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Ballpark fans give equal love to minor and major league parks

Posted August 14, 2013

Your favorite ballpark might be the one where your team plays. Or it might be the one closest to your house. Or it could top your list for any number of reasons. We asked five baseball fans, most with ties to the Harrisburg Senators, for their favorite ballparks. Jim and Denise Britton, Harrisburg · Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, home of the Staten Island Yankees, Low-A New York-Penn League · MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, Low-A New York-Penn League: “Spectacular view [from both above parks] of the rivers and the New York City skyline.” · Canal Park, home of the Akron Aeros, Double-A Eastern League · NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Single-A South Atlantic League · BB&T Ballpark, home of the Winston-Salem Dash, High-A Carolina League · Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox · Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies: “Breathtaking with the view of the Rockies in the distance.” Brian Williams · PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates: “Just because of the surroundings, and it’s such a beautiful ballpark, the ushers always so polite and friendly.” · Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox Randy Whitaker, Harrisburg Senators general manager · Watt Powell Park, former home of the Charleston Alley Cats, Single-A South Atlantic League: “Was an old, broken-down ballpark with a train track running just beyond the right-field wall, and people would sit on the track and watch the game, moving their lawn chairs only when a train would come through.” · Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve, Double-A Eastern League: “It’s got a roller coaster. I would love to have a roller coaster.” · Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, Low-A New York-Penn League: “Just a great, old ballpark, and they’ve done a great job keeping it old without it falling apart.” · Spring Mobile Ballpark, home of the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A Pacific Coast League Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators broadcaster · Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A Eastern League: “It’s unique because of how it fits into the space, the dimensions, and the fans are into things just a little bit more there than everywhere else.” · Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A Eastern League: “This is from a broadcasting perspective. The booth is right over home plate, and the view is amazingly good.” · Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve, Double-A Eastern League Paul Menhart, Harrisburg Senators pitching coach · Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles: “I have a special affection, as I threw a one-hit loss there. Love the atmosphere and quaintness. Fond memories.” · Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox: “Grew up a Red Sox fan and loved going to the park. I had a chance to go there as a player and was in awe walking on the field and sitting in the dugout. Going there [recently] with the team [was] very special for me and my son, Michael, a dream come true.” Doug Harris, Washington Nationals’ director of player development (Carlisle High School graduate) · Knights Stadium, home of the Charlotte Knights, Triple-A International League: “My last year as a pro [1996], this park had the best amenities, and because George Shinn, who also owned the Charlotte Hornets, owned the team, we got to fly on the Hornets team jet.” · Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve, Double-A Eastern League: “Great accessibility and very comfortable watching games there. Good leg room.” · Metro Bank Park, home of the Harrisburg Senators, Double-A Eastern League: “Not to sound scripted because I live down the road [in Carlisle], but this ballpark is very unique with the boardwalks, the steep angles. It’s great for scouts and personnel with the great visuals of the entire field.”