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 each region of Tennessee. Hear the high-pitched sound of the ball connecting to the bat and maybe even catch a fly ball, a baseball game's greatest souvenir. It's game time 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. A 14-seat skybox is $300 a night if you want to splurge. 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 6,000 people and more with a lot of standing room, the Smokies Park 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 are $7.50 for bleacher seats and $9.50 for field level seats.
Family fun in Music City can be easily found with a baseball game at First Tennessee Park, located in Sulpher Dell north of downtown. Cheer on the Sounds, a Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. 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). Season tickets range from $648 to $2,160 with individual game tickets ranging from $7 to $32. 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 $6.
The Jackson Generals from Jackson is a Double-A Southern League Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. They play at Pringles Park, a 6,000 seat Minor League Baseball stadium, named after the Pringles brand which is manufactured in Jackson. You can score big during Dollar Thursdays where you get general admission tickets, hot dogs, small popcorn and beverages for $1 each. Join in on all the fun that happens at Pringles Park with season passes or individual tickets which are $10 for reserved seating and $6 for general admission.
Coming out of Elizabethton, Tennessee, the Twins provide great entertainment as they're first in the Appalachian League (West) at the Joe O'Brien Field. They keep tickets family affordable with general admission seating at $5 and children and seniors $4. Children under three years old are free. Enjoy beautiful Appalachian Mountain views while you cheer on the Twins and enjoy baseball concessions. Located on the banks of the Watauga River, the Joe O'Brien Field perfectly blends Tennessee scenic beauty with America's favorite past time.
Enjoy the Minor League team that's the Appalachian League Affiliate to the Houston Astros at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, Tennessee. Snag one of the 884 general admission seats for $8 while reserved seats are $10. Snag your tickets before summer ends as the last game is usually the last week of August.
With reserved seating at $7, general admission at $5 and children under 12 years or younger $4, this is an outing the whole family can enjoy. See the Kingsport Mets play league teams at the Hunter Wright Stadium through the end of August. Catch a game on Dollar Thursday nights where you can get a $1 hot dog, soda and beer during your visit. Kids Fun Fridays also include inflatables, photos with team mascot, Slider, and various games.
Johnson City Cardinals
The Johnson City Cardinals have won the last two championships in the Appalachian League, so be prepared for some great baseball action. Check out the wealth of promotions they offer on top of the affordable general admission tickets ($8): Dollar Mondays where hot dogs, soda, popcorn, candy and Natural Light beers are all $1 and Thirsty Thursday where draft beers are $1 for a small, $2 for a medium and $3 for a large. If you're catching a game with a group, check out The Perch. The $18 ticket gets you unlimited servings of Moe's BBQ and sides, all you can drink Pepsi and water, cookies, tables and reserved seating.