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Best of the Ballparks 2017, Short Season-A: LeLacheur Park

LeLacheur Park

With over 13,400 voters weighing in on the top ballparks in MiLB Short Season-A baseball, LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners, was the winner in the third-annual Best of the Ballparks 2017 fan vote.

Short Season-A baseball encompasses the Northwest League and the New York-Penn League. In this year’s competition, LeLacheur Park received 50.3 percent of the fan vote in the final round, edging out Avista Stadium, home of the Spokane Indians, which received 49.7 percent. Over 345,000 voters participated to date in this year’s Best of the Ballparks fan competition for spring-training, college, Minor League Baseball, independent and summer-collegiate facilities.

“There’s a rich tradition of fan support at LeLacheur Park, and it’s great to see that history continue to this day,” said Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard. “The Spinners have always provided a great fan experience, and with new ownership in in Lowell, there’s no doubt the fan experience will continue to get better in coming years.”

“Winning awards for our beautiful ballpark is always nice, but when it comes from the readers of Ballpark Digest, the industry’s gold standard, it is especially meaningful,” said Spinners owner Dave Heller. “This is a special award, not merely for our team but also for the New York-Penn League and the City of Lowell, which has so many exciting and award-winning things going on right now. We are proud to be an integral part of Lowell’s revival.”

Edward A. LeLacheur Park opened in 1998 as a joint project between the City of Lowell and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, serving as home of the Spinners the entire time.

Other 2017 Best of the Ballparks winners:

MiLB Triple-A: Huntington Park
MiLB Double-A: Dunkin’ Donuts Park
MiLB High-A: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium
MiLB, Low-A: Four Winds Field
Independent: The Depot at Cleburne Station
Summer Collegiate: Warner Park

College: McKethan Stadium
Spring Training, Grapefruit League: LECOM Park
Spring Training, Cactus League: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 

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