“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” — George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
Between the chatter of an excited crowd, the competing cheers of opposing fans, and the crunch of popcorn underfoot, few things say “summer” quite like a baseball game. Triple-A baseball stadiums, home to the often overlooked but no less entertaining Minor Leagues games, feature the coolest summer experiences in the nation. We’ve scoured the nation to find the best Triple-A ballparks. We’d love your feedback on which is your favorite.
CommunityAmerica Ballpark (Kansas City, KS)
We’ll start with ToastyTote’s hometown favorite CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Home of the Kansas City T-Bones, it is an award winning ballpark that features a very family friendly environment. The kids in the ToastyTote family love to bring their gloves in hopes of catching a foul ball and always want just one more hot dog from the kid-only concession stand.
Located in the popular Village West shopping area, there is plenty of play space for kids, which includes a playground in full view of the field. It has won two Field of the Year awards over its eleven-year history for it’s fun atmosphere and the competitive spirit of the KC T-Bones Organization.
A landmark of CommunityAmerica ballpark is the “mini-monster” left field line. Like the legendary Fenway Park in Boston, CommunityAmerica Ballpark has a very high left field wall. Fans have the ability to walk around the entire concourse, thus getting a view of the action from atop the “mini-monster”.
Coca-Cola Park (Buffalo, NY)
Few images of classic Americana match better with baseball than Coca-Cola, and that relationship persists with Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, New York. Reviewed as the best Minor Leagues baseball park in the United States by Stadium Journey, this park blends atmosphere, tasty concessions, and a fun fan-base to make for a great summer visit.
Stadium Journey highlights the Buffalo IronPigs’ mascots: FeRROUS and FeFe. The two, alongside their crew, engage fans with:
- People on stilts throwing T-shirts
- A man on a four-wheeler shooting hot dogs
- A dance number by the grounds crew
- Other mayhem!
At Coca-Cola Park, baseball games get cranked up a notch.
McCoy Stadium (Pawtucket, RI)
Home to the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, this stadium is one of the nation’s oldest and “fan-friendliest” parks, according to Complex.com.
Its family-friendly reputation is earned by how well it seeks to accommodate its smaller, younger “PawSox” fans. It features a number of children’s play areas, lacks the loud and “in-your-face” atmosphere of other ballparks, and encourages interaction between kids and the players.
The most famous activity at McCoy Stadium is “fishing” for autographs. Since the first row bleachers are above the dugout, younger fans often dangle items in pails or milk cartons (sometimes with a candy bribe) hoping for players to “bite” and give their autographs. This silly pastime captures the magic of McCoy Stadium.
Isotopes Park (Albuquerque, NM)
Stadium Journey applauds Isotopes Park for its quirky character, gorgeous mountain view, and fierce yet friendly fans. Few places and even fewer sports teams boast names from long-running cartoon sitcoms, and “The Simpsons”-inspired Isotopes and Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico are proud of that accomplishment.
Fans can lay down their ToastyTote blankets on a Simpsons character bench, sit down, and snap a photo with one of the classic cartoon characters. Or they can visit Donut Mart, a stand with cake-sized donuts bound to appease the gluttonous Homer Simpson.
These are only a few of the exciting and unique Triple-A stadiums America has to offer. Look for a Minor Leagues stadium in your area for a fun night at the ballpark, and don’t forget to bring your ToastyTote to keep your buns happy on those hard bleachers and seats!
See you at the stadium!