Proponents of building a new $30 million minor league baseball stadium in the heart of downtown Hagerstown often state that Municipal Stadium, the current home of the Hagerstown Suns, is the smallest stadium in the South Atlantic League.
That’s not actually true.
- Greensboro Grasshoppers (Greensboro, North Carolina) – 7,499
- Lexington Legends (Lexington, Kentucky) – 6,994
- Lakewood BlueClaws Lakewood, New Jersey – 6,588
- West Virginia Power (Charleston, West Virginia) – 6,200
- Charleston RiverDogs (Charleston, South Carolina) – 6,000
- Greenville Drive (Greenville, South Carolina) – 6,000
- Delmarva Shorebirds (Salisbury, Maryland) – 5,200
- Rome Braves (Rome, Georgia) – 5,105
- Hickory Crawdads (Hickory, North Carolina) – 5,092
- Savannah Sand Gnats (Savannah, Georgia) – 5,000
- Kannapolis Intimidators (Kannapolis, North Carolina) – 4,700
- Hagerstown Suns (Hagerstown, Maryland) – 4,600
- Augusta GreenJackets (Augusta, Georgia) – 4,400
- Southern Asheville Tourists (Asheville, North Carolina) – 4,000
I found the above information on Wikipedia, which is on the World Wide Web, so you know it must be true.
There are two other teams in the South Atlantic League that play in smaller ballparks. I’m not sure why this is even a factor. The Suns don’t sell out games unless there’s a major leaguer in town for a rehab stint. Maybe if the Suns were turning fans away, I could understand the need for a bigger ballpark.
Personally, I like a smaller ballpark. I’ve never been to a baseball game and found myself wishing that the venue I was at had more seating.
Though I believe there may be some valid reasons for building a new ballpark, I don’t think the seating capacity is one of those reasons.