Ranking MLB stadiums (that I’ve been to)

Apparently people like stupid lists. That’s hardly news to me, but last week really drove the point home. My column was the ultimate in stupid lists: my personal rankings of MLB team nicknames. Not only was it about as lightweight an article as I’ve ever written, it was possibly the most linked to article I’ve done in memory. Suffice it to say, I kicked myself for not squeezing in a reference to the fact my new book “Evaluating Baseball’s Managers, 1876-2008” is now available for purchase.

At any rate, if people like stupid lists, that’s perfect for me. My two specialties are making lists and being stupid. This is right up my alley. Besides – it’s the off-season. If it wasn’t for dumb lists what the hell would we have left to talk about?

This week’s dumb list: ranking stadiums I’ve attended. No, it isn’t even a remotely deep or original idea. It’s still a fun, dumb column to scrawl out, though.

A few guidelines:

– Distinctive features are positives, provided that distinctive isn’t a euphemism for stupid.

– The most important feature is always the sightlines you have of the field.

– That said, factors like food, friendliness, and ambience also play roles here.

The second factor is key, because I am a confirmed upper-deck denizen. The majority of talk about baseball stadiums comes from the perspective of people in the good seats. This is key, because the interests of different sections can come into conflict.

For example, a long complaint of many old-time stadiums focused on people unable to follow the flight of fly balls because the upper deck hung over them. Stadiums in the last 20 years solved this by picking up the upper deck and moving them back. Voila! No more obstructed views – from either poles or overhangs. All sections have clearer views of the field, but if you’re in my area , you’re much farther from the action. It sucks.

But that usually gets brushed over in most accounts of stadiums. I suppose my perspective is no better than those of the lower-deck dwellers, but I do think the main interpretation needs an upper-deck corrective.

I’ve attended 15 stadiums, but can only rank 14. I was in Candlestick Park as a kid for about three innings. I hardly remember anything about it, though. Anyhow, here are my rankings, based on my experiences.

1. Wrigley Field (Chicago)

I suppose it’s a cliché to rank this one at the top, especially since I’m a Cubs fan, but this place really does have the best upper-deck seats around because you’re so close to the field. Plus the place looks great with the ivy and the old scoreboard and the rooftops and all that.

I still cherish a game I saw a dozen years ago in Seat 1, Aisle 1, Section 517. It was an absolutely tremendous seat – which was remarkable because it was directly behind a pole. Really. But I just had to lean a tad to the side and had a perfect view of the field, and could look out beyond it and see not only the rooftops, but some boats out on Lake Michigan.

Wrigley doesn’t have as much amenities as other places, but it makes up for it.

2. Safeco Park (Seattle)

This place was a revelation when I saw a game there during the 2006 SABR convention. It was a pretty place with nice sightlines without anything really wrong with it. What I found remarkable was that the place supposedly has a retractable roof. The game I saw was a rain-free day, and looking at the top of the place, I had difficulty figuring out where the roof came from.

That’s an overstatement – it clearly came from one side of the field – but had I not known it was retractable, I never would’ve guessed. The stadium just had an open-air feel, very unlike what I’d previously encountered with Miller Park’s retractable roof.

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3. Rogers Centre AKA the Skydome (Toronto)

This is baseball’s most underrated stadium. It’s pre-Camden Yards, which is usually seen as a negative. However, at this point in time so many teams have gone the Camden route, Toronto’s place comes off as a bit special.

More importantly, its most memorable features are positives. First, it’s next to that big Canadian space needle thing-a-ma-jig. Awesome sight.

Second, if you go there, get there early. You can see a bunch of perfect circles of empty blue seats. It looks awesome. There is something very peaceful and inviting about seeing it that way.

4. Camden Yards (Baltimore)

Yeah, I know I’m ranking it too low. This place is an enigma for me. On the one hand, I have strong reasons to believe my experience missed a lot of what made it great. I’ve heard people who’ve been there tell me it’s a great overall atmosphere when you go around the entire facility and all the accoutrements that come with it. However, in my one game there I arrived during the first inning, and decided I’d rather watch the game than walk around. Thus I missed some things that make it special.

I’d be tempted to kick it up above Toronto, except my experience watching the game was not quite what I expected. I remember when the place opened it was hailed as a bold new departure for a stadium. This point was reinforced where I lived in Chicago, where the last pre-Camden place, New Comiskey, was erected.

Thus you can imagine my surprise when I got to my seat and felt like I was back on Chicago’s South Side. The places really didn’t seem very different. In part that’s because both stadiums have changed over the years. Camden no longer had the old style scoreboard when I went, and the Sox have retro-fitted their place to modernize it. Regardless, watching a game in noveau-retro Camden reminded me far more of Comiskey II than actual-retro Wrigley.

Baltimore’s a nice place and if I had more time to experience it I’d probably rank it higher. But it ain’t Safeco.

5. New Comiskey – AKA The Cell (Chicago)

The Camden commentary might’ve made the comparison of it and New Comiskey seem like a disparagement to Baltimore. That wasn’t quite my intent, as the South Side stadium is fairly underrated.

The most common criticism of the upper deck is that the seats are set up rather steeply up there. While there’s truth to that, I don’t think that different from my experiences in Baltimore and Cleveland.

My main upper-deck complaint is that they won’t let you walk around the lower concourse at all. Most places will, and that lowers the experience. The Sox used to let everyone do that, and then came Shirtless Father and Son Night.

That said, the sightlines are good (though far away, as is normally the case). And the place boasts a few special strengths. First, it has the best ballpark food of any place I’ve ever been. Some may disagree, but those people probably don’t like churros, so I don’t see how their opinion about food can be taken seriously.

More randomly, this place does the best job finding National Anthem singers of any place on the planet. Maybe this is just the random luck of the draw, but I’ll routinely hear a sensational version of the song here when I go. I still remember a time about 10 years ago I heard four opera singers do a multi-part harmony with the song and it was so brilliant the crowd began cheering halfway through – and this was before 9/11. It’s a small part of the ballpark experience, but the Sox routinely nail it.

6. County Stadium (Milwaukee)

An analogy: Ever had one of those jobs that makes the Dilbert comic strip a little too funny? For a while I worked in such a corporate-newspeak place. My superiors were always friendly and courteous and I began reflexively checking my back for stab wounds whenever I finished a conversation with one.

There was one obvious exception. One long-time veteran set up with his own little fiefdom was an out-and-out lout. And God bless him for it. He was a damn jerk and wasn’t going to pretend otherwise. His openly grating attitude was frankly refreshing in that place. Whatever his faults, you always knew where you stood with him. I didn’t mind him in the least, provided I dealt with him solely in small portions.

That’s County Stadium. I finally made it up to Milwaukee in its final years of existence. It was a dumpy little hole with seats behind poles and plainly visible corrugated metal that the team could barely even bother keeping up to code. Its unapologetic staleness was a breath of fresh air. It wasn’t putting on any false pretenses or affectations of gleam. It promised you a ball game and as an added bonus it likely wasn’t going to collapse on you during the contest. That was about it. While the extra amenities are nice, isn’t that all you need?

Does this contradict my statement up top that distinctive features are positives provided they’re not stupid? I suppose it does. Hey – who wants to be consistent all the time anyway? Consistency is something you want when building safety features for nuclear power plants. Wasting it on your impressions on baseball parks makes even less sense that squandering a quality stadium on the 2000 Brewers.

Oh – the place also has the greatest tailgating facilities I’ve ever seen. I’m not a tailgater myself, but it’s worth mentioning.

7. Old Comiskey (Chicago)

My dad took me to several games here when I was a kid. However, my memories are surprisingly vague. It seemed like a nice place, but it didn’t really catch my attention. I liked the old green chairs and the exploding scoreboard, but aside from that it just struck me as a standard stadium.

8. Jacobs Field, or whatever it’s called these days (Cleveland)

It isn’t a bad place, but it’s overrated. Like Camden, I heard a lot of good things about it (especially in comparison to New Comiskey), but was shocked at how generic it felt when I got there.

Not only did it remind me of New Comiskey, but it seemed clearly inferior. For example, while Comiskey has a fairly steep upper deck, Jacobs Field’s was even worse. And at least Chicago puts a cupholder for you – Jacobs didn’t.

My main memory was the lack of food selection they had. They had the typical wheel of commerce on the upper deck’s concourse, but every single stand sold the exact same food. They made no attempt to mix it up at all, which is not only embarrassing, but shows a lack of interest in their upper-deck denizen’s experience. I’ve been told they’ve addressed this issue, but it should’ve never been a problem in the first place. At least Wrigley can use its small size as an excuse for its food problems.

9. Angel Stadium (Anaheim)

This one is tough for me to rank because the only game I caught there came when it was under renovation. Half the park was closed down. As a result, it had an overall subdued impact on me. It was an odd circumstance, so I don’t want to rank it too low. Then again, it wasn’t a good impression, so I can’t rank it too high. I’ll put it above the stadiums I was openly disappointed in, but nothing more.

10. Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati)

It doesn’t live up to the name. I attended only one game there, but it seemed a bit generic. Its main distinction was a giant red steamboat wheel in centerfield. It was just trying too hard.

One other oddity: The vendors all engaged in some odd multi-tasking. A lot had two different items for sale, and they were completely random items. I kept expecting to see someone hawking beer and cotton candy.

11. Busch II, which according to B-ref is actually Busch III (St.Louis)

I was only there one time, but there was so much I didn’t like. Immediately upon entering the stadium, I wanted to walk around and get a feel for it. I felt like I was in an obstacle course. I ran into a stairway, a brief jut of concessions, some other obstacle – it was an unusually difficult walk. Modern stadiums normally have an easy Wheel of Commerce behind the seats, but that wasn’t the case in this bit by the outfield gate I entered at. I got frustrated and soon stopped.

It was uncomfortably humid where I sat. At first I thought it might be the luck of the draw. SABR’s seats were in a corner underneath an overhang, and it stormed but good, so I figured the stadium trapped some of the moisture. Then I had an exchange with someone with more experience with the area that informed me otherwise. It went something:

Me: They weren’t great seats, but I think I just had a bum location.

Not-me: How so?

Me: The place I sat trapped all the humidity.

Not-me: You know what they call that place that traps the humidity?

Me: No. What?

Not-me: St. Louis.

Me: (pauses for a beat). Oh.

That wasn’t the main problem, though. It just looked … wrong. While Toronto had nice, inviting waves of blue seats, Busch II featured nothing but off-putting red. I can’t really describe the type of red. It wasn’t quite brick red or light red or anything like that. It’s like they specifically went to the color makers and had them create a new shade of red just for the stadium: Glare Red.

That bugged. I was relieved to see the fans show up and block my view of the seats. Stop and think about that sentence for a minute. I’m a Cubs fan who was tickled to see 40,000 Cardinal fans walk into the room so I wouldn’t have to see the surroundings. That is bad.

12. Miller Park (Milwaukee)

God ate concrete and crapped out Miller Park.

I haven’t been to every retractable dome out there, but I have to believe this is the worst. It’s the anti-Seattle. The place feels so confined when the roof is open that it makes you wonder why they didn’t just go ahead and make it a year-round dome. I’ve been to it a handful of times, and each time my opinion of it lowers further.

They still have the tailgating facilities (it’s on the same property as County Stadium was), but the park itself is dismal.

13. Olympic Stadium (Montreal)

A lot of bad things have been said about this place over the years, and all of them are deserving. Though I think many of the modern retro stadiums are overrated, they are sure as hell a step above the previous generation. Olympic was a sterile, lousy place to watch a game.

14. Metrodome (Minnesota)

It’s a fight to the death between this and Olympic for the worst stadium. This ranks lower because at least Montreal had the metric system on the outfield walls and sounds of French being spoken to make it a little interesting. The place was ugly – especially the roof. And there weren’t any redeeming features to it. The only good thing was that it was indoors, keeping the cold early and hot late season weather out. Unlikely as it sounds, it’s possible their new open-air stadium will be a step in the wrong direction.


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Larry Smith Jr.
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Larry Smith Jr.
Holman Stadium in Vero Beach was an outstanding facility.  I’ve been to PNC Park three times and had similar experiences to Michael each time.  Everyone there is friendly and tickets can be had anywhere in the park at any time.  I also think the game presentation inside the stadium is top notch, from the PA announcer to the things they do with the scoreboard to the types of trivia they ask and how they go about asking it.  Everything about the game day experience there is top notch except for the team that calls the stadium home.  Every time I… Read more »
Brian
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Brian
The big red steamboat wheel in Cincy is not part of the stadium.  It’s part of the National Steamboat Monument, located outside the stadium on the public landing. This 30-foot replica of the paddle wheel of the American Queen, the largest overnight passenger steamboat to be built in the last half century, rises above the river and reminds the public of Cincinnati’s heritage. Steel columns release steam and music plays when visitors pass. Public Landing, Ohio River Shoreline, Cincinnati, Oh 45202 Now, if you want to say they were trying to hard with the smokestacks, and/or the Riverboat Deck built… Read more »
Matt
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Matt

Camden Yards was a lot more striking in its early years, when it was still unique and revolutionary. 

Chase Field is a lot like Miller Park, with the huge scoreboard in dead center and the “windows” behind it.

One good thing about the Vet was that “upper deck denizens” could always find some empty seats at field level with little hassle.  The only parks I’ve ever really hated were Shea and Hi Corbett Field in Tucson.

Steven Katz
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Steven Katz
I have lost count of the number of stadiums I’ve been to, and I haven’t been to many in the midwest, but I have to say my top five that I’ve been to are: 1) Citizen’s Bank BP – Loved the different foods (how can you pass up cheesteak from the best cheesesteak houses in philly!!) 2) Old Yankee Stadium – Yes I’m a Yankees fan, but the old stadium felt like you were in “the history of baseball” and you can actually FEEL the ghosts of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, etc.  Yeah, by the end it was dirty, and lacking… Read more »
Steve
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Steve
I have only been to a hand full of stadiums, but here are my impressions: Dodger Stadium – I love it.  The place still looks great and they haven’t gone too commercial.  It does lack the fancy seats and shopping of some the newer parks, but it has a more traditional feel which I appreciate.  I have never had a bad seat.  You can’t beat watching a game while enjoying a Dodger Dog with Vinny on the radio. Anaheim Stadium – Boring and bland.  Of course it has been renovated a couple of times since I saw a game there. … Read more »
Jonathan
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Jonathan

Skydome at #3? Ugh. I live in TO. This stadium is terrible. The PA system sucks. The turf sucks (back to the original astroturf because fieldturf is too hard to rip up for concerts and monster truck rallys.) The cheap seats definitely suck, (and by cheap anything less than $40.) The food is generic, vomit inducing and overpriced. The only good thing about the stadium is that they serve Keiths…but even that is overpriced :/

Josh Fisher
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Josh Fisher

Had to pop in here and stump for Dodger Stadium. Sunsets at the Ravine are off-the-charts gorgeous, and the team wearing the whitest uniforms in baseball usually does them justice.

Chris J.
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Chris J.

Larry,

Miller & County have the same tailgating features.  Both places are on the same property. The whole parking area is the exact same as it was before.

Brian,

Thanks for the correction on Cincy’s wheel.

Gilbert
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Gilbert
I think I liked the well-written and thoughtful reader comments as much as the article.  Nice to walk in and not see arguments and negativity masquerading as humor. Mine would probably be AT&T and Safeco, and I had been to their predecessors.  The pre Mt. Davis Oakland bleachers were a good place for cheap game watching also. My visit to Camden was a lower deck seat down the LF line; the distance was good but the seat itself pointed toward the center of the stadium in shallow center rather than the infield.  I would probably come up with a different… Read more »
Lou D.
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Lou D.

Silly article. Seem’s like some posters should have written this article as they’ve been to more stadiums. If you haven’t been to Petco, Nationals Park and PNC there really is no reason this should have been written.

King Kaufman
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King Kaufman

“I’ve attended 15 stadiums, but can only rank 14. I was in Candlestick Park as a kid for about three innings. I hardly remember anything about it, though.”

However long your list is, add about six spots after the lowest ranking. There’s your spot for Candlestick.

Jim G.
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Jim G.
I agree with Lou. You must be bored, Chris. All this article showed me was that you were raised in Chicago, with all of the stereotypical biases. Wrigley Field #1??!!! Wooof! I’ve never had a good experience there. The place is cramped, has a distinct urine smell and too many people that are more into partying than into baseball. On the other hand, you’ve once again spurred some lively conversation. I also disagree about the Milwaukee parks. County Stadium was a dump. Better than the “cookie cutters” that arrive later, but rather bland and boring. And I think Miller Park… Read more »
Patrick Lagreid
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Patrick Lagreid

First, it’s Safeco Field, not Safeco Park. Being from Seattle, that error stands out like a sore thumb. Please fix it.

Second, get yourself to PNC Park and AT&T Park, and you’ll likely have to reorganize your list for previously stated reasons.

Terry Elliott
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Terry Elliott
Lou is right. I’d add Kaufman Stadium to the list of stadiums to see before you crank out tripe like this. And slamming “the new field” in Minnesota (it’s called Target Field) before you get to see it makes no sense either. Every report is that it’s what Wrigley Field could be if you’d ever update that dump. Three fourths of the 40,000 seats are lower deck, 15’ from closest seat to home plate, and 2nd smallest foul territory in MLB. You’re right there man. And if it would have been open in 2009, we would have had 2 rain… Read more »
Adam
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Adam

I used to think you wrote good articles.

Go Cards!

Pat Rieck
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Pat Rieck

Been to 27 of the mlb parks PNC park is my favorite Metrodome was the worst, A lot of the ballpark experience is enhanced by the game, something special happens, great rivals, New Yankee Stadium was great byt it was Yankees against Red Sox Ali was pre same guest. AT@T Park was nice but cold in July, I am a Cardinal used to seeing games in the heat except for post season.

Linus
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Linus

Skydome is nice, but you just can’t rank a AstroTurf stadium that high. Baseball wasn’t meant to be played on a carpet.

Also, when the roof’s closed, it’s too much like being in a gym.

Jacob Rothberg
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Jacob Rothberg

The pre-Camden Spaceship ugliness of the Skydome is a gentle reminder of a simpler time. I personally am a big fan f the lattice of girders overhead when the roof is closed. Still, it is hard to get over the idea of the place as a poured-concrete monstrosity.

Jeff
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Jeff

The new Twins stadium could be worse than the metrodome? whaaa? unpossible, sir.

Brett
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Brett

Have to agree with you about Miller Park, which is hard for me to take as a Brewers fan who tries to go to a few games a year. It’s so cold and sterile, it feels like checking in at an airport. THIS is what Selig hornswoggled the state for? The food, however, is tremendous. Excellent sausages grilled to perfection, replete with veggie dogs for the vegetarian wife. You should have given the place credit for that.

Bob Irving
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Bob Irving

As a devout Blue Jays fan, I would put SkyDome, or Rogers Centre, near the bottom. Astroturf, sterile, poor food, and a listless, lifeless crowd who need to be told when to cheer. By contrast, the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, while a concrete monstrosity, had more fan noise with 5,000 fans than Skydome with 30,000.

I live near Philly now and have heard lots of good things about Citizens Bank Park. The Vet was horrible for baseball, as others noted.

Perhaps a ranking system would have helped: points for comfort, food, “vibe”, sightlines, whatever…

Larry Smith Jr.
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Larry Smith Jr.
I’ve been to 24 MLB stadiums, 20 of which are currently in use.  Of the ones I’ve been to, only 7 overlap yours….you seem to have gone to many ones that I haven’t.  Wrigley is #2 on my list, so no complaints there (behind PNC Park, a stadium so great that it doesn’t deserve the Pirates). I always thought generally that Camden Yards was overrated.  Other than Old Yankee Stadium, I can’t think of a bigger disappointment.  I went in expecting this grand majesty of a park as numerous articles have pounded home to me was the case, but to… Read more »
Brian Willett
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Brian Willett

I’ve only been to one ballpark…It was and is sureal…I need no other….Fenway Park the home of the Boston Red Sox.

Todd
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Todd

Wrigley Field has bar none the worst bathrooms ever. That factor alone should rule it out from taking the top spot in the rankings.

Bob Rittner
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Bob Rittner
I have been to 18 major league ball parks and only actively disliked one. That was Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia which had no charm and where I sat in the upper deck, no amenities. I don’t think one vendor came around all game, and from that spot it seemed the meeting of the warning track and outfield wall was an optical illusion. I could not tell where one ended and one began. As for the others, I liked the White Sox field better after the renovations, loved Wrigley despite some obstruction to my view and enjoyed Fenway both for the… Read more »
Robert
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Robert
You have Wrigley Field as number one and new Comiskey up there to. I addmit, I love Wrigley but not because it has the best upper deck. Which it doesn’t!!! If the place wasn’t ancient and history laden it would be deemed a dump. New Comiskey is worse. I saw the 13th game ever played there. I sat behind the plate about 15 rows. That was nice. But all I here from Chicago fans is how Comiskey isn’t very nice. The upper deck is a death trap. If you slip and fall you are going straight down to the lower… Read more »
Michael Caragliano
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Michael Caragliano
Good list, Chris. I’ve been to twenty parks myself- thanks to SABR, about half of our lists overlap- and I’m assuming you haven’t been to PNC. Otherwise, I think you’d be in agreement with Larry. PNC is a jewel; better than Wrigley. It’s the only stadium I’ve been able to go to and buy walk-up tickets behind the plate for day-of-game. Then again, I was wearing a Fordham T-shirt, and that led to a ten-minute converstion about Fordham and New York in general. The availability of the ticket location and the length of the conversation should tell you everything you… Read more »
JoeT
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JoeT

I want to go back to Nats Park in 10 years, after there’s something built up around the park.  We went for the inaugrial season, and it just felt like it was a ballpark in the middle of a massive construction zone.  One quick lap around the park and straight inside.

BillVZ
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BillVZ
Golly, Major League baseball is played on the West Coast and in some fine venues but reading the comments one might never know that. The two jewels on the West Coast are in San Francisco and Seattle. I have not been to Safeco personally, but from what I see on the tube and knowing Seattle I am pretty sure it is a winner for both fans and players. San Diego has a fine new Park and fan friendly. Those who don’t go inside to watch the game can sit outside the Park in a grassy area and watch on a… Read more »
TKelly
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TKelly

Ugh.  Its like Brooklyn hipsters talking about baseball stadiums…“Camden Yards is SOOOOO 1992, its all about pre-Camden these days”.  Toronto?!  Over Camden?!

Jeff
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Jeff
Fun topic! Although I’d seen games in 2 or 3 ballparks as a kid, I didn’t start “collecting ballparks” for real until 1996. Since then, I’ve been to 39 of them! Just the current ones in most cities, but I have seen two in San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and I saw the Nats in RFK and as the Expos in Montreal before that. I now still have to get to the two new N.Y. parks, the new one in D.C. and now Target Field to see the Twins—all of which I plan… Read more »
DrBGiantsfan
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DrBGiantsfan
AT&T is a great park to see.  Very San Francisco.  Lots of character and interesting stuff to see and do.  You still get very cold there at night, even wearing layers.  Parking can be tough and traffic after games is a nightmare.  We get a hotel in town and take a cab. Angels Stadium has the easiest access both in and out if you are driving.  The upper deck behind home plate has some of the best seats I’ve sat in.  Great view from up there.  Daytime temps too hot in summer.  Perfect temps at night. Dodger Stadium:  Showing it’s… Read more »
geo
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geo
My ballpark experience is woefully lacking, so I’ll limit my comments. Prevailing opinion (not just from the commenters, but others as well) that I’ve heard is that the Skydome/Rogers Centre blows, so you are in the definite minority, Chris. I haven’t been in PNC, but I would sure like to; it looks great on TV – almost like a picture postcard. I kind of like Rosenblatt Stadium.  There’s just something extra fun about minor league parks. The Metrodome is HORRIBLE.  Indoor baseball is just wrong.  They all feel like arenas to me. New Comiskey is OK, but I thought it… Read more »
JoeT
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JoeT

I’m spoiled, my home park is Fenway.  After that:

1) PNC
2) Dodger Stadium
3) Petco
4) Camden
5) The Jake
6) Chase
7) Nats Park
8) Shea
9) Old Yankee Stadium

Where I’d like to go next?

1) Kauffman
2) AT&T
3) Wrigley
4) Safeco
5) Rickwood

Paul Dennis
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Paul Dennis

Shea was probably my least favorite , followed by the Vet and Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium and Old COmisky.

Favorites are Fenway, Wrigley and old Tiger Stadium and Turner Stadium

have also seen games in Anaheim (The Big “A”), Memorial Stadium (Baltimore), Old & New Griffith Stadiums (Washington DC) The Trop (Tampa), Safeco Field, Atlanta-Fulton County and a bunch of others no longer in use

Zack M
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Zack M

I stopped reading when you put the Skydome at #3. The more you go the worst that concrete monster gets. I would take any park outside of Tropicana Field over the Skydome.

Keith
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Keith

Very odd to see a list based on sightlines ranking Wrigley Field as the best stadium.  If you are on the lower level, you have roughly a 50/50 chance of having a partially obstructed view and a slim chance of a totally obstructed view.

Todd: The Wrigley bathrooms are being renovated as I type, primarily to make them larger and avoid the congestion.  I don’t know whether they are removing the trough urinals, but if so, that would have to bump Wrigley up a notch or two.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Fenway , Wrigleyand CBP would be nice if they were your home stadiums I guess…as a visitor to these places though it hard to get over the douchebaggery

Dave
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Dave
I have only seen games in four ballparks since I started attending baseball games in 1981 (Veteran’s Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Old Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards), but I have to say that I hate CBP only because the majority of the fans are idiots. At the Vet the fans there cared about baseball, at CBP there are way too many youngsters going there to drink booze, hang out, curse and cause trouble. Every game I go to at CBP I have to deal idiots pulling this crap at it kills the positive baseball experience. The security at CBP doesn’t… Read more »
Dave
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Dave

There is no greater place to watch baseball in the entire world than Fenway Park.

Larry Smith Jr.
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Larry Smith Jr.

I forgot about Nationals Park and Kauffman Stadium!  Like I said, I wasn’t thinking too hard when I threw out top ones.  Both of those places were great.  I want to go back to Kauffman now that they’ve done renovations—- I went there in 2007 right before they got those HD scoreboards put in.

It was already a great place to watch a game but I’ll bet its even better now.

Lou Schuler
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Lou Schuler
In no particular order: 1. Good to see the love for Kauffman Stadium in K.C. I’ve been there before and after the renovations, and had great experiences. What’s underrated about K.C. is that you can actually buy seats near the field. No way you can do that at most of the ballparks under discussion here w/o paying a scalper. 2. Agree with King Kaufman’s comment about Candlestick. Weather-wise, that was my worst experience ever at an MLB game. My friend and I wore winter coats and wrapped ourselves in a blanket, and we were still chilled to the bone. 3.… Read more »
dan
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dan

all you boston tards need to get off your high horse.  fenway has nothing on wrigley.  and remember, there is a letter “r” in car

JC
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JC
I’ve only been to six ballparks, but Oakland’s is easily the worst. It’s a concrete monster adjacent to a wasteland of train tracks. There’s a giant upper deck of empty seats (called Mt. Davis) built for the Raiders. The A’s usually don’t sell those seats because you can’t see the outfield from them. There’s a big foul area, so most of the seats are pretty far from the field. And the food is bad. But it’s not all bad. It’s pretty accessible being right next to the freeway and subway. Tickets are cheap and the fans are fun especially the… Read more »
Paul Moehringer
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Paul Moehringer
Just the one’s I’ve been to. 1. Fenway Park Been there twice.  Was a dump the first time I went back in ‘97 but Sox ownership has poured alot of money into fixing up the park since then, and it shows.  Still some dumpy areas in the park, but by in large it’s a fairly modern facility now. 2. Camden Yards Again visted it in ‘96 when the Orioles were kicking, as was the ballpark.  Don’t know how much has changed since then, but hopefully very little. 3. Old Yankee Stadium Didn’t care much for the physical park itself, (haven’t… Read more »
JayT
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JayT
I grew up in Chicago so I’ve been to tons of Wrigley games, as well as old and new Comiskey. I love Wrigley and I go to a game whenever I go home. I’ve never had a bad experiance there. I haven’t been to the Cell since the renovations, but even before that, I thought it was fine. Better then Old Comiskey at any rate. If for no other reason then it was so much cleaner. Shea was the worst stadium I’ve ever been to. I couldn’t see fly balls from my seat, and there was nothing interesting about the… Read more »
SJ
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SJ
Having seen baseball in all three Busch Stadiums, I have to say that they just keep getting worse. Well, the middle one was probably physically better than the original one, but Sportsmans Park (its original name) was were I saw all the baseball in my youth and the first park where the woman who is now my wife and I saw a game together. The new one though seems cheaply designed and built. As does the Not-So-Great American Ballpark. Progressive Field (ex-Jacobs Field), however, seemed pretty nice in my one visit. AT&T (nee PacBell) can be a nice place to… Read more »
B N
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B N
I got to think that Chris and I have very different sensibilities about ballparks.  I have trouble imagining Wrigley ranked above Camden, but for totally different reasons than are stated. Wrigley – I liked the concessions!  One of the times I went down, I even got there a bit early to get the half off food promo and wander the stadium.  It’s a little cramped, but it had everything I look for in a ballpark.  I definitely hope Wrigley stays intact as time goes by. But with that said… Camden is a great park.  It may not seem quite as… Read more »
Shane Victorino
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Shane Victorino

I used to like Wrigley, but then somebody spilled their beer all over me this one time and after that I have been not so hot on it.

Mike Reaves
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Mike Reaves

The worse thing about Chase Field (even worse than the “keyhole”)is the 20 seat Batter’s Box Dugout. This “suite” goes for $3700 in 2015. Free food of course. And with the cameras out in center field, these people are always in focus stuffing their face, or looking at their cell phone. It is disgusting. MLB, PLEASE remove these kind of seats. TV fans want to watch the game, not some fat slob in a tank top standing around and not even paying attention to the game.

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