My favorite ballparks? Glad you asked

The Astros’ move to the American League this year allowed me to cover some games in a handful of American League ballparks I hadn’t seen, including Target Field in Minnesota and Progressive Field in Cleveland. Now that I’ve covered a game in all 30 Major League parks, I decided to rank my top 15 favorites (no use ranking the bottom ones, because know which ones they are, right?).

These rankings aren’t based on fan experience or media accommodations or good press box food (hello Yankee Stadium!). They’re based on the overall atmosphere and design of the ballpark, and even the setting and surroundings. Keep in mind I’ve been to some of the ballparks dozens of times, especially those in the NL Central. But there are some, like Comerica Park and the new ballpark in Miami, that I’ve been to only once. That could skew the rankings just a bit.

Anyway, here are the rankings. Completely subjective. Feel free to post comments on the blog if you agree or disagree:

1. Wrigley Field (Chicago)

2. PNC Park (Pittsburgh)

3. Fenway Park (Boston)

4. AT&T Park (San Francisco)

5. Yankee Stadium (New York)

6. Safeco Field (Seattle)

7. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)

8. Petco Park (San Diego)

9. Target Field (Minnesota)

10. Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)

11. Minute Maid Park (Houston)

12. Comerica Park (Detroit)

13. Coors Field (Colorado)

14. Citi Field (New York)

15t. Progessive Field (Cleveland)

15t. Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati)

Honorable mention: Busch Stadium (St. Louis), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City), Nationals Park (Washington), Miller Park (Milwaukee), Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Texas).

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

What do you like best about PNC Park besides the view?

Even without the view, the park itself is beautifully done. Add in the setting and the view, and it’s a winner.

Brian, very interesting your concept of the baseball fields and ranking them, I see you still favor the old stadiums that has made baseball a tradition with Americans, even though many have made improvements, the element of baseball is the main even in America

I haven’t been to as many stadiums as you, though I hope to see them all one day. Yay for bucket lists!

I loved Coors Field and Wrigley definitely has a tremendous atmosphere in and outside of the ballpark, especially if you enjoy bar hopping!

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