Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Review

The Review of Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Rating: 5
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • "The Joe" opened in 2002
  • Perhaps the best scoreboard in NYPL
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium's front entrance features a main gate between a team shop and stairs to the second level. The ticket office is on the left of the image.

Tri-City's Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is named after Joseph L. Bruno, a longtime area State Senator responsible for securing the funds needed to build the stadium. Locals affectionately call the ballpark "The Joe," and this 4,500-seat facility is a gem. Built in 2002, it's got many modern amenities, such as the stylish Top of the Hill Bar & Grill beyond the left field fence, a scoreboard that's better than average for the New York-Penn League, a picnic deck, 10 luxury suites and much more.

Though its official seating capacity is 4,500, the stadium can house closer to 6,000 fans, thanks to general admission seating on the outfield berm, boxes and picnic areas. The team has enjoyed a high attendance level since its inception and welcomed more than 100,000 fans to the stadium in each season.

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium features an old school, keyhole-style dirt strip from the pitcher's mound to home plate -- one of only a handful of pro ballparks to do so. The ValleyCats dugout is on the third base side and the team's bullpen is beyond the left field fence.