Thinking of a road trip to follow the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Here's a list of the International League teams they'll play on the road through the end of the regular season on Sept. 1. Keep in mind these are the top minor league affiliates of major league clubs, so some of the players you see today could head to the big leagues tomorrow.
Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays); May 17-20, July 25-28
Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington St.,Buffalo, N.Y.; 716-843-4373
Hey, doesn't that stadium name sound familiar? This park seats 18,025, making it one of the largest in the minors. In 2012, it unveiled the largest HD video board in minor league baseball. Once you're in town, visit the Anchor Bar (1047 Main St., 716-883-1134) the establishment where Buffalo Wings were invented 50 years ago in 1964.
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles); May 26-29
Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk, Va.; 757-622-2222
This beautiful new stadium was built in 1993 and is located in downtown Norfolk on the Elizabeth River. Norfolk, Va. is the home of a large naval station and the highly rated Chrysler Museum of Art (245 W. Olney Rd., 757-664-6200).
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays); May 30-31, June 1-2
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham, N.C.; 919-687-6500
Made famous by the Kevin Costner movie "Bull Durham," this team actually traces its roots to the dawn of the 20th Century. Their stadium was designed by the same firm that built Camden Yards in Baltimore and Jacobs Field in Cleveland.
Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins); June 12-15, July 4,5, 29-30
Frontier Field, One Morrie Silver Way, Rochester, N.Y.; 585-262-2009
Opened with a Beach Boys concert in 1996, Frontier Field is yet another example of a modern minor-league park built with comfort and style; it seats more than 13,000. The National Museum of Play at The Strong (585-263-2700) is the second largest children's museum in the nation.
Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals); June 24-25, July 19-20
NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse, N.Y.; 315-474-7833
This publicly-owned facility opened in 1997 and features the Hank Sauer Room restaurant (available to groups by reservation only). History buffs will enjoy the Erie Canal Museum (315-471-0593), listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees); June 30, July 1, Sept. 1
PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic, Pa.; 570-969-2255
Only 75 miles separate Allentown and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, so this is the trek to make if you're thinking day trip. Seats at the club and suite level are sold out for the season, but tickets elsewhere in the park remain a modest $7-$12.
Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates); July 6-9
Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis, Ind.; 317-269-3542
Opened in 1996, Victory Field has a great view of the playing field, festival-style lawn seating and angled outfield seats that hug the foul lines. It's right up there with Coca-Cola Park in Allentown as a beauty, named Best Minor League Ballpark in America by prominent publications such as Baseball America.
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds); July 10-13
Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St., Louisville, Ken.; 502-212-2287
Built in a retro-classic design style, Louisville Slugger Field hugs the banks of the Ohio River, within one block of the city's Waterfront Park. A historic 19th Century rail depot is incorporated into the project, adding to its old-time allure.
Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers); Aug. 7-10
Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo, Ohio; 419-725-4367
Here we have one of the most storied franchises in minor-league history, with a name dating to 1902, and a new stadium named Best Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Newsweek in 2002. If you want to sing the National Anthem, submit a tape to the front office. If you pass the audition, you'll be out there leading the crowd.
Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians); Aug. 11-14
Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, Ohio; 614-462-5250
With its striking views of the Columbus skyline, Huntington Park ranks among the newest stadiums in the minors, opened in 2009. Still it's intimate, seating 10,000 spectators. The city sponsors art walks not far from the stadium grounds (614-645-1260).
Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) Aug. 19-22
McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket, R.I.; 401-724-7300
And here we have one of the oldest stadiums in minor league baseball, erected in 1942 but renovated in 1999 to seat 10,031. It's a charmer, where fans can get seats right up against the PawSox bullpen on a grassy knoll.
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