, Altoona, PA (Pirates AA affiliate, Eastern League, Altoona Curve)
14. Hammons Field, Springfield,
MO (Cardinals AA affiliate, Texas League, Springfield Cardinals)
15. Autozone Park, Memphis, TN (Cardinals AAA affiliate, Pacific Coast League, Memphis
Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, TX (Astros AA affiliate, Texas League, Corpus Christi Hooks)
17. Municipal Stadium, Quebec City, QC (Independent,
Can-Am League, Quebec City Capitals)
Lindquist Field, Ogden, UT (Dodgers Rookie affiliate, Pioneer League, Ogden Raptors)
19. Baseball Grounds, Jacksonville, FL (Marlins
AA affiliate, Southern League, Jacksonville Suns)
20. Shaw Park, Winnipeg, MB (Independent, Northern League, Winnipeg Gold Eyes)
21. Bosse Field, Evansville,
IN (Independent, Frontier League, Evansville Otters)
22. Wuerfel Park, Traverse City, MI (Independent, Frontier League, Traverse City
Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Daytona, FL (Cubs High-A affiliate, Florida State League, Daytona Cubs)
24. Louisville Slugger Field,
Louisville, KY (Reds AAA affiliate, International League, Louisville Bats)
25. Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC (Rays AAA affiliate,
International League, Durham Bulls)