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Rockies Moving Minor League Affiliates

By Meg Minard - Sep 19, 2014 9:34 AM EDT

The Colorado Rockies announced they are moving their AA and AAA affiliates beginning the 2015 season.

The AA team has played in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1977 with affiliations to the Texas Rangers and most recently, the Colorado Rockies. Beginning the 2015 season, the team in Tulsa will be the AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and remain in the Texas League.

The Rockies AA team will be moving to New Britain, CT. The Rockies have had an AA affiliation in Connecticut before as they played in New Haven from 1994-1998.

Ranking the Ballparks of the California League

By Paul Swaney - Sep 19, 2014 8:23 AM EDT

In this day and age where a college in Milwaukee is in the Big East, and Missouri is considered a "Southeastern" Conference team, it's nice to have a league where the name actually means something. The Class A California League fields team from Stockton in the north to Lake Elsinore in the south of the Golden State. It's a league that paved the way for the migration of the Dodgers and Giants. And later the Athletics, Angels, and Padres. More than 1.5 million fans came through the turnstiles in 2014, and there is plenty to like as you plan your baseball travels for 2015 and in the future.

We've compiled our rankings based on the ratings of our official correspondents, with the reviews of users and members as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you'll share your own views of these ballparks by writing your own "crowd review." Enjoy our rankings of the ballparks of the California League.

FEATURED STADIUM  Yulman Stadium

New Review: Tulane Football

3.3
N/A

Sep 19, 2014

There's a new home for Tulane football, and it's back on campus where it deserves to be. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

Arizona State Expands Scope of Sun Devil Stadium Renovations

By Jason Bartel - Sep 18, 2014 10:14 PM EDT

Following contributions of half a million dollars from both its athletic director and head football coach, Arizona State is expanding its view for the Sun Devil Stadium renovation project.

FEATURED STADIUM  Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

New Review: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

4.0
4.3

Sep 18, 2014

Updated review of the home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Review by Wisconsin Regional Correspondent Ryan Napralla.

Real Salt Lake to Install Huge Videoboard at Rio Tinto Stadium

By Brandon Gee - Sep 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT

MLS club Real Salt Lake announced today they'll be upgrading the experience at Rio Tinto Stadium before next season with the addition of a new videoboard.

Ranking the Ballparks of the Appalachian League

By Paul Swaney - Sep 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT

The Appalachian League was founded in 1937, and makes for one of the easiest and most scenic ballpark road trips in the minor leagues. Teams stretch from Greeneville, Tennessee to the West Virginia/Virgina border, and as far east as Danville, Virginia and Burlington, North Carolina. This is a rookie league, meaning that most players are fresh out of the recent draft, and eager to prove their value as professional ball players. It may not be the highest level of play, but you can expect hustle in spades. In general, the ballparks of the Appy League feature a simple and straight forward presentation of the game.

We've compiled our rankings based on the ratings of our official correspondents, with the reviews of users and members as our primary tiebreaker. We hope you'll share your own views of these ballparks by writing your own "crowd review." And if you've never been to the Appalachian League ballparks, consider making the journey in 2015.

FEATURED STADIUM  Charlotte Sports Park

New Review: Charlotte Stone Crabs

2.9
3.4

Sep 18, 2014

One of the great examples of a successful regional affiliation. Review by Special Correspondent Andrew Kulyk of the Ultimate Sports Road Trip.

Toledo Mud Hens To Turn Stadium Into Mini-Golf Course Before Icing Over Field

By Brandon Gee - Sep 18, 2014 12:01 AM EDT

One of the top organizations in minor league sports, the Toledo Mud Hens have been innovators in providing a worthwhile game experience for fans at Fifth Third Field. Now, the club is finding ways to draw fans to the park through the off season.

Changwon Mayor Egged Over Location of New Baseball Stadium

By Kirsten Richards - Sep 17, 2014 9:28 PM EDT

The KBO expansion franchise NC Dinos started in Changwon in 2009 with the promise of a 25,000 seat capacity stadium by 2016. The location of that new stadium has been a bone of contention between the city and the team until the last few weeks. The city's announcement of a new stadium in Jinhae met with strong resistance from the team and fans, who preferred to stay in a more central location. The team has won out but feelings ran high at a recent Changwon council meeting and ended with Mayor Ahn Sang-soo being pelted with two eggs by Councilman Kim Seung-il.

FEATURED STADIUM  George M. Steinbrenner Field

New Review: Tampa Yankees

2.4
3.0

Sep 17, 2014

Updated review of the home of the Florida State League Tampa Yankees. Review by Special Correspondent Andrew Kulyk of the Ultimate Sports Road Trip.

FEATURED STADIUM  Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

New Review: Tri-City Valley Cats

2.9
3.4

Sep 17, 2014

Baseball season is winding down in Upstate New York, but take a trip with us to the home of the Valley Cats. Review by Special Correspondent David Berger.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sam Boyd Stadium

New Review: UNLV Football

2.9
2.3

Sep 16, 2014

Las Vegas has many attractions to suit any type of person. Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch reviews the experience at Sam Boyd Stadium, home of the UNLV Rebels.

The Home of Vicenza Calcio

By Stefano Romagnoli - Sep 16, 2014 3:15 PM EDT

There's a new stadium in Serie B, the second level of Italian football: Vicenza Calcio is the 22nd club in the league and Stadio Romeo Menti is the facility for its home matches. FIGC (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio), which organizes and manages the game of football in Italy, made the decision on August, 29th (same day as the first round on tournament).

Braves New Ballpark to be Named SunTrust Park

By Paul Swaney - Sep 16, 2014 12:35 PM EDT

We now know the name of the new ballpark that the Atlanta Braves will build in Cobb County, just north of Atlanta. The ballpark will be called SunTrust Park, after the Atlanta-based bank announced the 25 year lease today along with the Braves according to numerous sources. The financial terms are not known at this time.

Air Canada Centre Constantly Improving, Leafs Honour Heritage This Year

By Robbie Raskin - Sep 16, 2014 8:36 AM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs have long been one of the most iconic, best supported, and wealthiest teams in all of hockey and when they moved into the Air Canada Centre in 1999, they wanted to ensure it was a palace fit for the kings of the sport. However, with the insatiable demand for Leafs hockey in Toronto, it has been all-but impossible for the average fan to afford tickets to games and the atmosphere at the arena often suffers as a result. The Leafs have not remained still in improving their home arena, pouring millions of dollars into making upgrades to the facility almost every year.

FEATURED STADIUM  Coolray Field

New Review: Gwinnett Braves

3.6
3.3

Sep 16, 2014

While the Atlanta Braves battle for a playoff spot in downtown Atlanta, the home of their triple-A affiliate can be found northeast of the city. Review by Special Correspondent Andy Mantsch.

FEATURED STADIUM  Banner Island Ballpark

New Review: Stockton Ports

3.9
3.9

Sep 15, 2014

Banner Island Ballpark is one of the best venues in the California League. Review by Northern California Regional Correspondent Ryan Norris.

UNH Releases Images of Renovated Cowell Stadium

By Brandon Gee - Sep 15, 2014 7:59 PM EDT

The University of New Hampshire recently released new images of a rebuilt Cowell Stadium.

Cowell is the home of UNH's football and track programs and dates back to 1936. The $25 million project focuses on Cowell being rebuilt into an 11,600 seat stadium for the Wildcat football and track programs, but also includes a redesign of the school's surrounding athletic facilities.

FEATURED STADIUM  Globe Life Park in Arlington

New Review: Texas Rangers

3.4
3.6

Sep 15, 2014

It's been a tough season on the field for the Texas Rangers, but at least the food is great at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Review by North Texas Regional Correspondent Michael Davis.

FEATURED STADIUM  Safeco Field

New Review: Seattle Mariners

4.0
3.9

Sep 14, 2014

Here's our take on the "other" team in Seattle. Review by Benjamin Evensen.

Praise The Vendor!

By Jon Hart - Sep 14, 2014 8:43 AM EDT

Gregg Farah is a dynamic guy. He has hawked concessions for the Mets, written two books (52 Ways To Grow Your Faith and 52 Reasons To Believe) and led a few services for the Seattle Seahawks. Gregg is a pastor. In addition to all that, Gregg is a stand-up comedian. Gregg took a moment to discuss his sports adventures - and comedy.

FEATURED STADIUM  Champions Field

New Review: Kia Tigers

3.9
N/A

Sep 14, 2014

A new ballpark for the 10 time champions of the KBO. Review by South Korea Regional Correspondent Kirsten Richards.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cashman Field

New Review: Las Vegas 51s

3.1
2.9

Sep 13, 2014

Not sure what to do while in Vegas? Well, a baseball game of course! Review by Special Correspondent Steven Bieniek.

Neutral Site Games Losing Novelty

By Eric Taylor - Sep 13, 2014 3:25 PM EDT

The excitement and novelty surrounding the neutral site game between two schools that have crowd-drawing capabilities seems to have vanished if 2014's attendance is any indicator.

Renderings of new BMO Field in Toronto

By Robbie Raskin - Sep 13, 2014 8:09 AM EDT

The Toronto Sun have reportedly gotten their hands on the first detailed image of what BMO Field will look like after over $120 Million in renovations are undertaken by next summer. The home of Toronto FC, ranked by former England international Kevin Davies as one of the top ten stadia in world football, was opened in 2007, but with massive investment in signing players by Toronto FC, the club have looked for improvements to their home ground. While the first phase of construction is due to begin this month, no detailed renderings have yet been released by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the operators of the facility and owners of TFC.

FEATURED STADIUM  Joe W Davis Stadium

New Review: Huntsville Stars

3.1
3.0

Sep 13, 2014

2014 marked the final year for the stars at The Joe before moving to Biloxi, MS. Review by Special Correspondent Meg Minard.

Drop In Pitch at Spotless Stadium for Sydney Thunder

By Lloyd Rothwell - Sep 12, 2014 4:10 PM EDT

A drop in cricket pitch was installed at Spotless Stadium this week, as the venue prepares to host Big Bash T20 cricket for the first time this summer. The Sydney Thunder, who normally play next door at ANZ Stadium, will host two of their four home games for the 2014/15 season at the smaller Spotless Stadium due to scheduling conflicts with the AFC Asian Cup football tournament.

FEATURED STADIUM  PETCO Park

New Review: San Diego Padres

4.0
4.1

Sep 12, 2014

The Padres have been playing at PETCO Park for 10 years now. New review by Southern California Regional Correspondent Andrei Ojeda.

It's Nationals Park

By Gary Butterworth - Sep 12, 2014 7:45 AM EDT

The Washington Capitals formalized recently what had been reported since September 6 and speculated for nearly a year: the 6 year-old MLB facility in southeast Washington, DC, will host the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2015.

FEATURED STADIUM  Daegu Citizen Stadium

New Review: Samsung Lions

3.6
3.6

Sep 12, 2014

The Samsung Lions have won the past three KBO championships, and while their ballpark may be old, it is still worth a visit to baseball fans in South Korea. Review by Regional Correspondent Kirsten Richards.

New Stadiums for the KBO

By Kirsten Richards - Sep 11, 2014 9:01 PM EDT

The replacement stadium for the Samsung Lions baseball team is currently under construction. It should be ready for the 2016 KBO season. The new stadium is approximately a 30 minute subway ride from the city of Daegu and will have seating for nearly 25,000 and the ability to expand to a maximum capacity of 29,000.

Good Bye to Some Fine Ballparks

By Marc Viquez - Sep 11, 2014 5:03 PM EDT

There are quite a few ballparks that will either be without baseball next season or will be knocked down and replaced with a new facility. I already discussed my memories about Herschel Greer Stadium for Stadium Journey, but I am saddened to see that there are quite a few erstwhile minor or summer league stadiums that will no longer be home to baseball in their respective cities next season. Here are a few memories of happy journeys.

FEATURED STADIUM  New ASU Stadium

New Review: Alabama State Football

3.6
N/A

Sep 11, 2014

Built in 2013, we present our review of the new home of Alabama State football. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

Tottenham Hotspur New Stadium Keeps Hitting Same Roadblock

By Robbie Raskin - Sep 11, 2014 1:43 PM EDT

Tottenham Hotspur FC of the English Premier League have been playing out of historic White Hart Lane since 1899, but for the last couple of years they have been determined to leave. Following nearby Arsenal's success with their new Emirates Stadium, Spurs have had plans for a new 56,250-capacity stadium next door to their current home in North London. For a while it looked as though a 2017 opening was realistic. The only problem has been one business that has consistently refused to sell their property.

FEATURED STADIUM  Legion Field

New Review: UAB Football

2.0
1.8

Sep 11, 2014

An updated look at the home of UAB Blazers football at historic Legion Field. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

Seattle Mariners Extend Partnership with Clinton LumberKings

By James Hilchen - Sep 10, 2014 10:15 PM EDT

The Seattle Mariners and Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League announced an extension of the Player Development Contract on Wednesday. The latest agreement will keep the LumberKings as a Seattle affiliate through the 2016 season.

FEATURED STADIUM  Standard Bank Stadium

New Review: Windy City ThunderBolts

3.7
3.5

Sep 10, 2014

An often overlooked ballpark on Chicago's south side, the home of the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League is well worth a visit. Review by Special Correspondent Eric Hasman.

Minor League Baseball to Remain in Pulaski

By Paul Swaney - Sep 10, 2014 11:35 AM EDT

When the Seattle Mariners pulled out from their affiliation with the Appalachian League team in Pulaski, Virginia it seemed like it was going to be the end for Calfee Park. However, it was recently reported that the New York Yankees will bring the club in Pulaski under their affiliate umbrella. The ballpark had recently been sold to Shelor Automotive Group for a reported $1 million. The group is planning to renovate the ballpark, and with the addition of the Yankees as the team affiliate, fans can expect many great things from this ballpark in the years to come.

FEATURED STADIUM  Byrd Stadium

New Review: Maryland Football

3.3
3.4

Sep 10, 2014

Maryland has a new conference, but a not-so-new facility. Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent Richard Smith gives us a tour.

FEATURED STADIUM  Ron Tonkin Field

New Review: Hillsboro Hops

3.3
3.4

Sep 09, 2014

Baseball in Oregon is just a little...different. Special Correspondent Sean Rowland takes us to one of Oregon's newest facilities.

FEATURED STADIUM  Burlington Athletic Stadium

New Review: Burlington Royals

3.0
3.0

Sep 09, 2014

The Royals surprised many people by being a first-place team in 2014, but where do their future stars get their start? Carolinas Regional Correspondent Brian Wilmer gives us a tour.

FEATURED STADIUM  Edward A. LeLacheur Park

New Review: Lowell Spinners

3.6
3.9

Sep 08, 2014

An updated look at the home of the Lowell Spinners by New England Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

FEATURED STADIUM  City Park Field

New Review: Pittsburg Mettle

1.6
N/A

Sep 08, 2014

We've reviewed baseball venues from every level this year. The Pittsburg Mettle play in the independent Pacific Association of American Baseball Clubs. Review by Northern California Regional Correspondent Ryan Norris.

Ranking the Arena Experiences of the WNBA

By Paul Swaney - Sep 07, 2014 5:34 PM EDT

With the WNBA Finals ready to begin this Sunday between the surging Chicago Sky and powerhouse Phoenix Mercury, it is time to present our rankings of the best arena experiences in the WNBA. Rankings our based on our FANFARE ratings which examine the food and beverage in the arena, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood where the arena is located, the fans, the access (including parking, restrooms, handicap accessibility), and overall return on investment. We use the ratings of our members as a tiebreaker. If you have attended a WNBA game, we encourage you to share your experience by writing your own review. Just click the red "Rate It" button on any review page. If you haven't been to a WNBA game, then you're missing out. Consider attending a game at one of these arenas in 2015...

FEATURED STADIUM  Four Winds Field

New Review: South Bend Silver Hawks

3.7
3.3

Sep 07, 2014

Ballpark renovations continue to improve the experience of seeing a Silver Hawks game in South Bend. Review by Ohio Valley Regional Correspondent Marc Viquez.

Yulman Stadium Twitter Reaction

By Justin Sutton - Sep 07, 2014 1:10 PM EDT

The Tulane Green Wave played their first game in the new Yulman Stadium Saturday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and while the 38-21 outcome did not go Tulane's way, it looks like the stadium picked up quite a few fans from the posts on twitter.

FEATURED STADIUM  iPro Stadium

New Review: Derby County FC

3.1
2.9

Sep 07, 2014

Our latest from England's Championship League. Review by Special Correspondent Robert Pryce.

FEATURED STADIUM  Staples Center

New Review: Los Angeles Sparks

4.0
3.9

Sep 06, 2014

Our final review from the WNBA this season. Review by Southern California Regional Correspondent Andrei Ojeda.

FEATURED STADIUM  National Ice Centre

New Review: Nottingham Panthers

3.7
N/A

Sep 05, 2014

Our second review from the Elite Ice Hockey League of Great Britain. Review by Special Correspondent Robert Pryce.

Technology is the Key to Improving Live Sports

By Cory Sims - Sep 05, 2014 8:53 PM EDT

It's been written about dozens of times by dozens of people, but never has it been easier and more enjoyable to watch sports at home. Between high-definition big screen TVs, NFL Sunday Ticket and other channels with constant live gameplay, and the obvious comfort of your couch as compared to the tiny bleacher seat, live sports is slowly losing the battle to broadcast. Factor in the expense of tickets, parking, food, beer, etc. and it's almost a no-brainer; staying home to watch a game is better than actually being in attendance. This is bad news for sports teams who rely on the fans, bad news for local economies who depend on that tax revenue, and on a much smaller level, it's bad news for a website that is dedicated to reviewing and honoring the live sports experience.

Behind The Scenes in Aberdeen - Part 2: The Ripken Experience

By Richard Smith - Sep 05, 2014 9:56 AM EDT

As noted in Part 1 of this story, Stadium Journey recently spent some time with Patrick Coakley, the Sports Turf Superintendent for Ripken Baseball in Aberdeen, Maryland. "Irish", as he is known around the complex, is the head groundskeeper here. He showed us around the facilities and gave us insights on the operations of both the minor league baseball stadium and the youth baseball complex located next door.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sporting Park

New Review: Sporting KC

4.7
4.3

Sep 05, 2014

The Soccer Capital of America, Regional Correspondent Cory Sims makes a visit to wonderful Sporting Park in Kansas City.

Behind The Scenes in Aberdeen - Part 1: Ripken Stadium

By Richard Smith - Sep 05, 2014 12:33 AM EDT

Stadium Journey recently spent some time with Patrick Coakley, the Sports Turf Superintendent for Ripken Baseball in Aberdeen, Maryland. "Irish", as he is known around the complex, is the head groundskeeper here. He showed us around the facilities and gave us insights on the operations of both the minor league baseball stadium and the youth baseball complex located next door.

This first part of our feature will look at Ripken Stadium.

FEATURED STADIUM  Citi Field

New Review: New York Mets

3.1
3.1

Sep 04, 2014

An updated look at the home of the Mets. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

FEATURED STADIUM  Volcanoes Stadium

New Review: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

2.7
3.3

Sep 04, 2014

Salem-Keizer is a beautiful part of the country, but the stadium that calls it home may not match. Review by Special Correspondent Sean Rowland.

Identity Crisis

By Jim Dietrich - Sep 03, 2014 4:54 PM EDT

Merely 20 months after changing its first corporate name to match the rename of the listed company, the Tampa Bay Times Forum has now changed to its fourth name in its short 18-year history: the Amalie Arena.

FEATURED STADIUM  Yankee Stadium

New Review: New York Yankees

3.0
3.1

Sep 03, 2014

Our updated look at the home of the Yankees. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

FEATURED STADIUM  Masan Stadium

New Review: NC Dinos

4.1
N/A

Sep 03, 2014

We are pleased to once again be able to say that we have a full guide and review for each ballpark in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), with the additional of the home of the NC Dinos, who joined the league in 2013. Review by South Korea Regional Correspondent Kirsten Richards.

FEATURED STADIUM  Werner Park

New Review: Omaha Storm Chasers

4.1
4.3

Sep 02, 2014

Omaha is a fantastic baseball town, and Werner Park fits that tradition perfectly. Review by Great Plains Regional Correspondent James Hilchen.

FEATURED STADIUM  Philips Arena

New Review: Atlanta Dream

4.1
4.0

Sep 02, 2014

The Atlanta Dream feature one of the top experiences in the WNBA. Regional Correspondent Brian Jones shows us why.

Further Analysis of the Europa League Draw

By Sander Kolsloot - Sep 01, 2014 10:05 PM EDT

On Friday 29th of August, 48 clubs were anxiously awaiting their fate for the draw in the Europa League group stage.

FEATURED STADIUM  Fifth Third Bank Stadium

New Review: 2014 MLL Championship Game

3.6
N/A

Sep 01, 2014

Stadium Journey makes our first trip to the championship game of one of our favorite leagues, Major League Lacrosse. Review by Special Correspondent Lloyd Brown.

FEATURED STADIUM  Canal Park

New Review: Akron RubberDucks

4.0
3.4

Sep 01, 2014

A change in branding and team name seems to have given the experience at Canal Park in Akron a new lift. Review by Special Correspondent Sean MacDonald.

Futures Collegiate Baseball League Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Baker - Aug 31, 2014 6:47 PM EDT

The Futures Collegiate Baseball League came into existence when Chris Carminucci of the Brockton Rox and Drew Weber of the Lowell Spinners sought to place expansion teams in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in Martha’s Vineyard, and Nashua, New Hampshire, respectively. When the NECBL declined, they began their own league. The Futures League began in 2011 with four teams and has since expanded to 10 teams. In contrast to their competitors in the Cape Cod League and the NECBL, the Futures League is run by executives with minor league baseball experience, and they aim to provide a game day experience similar to what one may find in the lower minor leagues. In many markets the Futures League has set up shop in old ballparks formerly used in professional minor league baseball. Despite their young age, the Futures League is gaining in respect nationwide, and several players have been selected in the major league entry draft.

Stadium Journey visited all 10 Futures League teams during the 2014 season, and we rank the various ballpark experiences here. Unfortunately, we do not have a game experience score for the Seacoast Mavericks, as we were rained out on both our visits there this summer. Facilities are scored according to our FANFARE rating scale. Ties are broken by crowd ratings, and if still tied, internal discussions were held to break them. We now present to you Stadium Journey's 2014 ranking of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League's ballparks.

FEATURED STADIUM  Lindquist Field

New Review: Ogden Raptors

3.9
3.3

Aug 31, 2014

One of the most beautiful ballpark settings in the world is in Ogden, Utah. Review by Stadium Journey Founder Paul Swaney.

FEATURED STADIUM  Marlins Park

New Review: Miami Marlins

3.6
3.5

Aug 31, 2014

The Marlins have built a fun and unique ballpark, now the fans must follow to make this a truly special experience. Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

FEATURED STADIUM  Allstate Arena

New Review: Chicago Sky

3.3
2.6

Aug 30, 2014

An updated look at Allstate Arena, home of the Chicago Sky. Review by Special Correspondent Marc Heiden.

FEATURED STADIUM  AutoZone Park

New Review: Memphis Redbirds

4.6
3.8

Aug 30, 2014

AutoZone Park features a fantastic neighborhood, wonderful food, and a perfect affiliate relationship with the parent club. Review by Special Correspondent Jimmy Knight.

Champions League Draw 2014

By Sander Kolsloot - Aug 29, 2014 3:32 PM EDT

Champions League Draw 2014-2015: Some interesting matchups and great stadiums to fit in your journey!

FEATURED STADIUM  Clear Channel Stadium

New Review: Lancaster JetHawks

4.0
3.5

Aug 29, 2014

The Houston Astros' Class-A affiliate shares an affinity for space-themed monikers. Read about Andrei Ojeda's experience at Clear Channel Stadium, home of the Lancaster JetHawks.

FEATURED STADIUM  Lincoln Financial Field

New Review: Philadelphia Eagles

4.4
3.9

Aug 29, 2014

Eagle fans have a certain reputation, but is it deserved? Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent Richard Smith has the answer.

FEATURED STADIUM  O.co Coliseum

New Review: Oakland Athletics

2.9
2.9

Aug 28, 2014

Is there anything new going on with the A's stadium situation? Nope. Read about how the A's continue to plug along in the Coliseum, but maybe that's not as bad as it seems.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sahlen's Stadium

New Review: Rochester Rattlers

2.9
3.4

Aug 28, 2014

The MLL Rochester Rattlers have had a great season on the field, but the fan support at Sahlen's Stadium leaves something to be desired. Review by Special Correspondent Dave Cottenie.

Saying Goodbye to Good Memories at Greer Stadium

By Marc Viquez - Aug 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT

Sunset is about to fall upon Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The old crotchety stadium will finally be replaced with a state-of-the-art new facility for the 2015 baseball season. After 35 years of service, the Nashville Sounds will finally have their modern stadium. The old place definitely put in its service. It may not have been a charming facility, but it was a functional one that served up a few good memories of ballpark visits for me over the past two decades.

FEATURED STADIUM  Providence Park

New Review: Portland Timbers

4.7
4.4

Aug 27, 2014

If you're looking for the ultimate MLS experience, chances are you'll find it in Portland. Review by Special Correspondent Sean Rowland.

NECBL Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Baker - Aug 27, 2014 9:46 AM EDT

The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) was founded in 1993 and is sanctioned by the NCAA and Major League Baseball. It may be overshadowed by their neighbors in the Cape Cod Baseball League, but the NECBL is a top-level league in its own right. Forty percent of all the players in the NECBL go on to professional careers, and dozens of major leaguers played in the NECBL during their college years. The league has teams in all six New England states, and has attracted elite college talent from across the nation. The one stipulation that makes the NECBL unique is that a certain percentage of the roster must be either New England natives or play their college ball at a New England institution.

Stadium Journey visited all 12 NECBL teams during the 2014 season, and we rank the various ballpark experiences here. Facilities are scored according to our FANFARE rating scale. Ties are broken by crowd ratings, and if still tied, internal discussions were held to break them. We now present to you Stadium Journey's 2014 ranking of the New England Collegiate Baseball League's ballpark experiences.

FEATURED STADIUM  Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

New Review: Oklahoma City RedHawks

3.6
3.7

Aug 27, 2014

Our updated review of a wonderful downtown ballpark. Review by Oklahoma Regional Correspondent Bradlee Ross.

$500 Million for Sydney Stadium Upgrades

By Lloyd Rothwell - Aug 26, 2014 9:51 PM EDT

The Daily Telegraph newspaper is reporting that the New South Wales State Government is soon to announce a $500 million plan to upgrade Sydney's major sporting venues. As previously reported on Stadium Journey, the government's stadium strategy is set to focus on so-called tier one stadiums; namely ANZ Stadium, Allianz Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground.

FEATURED STADIUM  Joe Wolfe Field

New Review: North Adams SteepleCats

2.4
N/A

Aug 26, 2014

Our final review this season from the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Review by Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

An Inside Look at....Neyland Stadium

By Harrison Huntley - Aug 26, 2014 2:21 PM EDT

The second largest stadium in the SEC, Neyland Stadium, is also one of the largest in the world. A stadium that started at a humble capacity of 3,200 has now grown to seat over 102,000. But it's not always the seats or the field that make a stadium the most impressive. Sometimes, it's those who care for the field. At the University of Tennessee much of the field staff are students in the school's Turf Grass program. I got the chance to talk to Darren Seybold, the Director of Sport Surfaces at the University of Tennessee. We talked not only about the amazing field, but the amazing people who maintain it.

Ranking the Ballparks of the Cape Cod League

By Paul Baker - Aug 26, 2014 7:58 AM EDT

The Cape Cod League is considered by many baseball people to be the premier summer collegiate league in the country. One out of every seven major leaguers today spent some time on the Cape during their college years. The Cape League, which is partially funded by MLB, has roots that trace back all the way to the 1880's. The modern version of the league dates back to the 1940's, and has been the subject of many books over the years, as well as a movie or two. All the teams on Cape Cod enjoy strong ties with their communities and local businesses. Players travel from all corners of the country to play in the Cape League, spending the summer living with local families and working part time jobs during the day.

Stadium Journey visited all 10 Cape Cod League teams during the 2014 season, and we rank the various ballpark experiences here. Facilities are scored according to our FANFARE rating scale. Ties are broken by crowd ratings, and if still tied, internal discussions were held to break them. We now present to you Stadium Journey's 2014 ranking of the Cape Cod Baseball League's ballparks.

FEATURED STADIUM  Borussia Park

New Review: Borussia Mönchengladbach

3.0
N/A

Aug 26, 2014

Our latest from the Bundesliga as Regional Correspondent Sander Kolsloot travels to Borussia Park.

Baltimo' Money Mo' Money Mo Money

By Eric Taylor - Aug 25, 2014 9:37 PM EDT

According to Baltimore Business Journal the neutral site match-up between Ohio State and Navy, to be played at M&T Bank Stadium (home of the NFL Baltimore Ravens), has already sold 60,000 tickets.

That is good news for the CBS Sports Network -- who is televising the game -- and for the city of Baltimore who looks to this game as the major tourism attraction surrounding Labor Day weekend.

FEATURED STADIUM  Parkview Field

New Review: Ft Wayne TinCaps

4.7
4.7

Aug 25, 2014

Winner of our best minor league ballpark award fro 2011 and 2012, we present our updated review of beautiful Parkview Field. Review by Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

An Inside Look at....Tiger Stadium

By Harrison Huntley - Aug 25, 2014 2:54 PM EDT

Known around the SEC as "Death Valley", LSU's Tiger Stadium is renowned as one of the best stadiums not just in the SEC, but in all of college football. Boasting a capacity over 100,000, the stadium can be deafening on any given saturday. The average fan watching from the stands or their couch may not realize how much work goes into making the stadium perfect come game time. I recently got the opportunity to talk to Eric Fasbender, the Assistant Director of Facilities and Grounds at LSU and is a long-time member of the Sports Turf Managers Association. Eric was able to give me a great insight to just how much work goes into Tiger Stadium.

Grand Slam Answers

By Jon Hart - Aug 25, 2014 8:05 AM EDT

Jeff Menaker was a solid junior tennis player. Then he became a ultra-reliable U.S. Open ballperson. Now, he's the tennis coach at Lehman college. On the eve of the Open, Jeff took a few minutes to discuss his tennis adventures and some other stadium stuff.

FEATURED STADIUM  Sajik Stadium

New Review: Lotte Giants

4.4
4.3

Aug 25, 2014

The latest from the Korean Baseball Organization, as Regional Correspondent Kirsten Richards re-examines one of the best ballpark experiences in South Korea.

FEATURED STADIUM  PK Park

New Review: Eugene Emeralds

3.1
3.4

Aug 24, 2014

Despite their home obviously being designed for a different tenant, there is a lot to enjoy at a Eugene Emeralds game. Review by Special Correspondent Sean Rowland.

FEATURED STADIUM  Legion Stadium

New Review: Wilmington Hammerheads

3.0
N/A

Aug 24, 2014

Stadium Journey continues its look at USL Pro soccer with a trip to the Port City. Review by Special Correspondent Harrison Huntley.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex

New Review: AZL Reds

2.0
N/A

Aug 23, 2014

We have now reviewed all of the venues in the Arizona Summer League thanks to Southwest Correspondent Jason Bartel. Here is the final review of the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex

College Football Hall of Fame Opens in Atlanta

By Eric Taylor - Aug 23, 2014 11:54 AM EDT

The College Football Hall of Fame has escaped the shadows of Touchdown Jesus in South Bend, Indiana and relocated to the football-frenzied SEC market of Atlanta, Georgia.

FEATURED STADIUM  Centennial Field

New Review: Vermont Lake Monsters

3.6
3.8

Aug 23, 2014

The Lake Monsters have filled the void left behind by the University of Vermont. Read about the experience at Centennial Field, review by Michael Rusignuolo.

FEATURED STADIUM  Coors Field

New Review: Colorado Rockies

4.4
4.2

Aug 22, 2014

Coors Field continues to be one of the best experiences in MLB thanks to great sightlines and a few upgrades. Review by Scott Bultman.

The Sports Book Guy Speaks

By Jon Hart - Aug 22, 2014 8:22 AM EDT

Some fans collect baseball cards. Some seek out autographs. Lance Smith reads and reviews sports books. He is The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books. Indeed, Lance just might read and review more sports books than any man on the planet. He's that prolific. Recently, we took some time to hear Lance's tale and some of his thoughts about sports books - and hawking concessions in the stands.

FEATURED STADIUM  Städtisches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße

New Review: TSV 1860 München

3.7
N/A

Aug 22, 2014

From the fourth tier of the German soccer pyramid, we present our review of the home of TSV 1860 München. Review by Special Correspondent Oliver Wenner.

FEATURED STADIUM  Kauffman Stadium

New Review: Kansas City Royals

4.0
3.7

Aug 21, 2014

It's been a great season for the Royals, and there may be no better time to go see one of MLB's most overlooked ballparks. Review by Regional Correspondent Paul Baker.

First Annual Ballpark Chasers Meet Up

By Meg Minard - Aug 21, 2014 1:53 PM EDT

Have you ever joined a blog, a facebook group, an interactive website, etc. where all members have the same or similar interests? And members interact online, post photos, stories, and ask questions and receive answers? And you become internet friends. But, you never, ever get to meet these internet friends in person.

That has all changed for individuals and families whose quest is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums (and then some). Ballpark Chasers is a website where fans of baseball can post their own blog entries, visit others' blogs, read and post discussions and forums. The site also offers Chasers Guides which provide information on traveling to and visiting all 30 MLB parks and it offers a map to members where they can post the stadiums that they have visited.

On August 16, 2014, the first Ballpark Chasers members meet up occurred in Denver, CO at Coors Field.

FEATURED STADIUM  Cal Ripken World Series

New Review: Cal Ripken World Series

3.3
N/A

Aug 21, 2014

As we head through the Little League World Series, there is another World Series that youth baseball fans need to visit. Review by Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent Richard Smith.

Beisbol Heads North of the Border

By Lloyd Brown - Aug 21, 2014 12:04 AM EDT

This fall, two cities in the Southwestern U.S. will host teams from the Mexican Pacific Coast League for the annual Mexican Baseball Fiesta. Tucson and El Paso have taken part in this event for a number of years, with a great response from their large Hispanic populations. The format of the Fiesta varies from city to city, as some games feature the local minor league team versus a Mexican opponent, while others pair two Mexican teams against each other. The El Paso games will be held September 28-29, and the Tucson Fiesta will run October 2-5.

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