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Parkview Field

Fort Wayne, IN

Home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps

4.6

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Parkview Field (map it)
1301 Ewing St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802


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Year Opened: 2009

Capacity: 9,000

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You'd Be "Mad" to Miss It

The best minor league ballpark experience in 2011. The best minor league ballpark experience in 2012. Those are the accolades that have been bestowed by Stadium Journey Magazine on Parkview Field, and they can not be taken away. The Fort Wayne TinCaps could easily rest on their laurels and put their game day presentation on auto-pilot, and they would still have a good product. However, it takes a little extra effort to be great.

In 2009, the newly branded TinCaps moved into their new home in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The ballpark’s naming rights were purchased by Parkview Hospital for $3 million, giving the stadium its name of Parkview Field.

When the team made the decision to change their name, they used the legend of Johnny Appleseed as their inspiration. Johnny Appleseed was indeed a real man, and he is buried in Ft Wayne (although the exact location is a matter of some dispute). The team’s logo, primary team colors (red and green), mascot (Johnny), some food items (notably the apple turnovers), and some sections of the ballpark (The Orchard is the team store) all fit nicely in the theme.

In 2013, the team added a center field batting eye with indoor seating, providing yet another great seating option for fans. The structure is unique to minor league baseball being the only such edifice in MiLB.

It is clear that the team is committed to continuing to offering one of the best fan experiences, not only in the minors, but in all of sports. If you love going to games, then get Parkview Field in Ft Wayne, Indiana on your upcoming to do list.

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

Walking the 1/3 of a mile around the concourse at Parkview Field provides fans with all of the offerings they could hope at the ballpark. The TinCaps, under the leadership of Executive Chef & Culinary Director Scott Kammerer, put apples on the menu first and foremost. Every fan should make a stop at The Apple Cart, just to the third base side of home plate. Here they offer some of the best desserts in baseball including the apple dumplings, apple wontons, fried apples, caramel apples, and more.

Other hot spots include Manzana's Mexican Grill (where they put apple in the mole sauce), Bases Loaded BBQ (where they put apple juice in the BBQ sauce), and Center Field Grill (where they glaze the grilled chicken with apple).

Beer options are plentiful with local choices from Mad Anthony, which has a brewery just a couple of miles down the road. You can also find more apple alcoholic beverages if you want to keep the theme going including Redd's Apple Ale, and Angry Orchard (a gluten free beer).

There are more gluten free options which are listed in their game day program, and can be found at the concession stand to the third base side of home plate, and also the BBQ Cart (13 options in all).

Prices are reasonable, the quality is excellent, and best of all the customer service is second to none. The team even encourages concessionaires to submit their own ideas for concession items, adding to team atmosphere.

Atmosphere    4

Baseball has been played in Fort Wayne as far back as 1871 when the Fort Wayne Kekiongas (meaning blackberry patch) were victorious in the first-ever game of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (a league that produced many of the original teams of the National League in 1876). The town also hosted the Ft Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, and was the original home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons. As you walk the concourse, look for pictures and short history lessons on many of the teams in the history of Fort Wayne sports.

The point of this history lesson is that Ft Wayne is an under-rated sports town, and that permeates the overall atmosphere when seeing a game at Parkview Field.

There are numerous seating options for fans at Parkview Field. The new center field hitters eye, known as the 400 Club because it's 400 feet from home plate, is open to groups and provides a wonderful view with no glare due to the 7 ˝ degree angle of the glass windows.

From there, it starts with the typical stadium seats that stretch beyond each dugout in the lower seating section. The dark green plastic seats offer better than average legroom and cup holders ($9). The top three rows behind home plate, known as the Legacy Seats, offer even more legroom, padded seat, drink rails and wait service. It is real luxury, and at only $12.50 a seat it is affordable to almost all fans.

Down the left field line, there are high top tables with four chairs which also have wait service ($36 per table). This would be a great spot for a small family, or small group outing, and again feels luxurious, but at only $9 per person.

The berm seating in the outfield is somewhat unique in that there are cement rows embedded with the grass, so fans have the option to roll out a blanket or sit in more of a bleacher-like setting in the outfield. There is also a smattering of beach chairs along the outfield concourse available on a first come, first serve basis.

An array of group seating and picnic options is available, and fans can access the TinCaps website for those opportunities. If you are able to sneak up to the top row of the Treetops Rooftop Party Area, then you can get some good pictures up there. Try visiting late in the game when the sun is setting, or the GE Factory Light turns on, for the best aesthetic quality.

Once you've found your seat, it's time to enjoy the game presentation. The TinCaps have the expected fun contests and games between innings, but strike a good balance between maintaining a level of entertainment without overly bombarding their patrons.

The large video board in right field (58x26) is the focus for many between inning distractions. Another star of the show is the "Bad Apple Dancers." Essentially this is the grounds crew that will drag the field, then perform a choreographed dance number at the end of the 6th inning. This foursome is a lot of fun, but obviously serious about their craft. I was told that they have well over 50 numbers to pull from.

I also have to give credit to the staff that I have encountered over the years at Parkview Field. It is clear to me that well trained, and happy staff lead to a happier fan experience. I was greeted time and again by men and women in green and red who clearly like what they do. It is unbelievable to me how many stadiums I have visited where this is not a priority. Other teams should visit a TinCaps game to see how it's done.

Neighborhood    4

Using a ballpark as a center piece for downtown revitalization has almost become a cliché, but there is no doubt that it is an apt condition to describe what Parkview Field has helped to accomplish in Fort Wayne. Residential areas are expanding, including a new building of apartments which looks over left field, the Harrison apartment complex. Businesses are doing well, and there are several good spots to grab a bite to eat before the game or have a beer with friends afterwards.

O'Reilly's Irish Bar & Restaurant is located in the Harrison apartment complex and even has an outdoor seating area that is adjacent to the left field concourse, with some limited views of the game action.

A little further on your walk and you can find 816 Pint & Slice. It's an unassuming space, serving up pints of beers and slices of pizza. It's a simple premise, but the food is good, and the beer is interesting. They also have TVs on in case you want to keep up with any of the sporting events of interest.

If you don't mind driving a couple of miles, then I would recommend a stop at Mad Anthony's. Named for the town's namesake, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, this brewpub serves up delicious local brews, and surprisingly good food as well. It continues to be my favorite stop in Fort Wayne, as I always feel like local beer pairs beautifully with the local professional team.

Also worth checking out near the ballpark is the Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum or the Embassy Theatre if you want to take in a show. Nearby hotels include the Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown or Hilton Fort Wayne, both within easy walking distance of the ballpark.

Fans    4

The TinCaps fans came out in the highest numbers in the team's history in 2012, and the trend of solid attendance continues in 2013. You'll find patches of empty seats here and there, and there will likely be tickets available at the box office when you visit, but you can certainly count on enough bodies to make for an exciting atmosphere. You can expect more than 5,000 in attendance on a typical night.

You'll find many fans keeping score and who know the players by their first names. There's also the usual mix of minor league fans that go to the ballpark as a way to have a night out. Fans are friendly and are willing to chat if given the opportunity.

Access    5

Parkview Field can be found just a few miles from I-69, a main artery for the region. There are a few one way streets to navigate once you reach the downtown area, but it doesn't create a significant issue. If you are GPS-reliant, as I am, then you should have no trouble at all.

There is some street parking available in metered spots which are free after 5pm, but you'll probably need to be there fairly early to claim one of those, but it's worth a try, especially along Ewing Street. If unsuccessful, you can find a parking garage on Douglas Avenue, which offers a TinCaps rate of $4 for the evening. There are many other surface lots, and each carry with it a $4 price tag.

Once inside, Parkview Field is very walkable. In fact, the concourse is exactly 1/3 of a mile around, and many people use the concourse to get their exercise in. The park is open during the day so residents can use the concourse as an exercise track. The concourse is wide, and restrooms are large, modern, and clean.

Return on Investment    5

If I lived in or near Fort Wayne, there is no doubt that I would be a season ticket holder at Parkview Field. It is what other minor league ballparks should strive to be like. Great food, great seating options, great neighborhood, great entertainment, and great customer service. For as little as $5 you can grab a seat on the berm or find a standing spot along the drink rail in right field. If you decide to splurge, the best tickets will only cost you $12.50. I would gladly pay more than what the TinCaps are charging, but I appreciate their focus on affordability.

Extras    5

One extra point for the dedicated staff who are committed to customer service, and to continuing to improve their already fantastic fan experience. One extra point for the consistent utilization of the Johnny Appleseed theme throughout the ballpark and on the menu. One extra point for the community of Fort Wayne for investing in their downtown, with a focus on their baseball team. One final extra point for the informative and free program which is available to fans at Parkview Field.

The outfield wall is interesting both because it is asymmetrical, and also because of the varied heights of the walls. The distances from home plate to home run are from left to right 336-374-400-383-318, with the wall height varied from 10-15 feet.

Final Thoughts

There is no doubt that Parkview Field remains one of the very best ballparks in minor league baseball. The Midwest League is filled with fantastic parks, but if you have to choose just one, then make the trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Missing one of the best parts

I can't believe theres no mention of Powers Hamburgers in the Neighborhood Section. It's within a block of the stadium, is a Fort Wayne landmark, and they stay open late on game nights. Inclusion of Powers should easily take the Neighborhood Section to a 5-star rating.

by stadiumjunkie | Feb 14, 2013 04:37 PM

Thanks

Appreciate the recommendation. I'll be sure to check that out the next visit to Fort Wayne...

by paul | Feb 14, 2013 05:39 PM

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Apple of the Eye

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Wow. Anyone who attends a Fort Wayne TinCaps game has to be left with an overwhelming feeling of pure, wow. It's hard to believe that this is a class A ball club, as everything is at least on the level with an AAA team.

If you ran a minor league team and you were taking a test on how to build a minor league park, this would be the paper you would want to cheat off of.

Let me be clear about my point- this is as good as it gets in the world of not only minor league baseball, but live sporting events in general. Run, don't walk, to Fort Wayne, Indiana to see beautiful Parkview Field.

First you'll need a little history- on Johnny Appleseed. If you thought he was a myth, you would be wrong. He was a real man, missionary, and conservationist who traveled around the Midwest and helped to plant apple trees throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

His real name was John Chapman, and whether or not he actually wore a tin pot on his head is disputed by some historians. Nonetheless it made for a good name for the Fort Wayne ball club when they re-branded for the 2009 season. You see, John Chapman spent his last days in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is buried there, although that exact location is in dispute as well. The result is a great local theme in a fabulous venue.

L-O-V-E Ft. Wayne

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Let me just say, I am a Louisville Bats fan and will always be partial to them. However, I must admit, the TinCaps to this right! A local theme, cheap tickets, cheap (high quality) food, lots of fun, and great fans. We went up for the Midwest League All Star Game last year and this year went when the Tuscon Padres were playing there. Both times have been a wonderful experience--so much so that I'm seriously considering moving to Ft Wayne when I finish school. The community is great, the baseball team is great, I try to find things wrong with Ft Wayne and the three weekends I've been up there, I can't find a thing.

A few more Extras you don't have:

1. Every Sunday home game, fans can go down on the field and get autographs from TinCaps players after the game.

2. There is a small water park for the kids far behind the batter's eye. Great fun for the kids and no worries about a fly ball hitting you.

3. The stadium is open everyday at 8 A.M. (pretty sure that's right) for people to come in and run around the concourse, have lunch, read a book, or just sit and look at the beautiful field.

Parkview Field and the TinCaps have a great thing going. If I did live there, I'd have season tickets, no doubt! If you are a baseball fan, go see this beautiful ballpark NOW! Not tomorrow or next month or next year....NOW!!

Parkview Field

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

This is the best stadium I have EVER been to, well maybe Fenway Park is better, IDK, its a coin toss to see who's better. Best MILB stadium, Fenway is the best MLB,

Ballpark Bliss at Parkview Field

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

In 2009, the newly branded TinCaps moved into their new home in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. The ballpark’s naming rights were purchased by Parkview Hospital for $3 million, giving the stadium its name of Parkview Field.

Stadium Journey Magazine previously named Parkview Field as the best ballpark in minor league baseball for 2011, so I knew that this was going to be a great evening. The TinCaps seem to have done everything right when they constructed Parkview Field, and they continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing an outstanding fan experience.

When the team made the decision to change their name, they used the legend of Johnny Appleseed as their inspiration. Johnny Appleseed was indeed a real man, and he is buried in Ft Wayne (although the exact location is a matter of some dispute). The team’s logo, primary team colors (red and green), mascot (Johnny), some food items (notably the apple turnovers), and some sections of the ballpark (The Orchard is the team store) all fit nicely in the theme.

Spectacular !

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

We have been to all the parks in the Midwest League, Western division. This was our first visit to an Eastern division park which was a close to 7 hour drive from Cedar Rapids.

We went to the park to see our Cedar Rapids Kernels take on the Tin Caps. We talked to one of the Kernels players before the game and he said this park was on a different level and all the players like coming to Ft. Wayne.

This park would make numerous AAA fans happy. Parking was plentiful and the people were friendly. I am not a ballpark food connoisseur , so I can not speak to the food but the sheer beauty of the park makes it a must visit! If you love baseball and want to see it in beautiful place, this park is a MUST SEE !

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Local Food & Drink

Mad Anthony's  (map it!)

1109 Taylor St

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 426-2537

http://www.madbrew.com/

816 Pint & Slice  (map it!)

816 S Calhoun St

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 423-6600

http://www.pintandslice.com/

J.K. O’Donnell’s  (map it!)

121 W Wayne St

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 420-5563

http://www.jkodonnells.com/

O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant  (map it!)

301 W Jefferson Blvd

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 267-9679

http://www.oreillysirishbar.com/fw.html

Local Entertainment

Embassy Theatre  (map it!)

125 W Jefferson Blvd

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 424-5665

http://www.fwembassytheatre.org/home.htm

Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum  (map it!)

226 W Washington Blvd

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 426-0051

http://www.fortwaynefiremuseum.com/

Lodging

Marriott Grand Wayne Convention Center  (map it!)

1150 S Harrison St

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 426-4100

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/fwadt-courtyard-fort-wayne-downtown-at-grand-wayne-convention-center/

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