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Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your favorite ballpark?

People liked Friday’s Baseball Question of the Day, so let’s keep that feature going until we get tired of it.

Today’s Baseball Question of the Day: What’s your favorite ballpark? Difficulty: it has to be a park that is not the park of your favorite team. My favorite park is Petco Park in San Diego.

For one thing it’s just gorgeous. Not just the view, which a lot of people talk about, but the park itself. There’s a lot of greenery inside the place — on concourses, above escalators and things — and there are waterfalls and pretty finishes and surfaces.

So, how would all of you answer this question?

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:43 AM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Alex Vila Posted: March 24, 2020 at 11:56 AM (#5933086)
MLB, I love both Minute Maid and PNC. MiLB I love McCormick Field, where the Asheville Tourists play. I'm a Braves fan, in the interest of full disclosure.
   2. BrianBrianson Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:04 PM (#5933092)
The only parks I've actually attended games in are Exhibition Stadium, Skydome, and Olympic Stadium.

The only upside of Olympic Stadium I can recall was watching Larry Walker hit for the cycle. That was cool.

I'll have to leave this one blanque.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:04 PM (#5933093)
At this point, any park where a baseball game is being played and they're letting people in to watch.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:43 PM (#5933100)
Current: Camden Yards

All time: Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field in the days before dynamic pricing.

EDIT: Add Jarry Park, with its public swimming pool within reach of a lefthanded power hitter.
   5. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: March 24, 2020 at 01:27 PM (#5933114)
Rough ranking of the places I have visited

1. AT&T Park (or whatever it's called now)
2. Camden Yards
3. Wrigley Field
4. Jamsil Stadium in Seoul
5. Old Yankee Stadium
6. Tokyodome
7. Nats Park
8. Fenway Park
9. New Yankee Stadium
10. Dodger Stadium
11. Shea Stadium
12. Memorial Stadium
13. Miller Park
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 24, 2020 at 03:57 PM (#5933151)
I would have to think about it a bit (it's been nearly a decade since I've been to any parks outside of NY/Boston), but I agree with the author that Petco would rank near the top of the ones I've been to.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 24, 2020 at 04:11 PM (#5933158)
PNC lived up to its reputation and then some. Just a gorgeous park, and the perfect weather and postgame fireworks over the river didn't hurt either.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 24, 2020 at 05:15 PM (#5933185)
This is the Golden Era for watching baseball (when available) both at the ballpark and via TV/streaming. Stadiums are better, amenities more prevalent, with far more food & drink options. Yes, tickets are no longer 50¢, but the country is far richer. There should be no complaining!
   9. jingoist Posted: March 24, 2020 at 06:42 PM (#5933202)
Flip a coin: Camden Yards or PNC
I also like the Giants park, whatever it’s name is
   10. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: March 24, 2020 at 07:19 PM (#5933211)
The only parks I have been to more than once are either in Chicago, and thus not eligible, or in Florida, which are terrible*. So, taking a stab from a one time visit: CBP or Target Field. I had better seats at CBP, so I'll go with that one.

*To be clear, Marlins park itself is nice, very good even. It's the experience that is terrible. The noise is cranked up to 11, and it never stops except during a pitch/ball in play. It is literally impossible to carry on a conversation with the person next to you. It's the world's largest dance club with a little floor show going on for background viewing. Just terrible.
   11. Itchy Row Posted: March 24, 2020 at 07:22 PM (#5933212)
At this point, any park where a baseball game is being played and they're letting people in to watch.
So you don’t like any baseball stadium?
   12. ajnrules Posted: March 24, 2020 at 08:24 PM (#5933233)
I've never attempted to rank the 27 Major League ballparks I've been to, but might as well try. (Note: Kauffman Stadium had been split into pre- and post-innovation)

28. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
27. Anaheim Stadium
26. RFK Stadium
25. Turner Field
24. Yankee Stadium III
23. Great American Ballpark
22. Camden Yards
21. Progressive Field
20. Fenway Park
19. Comerica Park
18. Wrigley Field
17. Citizens Bank Park
16. Shea Stadium
15. Busch Stadium II
14. Miller Park
13. Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly known as New Comiskey Park)
12. SunTrust Park
11. Target Field
10. Nationals Park
9. Coors Field
8. Citi Field
7. T-Mobile Park (previously known as Safeco Field)
6. PNC Park
5. Kauffman Stadium (post-renovation)
4. Minute Maid Park
3. Globe Life Park (previously known as the Ballpark in Arlingotn)
2. Kauffman Stadium (pre-renovation)
1. Oracle Park (previously known as AT&T Park)
   13. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 24, 2020 at 08:33 PM (#5933238)
SF, Pitt, KC, Bos in any particular order.

Milwaukee County Stadium was my favorite for attending batting practice. The sounds were perfect. That corrugated metal was the best agent for sound I could ever imagine. 100s of games as a peanut vendor listening to that.
   14. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: March 24, 2020 at 08:40 PM (#5933244)
28. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum


I'd rank them near the bottom as well, because, among other things, they wouldn't sell me a beer. I was there in 1992. I was 29 years old. They would only accept California ID as proof of age. I can understand them not accepting my IL drivers license, but they wouldn't accept my military ID. In 1992, there must have been 100,000 military members stationed within an hour drive of the ballpark and they wouldn't accept military ID.
   15. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 24, 2020 at 08:57 PM (#5933249)
All time: Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field in the days before dynamic pricing.


My all time would be Wrigley Field before they put in the skyboxes, which ruined the back of the lower deck.

Everybody has dynamic pricing these days.
   16. greenback slays lewks Posted: March 24, 2020 at 08:58 PM (#5933250)
1. PNC Park (view like something from a holodeck)
2. Petco (it's San Diego)
3. Camden Yards
4. Old Yankee Stadium
5. Comerica Park (Detroit looks like dystopia though)
6. Angel Stadium (park itself was meh, but weather is generally great)
7. Progressive Field
8. Marlins Park (I liked the sculpture)
9. Chase Field
10. Citi Field (Flushing is really an odd place for a baseball stadium)
11. Great American (really, this is tied with the next one)
12. Riverfront Stadium (progressively less ash-tray-ish as it aged)
13. Wrigley Field (ivy and stuff, but Chads and it smells like urine)
14. Arlington Stadium (the old one)
15. Minute Maid (meh)
16. Miller Park (not quite meh)
17. Turner Field
18. Comiskey Park (the new one)
19. Pac Bell (too damn cold)
20. Candlestick (even colder)
21. Shea Stadium (dump under LGA)

I've been to about 100 minor league ballparks. Asheville stood out for me, as did Indianapolis. I've been amazed at how many parks in the Midwest League are pretty nice (does not include Beloit and Burlington).
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: March 24, 2020 at 09:09 PM (#5933253)
1. Allegheny Park
2. Coors Field
3. Mission Field
4. Camden Yards
5. Jacobs Field
6. Tiger Field
7. Fenway Park
8. Chavez Ravine
9. Nationals Park
10. Fish Tank
11. Miller Park
12. Sox Park
13. Wrigley Field
14. Riverfront Park
15. Shea Stadium
16. Old Yankee Stadium
17. Comiskey Park
18. Riverfront Stadium
   18. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: March 24, 2020 at 09:22 PM (#5933255)
All the ballparks I've been too, including the minor leagues. The experience to me includes how close you get to the players, how inviting it is, how expensive it is, how the fans are, how easy it is to get to.

1. Dodger Stadium (amazing how close you are to the field even considering how big it is)
2. Wrigley Field (you sit close everywhere. It's like being in a minor league park)
3. Fiscalini Field (San Bernardino Spirit) Gosh that was fun. No longer there.
4. Nagoya Dome, Chunichi Dragons, NPB. The crowd is intense. The game moves fast. The hot dogs are small.
5. Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Giants, NPB. Almost as good as 4. Loses some marks because it has a bit of a "tourist attraction" feel to it. As does Wrigley Field, but it's less overt.
6. Oakland Alameda County Coliseum - you are too far away. Some of it is a little dumpy. But they have done a lot to make a nice fan experience overall. Just be aware if you go there for a game with a lot of attendance, the facilities will be overwhelmed, very long lines, etc. Make sure you ride BART to the game for the full experience.
7. Pac Bell Park - great place to see a game, but very expensive, and can get pretty cold, a lot colder than 6. Also make sure to ride Muni to the game for the full experience.
8. Nationals Park. Great sitelines, good concourses, etc. The only problem is I don't think anybody is watching the game.
9. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox). I had a great time. Standing room tickets so hard to judge completely. Crowd into it.
10. Mavericks Stadium (High Desert Mavericks, Adelanto). Fun but very basic. Can get hot at night. No longer there.
11. Angel Stadium (when it was still the home of the Rams). Hazy memories of this. Seemed like you sat very far away and everything was kinda bland.
12. Candlestick Park. The crowd was awesome. Everything else was terrible, if memorable because of that.
   19. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 24, 2020 at 09:26 PM (#5933256)
1. China Basin
2. Fish Tank (when the leaping fish thing was still up; also I drank a lot that night)
3. Camden Yards
4. Wrigley Field
5. Fenway Park
6. Koshien Park
7. Riverfront Park
8. Nationals Park
9. Sox Park
10. Citizens Park
11. Meiji Jingu Stadium
12. County Stadium
13. Riverfront Stadium
14. Cascadia Field
15. Shea Stadium
16. Oakland Coliseum
   20. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 24, 2020 at 09:33 PM (#5933258)
The Astrodome was the park I saw the most games in as a kid, and I'll always have a soft spot for the animated scoreboard.
   21. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 24, 2020 at 09:49 PM (#5933259)
Yankee Stadium (original, for the history, not the ambience)
Yankee Stadium II (less history, more ambience)
Fenway Park (1 game in 1961, Yankees won!)
Camden Yards
Nationals Park
. . . (Big Drop Off) . . .
Tropicana Field
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
Shea Stadium (1 game, 1964)
RFK Stadium
Municipal Stadium (Cleveland)
   22. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 24, 2020 at 11:27 PM (#5933273)
*To be clear, Marlins park itself is nice, very good even. It's the experience that is terrible. The noise is cranked up to 11, and it never stops except during a pitch/ball in play. It is literally impossible to carry on a conversation with the person next to you. It's the world's largest dance club with a little floor show going on for background viewing. Just terrible.


Also, the Marlins are playing.
   23. Howie Menckel Posted: March 25, 2020 at 12:20 AM (#5933289)
Wrigley Field ftw.

I like Fenway a lot. Camden Yards still works. liked Dodgers Stadium in the 1990s at least.

I just visited San Diego in January - just before the world ended - on business, for the first time in seems like forever, and the park location alone is a great draw. the airport/main hotel area/ballpark location trifecta is not a winner everywhere (including Chicago).

but SD - plus, yeah, the weather - is ideal for tourists who like baseball. and I haven't even been inside the park yet!

have also been to the Pirates parking lot while attending a Steelers game, and yeah, that's a good one. town has more grit true than SD, too, if that's a selling point. grab a barstool and buy a round, and you'll make friends real fast and learn a lot. Pitt knows its sports (except basketball since the Condors left town).

homer alert, but I think Citi Field is a little underrated. decent skyline views and kind of homey.
   24. bachslunch Posted: March 25, 2020 at 08:02 AM (#5933312)
Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.
   25. Traderdave Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:01 AM (#5933349)
Like so many others, I go with PNC in Pittsburgh. But so many are/were excellent: Old Tiger Stadium, Wrigley, Petco, etc.


Most underrated park: Dodger Stadium. It almost never appears at/near the top of any list but it is a gorgeous and extremely well designed park. Sight lines are excellent, concourses are wide, services are so plentiful you can grab a snack without missing an inning. The classy, understated mid century design really has held up well.


Most overrated: AT&T. It is an excellent ballpark but I don't think it earns the voluminous paeans it often receives. The concourses and stairwells are uncomfortably narrow and it can take a surprisingly long time to navigate the place. The best feature of the park is the view of the bay, which is outstanding during the day (and AT&T is top 2 or 3 for a day game) but at night the view is diluted and lost in later innings. Sight lines in the upper deck are poor also.


   26. jingoist Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:41 AM (#5933357)
Several posters named the old Tigers stadium as a favorite.
I never had the pleasure of seeing a game there.
I did drive by the aging and semi-dilapidated blue hulk that was Briggs stadium back in 2007.
It’s always sad to see neglected properties and then think to oneself “what must this have looked like back in the day”.
I imagine it was a lot likeForbes Field, home of the Buccos back in the day.
I remember cheap seats with support poles blocking the view to various parts of the field.
New construction has totally eliminated those issues.
Does anyone know if the old Tigers stadium was ever torn down, or is it still standing in an ever more decrepit condition?
ps....I do like the new Tiger stadium.
Great sight lines and easy access to quality imported beers and brats.
   27. greenback slays lewks Posted: March 25, 2020 at 12:51 PM (#5933408)
Yankee Stadium (original, for the history, not the ambience)

The history is wow. But I only visited once, for a Red Sox game in the late 1970s, and I enjoyed the "Red Sox suck!" chants throughout the Bronx. That wasn't something people did in my part of flyover country back in the day.

In retrospect, I wonder where the hell my dad parked.
   28. dejarouehg Posted: March 25, 2020 at 02:36 PM (#5933451)
I believe Tiger Stadium now - or at least as of a couple of years ago - was an open lot. No vestiges of the old ballpark remained.

Went there in 98 or 99 just to see Mark McGwire take BP. He went upper tank in LCF.....and a lot closer to the back row than the front. Was truly otherworldly, even though it was juiced. Also went back for the closing of the park. A great event.

Tiger Stadium and Wrigley are my top two, then PNC and then I group them, which I won't bore anyone with.

Of the 25 or so I've been to, some brief observations:

Dodger Stadium (was there the weekend Mickey Mantle died): What was the big deal? Did get to see Sammy Sosa hit the 10,000 HR in Cubs history.

Miller Park: I think deserves more love. Great fans! Super loyal and best tailgaters I've ever seen. A very cozy place to watch a game.

Comerica: Another one that's not been given its due.

YS3: The exterior facade and concourses are great. It all plummets downhill the second you walk through the portal to your seat. What an architectural blight! What the Mets have lacked in championships, they certainly have it all over the Yankees in terms of a nicer home.

   29. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 25, 2020 at 03:42 PM (#5933468)
Okay, here's my master list, with all factors being considered: aesthetics, fan atmosphere, affordable good seating, easy access, etc. Food quality is immaterial, but food pricing isn't.
(Best feature in parenthesis, with "location" meaning location of park within its surroundings, including good public transport and/or cheap street parking)

1. Tiger Stadium (aesthetics)
2. Wrigley Field (aesthetics, location)
3. Jarry Park (atmosphere, location)
4. Memorial Stadium (Baltimore) (atmosphere, location)
5. Camden Yards (aesthetics)
6. County Stadium (everything)

[gap]

7. Yankee Stadium I (aesthetics, atmosphere)
8. Safeco (aesthetics, location)
9. The Jake (aesthetics, location)
10.Griffith Stadium (inexpensive great seats, location)
11.Fenway (aesthetics, location)
12.Dodger Stadium (aesthetics, cheap tickets [at least BITD they were cheap])
13.Connie Mack (aesthetics, atmosphere, location)
14.Oakland Coliseum (atmosphere)
15.Candlestick (atmosphere when the Dodgers were in town)
16.Three Rivers (aesthetics, location)

[gap]

17.The Vet (atmosphere, location)

[gap]

18.Comiskey I (nothing much)
19.Yankee Stadium II** (location)

[gap]

20-28 (tie, listed in alphabetical order)

Busch II (1966-2005 version) (see Yankee Stadium II footnote)
Jack Murphy (can't remember much, but it was a nice sunny doubleheader day)
Kingdome (so bad it's almost good)
Metrodome (see Kingdome)
Municipal (Cleveland) (see Metrodome)
Nats Park (free street parking if you know where to look)
RFK (free street parking nearby; infinitely better venue for Redskins games)
Riverfront (great teams BITD)
Shea (good public transportation)


** Would be much higher if I'd seen a postseason game there, but I only got there for blah midseason games.
   30. Booey Posted: March 25, 2020 at 05:05 PM (#5933498)
Only been to a whopping 3 MLB games in my life, but I thought Safeco, Coors, and Petco were all nice. I liked different things about each one.

Minor league, but I never get tired of the view at Smith's Ballpark (it's had lots of different names over the years) where the AAA Salt Lake Bee's play. Just gorgeous, with the towering Wasatch Mountains looming beyond the outfield, and SO much closer than the mountains are at Coors.
   31. Mayor Blomberg Posted: March 25, 2020 at 11:13 PM (#5933588)
Are the folks talking about OYS or YS-I referring to post mid-70s YS, without the obstructed views?
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: March 25, 2020 at 11:56 PM (#5933598)

Are the folks talking about OYS or YS-I referring to post mid-70s YS, without the obstructed views?


In my case, the 1976-2008 version. My first Yankee game was at Shea.

   33. Howie Menckel Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:04 AM (#5933599)
Most underrated park: Dodger Stadium. It almost never appears at/near the top of any list but it is a gorgeous and extremely well designed park. Sight lines are excellent, concourses are wide, services are so plentiful you can grab a snack without missing an inning.

generally agreed on Dodger Stadium - except for the 'you can grab a snack without missing an inning.'

whoa, on my trip I got a Hershiser vs Andujar ace showdown but...

I left my seat after the 3rd inning to get a Dodger Dog, and saw maybe 8 or 10 people in front of me waiting to order.

it took THREE ENTIRE INNINGS before I was back in my seat. the laidback pace was - well, the food servers were much closer to comatose. it's one of those disasters where you never would wait that long, but at no point in the ordeal can you imagine it taking much longer.

this also was a trip where a Burger King visit with 3 or 4 customers ahead of me produced a 15 to 20 minute wait. and it's back when the cars on the main road near the beach would slow down or even stop at a crosswalk while you're still walking downhill at least a block from the intersection - just in case you might want to cross soon. well intended, and kind of annoying.

in return trips in later years, the cars don't slow down anymore. but I haven't been back to Dodger Stadium.
   34. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:30 AM (#5933604)
The service was pretty fast at Dodger Stadium when I was there in 2016. Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, on the other hand can be a nightmare sometimes, it's unpredictable. Best to stand there and watch for a little bit, and if it seems out of hand, go to another stand.
   35. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 26, 2020 at 08:08 PM (#5933876)
Are the folks talking about OYS or YS-I referring to post mid-70s YS, without the obstructed views

I'm talking about the Yankee Stadium where you could get a walkup upper deck general admission seat behind the plate for the equivalent of $11.21 in 2020 dollars, and see Roger Maris hit 4 home runs in a single admission doubleheader.
   36. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: March 26, 2020 at 09:00 PM (#5933888)
28. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
(...)
1. Oracle Park (previously known as AT&T Park)


Funnily enough, I was in San Jose to see Paul McCartney last summer. The Giants were out of town, so...

Actually, the Coliseum wasn't half-bad, much better looking than the dump it appears to be on TV. But face it: even if you're in a terrible big-league ballpark, you're still in a freakin' big-league ballpark...!!

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