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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette TinCaps' Austin Smith pitches the ball during the TinCaps vs. Cedar Rapids first game of a three-game series at Parkview Field on Saturday. GALLERY

Saturday, October 29, 2016 6:58 pm

Again, TinCaps' Parkview Field best in minor pros

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Parkview Field, home of the TinCaps, has been selected the “best ballpark experience” in minor-league baseball by Stadium Journey for the fifth time in six years. Stadium Journey judged 160 venues from rookie ball to Triple A, evaluating factors such as food, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans and return on investment.

"As brand new ballparks continue to go up around the country, it's almost unbelievable for Parkview Field to take this honor again," TinCaps president Mike Nutter said. "We appreciate the amazing efforts Stadium Journey goes to putting this ranking together and are grateful for the recognition.

"Just look at the criteria for how ballparks are ranked, and you can tell this is a total team effort. And our team includes so many people who deserve credit for this. We have literally close to 1,000 people on our team working at Parkview Field in various roles throughout the year who should take pride in being No. 1, not to mention our fans, of course. This really is such a testament to the energy right now in Downtown Fort Wayne."

Stadium Journey wrote: "A team with a facility as impressive as Parkview Field could easily just open the gates and let the fans roll in. The TinCaps organization does nothing of the sort. This organization strives to offer fans one of the best game day experiences anywhere. This commitment is evident from the top of the organization to the game-day employees working throughout the ballpark. From the moment you step foot in Parkview Field you will find a dedication to customer service that is unmatched not only in minor league baseball, but in all of sports."

jcohn@jg.net