I am coming up on about seven weeks since my baseball trip back east with my Dad and brother. While on the trip I was able to take in several new major league baseball stadiums. I wrote that at some point I would rank my favorite stadiums, well, here it is! If you have been to more than three major league stadiums I welcome your rankings as well… if you have nothing to compare then it probably isn’t worth commenting (what’s this, I’m asking people to not comment? huh? ha). So, here are my stadiums, followed by my top five.
Major League Baseball Stadiums I have been to (in order first time of visit as well):
- The Kingdome (Seattle’s old Stadium before Safeco)… Many times
- Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta’s old Ballpark before Turner)… one game
- Dodger Stadium (LA)… many times
- Safeco Field (Seattle)… many, many, many times
- Edison Field (Anaheim, Los Angeles Angels)… several times
- Chase Field/formerly Bank One Ballpark (Phoenix, Arizona Diamondbacks)… many times
- Petco Park (San Diego)… one game each in 2005 and 2006
- U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox)…one game
- Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)… one game
- Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)… once each the last two years
- Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)… one game
- Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)… one game
- Yankee Stadium (NY)… one game
- Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)… one game
The Brian Rankings (top 5):
Honorable Mentions and Reason:
Citizens Bank, Phillies: best food faire of all stadiums I have been to.
5. Dodger Stadium… great site lines throughout, Dodger Dog is best hot dog in the either league and for an older stadium, it still looks pretty good.
4. Wrigley Field… horrible site lines but the awesome history and c’mon, Ivy on the outfield fences make this a “have to.” 2nd best fans in the league.
3. Camden Yards… great location near waterfront, great things to do before game, first of the new “old school” stadiums.
2. Safeco Field… I am a homer, but Safeco offers great unique food options, spectacular views and probably one of the best kept fields. Might be the best family park (fun options for kids… at right, Will’s first game with Daddy).
1. Fenway Park… honestly, the horrible 15,000 wood seats in prime location almost knocked them to two, but the best fans, best atmosphere around the stadium (totally festive) all the history and the Green Monster make it the number one. Plus they have the best fans I’ve ever seen/heard.
Okay, again, if you’ve had three or more, rank your top three! I want to keep adding parks, so I hope I can do an annual ranking!