Fave 5 Ballparks

Cory Schwartz    
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1. Yankee Stadium

2. Wrigley Field

3. Fenway Park

4. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

5. PNC Park

Mike Siano    
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1. Yankee Stadium

2. Fenway Park

3. Wrigley Field

4. Safeco Field

5. Citizens Bank

Casey Stern     
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1. Fenway Park

2. Wrigley Field

3. PNC Park

4. Shea Stadium

5. Coors Field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

When thinking of ballparks, the most important things for me are, in order:
1. Ability to view the game (lines of site)
2. Ability to experience the game (atmosphere)
3. Ability to incorporate the outside world (surrounding area, city-scapes, etc…)
4. Ability to enjoy the game (no angry Philly fans)

That said, my top five parks:

1. PNC – Beautiful backdrop of Downtown Pitt
2. Camden Yards – The brick out in RF and great LoS
3. Wrigley – The glory of the Ivy
4. Fenway – great park, especially for the atmosphere, but 1% of the seats are obscured, and the seats themselves hurt your body. OF bleachers are great though. Gotta love the Citgo Sign
5. Chase Field – underrated in my opinion, but go when the screens and roof are open, there isn’t a bad seat in the house, and the fans are cordial.

I can really only give my top three, since I haven’t been to many:
1) Wrigley Field – first game that I remember going to, SO much character; nothing like it
2) Old Comiskey Park – my first ballgames as a child, had a lot of that old stadium feel with the columns and the brick
3) Coors Field – beautiful modern ballpark within view of the mountains
Allan in San Antonio

Here’s why I ranked mine the way I ranked them:

1. Yankee Stadium — the Roman Coliseum of baseball. When the Yankees are doing well, this place gets louder and more energized than any other ballpark I’ve ever been to. Plus, I worked there, so unlike some of the other old ballparks, it feels “classic” rather than just “old”.

2. Wrigley Field — incredible atmosphere, a beautiful field, beautiful views… perhaps the most “scenic” of all ballparks, at least before the boom started in the early 90′s by OPACY.

3. Fenway Park — Wrigley Field but filthy.

4. Oriole Park at Camden Yards — the first of the new/retro ballparks, the first one to really integrate with the surriounding neighborhoods, rather than just being a cookie-cutter circle stuck in the middle of a bunch of highway offramps (like Shea, the Kingdome, the Vet, New Comiskey, etc). A great place to “take in” a game rather than just sitting and watching.

5. PNC Park — my favorite of all ballparks since OPACY. Great sightlines and seating, plus the view over CF is probably unmatched by any other ballpark in the league.

My two cents.

CS

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