Minor League Stadiums
A jewel of a park in a city on the comeback trail. When you join the throng advancing to the open gates, you get the feeling that this is how a city keeps a small-town flavor. For a family outing, it beats a movie at the mall any day.
Aiken St., Lowell, MA; 978-459-2255.
Vermont Expos, Centennial Field, Single A
Just an hour and a half south of Montreal, this Montreal Expos affiliate plays in the short-season New York-Penn League in one of America’s oldest ballparks. Mom, Dad, and two kids can enjoy Vermont’s only professional baseball for just $10. Burlington and Lake Champlain are worth a visit anytime; taking in an Expos game and seeing the kids laugh at Champ, the ebullient mascot, make a weekend even more memorable.
Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT; 802-655-4200.
Bridgeport Bluefish, The Ball Park at Harbor Yard, Independent
The Bluefish compete in the Atlantic League, with a state-of-the-art $19 million stadium giving a big-league feel to the hometown game. A perennial power, the team and its stadium are an integral part of Bridgeport’s revitalization.
500 Main St., Bridgeport, CT; 877-462-5837, 203-345-4800.
Nashua Pride, Holman Stadium, Independent
A new $4 million facelift lets the Nashua Pride keep pace with the best minor-league baseball venues in the Northeast. With the fiery former Boston Red Sox skipper Butch Hobson at the helm, there’s a big-league flavor to each and every game. Baseball history was made at Holman Stadium in 1946 when Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella integrated professional baseball here.
67 Amherst St., Nashua, NH; 603-883-2255.