The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some
The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some games. Here, we present a roundup of the can't-miss elements from every park in the Texas Rangers organization.
Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A:
What's better than a baseball game on a hot summer day? A refreshing way to cool off while enjoying baseball. Although Riders Field is not the only Rangers Minor League park with a pool (see below: Round Rock), the RoughRiders take things a step further in Frisco with a lazy river. Bigger than an Olympic-sized pool, this feature is 174 feet long with more than 68,000 gallons of water. Fans can soak in the game while they soak. Read more »
Down East Wood Ducks, Single-A
A trip to the Carolinas is not complete without trying the local barbecue. And at Grainger Stadium, fans can get a hearty sampling. Load up on meats and sauces from King's BBQ. Order sandwiches, nachos and Five-Tool Tater Tots at Wood Ducks' Bang Bang BBQ. And even if you prefer the classic concession, you're still in for a local spin with red hot dogs, per eastern North Carolina tradition. Read more »
Big league atmosphere, Minor League prices
Round Rock Express, Triple-A:
From the team name that honors co-owner and legend Nolan Ryan, to the grandstand in left field, Dell Diamond has a Major League vibe. The stadium holds 11,631 and features several areas to explore along the 360-degree concourse, like the train-inspired playground, video bays to test your velocity or launch angle, and yes, a pool. The food is Texas-sized and honors not only Ryan, but also comedian Will Ferrell's alter-ego, Rojo Johnson. Read more »
Unique local attractions
Hickory Crawdads, High-A:
If you look past the outfield at L.P. Frans Stadium, you'll see nothing but trees. But beyond the bucolic backdrop lies a city that celebrates engineering and speed. Check out the Hickory Motor Speedway, the 70-year-old racing institution is known as "The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars." Take flight with the Hickory Aviation Museum, located minutes from the ballpark. But if you'd rather relax as you take in the local flair, Hickory is also known as the "Furniture Capital of the World." Read more »
Kelsie Heneghan is a writer for MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan.