||PEOPLES NATURAL GAS FIELD
USRT VISIT MAY, 2003
Altoona's new jewel is a great place to see a baseball game. Check out
the classic architecture and retro look of the building. Even though the
ballpark is only a few years old, this outfield configuration was added just
recently. At ground level is a picnic pavilion, and right above is the left
field party deck, with Uncle Charlie's Grill serving up burgers and
sausages fresh off the fire. Along the outfield grassy knoll, the words
"Altoona Curve" spelled are out in the landscaping. Far above, at street
level, is the adjoining residential neighborhood, and yeah, cars are
parked on front lawns everywhere.
USRT VISIT MAY, 2003
Jerry Uht Park opened in 1995 on the fringes of downtown Erie. Their first
tenant was a NY/Penn League team at the "A" level, but eventually they
moved up to "AA", and today the Seawolves play in the Eastern League
as the Tiger's affiliate. Above is the main entrance to the park, with its
signature cupola and tower. Below is a view of the seating area, the first
level with an open concourse to the field, and a small upper porch.
Beyond the left field wall is the city's hockey arena, and the two facilities
currently share clubhouse and locker facilities.
AKRON RUBBER DUCKS
USRT VISIT MAY, 2000
Akron's Canal Park is a real treat if you are making the road trip to see
the Cleveland Indians play, and a great setting for baseball. This ballpark
opened in 1997 and is located on South Main Street in the middle of
downtown Akron. Immediately adjacent to the venue is a pretty hopping
entertainment district, with nightclubs and a Jillian's sports bar and
entertainment complex. The stadium has a one level seating area with a
capacity of a little over 9000 and that includes a small bleacher area in
right field. A second level on the infield houses 25 luxury suites and
press facilities and they are served by their own climate controlled
||FIRST ENERGY STADIUM
READING FIGHTIN' PHILS
USRT VISIT JULY, 2004
Now the oldest stadium in the Eastern League, this beautiful venue has
all of the modern amenities, yet an old time mustiness, that makes it one
of the elite minor league venues. Being Reading, the railroad theme is
abundant here, and, in fact, a set of tracks bisects the parking lot behind
home plate, and trains do tend to run through there even on game days.
Inside, party decks abound in left field and in right field, with the right filed
one sporting a two level swimming pool and fountain. The first baseline
concourse has the feel of a street festival, with many different
concession stands, games of chance and interactive displays.
||PRINCE GEORGES STADIUM
USRT VISIT JULY, 2004
You can find this stadium in one of the bedroom communities between
Baltimore and DC, but finding the ballpark itself can be a bit of a chore.
Tucked behind a bunch of strip shopping plazas and nestled next to a
forest, Prince Georges Stadium is pretty much your boiler plate type of
minor league ballpark. Lots of billboard ads along the outfield walls, a
predominant number of bench seats throughout the seating bowl, pretty
nice concourse where one can view the game from anyplace in the yard,
and a children's play area and carousel down the right field line. A nicely
appointed restaurant with tiered tables overlooks home plate from the
USRT VISIT: JULY, 2006
Post renovation visit: AUGUST, 2010
The newest incarnation of this stadium contains all the modern
amenities, picnic areas, suites, ribbon boards and video board, yet still
retains quirks of the old stadium which stood in its place. It is located in
the pastoral City Island Park, accessible via a bridge from downtown
across the Susquehanna River.
||ARM & HAMMER PARK
TRENTON, NEW JERSEY
USRT VISIT MAY, 2005
When Mercer County's new ballpark opened its doors in 1994,
professional baseball returned to Trenton for the first time since 1950. A
beautiful canopied marquee greets visitors at the main entrance behind
home plate, and a grand staircase takes you to the main concourse,
which has a view of the field throughout. Beyond right field is the
Delaware River, but no nice docks or parkland there, just a lot of brush.
Plus a three tiered outfield wall with lots of ads obstructs this venue's
best natural attraction, a real design flaw.
PORTLAND SEA DOGS
USRT VISIT AUGUST, 2008
A newer venue with a classic look, Hadlock Field takes full advantage of
its tight geographic confines to still offer a regulation size ballfield. An
arena along the right baseline almost juts out onto the field itself. Out in
left field, the "Maine Monster" replicates its more famous wall at Fenway.
Loud and passionate fans pretty much fill this place night after night.
||NORTHEAST DELTA DENTAL STADIUM
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS
USRT VISIT AUGUST, 2008
Opened in 2006, this ballpark can be seen right off the I-293 expressway
downtown. The bright and sparkling venue offers all the modern day
amenities, and great food offerings in the bright and wide concourses. A
"Ted Williams Museum" is located on the main level right behind home
plate. The signature of the venue is a tall Hilton Garden Inn right beyond
center field, and it isn't even part of the stadium itself!
BINGHMATON, NEW YORK
BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES
USRT VISITS JULY, 1999, JULY, 2009
With a capacity of 6000 seats, this stadium's worst feature is its cramped
and dark concourse underneath the seating area. A rail yard can be
found beyond the left field wall, and trains go by from time to time so that
adds to the ambience of the place. The park is located in a
quietneighborhood, and parking abounds both in stadium lots and the
surrounding streets. Try a "Spiedie" sandwich, a delectable Binghamton
RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS
USRT VISIT JUNE, 2003
The Diamond in Richmond.....what a great name! The name was chosen
as part of a name the stadium contest, and quotes from the winning
letter appear in a concourse display.This is an older facility, opened in
1985 built predominantly of precast concrete and erected over a seven
month period on the sight of its predecessor, Parker Field. This
stadium reeks of being exactly what a minor league facility should be. An
outfield fence with two levels of ads from foul pole to foul pole, simple
metal bench seating for about 12,000.
||DUNKIN DONUTS PARK
HARTFORD YARD GOATS
USRT VISIT: APRIL, 2017
Hartford's new ballpark took a year longer than anticipated to open, and
the city almost lost their EL franchise in the finger pointing mess that
followed. The stadium is tucked on the fringes of a bustling downtown,
and corporate logos and statues of the big insurance carriers
headquartered in this city can be found throughout the venue.