NBT Bank Stadium
Review by Mike
NBT Bank Stadium is the home of the Syracuse Mets of Triple-A East. This ballpark opened in 1997, replacing MacArthur Stadium, which had stood in what is the new stadium's parking lot. MacArthur is regarded as a classic old ballpark, but sadly, a classic I missed. It seems that I discovered the minor leagues about five years too late and missed many of the great old ballyards. MacArthur's replacement is a near exact replica of the ballpark in Norfolk, Virginia and the since-demolished Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
You may notice the lack of people in the stands in these photographs. This is because I did not see a game here when I took the pictures. I dropped by during a drive home from Rochester. A friendly groundskeeper let me in for a walkabout and I fired off a few quick shots for the archives. Inexplicably, when I DID go to a game in Syracuse in 2012, I took no pictures, so please forgive the weak content of this page.
This is an attractive park with an open architecture and a concourse that allows fans waiting on line for food to watch the game. The artificial turf in the photos was replaced with natural grass in 2007, thankfully, and I recall my one visit to the park being a pleasant one. It's easy to get to, being at the cross-roads of two interstates, but lacks character due to it's location away from downtown. All in all, a nice ballpark.