Each park is scored on a 1-5 scale (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest score).
In some cases, a park's rating is based on multiple visits to that particular park. Please note that the date a park was built is taken into consideration when calculating the rating score. For example, Damaschke Field in Oneonta (built in 1939) does not lose points for not having all of the modern amenities, since that was not characteristic of the time the park was built. If the date a park was built was not factored in, all the newer parks would automatically have an advantage over older parks. I want to be as fair as possible when coming up with my rating.
DISCLAIMER- Although, I am not a fan of a Minor League parks feeling like amusement parks with many in-between innings contests and kids play areas, etc......many people are, so I will try not to hold that against a park. I am aware that in today's society, families want those kinds of activities at a Minor League Park and that they don't come JUST for the baseball game, like I do. But let me repeat, my personal preference is to leave all the non-baseball activities out of the stadium, but I will try to refrain from bashing that at the Minor League level. I'll leave that for my Major League reviews.
The following factors are taken into consideration when calculating the final rating:
- Variety of food
- Quality of food
- Price (Minor League prices or Major League prices?)
- Length of lines at concession stands
- Size/Quality of lot
- Traffic flow
- Quality of seat/cup holders
- leg room
- Labeling of seats
- Quality of Sound System
- Public Address Announcer
- In-Between Inning Contests
- Music/Sound Effects
- Family Friendly
- free programs?
- Picnic area
- Architecture of Stadium
- Location of Stadium/Surrounding Scenery
RECOGNITION OF TEAM'S MAJOR LEAGUE AFFILIATE
- How well is the team's MLB affiliate recognized and honored throughout the stadium? (does not pertain to Independent League Parks)