Stadium Minor League History:
International League 1998-present
Current Status: Home of the Indianapolis Indians of the International League (AAA)
What's Good: Almost everything. Look -- anyone who knows me knows how much I love old ballparks, particularly the Indians' previous home, Bush Stadium. But if you've got to build a new stadium, this is the way to do it. Foul territory is relatively small, and subsequently the seating area is very close to the action, with the first row of box seats right at ground level. A beautiful panorama of the Indianapolis skyline is visible over the outfield walls (for a picture click here), and a large power plant (?) over the first base side adds more character. A concourse circles the entire playing field, so fans can walk all the way around the facility without taking their eyes off of the game. And there weren't a whole lot of distractions like dopey on-field promotions and annoying sound effects. The Indians are a classy operation in a wonderful new ballpark.
What's Not So Good: Not much. Due to its downtown location there is no regular parking lot, though plenty of spots on neighborhood streets and parking ramps are available.
June 19, 1997 Indianapolis
Indians vs. Louisville Redbirds
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