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I have noticed that there are a few interesting features in some minor league parks (of course, some are a lot more noticeable than others). Some of the ones that I have heard about so far include the Quad Cities River Bandits having a corn field in left field near the bullpen, and the South Bend Silver Hawks using a former synagogue as their team souvenir store. What are some other ones that you know of?

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Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Parkview Field: not noticeable during a game, but stadium is open for walkers/runners daily until sunset or three hours before a game or event.

Clearwater Threshers, Bright House Field: tiki bar in left field

Gateway Grizzlies, GCS Ballpark (independent leagues): home of baseball's best hamburger, which uses a donut for the buns; also, entire field is turf, even the mound and plate areas

Memphis Redbirds, AutoZone Park: a giant video board in right field

Dayton Dragons, Fifth Third Field: Dragons on scoreboard shoot off smoke for a homerun

Indianapolis Indians, Victory Field: picnic area allows outside food/drink (most minor league parks don't allow outside food)

Louisville Bats, Louisville Slugger Field: entrance area/reception space converted from a train warehouse

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Myrtle Beach Pelican play at (what's currently called) ticketreturn.com field.

They have a playground for kids, a picnic area down right field and, a beach area just off right field.

It's also the same stadium that was home to the Myrtle Beach Mermen from Eastbound and Down.

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People's Natural Gas Field - Altoona, PA

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I've always been a fan of what's now MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, right by the sea and overlooked by the old Coney Island theme park

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That's a beautiful ballpark. I take my kids there a couple times every summer.

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I have noticed that there are a few interesting features in some minor league parks (of course, some are a lot more noticeable than others). Some of the ones that I have heard about so far include the Quad Cities River Bandits having a corn field in left field near the bullpen, and the South Bend Silver Hawks using a former synagogue as their team souvenir store. What are some other ones that you know of?

The River Bandits' Modern Woodmen Park also sits along the Mississippi River and has the Centennial Bridge in the right field backdrop...

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...and now a Ferris Wheel (and downtown Davenport) in left:

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And after the ballpark flooded in 1993 and 2001, they came up with a plan so it now does this:

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And they still play during the floods thanks to a special bridge. More photos:

Photos: River next to, not in, ballpark

It was always a great river view before places like Cincy and Pitt dumped the cookie cutter stadiums.

Definitely unique.

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That's a beautiful ballpark. I take my kids there a couple times every summer.

It sure is, I went there on Friday and I absolutely loved it.

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I can't help but chuckle at the idea of saving the ballpark at the expense of diverting flood water towards other homes and businesses.

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There are parks on either side of it, and the nearest business is a casino ... riverboat. The city seems to have given up almost everything else in the flood plain (golf course on an island, houses, even the casino is moving, etc.) now that it floods every other year instead of every 20 or so.

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There are parks on either side of it, and the nearest business is a casino ... riverboat. The city seems to have given up almost everything else in the flood plain (golf course on an island, houses, even the casino is moving, etc.) now that it floods every other year instead of every 20 or so.

The actual impact probably is negligible, but the idea of it still makes me laugh. That makes more sense you frame it like that. That building on the far lower right of the picture might be happier with a couple million more gallons of water in the ballpark, though.

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Montgomery has one of the quirkiest parks. It's built out of an old train station, there's a train track running behind left field, and in right there's a flag pole with a large area around it so the outfield wall has a semi circle indenting into the field

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