Minute Maid Park was built on the former site of Houston’s Union Station train depot in downtown to replace the Astros’ former home, the legendary Houston Astrodome. The Astrodome was known worldwide as the 8th wonder of the world, but after 35 years in the world’s first multi-purpose dome stadium, the Astros moved into their new retractable-roof baseball stadium.
Falcon Park is currently the home of the Auburn Doubledays, the short season, single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, as well as the local high school teams of the Auburn Maroons. In an out-of-the-ordinary twist, both the park and the franchise are owned by a non-profit group run by the city of Auburn itself.
OGE Energy Field at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex is a 7,300-seat multi-purpose stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The stadium was renamed in 2017, when the Amateur Softball Association rebranded to USA Softball. Formerly known as ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, the venue is the centerpiece of the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, which includes the USA Hall of Fame and Museum. The stadium opened in 1987 and had extensive renovations from September 2013 through 2015. The facility hosts various softball tournaments throughout the year, but none more popular than the NCAA College World Series.
The Valley of the Sun has been associated with Major League baseball since the late 1940s – the valley is host to 15 MLB teams during the Cactus League (spring training for Major League Baseball), which reportedly brings in $300 million per year of economic investment to the Phoenix area. However, for the last 20 years, the Phoenix area has also been home to a Major League team, the Arizona Diamondbacks; the Diamondbacks play at Chase Field, located in downtown Phoenix.
L. Dale Mitchell Park is located on the campus of The University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. The park has been home to the University of Oklahoma baseball program for over 25 years, having opened on February 27, 1982 with a seating capacity of 3,180. The ballpark was named in honor of former Oklahoma letterman Dale Mitchell, who is the Sooners’ career and single-season batting title holder.
Baylor Ballpark is celebrating 20 years being home to the Baylor University Bears baseball team. The ballpark is located on the campus of Baylor University, and is constructed of red brick and green steel beams, keeping with the décor and architecture found all around Baylor University. The ballpark has a capacity of 5,000, but the largest crowd ever exceeded that number on April 21, 2012 in a game versus Texas A&M, with a record crowd of 5,911.