Parkview Field Review

The Review of Parkview Field Rating: 5
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • 2009 opening means Parkview Field has modern feel
  • Wraparound concourse is unique by MiLB standards
Parkview Field, home of the Midwest League's Fort Wayne TinCaps. The TinCaps are the Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

There's something about Parkview Field that just makes it a perfect venue to watch a ballgame. The ballpark opened at the start of the 2009 TinCaps season, so it's a new park with modern amenities. That said, there's an intangible vibe throughout the entire facility; it's clear that the team's management, and its fans, care deeply about the link between the team, the ballpark and the community.

Parkview Field, before you wonder, wasn't given its name because of its view of any park. Its naming rights are owned by Parkview Hospital, which paid $3 million for the ballpark's name for a decade. The park's official capacity is 8,100, though the team packed 8,208 fans in on its inaugural opening day on April 16, 2009.

The facility has 16 luxury suites, a whole pile of seating options, five permanent concession stands, 18 food carts throughout the wraparound concourse and a ton of other things to see. One immediately noticeable feature of Parkview Field is the height of its outfield fence. It's not exactly Fenway's Green Monster, but the fence runs from 12 to 15 feet in height in left and left-center field, and 15 feet in straightaway right field. It's a more standard 10 feet in center and right-center. From left to right, the ballpark's dimensions are 336, 374, 400, 383 and 318 feet.