West Sacramento’s Raley Field has scored higher this year than last year in the rankings of best minor-league ballparks.
Stadium Journey magazine has ranked the home of the Sacramento River Cats the fourth-best stadium in overall experience in minor-league baseball for 2015. The local ballyard was ranked 10th in the nation last year.
The ranking is based on food, beverages, atmosphere, the surrounding neighborhood, fans, access and special features. The top ranking went to Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, a San Diego Padres affiliate.
What Stadium Journey had to say about Raley Field:
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“Up from #10 on our list last year, the Sacramento River Cats led all of MiLB in total attendance, and it is easy to see why. The old cliché ‘There isn’t a bad seat in the house’ definitely applies to Raley Field. Built in 2000, fan comfort and viewing ease were at the top of the priority list. Sightlines are great from any seat and lawn seating allows for an inexpensive way to bring the whole family.”
The top 10:
▪ Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) TinCaps
▪ Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, home of the Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos
▪ Frontier Field, home of the Rochester (N.Y.) Red Wings
▪ Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats
▪ Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Durham (N.C.) Bulls
▪ AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis (Tenn.) Redbirds
▪ BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte (N.C.) Knights
▪ TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, home of the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans
▪ Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves (Pearl, Miss.)
▪ Huntington Park, home of the Columbus (Ohio) Clippers
Stockton’s Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports, was ranked 52nd. Fresno’s Chukchansi Park, home of the Fresno Grizzlies, came in last of the 160 parks ranked.
The magazine’s opinion of the Fresno’s ballfield: “I’ll sum it up by saying the park itself has (or had) potential. But until it’s cleaned up and some true frills are added, there’s just not a whole lot of anything to get excited about.”