What professional baseball stadiums have you visited, and which was your favorite?
I’ll start off my own post with a bit of a disclaimer … those who have been around awhile know that we’ve already had this discussion, initiated by yours truly even, but every winter I like to plan what visiting stadium(s) I’d like to see so I enjoy hearing where people have been and what they like/dislike. Plus there are a lot of newer folks hanging around and I’d like to hear from them too! Thanks!
Continuing in my quest to talk to myself, I’ll also answer my own question.
I was raised on the east coast so I’ve been to old Yankee Stadium, old Shea Stadium and old Veterans Stadium many times. Also been to Fenway Park, Wrigley, Sox Park, and I walked around but did not see a game played at the Orioles Stadium … can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called now. Camden Yards. My favorite is Wrigley. When I was younger and my only experience was NY/Philly, my favorite was Shea because it was by far the cleanest and had the best food. Plus the Mets were my dad’s favorite team so that’s who I liked too!
Petco Park in San Diego would be right up there, especially if you’re staying next door at the Omni. Great experience. Others that I have visited (besides Wrigley) include U.S. Cellular, Miller Park, new Busch Stadium, Dodger Stadium, the Ballpark at Arlington, and old Veterans Stadium.
Been to both the Vet and Citizens Bank in Philly
Made Great American in Cincy last summer
Old Busch, the Astrodome and old Arlington Stadium as well
Rangers Ballpark and Minute Maid more recently
The Cell and Miller Park after my visit of Wrigley
Made it a step in Safeco, so that doesn’t really count
Turner Field for the coldest game I have ever seen.
AT&T and what I last heard was McAfee Coliseum (A’s)
Favorite out of those? All the new parks are great, but they are just trying to capture the charm of Wrigley and Fenway now, the two old standards still with us. Just something about the green seats, old manual scoreboard and the ivy that makes Wrigley the tops on the list.
How did I forget Petco? I see pictures of that all the time on my computer! Also have been to Chase Field, now that I remember it. Knew I’d forget some, and likely still am.
I have been to Petco, ATT, Chase Field and all have a bit of a Wrigley feel to them in the sense of having entertainment surround them and not a large parking lot. We had the greatest bachelor party ever for the Capn in PHX that revolved around seeing the Cubs play there last spring training games at then Bank One Ballpark. 2003 Capn? Much time was spent in surrounding watering holes before wagering the night away at the game playing moundball, the outfield game and pass the cup. I also like Cambell Field across from Philadelphia in New Jersey, a minor league park. The minor league parks are nice, small, intimate and lot’s of fun. One thing missing at a minor league park, other than big leaguers, is the roar of the crowd. The fans aren’t into the game as much so no roar of the crowd like you get a Wrigley.
Fox News ranked Wrigley Field and surrounding Wrigleyville the best sporting venue in the America’s. See what you guys are missing.
Wrigley and Coors. Greeting from Montana.
Hoping to knock out Colorado this summer.
Wrigley was my first, and due to obvious bias, my best,
In order from worst to best:
Great American- only half the name applies.
Old Comiskey- about 1970 as the guest of a priest- he did not touch us.
Old Busch- saw a Padre hit a grand slam about 1970, he also did not touch me.
AT&T, PAC-Bell,whatever. Grandstands too vertical, aesthetically not quite right.
Safeco- close to home, nice clean park.
Chase- Cool roof. Was in mid 70′s inside while >100 outside.
Coors- Lots of little nooks and crannies to make the park interesting.
Petco. Best on my list. Lots of charm, building built into the left field. And a sky-bridge to the Omni hotel.
I liked old Busch and old County Stadium too. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a ballpark I didn’t like.
I actually liked old Comiskey. My grandad used to take me and my jagoff brother there in the late 70′s on Sundays. On my 7th Birthday he gave me a $10 bill and told me to spend it on junk food. I miss the old polack. We always had crappy seats, but one Sunday an old guy took us down into the goden box area, and we thought we were the coolest. Years later, my grandad told me that old man was Bill Veeck, fed up with the corporate fat cats not showing up, leaving hundreds of seats empty, while kids and families sat in the loge.
Doc Raker is correct, for REAL fun and value, try some minor league venues. In the midwest, you have your midwest league, or head up and see the college kids play in the Northwoods league, which is getting closer in quality to the Cape Cod league every year. In California, I’ve been to Fresno’s new AAA stadium, Bakersfield, Visalia, and Lake Elsinore. I’ve actually played MSBL games at Inland Empire in San Berdoo and Lancaster. Or, Lizzie, you could try a good old college game. My favorite would be UIC, obviously. For you, maybe Notre Dame….but be careful around the football players, who I hear have license to sexually assault women without ramifications…especially if their dad works for NBC in a broadcast capacity. Allegedly. How did I get to Notre Lame rapists from Comiskey park? I haven’t even gotten my New Years drank on yet. Happy New Year to all of yous. Go Miami. Go Big 10 schools…shut the SEC rednecks up, and for god sake go Bears!
I’ve only ever been to Fenway and Wrigley, haven’t made it out to any others yet. Both are wonderful, so I can’t really pick a favorite
The Chiefs have a great park in the middle of downtown Peoria.
Growing up in Michigan we always went to alot of Tigers games . So old Tiger Stadium @ Michigan and Trumbull was my favorite as a child . I have been to most ballparks in the Midwest . Nothing comes close to Wrigley and the area around it . I have not been to Fenway but it is on the list . Some of the new parks have no character get in see the game and get out .
What’s with the SEC hate? I mean, just because the Big Ten (12) has troubles, you have to send your refs to screw Tennessee out of a win?
College parks, there are some great ones in the SEC. Quite biased towards my alma mater, Mississippi State, and South Carolina. State’s has the Left Field Lounge, which is the closest thing to a bleacher atmosphere in college. The new Carolina Baseball stadium is amazing, almost AAA quality. And the Southern League has some nice parks as well. Loved going to Jacksonville Suns and Tennessee Smokies games when I lived in those places.
How ironic…I have no idea who you are Moondog, but much of my SEC hate stems from a ballgame I played in Starkville in 1990…as the left fielder for an opposing team that happened to have an african-american centerfielder, I was serenaded by your racist pal fat frat losers in the “left field lounge.” One would have thought it was 1950. The racial slurs and epithets I heard directed at both our centerfielder and myself will forever remind me that the country I love is still partially full of some of the worst people on the planet. Most of those folks live in SEC land. I’d bet that centerfielder has a better job and better life than any of those frat turds today. The bleachers are a place where Cub fans go to have a great time in the summer, cheering on our beloved Cubs. The left field lounge in Starkville was most certainly not that kind of place 20 years ago. The BBQ didn’t even smell that good.
In relative order:
1. Fulton County
2. Old Busch
5. Old Comiskey
7. county stadium Milwaukee
8. New Comiskey
10. Jack Murphy
11. Camden Yards
13. Yankee Stadium
15. Old Tiger Stadium
16. Miller Park
18. New Busch
19. Nationals Stadium
Agree with Buddy they were all great in their own way (except Riverfront).
I’ve only been to a relative few, of course Wrigley is and always been my favorite. My first several games were at old Cleveland Municipal, the “mistake on the lake.” After that I attended dozens of games at Wrigley, several at old Comiskey, old Yankee Stadium, more recently I’ve seen games at AT&T in San Francisco and Enron Field in Houston.
Happy New Year everyone!
For me, it’s only been Wrigley, the Cell, and Miller Park. I still plan on taking a trip some day and seeing all 30 stadiums
been to wrigley , kaughman (kc), and old busch . wrigley had the best feel and experience , old busch had the best food , and kc had the best comfort and convienence . what really amazed me was how nice the cards fans were at old busch to us wearing cubs jerseys .
I’ve been to old Busch and had a ball (saw Ozzie Smith play in his final season) but I don’t really remember much about the stadium.
I’ve also been to many games in the MetroDome. The only good part about the ‘dome was that it was really cheap. I went to college in St. Paul and they had student tickets on Tuesdays for $3.
More recently, I’ve been to AT&T park. The stadium itself is amazing. You’ve got the view of the bay and everything in the park just looks great. My only problem is that there isn’t too much to do around the stadium itself. Still, its newish so that might change.
Oh, and I agree that minor league stadiums are usually great.
I grew up in Nebraska and went to many Omaha Royals (they keep changing the name) games at Rosenblatt. They kept that stadium particularly nice because of the college world series. Too bad they’re tearing it down.
Lincoln’s new minor league team has a really nice stadium. It has nice open spaces were people can lay on blankets with their kids.
The minor league games I’ve enjoyed the most are the St. Paul Saints, however. The stadium in nothing to write your mama about, but they always have funny things going on.
Sorry about the typos in my comments folks!
Wow, my apologies to you for that truly awful experience. We’ve come a long way in the past 20 years, but you are right when you say those things about Mississippi then. I didn’t get to State until 1998, and I never heard such things. Now, my roommates did heckle one player, but he did try to start a fight the year before by shoving one of our guys to the ground. A couple of years later, he was playing for West Tenn, who was the Cubs AA franchise at the time, and I continued the “heckling” of him. Last name was O’Toole, so it made things quite easy.
I’ve been to Wrigley, The Cell, Old Comiskey, Old Miller Park, the MetroDome (Worst by far of any baseball experience I’ve ever had) Going to the new Twins stadium this summer. Coors field which I liked, and the one right behind Wrigley was Anaheim, watching the Angels and Yanks play. That was a ton of fun very southern California feel to the park.
My favorite baseball experience was minor league though. My wife and I saw a game in Helena Montana, little old ballpark kind of a tried to look a little like Fenway. Great time, a group of about 1000 people many of whom, really knew their baseball. Just an awesome time. The Northwoods league up in Wisconsin and Minnesota is a lot of fun as well. Saw Max Scherzer pitch in LaCrosse for the Lumberjacks. Fun watching kids who later become major leaguers
I lived two blocks from Old Comiskey while in school and still didn’t go there. The new ballpark named , The Cell, is most appropriate since most of the fans there have spent time in a cell at on point in time or another. Bill Veck was a great baseball owner for reason’s of stories mentioned by the Capn. It was common place for Veck to spend time in the stands mingling with fans. I appreciate what Veck did for Old Comiskey but once Veck left Old Comiskey was just filled with Sox fans which holds no redeeming value. Usually half filled with Sox fans I might add. For more on Vecks interesting life and an era gone by of hands on owners pick up VECK AS IN WRECK, maybe CubbieDude reviewed this book for us, I highly recommend it.
Veck loved Fox News.
Not your fault Moondog. There are racist idiots everywhere, including our beloved Wrigley Field.
Yeah, I certainly don’t hold you responsible moondog….you asked what was up with the SEC hate, and that’s what’s up. Its a good thing the Big 10 showed up and really put a spanking on the yesterday. There’s no disputing they are the better football conference top to bottom, no matter how much I dislike them. There are racists everywhere, that’s a fact…on some level it exists in all of us. Hiding behing an outfield wall with your frat buddies yelling insults isn’t as much racism as it is straight up chickenshit…
Sad thing is those racist guys from the SEC… all Fox News correspondents now.
Hey hey hey! That FOX News guy who loves his alma mater went to Old Piss, as we referred to them in Starkville. Just for that, I hate Shepard Smith.
“When you have nothing else, call them a racist.” I get a tingle down my leg thinking about Obama-Chris Matthews
I couldn’t care less about the cable news networks. What they’re trying to pass off as “news” is disgraceful. And I mean all of them: Fox, CNN, MSNBC…pick your poison.
Check out freedompolitics.com for real journalism.
Not to sound like Murrow, but I don’t thnk real journalism exists anymore.
It does, you just have to search a little for it. We need more retrospective investigation into the efficacy of policy. We have had 50 years of the Great Society and there are many negative unintended consequences yet only a few journalist or politician care to understand them. How can policy refine itself if no one understands it’s true ramifications. At this point in history ‘progressives’ are simply repeating mistakes they refuse to understand. Read Thomas Sowell, Steven Greenhut, Robert Samuelson and others that post on freedompolitics to understand further.
It’s not an “understanding” issue. It’s an issue of being disgusted with the current journalistic practices in this country. That means by all media outlets, or at least the many that I have read, watched, listened to, visited online, etc. Bottom line, there is little to no emphasis on accuracy or objectivity anymore. Maybe there never was.
The author’s I mentioned use research and data to report and I find them objective. Robert Samuelson is an economist who has no agenda except to dig into the facts of the day, very refreshing.
Good to know. Thanks for the suggestions Doc.
Here is one for you written by Charles Krauthammer about laws inacted through unelected regulatory bureaucrats vs the constitutional method of elected legislatures passing laws. This is an important point, our founding fathers saw wisdom in elected officials be held accountable by the people. You won’t find Catie Kuric or Chris Matthews looking into this.
More wisdom from Thomas Sowell