3) Staying in upstate New York, the third place ball park goes to NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York.
For third place, we stay in New York state but go further north to Syracuse, New York, home of NBT Bank Stadium. The stadium is the home of the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets.
When this stadium is first examined, comparisons to Harbor Park (home of the Norfolk Tides, the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate) emerge in its design and general aesthetics. The concourse, unlike in Mirabito Stadium, is a bit more open, which enhances the fan experience because it allows fans to watch the game while waiting in line for concessions. The ballpark also contains numerous luxury boxes and a banquet room in the outfield that can be rented out year round.
NBT Bank Stadium is situated on a plot of land that is easy for fans to get to. There is an expansive parking lot right outside the stadium off of Tex Simone Drive that accommodates thousands of fan vehicles on game day, and the walk to the stadium is not far.
This stadium has two negative aspects to it that hurt its overall ranking. For one, the outfield view isn’t particularly scenic. Many minor league ballparks often use the natural landscape or the cityscape to its advantage when constructing a ballpark to offer fans a great view during the ballgame, but this ballpark in Syracuse doesn’t offer that. The view from the outfield is four electrical towers and a bunch of trees.
The second, more practical aspect that hurts NBT Bank Stadium is the concession limitations. Fans have reported that the stadium capacity doesn’t match the number of concession areas in the ballpark. The result is that fans have noted that there have been times where they would miss a decent length of the game while waiting for food.
With its affordable ticket pricing for a Triple-A team, watching the Syracuse Mets is a good value, but its ballpark is merely average.