The Minor League Ballpark Guides series, presented by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip
The Minor League Ballpark Guides series, presented by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some games. Here, we present a roundup of the can't-miss elements from every park in the Houston Astros organization.
Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A:
During games, fans can watch large oceangoing vessels and their tugboat escorts navigate the port's ship channel. Ships clear the iconic Harbor Bridge, a span for Highway 181, at the mouth of the Corpus Christi Bay. The Harbor Bridge, built in 1959, dominates the center-field view and lights up at night, making a terrific backdrop for a game. Read more »
Must-try concession items
Asheville Tourists, High-A:
In addition to standard ballpark staples, the Tourists lean into the state fair vibe via items such as pretzel cheese curds and deep-fried Moon Pies (a s'more-esque dessert popular throughout the South). Also, McCormick Field is the original home of Thirsty Thursday, now a staple of promotional schedules across Minor League Baseball. Read more »
Big league atmosphere, Minor League prices
Sugar Land Space Cowboys, Triple-A:
Constellation Field is a comparatively new ballpark, but the Astros' purchase of Sugar Land's team has resulted in a bevy of recent improvements. This includes a new ballpark concessionaire, revamped group areas and a significantly expanded playground. Read more »
Most rambunctious mascot
Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Single-A:
The Woodpeckers' mascot is a red-cockaded woodpecker who goes by the name of Bunker. Bunker is named for Matthew "Bunker" Ridgway, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne during World War II. When he's not volunteering, Bunker loves to ride around in a golf cart, as well as cheer on the Astros. Read more »
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