Five Minor League Baseball Teams to See This Year

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer isn’t complete without a ballpark hot dog and a seventh-inning stretch. Cheering a minor league team to victory is a fun and affordable way to take in America’s pastime, especially when it means a road trip to one of America’s great cities. Check out one of these minor league baseball clubs, all with winning histories and impressive ballparks that will make your travels worthwhile.

baseball game Columbus Clippers

This Cleveland Indians affiliate club in downtown Columbus plays in one of baseball’s finest stadiums — Huntington Park. This state-of-the-art facility can hold more than 10,000 passionate fans with a variety of seating options including picnic terraces. The fan-friendly, intimate design has a retro feel but plenty of innovative amenities and a multitude of dining options. The Columbus Clippers have claimed the league championship nine times, most recently in 2010 and 2011 — and they played in the 2015 championships. 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 with famous alumni including Jim Thome and C. C. Sabathia. The Burlington Royals play in vintage Burlington Athletic Stadium which originally stood 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. Home games are played at Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express for over a decade. The stadium is consistently ranked among the top in Minor League Baseball, and it’s easy to see why. It 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, 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. 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 and 2014 Triple-A National Champions in action! The Storm Chasers are based in Papillion, Nebraska, a city located just southwest of Omaha. Established in 1969, the team is an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Their home is the gorgeous new Werner Park. The little ones will love the kids’ zone, complete with a carousel and bouncy house. Choose from several Country Inns & Suites Omaha area hotels nearby.