Five Minor League Baseball Teams to See This Year

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer isn’t complete without a ballpark hot dog and a seventh-inning stretch. Baseball is America’s pastime, which means that it’s a great reason to travel this summer. It’s time to plan a trip to one of these great American cities to cheer a minor league team to victory. These minor league baseball clubs have winning histories and impressive ball parks that are certain to make your travels worthwhile!

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Columbus Clippers

This Cleveland Indians affiliate club in downtown Columbus plays in one of baseball’s best stadiums, Huntington Park. This state-of-the-art facility can hold over 10,000 passionate fans with a variety of seating options. The Columbus Clippers have claimed the league championship nine times, most recently in 2010 and 2011. Stay at a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in Columbus for a homerun getaway!

Burlington Royals

Catch the best family entertainment in Burlington, North Carolina this summer! This rookie-level club is currently a farm team for the Kansas City Royals. However, they were previously affiliated with the Cleveland Indians for 21 years. Some of their most famous alumni include Jim Thome and C. C. Sabathia. The Royals play at the vintage Burlington Athletic Stadium. Originally built in Danville, Virginia, it was reconstructed in 1958 after being dismantled and moved south from its original home. Book this local experience package at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Burlington and you’ll receive two tickets to a Burlington Royals baseball game!

Round Rock Express

The Express was founded by Reid Ryan, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. This ball club is affiliated with the Texas Rangers, and home games are played at Dell Diamond. Dell Diamond has been the home of the Round Rock Express for over a decade. The stadium is consistently ranked among the top in Minor League Baseball. In 2006 and 2007, it was named the Top Minor League Park by Minor League News. This stadium has everything, including a pool party area, a fun zone for the kids, and even a rock wall! Rest well after your thrilling day at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Round Rock.

Durham Bulls

The 1988 movie, Bull Durham, may have made the Bulls the most famous minor league baseball team in the world. The Bulls play their home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which is located in a thriving downtown area called the Tobacco District. Restaurants and other attractions line a long walkway, which is parted by a series of rippling waterfalls and interesting art sculptures. The action inside the stadium won’t disappoint either, as the Bulls are the reigning division league champions. Enjoy a convenient stay nearby at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Raleigh-Durham Airport.

Omaha Storm Chasers

Plan a trip to watch the 2013 Triple-A National Champions in action! The Storm Chasers are based in Papillion, Nebraska, a city located just southwest of Omaha. The team is an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and was established in 1969. The Storm Chasers play in the gorgeous new Werner Park. The little ones will love the kids’ zone, complete with a carousel and bouncy house. Check the schedule and plan a trip to see a game with free fireworks afterward. We have several Country Inns & Suites Omaha hotels located nearby for your comfort and enjoyment.

Take your loved ones out to the ball game this summer for some peanuts and crackerjack! These minor league teams will thrill you with fast pitches, diving catches, and powerful homeruns in some of the most impressive baseball stadiums in the U.S. After a hot day under the sun, cool off in one of our hotel pools and relax with a book from the Read It & Return Lending Library when you  stay with us.