Stadium Journey, the online and print publication has released their Top 100 sporting venues of 2011 after considering 754 stadiums across the US.
Parkview Field home of the Fort Wayne (Indiana) TinCaps was ranked as the #1 ballpark in all Minor League Baseball and our own Coca-Cola Park came in at 6th out of 10 on the Minor League list and 48th out of the overall top 100!
CCP finished just behind The Rose Bowl (46th) and outranked Heinz Field (60th), Citizens Bank Park (64th), and Yankee Stadium (79th) as well.
The top 3 overall are: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts), Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers), and Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama Crimson Tide).
Here is the list of Stadium Journey’s Top 10 Minor League Baseball venues
(click links for pictures and info)
- Parkview Field – Fort Wayne TinCaps – Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium – Montgomery Biscuits – Montgomery, Alabama
- BB&T Coastal Field – Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- MCU Park – Brooklyn Cyclones – Brooklyn, New York
- Daniel S. Frawley Stadium – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Wilmington, Delaware
- Coca-Cola Park – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs – Lehigh Valley, PA
- The Epicenter – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Rancho Cucamonga, California
- Arrowhead Credit Union Park – Inland Empire 66ers – San Bernadino, California
- Fifth Third Field – Dayton Dragons – Dayton, Ohio
- Appalachian Power Park – West Virginia Power – Charleston, West Virginia
While the top 5 appear to be acceptable venues with Parkview Field closest in design to CCP, I can’t see why the other 4 are ranked above Coca-Cola Park other than their downtown surroundings (Coney Island) or closeness to the beach*.
*Since I haven’t had the opportunity to personally visit any of the top 5, my (somewhat biased) opinion is confined to only pictures of those venues. Honestly though, BB&T Coastal Field resembles PNC Field before they started demolition!
Regardless of all that…
Congratulations to Coca-Cola Park for breaking the top 50 in Stadium Journey’s top 100 venues of 2011 across the entire U.S. in all sports both amateur and professional!