From Chicago, Indianapolis is the nearest AAA team and about a 3 hour drive. The first week the kids were off of school provided us the opportunity to drive in for an afternoon game against the Durham Bulls and be home before dark.

Victory Field was a beautiful park with a great view of the city skyline beyond the outfield. Our ticket agent for the day of game sales set us up with some seats in the shade on the third base side of home plate.

Former Cubs can't miss prospect Felix Pie, now playing in the Pirates system:


The game we saw was a pitcher's duel with the home Indians winning 1-0. Unfortunately, we missed the only run scored as we walked around the park.

An interesting feature of this ballpark was the small section down the first base line sponsored by the Indiana Lottery. It had red seats and was located near a small target (maybe a foot in diameter) on the right field foul pole. If an Indians player hit that target for a homerun, everyone with tickets in the special section would win a million dollars. I can't imagine this has ever happened; however, there was a large crowd in that section, even though the park was otherwise less than half full for the game.

A cool tradition they have is that a lucky fan gets to ring the gigantic "Victory Bell" after a win.

We had a beautiful day for a game and Victory Field did not disappoint. This is two AAA parks down for me with many, many more to go.

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