Rating MLB Stadiums

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote an interesting piece this morning about the thirty-best stadiums to watch a baseball game in. What do you think:

1. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

2. SAFECO, Seattle Mariners

3. Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees

4. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals

5. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

6. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers

7. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

8. Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

9. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

10. PETCO Park, San Diego Padres

11. Nationals Park, Washington Nationals

12. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies

13. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers

14. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox

15. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

16. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

17. Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros

18. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds

19. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

20. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

21. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies

22. Turner Field, Atlanta Braves

23. Rangers Ball Park in Arlington, Texas Rangers

24. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

25. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers

26. Dolphin Stadium, Florida Marlins

27. Shea Stadium, New York Mets

28. McAfee Stadium, Oakland Athletics

29. Metrodome, Minnesota Twins

30. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays

35 comments:

Anonymous 2:50 PM CDT  

NO WAY is Dolphin Stadium worse than Shea.

And Yankee should be in the bottom 10.

ME 3:39 PM CDT  

Fenway 1st what is that guy smoking the place is so cramped its not even funny

Anonymous 3:50 PM CDT  

thats what i was thinking...if you are familiar with his pieces though you would know that he has a huge bias when he writes.

Anonymous 4:20 PM CDT  

AT&T has to be in the top 3. PETCO isn't as nice as people say it is...no views of the city or the water.

Chris 4:30 PM CDT  

How can PNC be better than Comerica when it's a carbon copy?

Comerica is a lot nicer

Anonymous 4:32 PM CDT  

Dolphin is ranked higher than Shea idiot...and Shea should be higher than 27th out of 30, having been there many times, it isn't such a bad stadium

Anonymous 4:41 PM CDT  

Wrigley Field pretty much has to be top 10. There isn't a single park left in baseball like it, there's no doubt Wrigley is one of the most unique experiences in baseball

Eli 4:45 PM CDT  

thats what i was thinking...but to the average fan, it might not be. bathrooms are worst in the league, you cannot see well from every seat in the park. driving down is hassle. going to wrigley field, i feel that is part of the experiece...but i love baseball so it is different.

someguynamedg 4:56 PM CDT  

Dodger stadium is horrible. The idiot gangster fans that show up bring down the baseball experience. Its an old stadium with very little to offer unless you like concrete step views. Also Petco is a great stadium but the fans don't really have much interest in the game. I was at the game the other day and it was 1-0 going into the ninth and maybe 5,000 people stayed....

Anonymous 6:33 PM CDT  

a's stadium should be 35th ... worse even than some minor league stadiums.

Anonymous 6:47 PM CDT  

Agree with Someguynamedg, Dodger Stadium is horrible. Lousy access. There is a reason the fans arrive late and leave early. Bottom 10

mark 8:15 PM CDT  

Busch Stadium number 19? i don't think so. if he thinks its better to go to watch baseball in cincinnati than st. louis, he does not know what he's talking about

Anonymous 8:26 PM CDT  

Someguynamedg is right. Dodger stadium has gone to crap. When I moved here in 94 it was still a classic but now it's like being inan informercial. No atmosphere. Fans pay more attention to beachballs and the Wave than any game. It's sad. Citizens Bank should be much highter than 21. It's obvious this writer is nostalgic about Dodger Stadium and anti-Philly. Oh well...

Anonymous 11:15 PM CDT  

this is a joke right?

The cell is a better place to watch a game then wrigley field?

wow

Anonymous 10:07 AM CDT  

Miller Park is a great place to watch games. You have fans from all over comming to watch their teams play the Brewers at Miller Park

Anonymous 10:29 AM CDT  

Dodger Stadium is a toilet bowl that needs to be flushed. Has this hack ever been???

Anonymous 10:29 AM CDT  

Dodger Stadium is a toilet bowl that needs to be flushed. Has this hack ever been???

Craaaw 1:25 PM CDT  

Miller Park should be in the Top 5 easily because the mascott slides into the pool of beer.

Jason 1:31 PM CDT  

Kaufman Stadium in the top 5!!! I have been there several times and it is nothing special other than the astro turf over the outfield wall. I havent been to Fenway nor Yankee Stadium but after going to AT&T over 40 times, I would say it would have to be in the top 3. I am biased as a Giants fan but can one really say that another stadium aside from Wrigley has more to offer than AT&T?

Anonymous 4:03 PM CDT  

wow..............Wrigley #1 all the way

Anonymous 4:49 PM CDT  

"Miller Park should be in the Top 5 easily because the mascott slides into the pool of beer."

No he doesn't. That was back in the days of County Stadium.

However, I do have to believe that Miller Park is better than the 25th rated stadium in baseball. The facility is very comfortable in an otherwise crappy Wisconsin. The beer prices for such a beer-centric city, is a friggin' joke though. So are the food prices for that matter.

Anonymous 4:56 PM CDT  

Fenway #1? seats are tiny, tons of ubstructed views - the place need to be torn down. The only person who would say Fenway is number one is the person who has eaither 1. never been there, or 2. is a Sox fan.

Anonymous 11:02 PM CDT  

Regardless of its structural flaws, Wrigley has to be #1. Its pretty much the only stadium left that offers you simply good, raw baseball. Theres no stupid loudspeakers blasting unnecessary music, theres no big clumsy scoreboards overlooking center field. Not every single thing in the stadium is liscensed by one company or another.

For a baseball fan, someone who is going to a baseball game purely to watch the game itself, there is no better atmosphere than Wrigley Field. Especially when the games actually matter.

Anonymous 11:43 AM CDT  

More than 60,000 fans participated in the survey, which rated each franchise in eight categories. The Brewers placed among the top 10 franchises in the categories of Affordability (#5), Stadium Experience (#8) and Bang for the Buck (#9).

So i dont know how you can complain about the prices if they rank rank number 5 in affordability and then number 9 in value.

Anonymous 11:43 AM CDT  

More than 60,000 fans participated in the survey, which rated each franchise in eight categories. The Brewers placed among the top 10 franchises in the categories of Affordability (#5), Stadium Experience (#8) and Bang for the Buck (#9).

So i dont know how you can complain about the prices if they rank rank number 5 in affordability and then number 9 in value.

Anonymous 11:44 AM CDT  

And Wisconsin isn't crappy either, have you even been here?

Anonymous 1:10 PM CDT  

no way is Boston #1. I have been to about 16 parks.

Dodger stadium is not that great either.....Camden Yards should be higher by a couple, Angel Stadium about right. Cub Fan here I think Wrigley is better than 16 probabl around 10. PNC Park is probaly top 3 I think Safeco is the best I have been at and I don't think Miller Park is all taht bad...way better than Turner Field or US Cellular field. Although the changes they have made to US Cellular have made it much better.

Anonymous 4:06 PM CDT  

"Miller Park should be in the Top 5 easily because the mascott slides into the pool of beer."

"No he doesn't. That was back in the days of County Stadium."

Ya he does. I was there this year.

Anonymous 7:50 PM CDT  

safeco #2 whoever wrot this is an idiot

Anonymous 10:04 PM CDT  

Bernie Brewer does not slide into a pool of beer. He goes onto a platform now, he hasn't slid into the mug of beer since County Stadium.

Anonymous 8:23 AM CDT  

I understand the sentimentality involved with Yankee Stadium, but the renovation job done in the seventies left that stadium with no character whatsoever. It is right up there with the worst stadium I have been to, Oakland Coliseum (I have never been to the Trop or Metrodome).

Anonymous 3:02 PM CDT  

"So i dont know how you can complain about the prices if they rank rank number 5 in affordability and then number 9 in value."

A beer (Miller Lite, MGD, etc.) in a bottle is $7.50, and it's made about 5 miles away.

"Ya he does. I was there this year."

No, he doesn't. He hasn't in years. In fact, the old mug he used to slide into is now on display at Lakeside Brewery.

"And Wisconsin isn't crappy either, have you even been here?"

I live there. Have for 30 years. And I was referring to the weather being crappy. Read the post again, that might become evident.

Anonymous 4:08 PM CDT  

I live there. Have for 30 years. And I was referring to the weather being crappy. Read the post again, that might become evident.


It's not evident at all, all you say is crappy Wisconsin, so i dont know who you talk about the weather?

Anonymous 6:26 PM CDT  

This guy obviously a White Sox fan who hates the Cubs..Wrigley is better than all the stadiums wow Who does this guy think he is writing this...He obviously does not like baseball!!

Anonymous 7:00 PM CDT  

yeah he is...if you lived in chicago you would know that by now. I really don't enjoy his bias comments.