• Overview of a baseball field with text overlaying it that says "My night with the Dayton Dragons."
    ballparks,  Ohio

    My night with the Dayton Dragons – June 10, 2019

    It is rare for Minor League Baseball teams to sell out their home games.  It is even more rare for teams to consistently sell out games.  However, the Dayton Dragons have sold out every home game since moving to Fifth Third Field in 2000.  So any baseball fan traveling through the Midwest should make a stop and become part of a sellout streak that spans over 1,000 games. Arriving at the ballpark With its downtown location there are several parking lots near Fifth Third Field.  Some lots are free, but according to the team’s website most parking spots are about $5.  Metered street parking is free after 6 p.m. during…

  • A map of Indiana and Ohio with text overlaying that says "Midwest Baseball Road Trip" that includes logos for the Columbus Clippers, Dayton Dragons, and Indianapolis Indians.
    ballparks,  craft beer,  travel

    Midwest baseball road trip preview

    Summer travel is in full swing and I am back in the United States for the next two months.  So that means time for an old-fashioned baseball road trip.  After a full week working in Cincinnati, Ohio, I will embark on a Midwest baseball road trip.  Trip plans are focused on visiting new baseball stadiums, but I will be doing some other sightseeing, too.  Most importantly I will visit two new ballparks.  Without further ado here are the plans for my Midwest baseball road trip. Baseball games The trip is built around visiting new ballparks close to Cincinnati.  As I made a swing through Kentucky last summer, I am heading…

  • ballparks,  Kentucky

    My night with the Bowling Green Hot Rods – Aug. 6, 2016

    Coming into the baseball season I thought I was going to have the opportunity to visit all three Minor League Baseball teams in Kentucky.  Unfortunately, scheduling prevented me from making the trip.  However, in early August things started to come together that would allow fiancée Katie and I to make the trip to see the Bowling Green Hot Rods over her birthday weekend. I started by reaching out to Alex Cohen, the team’s broadcasting and media relations manager, about securing a pair of tickets to the Club Level.  I also got assistance from Telia Butler with the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who helped me find a great hotel…

  • ballparks,  Illinois

    My night with the Kane County Cougars – April 21, 2015

    Springtime means a handful of things for me, but the one consistency that helps fuel this blog is the AAG Annual Meeting.  This year’s meeting was in Chicago, Ill., so when the Minor League Baseball schedule came out last fall, I investigated to see what games I could attend while in the Windy City.  There are multiple baseball teams in Chicago, but besides the Cubs and White Sox the only team playing games in late-April is the Kane County Cougars. Over the past year as I’ve gotten more into blogging about my visits to baseball stadiums, I’ve started following other bloggers on Twitter and interacting with them.  So when I…

  • ballparks,  Kentucky

    My night with the Bowling Green Hot Rods – June 9, 2014

    I have participated in the AP Human Geography Reading since 2011, which has taken place in Cincinnati each year.  I regularly attend Cincinnati Reds games while there, but also try to catch a game at a stadium I haven’t visited before or watch a contest at a stadium I have not blogged about previously. On my drive back to Georgia this year, I decided to make two stops: Bowling Green, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn.  I’ve been through Bowling Green and visited many of the sights in town, but my last visit was prior to the Hot Rods moving there in 2009. As MiLB.com’s Ben Hill detailed last spring, the stadium…