New York - Penn
League
 
RICHMOND COUNTY BANK BALLPARK
STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK    
STATEN ISLAND YANKEES        
USRT VISIT: June, 2005

New York's "other" newer NY-Penn ballpark is hard to overlook, again a
gleaming stadium situated on the northern shore of Staten Island. The
breathtaking view of the downtown Manhattan skyline can be enjoyed from any
vantage point in the house, but is certainly best appreciated in daytime. The
Staten Island Ferry embarkation point is right next door. Nice design with tan
colored brick facade and dark blue seats, canopies at the main entrance
shaped like giant sails, single concourse has a view of the field; and yes, a
video board scoreboard.
 
DUTCHESS STADIUM
FISHKILL, NEW YORK
HUDSON VALLEY RENEGADES            
USRT VISIT: June, 2005

"Fun Is Good!" That is the mantra here at promotion guru Mike Veeck's owned
team, and they come through with that promise in a big way. Great music
tracks, hands on event staff that really gets the fans into the game, almost like
a big party. The stadium is located in a rural setting outside of Poughkeepsie,
about 90 miles north of New York City. Metal risers along the baselines
compliment the permanent seating and about 8 suites on the infield. Perfect
size and great setting for a ballpark in this league.
 
RIPKEN STADIUM
ABERDEEN, MARYLAND
ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS     
USRT VISIT: June, 2008

"The House That Cal Built" is the dazzling home of the Ironbirds, which is the
centerpiece of a baseball theme park called The Ripken Baseball Academy.
Architecture here is ballpark retro with brick facades and wrought iron gates.
Amenities include state of the art scoreboards and LED boards, an opulently
appointed club level concourse, themed concessions and game areas. Right
next door is a Marriott hotel which is a dead ringer for the B&O Warehouse at
Camden Yards.
 
MCU PARK
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
BROOKLYN CYCLONES            
USRT VISIT: June, 2005

The bar has certainly been raised for others to follow! Keyspan Park straddles
the Atlantic Ocean, right amidst the hustle and bustle of Coney Island's
boardwalk and amusement attractions all right next door. Colorful neon
lighting, urban exterior decor, a sports museum celebrating Brooklyn's
baseball heritage, two level team store and much, much more to enjoy in this
terrific baseball venue. Fan support here is huge, they pack 'em in here night
after night so get your tickets early.
 
DWYER STADIUM
BATAVIA, NEW YORK
BATAVIA MUCKDOGS
USRT VISIT: June, 2002

This new stadium was built on the site of this city's old baseball  yard, and
Dwyer Stadium has the quaint feel of a clean and simple minor league park.
2200 seats, bleachers along the baselines, a main entrance that looks like an
old time rail station, and baseball's glorious history in this city, much of which
has been in the NY-Penn League and predecessor PONY League, is
prominently displayed with pictures of big leaguers who came through here,
other exhibits and championship banners.
 
FALCON PARK
AUBURN, NEW YORK
AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS
USRT VISIT: July, 2003

How fitting that civil war general Abner Doubleday is buried here in Auburn, and
the team sports his name, complete with the aura of his imprint on the game of
baseball. Here in Auburn they rebuilt an old stadium into Falcon Park, opened
in 1995, and situated down the end of a residential street. The nicely
manicured front entrance and marquee is the signature of the building, and the
design worked so well that Batavia decided to mimic the plan when they rebuilt
their venue a year later.
 
BOWMAN FIELD
WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA
WILLIAMSPORT CROSSCUTTERS
USRT VISIT: July, 2006

Now the second oldest ballpark currently operating in minor league baseball,
this "historic" ballpark has undergone a series of upgrades and renovations
over the past ten years, but still retains its links to this city's long and storied
baseball traditions. Most of the concessions and team store can be found in a
courtyard behind home plate which serves as a good meeting spot. And make
sure to give Rhashan, the "Director of Smiles" a wave and a hello... this hirsute
team ambassador is hard to miss!
 
EASTWOOD  FIELD
NILES, OHIO
MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS                                     
USRT VISIT: June, 2003

To get to this stadium, you have to navigate through a massive parking lot of a
shopping mall and follow the signs. But if you plan to park at the mall and walk
over to save the parking fee, forget it! Walkups are charged as well as cars just
to get on the grounds. Here you will find a pretty yard, opened in 1999, red and
blue facade with cupola style roofs on each baseline. Pretty large capacity for
short season A ball (6000), and even a ring of suites above the seating area.
And for a spacious venue, the center aisle in the seating bowl is very narrow
and jams up easily.
 
MEDLAR FIELD AT LUBRANO PARK
STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA
STATE COLLEGE SPIKES
USRT VISIT: JULY, 2006

The newest addition to the NY-Penn League family, Medlar Field sits in the
shadow of the massive Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus, and is
another example of how the bar is being raised for baseball at this level. Single
concourse with a view of the field, high tech video board, great food selection,
and a splendid view of the hilly countryside all make this a delightful place to
take in a game.
 
JOSEPH BRUNO STADIUM
TROY, NEW YORK
TRI CITY VALLEY CATS
USRT VISIT: June, 2005

This sparkling and splendid new ballpark is tucked in the back of the Hudson
Valley Community College campus, and amenities here include a nice video
scoreboard, beer garden, game areas, wi-fi internet in the stands and a large
team store. Who is Joseph Bruno, you ask? Legendary baseball player? Nope.
Dedicated philanthropist? Uh-uh. Bruno was once New York State senate's
majority leader and one of state politics' infamous "three men in a room." He
brought home the pork to build this place, and BAM!... they slapped his name
on the stadium.
 
LELACHEUR PARK
LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS
LOWELL SPINNERS
USRT VISIT: August, 2008

It is one pretty ballpark, situated right on the fringes of downtown Lowell, and is
designed and laid out in the typical HOK Sport formula - red brick facade, kelly
green seat, retro accents and signage. But unlike some of the peer minor
league venues, LeLacheur Park doesn't go over the top - no level of fancy
suites or club restaurants. Just an eye pleasing venue which is just the right
size for the NY-Penn League.
 
CENTENNIAL FIELD
BURLINGTON, VERMONT
VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS           
USRT VISIT: August, 2008

One of the oldest parks in continuous use in the minors, this stadium shows
every bit of its age. Wooden canopy roof, wooden chairs with peeling paint, little
in terms of comfort and amenities. This is an "old school" baseball experience,
and the stadium is tightly wedged in behind a residential neighborhood, and
adjacent to the University of Vermont campus. Burlington is way off the beaten
path, so allow enough time just to get here.
 
MONONGALIA COUNTY BALLPARK
MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA
WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS
USRT VISIT: June, 2015

To get to this stadium, one has to wind through the main drag of a massive
shopping mall, to find a quaint new stadium built into the side of a hill and a
splendid view of the black hills of West Virginia. In a unique twist, the entire
playing surface, including the base paths, is made of astroturf.
 
DODD STADIUM
NORWICH, CONNECTICUT
CONNECTICUT TIGERS                
USRT VISIT JUNE, 2008

The former "Norwich Navigators" rebranded their team and look back in 2006
to give themselves a more regional footprint, but it hasn't helped at the
turnstiles, Ballpark is tucked way, way back in a huge office park, requiring a
long drive through windy streets to get here. Picnic decks and single
concourse with nice views of the field provide a multitude of good places to
watch the action on the field. Porch suites line the second level, with the
pressbox down on the main concourse.
  FORMER VENUES
 
 
DAMASCHKE FIELD
ONEONTA, NEW YORK
ONEONTA TIGERS         
USRT VISITS: July, 2003, July 2009

Opened in 1940, this stadium is a stone's throw from Cooperstown and a
complete throwback to an older era of baseball, complete with bleacher seats
throughout, a wooden plank outfield exterior fence with real knotholes, team
offices in a shed behind home plate, and a beautiful view of the hilly
countryside beyond. This venue holds a unique distinction of being a dry
ballpark, i.e., no beer served. All in all a tumbledown place, but a cool one at
that.
 
DIETHRICK PARK
JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK
JAMESTOWN JAMMERS
USRT VISIT: June, 2002, September, 201
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Walking towards this ballpark you see the newer exterior brick facade, but the
inside of this venue is definitely old school. A wooden booth pressbox sits on
top of the roof, bleacher seats along the baselines, pine woods and forests
beyond the outfield, and a pretty and pastoral setting down a parklike
residential street right in the city. The Rich family owns this team (along with
the AAA Buffalo Bisons), and the largest outfield billboard sports the name of
--- you guessed it --- Coffee Rich!