In addition to the newly constructed PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., there are several International League ballparks within a 6-hour drive of Buffalo. Here’s the information you’ll need to make a summer road trip in the International League:
Ballpark (capacity): PNC Field (10,000)
Tickets: $12, $10, $8, $7
Food specialties: Cheesesteaks, brisket/pulled pork with pierogis
Directions (About 4 hours): Take the Thruway I-90 East to Exit 39. Follow I-690 East to I-81 South into Pennsylvania. Take Exit 182A toward Montage Mountain Road in the city of Moosic. Ballpark will be on the left.
Ballpark (capacity): Frontier Field (10,840)
Tickets: $12, $10.50, $8 ($1 discount if purchased prior to day of game).
Food specialties: A huge variety, highlighted by white hots, garbage plates and macaroni and cheese
Directions (About 75 minutes from Buffalo): Take the Thruway to Exit 47 (LeRoy). Follow I-490 East about 18 miles into downtown. Take Exit 12 (Broad Street/Stadiums). Continue straight to Allen Street, keep left at signal and cross Broad Street (follow Frontier Field signs). Ballpark will be on your right, D Lot parking on left.
Ballpark (capacity): NBT Bank Stadium (11,071)
Tickets: $20, $14, $12, $8
Food specialties: Salt potatoes, Fritos pie, hot dogs with macaroni and cheese
Directions (About 2 hours, 15 minutes): Take the Thruway to Exit 36. Follow I-81 South to Hiawatha Boulevard (Exit 23A). Left on to Hiawatha Boulevard, left on to Tex Simone Drive.
Ballpark (capacity): Coca-Cola Park (10,000)
Tickets: $25, $20, $15, $10, $7 ($25 seats include $20 of ballpark credit)
Food specialties: Three Little Pigs sandwich, corn on the cob, gyros
Directions: Take Thruway to Exit 39. Follow I-690-E to I-81 South into Pennsylvania. Take I-380 South to I-80 East. Take Exit 302A to PA-33 South. Take 33 South for 19 miles to US 22 West. Follow for 8 miles to the Airport Road exit. Follow Airport Road 1½ miles to Union Boulevard to ballpark.
Ballpark (capacity): Fifth Third Field (10,300)
Tickets: $12 & $9
Food specialties: Burritos, Polish dogs, brats.
Directions (About 5 hours): Take I-90 West to exit 64 to I-75 North. Follow I-75 North to exit 201-B (downtown exit). Turn left onto Erie St. Turn right onto Washington St.
Ballpark (capacity): Huntington Park (10,100)
Tickets: $20, $12, $10, $6
Food specialties: Pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket sandwiches
Directions (About 5 hours): Take I-90 West to I-271 South. Merge to I-71 South. Exit on I-670 West. Exit Goodale Street toward Neil Avenue. Turn left on Neil. Ballpark is half-mile on right.
NOTE: Advanced tickets are recommended in Lehigh Valley and Toledo, where sellouts are common.
— Mike Harrington