Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) May 22, 2006
The Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas (Metro Austin) was named the number one ballpark in minor league and independent baseball by Minor League News (MLN) in the current edition of MLN Sports Zone (http://www.mlnsportszone.com ), the oldest continuously publishing magazine dedicated to minor and indy sports.
The ballpark is no stranger to the top ten list, having been No. 7 in the MLN 2001 rankings and No. 4 in 2004. Featured this month in MLN Sports Zone (http://www.mlnsportszone.com) in the article “Top Ten Ballparks 2006,” the Dell Diamond continues to be the preeminent showplace of minor league baseball.
What guides the MLN search for a top ten ballpark?
- Does the game-day experience leave the fans well-treated and entertained?
- Is the ballpark attractive and feature facilities which enhance the fans’ enjoyment of the game?
- Do all of the ballpark bells and whistles that generate a great game-day experience deliver impressive attendance numbers?
“The operations run by the Ryan family and Jay Miller are still the crown jewels of minor league baseball,” commented Brian Ross, senior editor of Minor League News. “The group was our Businessmen of the Year in 2004. In 2006 they sit atop not one, but two well run franchises that are some of the most fan-friendly the sports entertainment business. We expect their younger Corpus Christi Hooks operation, which showed exceptional attendance numbers in 2005, to also be a top-ranked ballpark in the future.”
The Dell Diamond is home to the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A (AAA) club of the Houston Astros in the Pacific Coast League (PCL).
The PCL leads the MLN Top Ten Ballparks 2006 with three of the top four rankings. The AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, OK is No.3, and Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico ranks 4th.
The top ten baseball parks in the minors and independents are:
1. The Dell Diamond, Opened: 2000, Round Rock, TX
2. FirstEnergy Stadium, Opened: 1950, Reading, PA
3. AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, Opened: 1998,Oklahoma City, OK
4. Isotopes Park, Opened: 2003, Albuquerque, NM
5. Hammons Field, Opened: 2005,Springfield, MO
6. KeySpan Park, Opened: 2001,Brooklyn, NY
7. Fifth Third Field, Opened: 2002,Toledo, OH
8. Fifth Third Field, Opened: 2000, Dayton, OH
9. Banner Island Ballpark,Opened: 2005, Stockton, CA
10. GCS Ballpark, Opened: 2002, Sauget, IL
For the full article, including large photos of each park, a story, tips on how to get there and where to stay and eat, visit the cover of our magazine at http://www.mlnsportszone.com through June 17, 2006 or go to the article at: http://www.minorleaguenews.com/baseball/features/articles2006/05/15/00.html .
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