FORT WAYNE – Parkview Field has been voted the best Class A ballpark in the country, Ballpark Digest announced Monday.
The TinCaps edged McCormick Field, the home of the Asheville Tourists, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in Ballpark Digest‘s Best of the Ballparks bracket-style competition for the top venue at the Class A level.
“We’re extremely appreciative of everyone who took the time to support Parkview Field in this competition,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “We’re proud to see our ballpark honored by a national source like Ballpark Digest which does such a great job covering the sport of baseball. It’s nice to know that Parkview Field is highly thought of not only around Fort Wayne, but all over.”
Parkview Field earned the No. 2 seed in the 30-ballpark competition and topped No. 15 Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Lexington Legends, South Atlantic League, Kansas City Royals), Four Winds Field (South Bend Cubs, Midwest League, Chicago Cubs), and Spirit Communications Park (Columbia Fireflies, South Atlantic League, New York Mets) before the finals.
The winner in each round was determined by an online vote. Ballpark Digest says according to its marketing/user research, a third of voters work in the baseball industry, a third sell to the baseball industry, and the final third is made up of fans and media.
“With this vote, Parkview Field is truly recognized as of the great ballparks in all of the United States,” said Ballpark Publisher Kevin Reichard. “Parkview Field has clearly been a huge hit since opening, and this fan vote reflects both the ballpark design and the high level of customer service provided by the TinCaps front office.”
Through Sunday, the TinCaps have averaged 5,534 fans at Parkview Field per game in 2016 – a number that should only rise with the end of the school year and warmer weather. Fort Wayne’s average attendance is currently better than 28 Double-A teams and 14 Triple-A franchises, and ranks second among Single-A teams behind just Dayton. (The TinCaps averaged a record 5,971 fans per game last year.)
The TinCaps are on the road this week, but return to Parkview Field for a seven-game homestand from June 13-19 to wrap up the first half of the season.
Recent Parkview Field Honors
- Best Class A Ballpark – Ballpark Digest (2016)
- Best Minor League Ballpark Experience – Stadium Journey (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
- Top 5 Minor League Ballpark – Baseball America (2015)
TinCaps Recognition from Ballpark Digest
- 2016 Best Class A Ballpark
- 2014 Minor League Team of the Year
- 2014 Best New Food Item
- 2009 Logo of the Year
- 2009 Organization of the Year
- 2009 Best Marketing Campaign