Best Minor League Ballpark
August 14, 2013
If you want to visit the best minor league ballpark in the country, you only have to travel to the Quad Cities. Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport is the top vote-getter in a national poll by USA Today and 10Best.com, as part of this year's "10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards."
The stadium is home to the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, and a member of the Midwest League. The team owner is Dave Heller.
"I think it won because it's the perfect mix of the old style brick charm of the old ballparks with all of the latest and greatest modern amenities and conveniences. And with a spectacular view of the Mississippi River and Centennial Bridge."
USA Today chose 20 ballparks for the competition, including Toledo, and Louisville which finished second.
"It's always a pleasant surprise when you're in a national competition against cities that are in some instances 10 times the size of yours, and yet you still win. Because that shows it's not just the people in the Quad Cities who are voting for it, but people all over the country and in some instances all over the world."
The River Bandits will celebrate next Monday by selling general admission game tickets for one dollar, with upgrades for one dollar more. Owned by the city of Davenport, Modern Woodmen Park opened in 1931, and has hosted a Midwest League team since 1960.