The sound of cleats digging into the dirt as a player slides safely into second base; the spinning of a pitcher's screw ball as it lands in the catcher's padded mitt; the umpire calling strikes while peanuts, hot dogs and soft drinks are sold among the bleachers. The sights, sounds and smells of America's favorite pastime can be experienced in Tennessee.
Spend a night watching the Chattanooga Lookouts, named after Lookout Mountain, play at the AT&T Field. The stadium seats 6,160 fans and boasts luxury suites that can be rented for the season or individual games. The 14-seat Killebrew's Korner & Lookouts Loft each are $495, located on the suite level with view of the first base side. Indoor and outdoor seating provides comfortable views of the game. A preset menu is provided that includes all the traditional baseball fair along with chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese. Whenever a Lookouts batter hits a home run, its version of the Chattanooga Choo Choo chugs its way down a train track from behind the right-center field wall.
Watch a baseball game under the lights with the Great Smoky Mountains as your backdrop. Inspired by the Wrigley Field, the Smokies Park in Kodak houses the Tennessee Smokies, a Minor League Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Able to hold more than 6,000 people, the Smokies Stadium allows fans to roam the ballpark because of a wide and uninterrupted concourse that circles around the field and covered between the dugouts. Individual tickets start at $7.50 for bleacher seats and $10.50 for field level seats.
Family fun in Nashville can be easily found with a baseball game at First Tennessee Park located downtown. Cheer on the Nashville Sounds, a Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Spend some time at The Band Box behind right field where you can enjoy games like cornhole and ping pong, chill out on upholstered furniture and sip on delicious cocktails (try the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and Coke or the Field of Dreamsicle with Pickers blood orange vodka). Season tickets range from $850 to $2,150 with individual game tickets ranging from $10 to $38. Don't miss out on the weekend fireworks displays to cap a fun night!
The Memphis Redbirds, a Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, get down to baseball business at the AutoZone Park, voted the No. 1 Minor League Ballpark by Baseball America. The stadium has the same feel as Fenway Park or Wrigley Field as it is a state-of-the-art facility with a press box and HD video board, two open-air decks that can seat 175 people and three party balconies. There's also a fireworks show after every Saturday night game. Season tickets are available and individual tickets start at $9.
The Jackson Generals from Jackson is a Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. They play at Jackson Generals Park, a 6,000-seat Minor League Baseball stadium. Join in on all the fun that happens with season passes for $350 or individual tickets.
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