By Allie Alu
Who doesn’t love an exciting ball game? Baseball games are a popular pastime in the summer; and Minor League teams bring the talent without the expense. With more than 150 teams in the United States alone, there are countless amounts of games in the summer.
The popularity of Minor League baseball has been growing over the past few years and continues to grow and attract fans every season. Read on for our list of 20 of the best Minor League teams to visit in the great eight states.
Playing at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, the Clippers are affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. Huntington Park is located in the Columbus Arena District. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the game for box seats, $10 for Tanksy Club seats and bleacher seats are $7. For seniors 60 and over and for children 12 and under, tickets are $4. 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, Ohio. 614-462-5250, clippersbaseball.com.
The Dayton Dragons play at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio, and are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Fifth Third Field is located right outside downtown Dayton and not far from the University of Dayton. Tickets prices vary. 220 N Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio. 937-228-2287, daytondragons.com.
With their home games at Classic Park located just 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland in Eastlake, Ohio, the Lake County Captains are a town favorite. Ticket prices vary depending on seating. 35300 Vine St., Eastlake, Ohio. 440-975-8085, captainsbaseball.com.
The Indianapolis Indians are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. They play at Victory Field, which is located in Indianapolis, Ind., and is part of White River State Park. Ticket prices vary depending on seating. 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, Ind., 317-269-3542, indyindians.com.
Affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, the South Bend Cubs play at Four Winds Field, located in South Bend, Ind. Ticket prices are $9 in advance and $10 day of for field box tickets, $11 in advance and $12 day of for dugout box tickets and $17 in advance and $19 day of for Belly Buster Mondays. Belly Buster tickets come with all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hotdogs, peanuts and popcorn. 501 W. South St., South Bend Ind., 574-235-9988, southbendcubs.com.
The Legends play at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in the heart of Lexington, Ky. The team is affiliated with the Kansas City Royals and ticket prices vary depending on seating. 207 Legends Lane, Lexington, Kentucky, 859-252-4487, lexingtonlegends.com.
Affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds, the Bats are a Minor League team from Louisville, Ky. Louisville Slugger Field is located right outside of Louisville Waterfront Park. Club and premium tickets are $12, field reserved tickets are $9, and bleachers/lawn seats are $8. 401 E. Main St., Louisville, Ky. 502-212-2287, batsbaseball.com.
The Chiefs are affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals and play their games at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. Dugout seats are $12 if there are fireworks and $11 if not, field box seats are $11 if there are fireworks and $10 if not, and Berm seats are $7. 730 SW Jefferson St., Peoria, Ill. 309-680-4000, peoriachiefs.com.
Great Lakes Loons
Affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Loons play their home games at Dow Diamond Field, centrally located in downtown Midland, Mich. Ticket prices vary. 825 E. Main St., Mainland, Mich. 989-837-2255, loons.com.
The Lugnuts are from Lansing, Mich., and play their home games at Cooley Law School Stadium. They are affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. Executive box seat tickets are $12, lower box seats are $11, upper box seats/reserved seats are $10, lawn seats are $8, the clubhouse seats are $22.50 and the Pepsi porch seats are $30. All tickets are $1 more on game day at the door. 505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Mich. 517-485-4500, lansinglugnuts.com.
Affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, the White Caps play at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich. Premium box seats are $15, box seats are $13, reserved/Johnson Carpet One Family Section/Wright & Filippis Barrier-free seats are $11.50 and lawn seats are $7. Children under 2 years old are free. 4500 West River Drive, Comstock Park, Mich. 616-784-4131, whitecapsbaseball.com.
The Muckdogs play their home games at Dwyer Stadium. The stadium is located in Batavia, NY, with Rochester its closest large city at about 40 minutes away. The team is affiliated with the Miami Marlins. Ticket prices vary depending on seating. 299 Bank St., Batavia, NY., 585-343-5454, muckdogs.com.
Affiliated with the New York Mets, the Binghamton Mets play their home games at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton. NY. Box seats are $11 for adults and $9 for seniors/children, reserved seats are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors/children and all tickets go up $1 if purchased on game day. 211 Henry St., Binghamton, NY. 607- 723-6387, bmets.com.
The Bisons are affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays and play at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y. Special reserved seats are $14, reserved seats are $13, general admission is $11 and youth/senior tickets are $9. Prices increase for Friday night games. 275 Washington St., Buffalo, NY. 716-843-4373, bisons.com.
The Red Wings play at Frontier Field, located in downtown Rochester. The team is affiliated with the Minnesota Twins. Group tickets for 20 or more fans are $10.50 for premium seats, $9.50 for upper box seats and $7 for reserved seating. Tickets purchased in advance are $12 premium, $10.50 upper box and $8 reserved. Game day tickets go up $1 from the advance prices. 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester, NY. 585-454-1001, redwingsbaseball.com.
The Curve is affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates and they play their home games at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The field is located in Altoona, Pa. Party deck seats are $13, Toyota Diamond Club seats are $11, terrace seats are $9, grandstand seats are $7, bleacher seats are $6 and general admission bleachers are $5. Each section’s tickets go up $2 if purchased on game day. 1000 Park Ave., Altoona, Pa. 814-943-5400, altoonacurve.com.
The Senators are from Harrisburg, Pa., and play their home games at Metro Bank Park. The ballpark is located on an island on the Susquehanna River and the team is affiliated with the Washington Nationals. Club seats are $33, dugout box seats are $15, field box seats are $13, box seats are $11 and “cheap seats” are $9. All ticket prices increase $1 if purchased on game day. 245 Championship Way, Harrisburg, Pa. 717)-213-4444, senatorsbaseball.com.
Affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Fightin Phils play at FirstEnergy Stadium, located in Reading, Pa. Blue field box seats are $11, yellow box seats are $10, green box seats are $9, adult general admission tickets are $7 and children/senior general admission tickets are $5. All ticket prices increase $1 if purchased on game day. 1900 Centre Ave., Reading, Pa. 610-370-2255, fightins.com.
State College Spikes
The Spikes are from State College, Pa., and play at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, located at Penn State University. The Spikes are affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. Deck seats are $18, diamond club seats are $14, field box seats are $12, bullpen box seats are $10 and bleachers are $8. Ticket prices are the same if purchased the day of the game. 112 Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, University Park, Pa, 814-272-1711, statecollegespikes.com.
Affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Power plays at Appalachian Power Park, located in Charleston, W.Va. General admission tickets are $6, box seats are $8 and party deck upgrade seats are $25. Every Monday night is Family Buck Night and general admission tickets are $1. Ticket prices increase when purchased day of the game. 601 Morris St., Charleston, W.Va. 304-344-2287, wvpower.com.