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Minor League Ballpark Guide

May 17, 2011 4:43 PM

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The Delaware Valley hosts some of the most competitive minor league baseball in the country. Here is a comprehensive guide to the various teams and where they play. - Matt Leon

AAA – Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Stadium: Coca-Cola Park
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Capacity: 10,000
Distance from Philadelphia: About 65 miles
Affiliation: Phillies
Ticket Prices: $6-$14
About Coca-Cola Park: A state of the art minor league stadium in the Lehigh Valley, the Iron Pigs’ home played host to the most fans per game (9,227) in 2010 in all of Minor League Baseball. For food, you can check out park destinations like Blast Furnace and the Smoke Shack.

AA- Reading Phillies

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Capacity: 9,000
Distance from Philadelphia: About 65 miles
Affiliation: Phillies
Ticket Prices: $6-$11
About FirstEnergy Stadium: One of the premier stadiums in all of minor-league baseball, Reading has been a Phillies affiliate for more than four decades, and the stadium is a testament to all those years of Phillies history. Throw in $10-million in renovations this offseason, and you have a great place to watch the Phillies stars of tomorrow.

AA – Trenton Thunder

Stadium: Waterfront Park
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Capacity: 6,150
Distance from Philadelphia: About 30 miles
Affiliation: New York Yankees
Ticket Prices: $9-$13
About Waterfront Park: Located literally just off I-295 in Trenton, Waterfront Park has been home to the Yankees AA squad for the past nine seasons. If you’re looking to eat while watching some future “Bronx Bombers,” check out Boomer’s BBQ and The Grille, featuring a Chickie’s and Pete’s.

A – Lakewood BlueClaws

Stadium: FirstEnergy Park
Location: Lakewood, New Jersey
Capacity: 6,588
Distance from Philadelphia: About 70 miles
Affiliation: Phillies
Ticket Prices: $7-$11
About FirstEnergy Park: It opened in 2001 and has been the only home the BlueClaws have ever known. A very family friendly stadium, it features two party decks and three picnic areas and tickets are available to games for the rest of the season.

A – Wilmington Blue Rocks

Stadium: Frawley Stadium
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Capacity: 6,572
Distance from Philadelphia: About 40 miles
Affiliation: Kansas City Royals
Ticket Prices: $6-$10
About Frawley Stadium: Opened in 1993, this stadium plays host to a Blue Rocks roster stocked with some of the Royals’ best young talent. Kansas City consistently has one of baseball’s best minor league systems. If you’re hungry, stop by the Blue Moose Grille or the Blue Rocks Cafe.

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