Padres Minor League Ballpark Best in the Nation


For the third time in 4 years, the Padres’ Fort Wayne TinCaps ballpark – Parkview Field – has been selected as the top minor league ballpark in America! Last year Pensacola’s stadium won top honors, but the TinCaps regained the top honor this year after winning in 2012 and 2013 previously.

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It is quite an accomplishment for the ballpark, built in 2009 and home to the TinCaps since then.

As the article at StadiumJourney states:

“The experience at Parkview Field is what all minor league baseball teams should strive for. Great food, great seating options, a great neighborhood, great entertainment, and great customer service are all present here on a nightly basis. Parkview Field on its own would be one of the finer facilities in minor league baseball. Couple that with a major league organization and customer service, and you have an unbeatable combination.”

How did the rest of the Padres minor league stadiums rank? Well, not so well.

A-Ball Affiliate Lake Elsinore was 58th on the list, with Double-A San Antonio at #100 and Triple-A El Paso next up at #99.

Parkview  opened in 2009, and seats up to 8,100 people. It is a little ironic that the second-lowest run in the Padres minor league is ranked much higher than any higher level ballpark, but I suppose that makes Petco that much more spectactular? It was ranked before the season as the 7th best MLB Ballpark by Athlon Sports.

In any organization, there are always the unsung heroes who make the organization special. Congratulations to the Fort Wayne team on this great accomplishment.