Few experiences are as memorable as walking into an MLB stadium and taking in the sights and sounds. From the brilliant green infield and outfield grass, the dazzling white chalk lines, the cathedral-like architecture, the crack of the bat and the indescribable sound of a baseball fired into a leather mitt, there’s simply nothing else like it. Following are 15 of the top MLB stadiums that offer not only these experiences, but an appreciation of, and respect for, history.
- Coors Field – An imposing black steel structure that opened in 1995, at 5,200 feet in elevation, Coors is renowned for the long ball, holding the MLB-record for HRs in a season (303 in 1999.) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coors_Field
- Busch Stadium – The third “Busch Stadium” to feature the name. Immediately noticeable is the eye-catching view of the St. Louis skyline, including the Gateway Arch.
- SunTrust Park – MLB’s newest stadium continues the trend of creating a “city,” adding entertainment options, providing a complete family experience for Braves fans.
- Kauffman Stadium – Despite being “ancient” (1973), the home of the Royals has held up well; family-friendly, and featuring its trademark cascading fountains.
- Petco Park – Petco Park took advantage of the surrounding architecture, incorporating existing landmarks into its configuration to create a friendly retro feel.
- Target Field – After decades in the Metrodome, the Twins are now downtown. Fans get not only a great baseball venue, but plenty of options before and after.
- PNC Park – Opened in 2001, PNC is a genuine “diamond.” Statues of Pirate legends Clemente, Mazeroski, Stargell and Wagner greet fans. https://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/ballparks/pnc-park/
- Miller Park – The exterior provides a retro look, while the “glass curtain” and Bernie the Brewer’s slide offer distinctive touches.
- Progressive Field – One of the first retro-modern stadiums, Progressive offers impressive views of the city skyline, and even has its own “Little Green Monster.”
- Yankee Stadium – Replacing a legend is never easy, but preserving familiar features such as the upper deck frieze and Monument Park get an “A.”
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Oriole Park introduced the retro style that’s characteristic of every subsequent MLB stadium.
- Dodger Stadium – No other stadium has as perfect a symmetry with its location. The configuration ensures that there’s not a bad seat to be had.
- Wrigley Field – A symbol of Chicago, Cubs Nation transforms the ivy-covered brick surroundings into their church every spring and summer.
- AT&T Park – AT&T Park’s address alone (24 Willie Mays Way), https://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/ballparks/att-park/ speaks volumes. Roomy confines have made it the NL’s most pitcher-friendly ballpark, and there’s McCovey Cove.
- Fenway Park – Fenway arguably boasts more history than all other existing MLB stadiums combined. Its distinctive facade, atmosphere, and Green Monster are firmly woven into the fabric of America’s Pastime.
From stadiums that are literal shrines (Dodger, Fenway, Wrigley), to 21st-century technological marvels (SunTrust, Yankee), MLB stadiums not only provide entertainment, they also become vital components of the cities they occupy. Visit one soon.