We’re Back! 2012 Road Trip Coming Soon

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted.  I’ve been doing some writing over at Stadium Journey, and that’s curtailed my opportunities to write here on Ticket to the Game. I’ve made return visits to Hickory,NC  and Greenville, SC this year, as well as a first visit to Savannah, GA’s Grayson Stadium. But [...]

Ballpark Review: Fieldcrest-Cannon Stadium, Kannapolis, NC

When you go to as lot of minor league games, it’s not uncommon for the buzz in the crowd to be about someone on the visiting team.  this was the case today, as Bryce Harper, the most heralded prospect in the minor leagues played for the Hagerstown Suns.  We arrived 15 minutes before the gates [...]

Ballpark Review: Calfee Park, Pulaski, VA

Original entrance beyond LF

Calfee Park, Pulaski, Va (photo gallery) 700 South Washington Ave Pulaski VA, 24301 (map) Pulaski Mariners, Appalachian League

I’m not sure I could have picked a better start to a 3 day ballpark road trip than Calfee Park in Pulaski, Virginia. Here’s an historic baseball stadium in the tiny town [...]

McCormick Field, Asheville, NC - A Step Back In Time

Historic McCormick Field is a step back in time, literally.  Built originally in 1924, it is one of the oldest active ballparks

Right field wall

in affiliated baseball.  It did have a major rebuilding in the early 90′s replacing wooden structures with concrete, but the general facade and infrastructure remain the same.  The park’s [...]

Ballpark Review: BB&T Ballpark - Winston-Salem, NC

BB&T Ballpark logo

This morning, when I woke up, I realized I saw the wrong game in Winston-Salem yesterday.  I caught the 12:00 noon game of a day/night doubleheader. While we had a great time even though the home team lost 5-0 in just over 2 hours, the second game was a contest [...]

Saying Goodbye to Rosenblatt Stadium

I’ve only made one trip to Omaha, and I have to tell you, it’s a bit of a blur. I was on assignment in Des Moines, IA, and I found myself with a free afternoon. I had a rental car, and Omaha was only2 1/2 hours away, so off I went – due West to Omaha, with no real sense of how to get to the ballpark once I reached Nebraska. [...]

The Lansing Lugnuts Know What It's All About

The Minor Leagues know they have to be different to stand out in a crowded entertainment market. The need to appeal to families, sure, but they also need to continue to surprise and delight us, and give us new reasons to come out to the ballpark for another season of fun and frivolity.

On Facebook, [...]

Ballpark Preview: Winston Salem Dash

I’m excited about the new ballpark in Winston-Salem. It’s been awhile since there’s been a new park available to me within a 2 hour drive, so I plan on making a number of trips up to see the Dash this year.

Dash home clubhouse

The Dash are doing a nice job of providing construction [...]

50 year old Cheney Park may get $30M facelift

Cheney Park, home of the AAA Tacoma Rainiers since 1960, may be in line for a $30 million  facelift. The team, the PCL and the city all appear to be working harmoniously towards some major improvements that will update an historic facility, and ensure the future of Tacoma baseball for another 20+ years.

Changes are [...]

Offseason Rumblings: Richmond gets a new tenant, and perhaps the 6 worst name choices ever

Richmond, VA – The Diamond

The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia has a new tenant for 2010, after spending 2009 vacant with the loss of the Braves to Gwinnett, Georgia.  The Eastern League has approved the relocation of the Connecticut Defenders to Richmond, a long-speculated rumor that came to fruition in late September.

Of Course, [...]