The Minor League Ballpark Guides series spotlights each stadium across baseball’s affiliated ranks. Each edition provides ballpark highlights, from concessions to seating options to in-game entertainment to mascots. Ballpark Guides also take travelers through each facility’s surrounding area, encompassing the best places in town to eat or drink, nearby tourist attractions and more. Plan your Minor League Baseball road trip today!
The road to Minneapolis begins in an environment quite opposite of what the Land of 10,000 Lakes will provide. Beginning in Single-A Fort Myers, prospects will feel the heat along Florida's Gulf Coast before getting thrust into the Midwest lifestyle. Iowa, Kansas and finally Minnesota with Triple-A St. Paul, which sits a long homer away from life in The Show.
Here's a useful guide for each ballpark:
Single-A: Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, Hammond Stadium
With a facade inspired by the Kentucky Derby's Churchill Downs, Hammond Stadium is a comfortable and enjoyable place to see the youngest Twins embark on their professional journeys. Playing host to Minnesota during Grapefruit League action since 1991, the up-to-date ballpark has Major League-quality amenities with a Minor League feel. Read more »
High-A: Cedar Rapids, Veterans Memorial Stadium
Approximately 60 miles from the Field of Dreams, Veterans Memorial Stadium may not have cornfields housing ghosts of baseball's past, but it does offer a top-notch Minor League experience. Situated in a sports complex that also houses a tennis center, a football stadium and ice arena, the 22-year-old ballpark has plenty of parking, berm seating and a raucous environment. Read more »
Double-A: Wichita Wind Surge, Riverfront Stadium
Entrenched as the only professional baseball team in the state of Kansas, the Wind Surge are the denizens of one of the newest and most state-of-the-art facilities on the Minor League circuit. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River, Riverfront Stadium sits in the middle of what will become Wichita's "Ballpark District," which is currently being developed and will feature a hotel, restaurants, offices and retail space. Read more »
Triple-A: St. Paul Saints, CHS Field
The last stop before Target Field (only 13 miles away), CHS Field is an experience unto itself. On the field and off, the entertainment is top-notch. One of the most impressive attractions in the eight-year-old ballpark is the City of Baseball Museum, located down the left-field line. Filled with a plethora of memorabilia, photos and interactive displays, it's a peek into the long history of baseball in St. Paul. Read more »