NBT Bank Stadium
Review by Mike
NBT Bank Stadium is the home of the Syracuse Mets of the International League. 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.