MIDLAND, Mich. - Stadium Journey Magazine released its annual ranking of Minor League Baseball stadiums recently and Dow Diamond was placed at No. 6 on the list. The publication, which rates stadiums and arenas in a wide variety of sports both domestically and internationally, gave Dow Diamond 4.4 stars on its 5-star scale.
"It is an honor to be named in such an exclusive class," Loons President and General Manager Paul Barbeau said. "We take pride in making Dow Diamond a venue for affordable family entertainment that offers a truly unique experience for our fans. Stadium Journey's recognition is a credit to all the Loons fans, partners and staff who have helped make Dow Diamond such an impressive venue."
Dow Diamond is one of three ballparks in the top 16 that are home to Minor League partners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. LoanMart Field, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers Single-A partner in the California League, is No. 15, and Isotopes Park, home of the Albuquerque Isotopes, LA's Triple-A partner in the Pacific Coast League, is No. 16.
There are three other Midwest League stadiums joining Dow Diamond in the top 25: Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (No. 2), Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons (No. 18) and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (No. 24).
Stadium Journey is not the first publication to recognize Dow Diamond's excellence, nor is this the first time that the Great Lakes Loons ballpark has been recognized by Stadium Journey.
Dow Diamond was named the Best New Ballpark of 2007 by Baseball Digest, along with being named the Best Ballpark in Michigan by Stadium Journey in 2012.
Within the park's specific review on StadiumJourney.com, Dow Diamond received an overall score of 4.4 stars out of five and earned its highest marks in the Food & Beverage, Atmosphere, Access, and Return on Investment categories. The review praises the park as, 'one of the best, if not THE best minor league ballpark in baseball…beautiful, ideally located, comfortable, and unique…one of the jewels of the minor league baseball world.'
Stadium Journey is a web venture with the goal to become a world-class community resource for sports fans, built around optimizing the experience of attending live sporting events. The venture has a network of about 50 regional correspondents, both domestic and international, who provide tips and information through reviews of pro and college sports stadiums.
For tickets and more information about the Loons, visit Loons.com or call 989-837-BALL. The Great Lakes Loons are an eighth-year Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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