Principal Park sits at the point where the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers merge; baseball’s been played on this spot since 1947. Within the last decade, renovations have ushered in new seats, a scoreboard, a fountain, a bleacher section and more, helping the park emerge as one of the country’s top minor-league facilities. Fans enjoy views of downtown and glimpses of the state capitol behind the scoreboard, and a whiz-bang fireworks show follows many Friday night games.
If the kids get restless during a slow inning, a large playground on the main concourse provides diversion. Plain ol’ hot dogs always taste great at a baseball game; visitors also nosh on barbecue beef sandwiches, bison dogs, local Graziano sausage burgers and personal pizzas.
Parking lots surround the venue, but many fans choose to park on city streets where the meters are free on evenings and weekends. Ticket prices range from $7 to $26, depending on seat location. Skybox rentals come complete with assigned waitstaff, reserved parking, an air-conditioned room and outdoor seating. For travelers who can’t fit a game into their schedules, the Cub Club behind the outfield serves breakfast and lunch with views of the field.