South Atlantic League
 
FIRST ENERGY PARK
LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY
LAKEWOOD BLUE CLAWS                                               
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2012

The signature theme of this newish ballpark is a nautical one - a tiki bar in
center field sells tropical drinks; the right field concession area mimics the
look of an ocean boardwalk; the most sought after seats in the stadium are
the lifeguard high chairs which ring the outfield. Fantastic food selection and
great minor league atmosphere makes this place a must visit.
 
APPALACHIAN POWER PARK
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
WEST VIRGINIA POWER                                      
FIRST USRT VISIT: SEPTEMBER, 2012

Talk about adaptive reuse. This ballpark was literally built out of historic old
buildings, which now serve as concession and comfort stations and team
store along the first base side. Pay close attention to "Taost Man", a local
councilman who sits behind home plate and leads the cheers, tossing freshly
made toast when the home team earns a strikeout
 
MCCORMICK FIELD
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
ASHEVILLE TOURISTS                                                 
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2013

McCormick Field is wedged into the tiniest space one could ask for, with a
very short right field wall and cliffs surrounding three sides of the venue. The
stadium has been around since 1924, although it has been updated since.
Downtown Asheville, just a short hop up the road, offers one of the coolest
nightlife and arts scenes of any city around.
 
WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
LEXINGTON LEGENDS
FIRST USRT VISIT: MAY, 2014

The team uses an old fashioned baseball type moustache as the signature
graphic element of the franchise, and it appears on just about anything to do
with the team including its merchandising. The stadium itself sits in a frumpy
neighborhood next to a shabby plaza and abutting an apartment complex.
 
MEMORIAL STADIUM
HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND
HAGERSTOWN SUNS
FIRST USRT VISIT: MAY, 2016

While this stadium looks very ordinary, old school and lacking in any
amenities whatsoever, is eclipsed by all the history that oozes from here.
Willie Mays took his first professional swings at a baseball here. Other greats
played here, as well as several Negro League teams and all are
memorialized in a garden display out in the front courtyard. The sloped left
field is a feature unique to professional baseball.
 
PERDUE STADIUM
SALISBURY, MARYLAND
DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS
FIRST USRT VISIT: AUGUST, 2016

It'a a nicely laid out stadium with three decks and a VIP ground level entrance,
but even though the stadium is fairly new (opened in the 90s), it has become
shabby and neglected, needing massive coats of paint, a functioning video
board, and actually a total overhaul.
 
STATE MUTUAL STADIUM
ROME, GEORGIA
ROME BRAVES                                                                
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2013

There is very little that's notable about this stadium just 75 miles away from its
parent club in Atlanta. It is surrounded by a sea of asphalt, the neighborhood
has little to speak of, and the building itself is spartan and utilitarian, with at
least some homage in the concourses to the greats who played here.
 
SPIRIT COMMUNICATIONS PARK
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
COLUMBIA FIREFLIES
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2017

This beautiful and spanking new ballpark is located right next to the now
shuttered State Hospital, a sprawling campus of creepy looking buildings
which await a redevelopment plan. The capital city of South Carolina leaves a
lot to be desired in terms of being a tourist destination.
 
FLOUR FIELD AT THE WEST END
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
GREENVILLE DRIVE
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2017

The entire West End is a hipsters paradise, one of the most urban and
walkable cities anywhere. Fluor Field is completely trademarked with a feel of
Fenway Park in Boston, from the food to the signage to its very own Green
Monster replica. Try to catch the Shoeless Joe museum right next door.
 
L.P. FRANS STADIUM
HICKORY, NORTH CAROLIINA
HICKORY CRAWDADS
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2017

Hickory offers a small town minor league experience, a ballpark which is set
outside the city and kind of out there all by itself. The stadium opened in 1993,
and the team playing there now was involved in a number of franchise shifts
in the South Atlantic League to get their current version of a baseball team.
 
INTIMIDATORS STADIUM
KANNAPOLIS, NORTH CAROLINA
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2017

Located just northeast of Charlotte, this is one ordinary stadium with not a bit
of shade or canopied seating anywhere. The signature here is the branding of
NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt, once a part owner of the team. His #3 race car
is on display right outside the main entrance. And the nickname
"Intimidators"...need we say more?
  FORMER VENUES
 
 
GRAYSON STADIUM
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
SAVANNAH SAND GNATS                                                 
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2014

They call it "historic" Grayson Stadium, and rightfully so. Originally opened in
1926, the stadium underwent numerous renovations and expansions, but still
retains its original old school charm and mustiness. Almost all infield seats
are under a massive wooden canopied roof with humongous ceiling fans
offering a bit of a breeze. Savannah itself is an amazing city full of old
buildings, history and architecture to make it a must visit
 
LAKE OLMSTEAD STADIUM
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS
FIRST USRT VISIT: JUNE, 2017

It is a charming and old school stadium with just a few bells and whistles,
and nestled in a pretty park along a lazy river. The Greenjackets are not too far
from the home of the Masters at the famed Augusta National Golf Course. The
team moved to a new ballpark across the river in North Augusta starting with
the 2018 season.