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Appalachian Power Park had a composite score of 4.3 stars out of five on the magazine's FANFARE scale and garnered five stars in food and beverage, access, and return on investment. The park also received four stars in three other categories: atmosphere, neighborhood, and fans.
"I would consider it the best of the minor league stadiums I have visited," states Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent Joshua Guiher. "It's a clean park that looks like it was just built yesterday with a courteous staff who quickly and warmly answered any of my questions."
Only nine Minor League Baseball stadiums rated higher than Appalachian Power Park. Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, was labeled as the top stadium in Minor League Baseball. The remainder of the top ten range from short-season stadiums to Triple-A venues.
Appalachian Power Park was ranked higher than many notable venues like Old Trafford in Manchester, England (#59), Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (#60), Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark (#63), Soldier Field in Chicago (#76), and Yankee Stadium (#79) and Madison Square Garden (#82) in New York.
"I really enjoyed my visit to Appalachian Power Park and certainly will go back," said Guiher. "It's a new park that doesn't have much of its own history yet, but baseball has been played in Charleston for a long time and the antics of the fans have carried over, giving the team a nice core following, setting a good, enjoyable atmosphere."
The West Virginia Power open the 2012 season on the road at Hagerstown on April 5 and begin their home schedule at Appalachian Power Park on April 12 when the Greenville Drive come to Charleston, WV.
For more information, please contact the Power front office at (304) 344-2287.