The tournament on ESPN got me interested, so here are my favorite ballparks 1-30. Now I haven't been to all of them (in fact I have only been to six, soon to be seven when I go to AT&T Park) but I am just going with what I have seen on television, the history, and word of mouth with my rankings.
30. Tropicana Field (pretty obvious) 29. Oakland Coliseum*28. Nationals Park27. Rogers Centre 26. Minute Maid Park 25. Miller Park* 24. Marlins Park23. Great American Ballpark22. Citi Field21. Turner Field*20. U.S. Cellular Field 19. New Yankee Stadium (if it was the old one, it would be much higher)18. Busch Stadium17. Turner Field16. The Ballpark in Arlington*15. Citizens State Park14. Progressive Field13. Safeco Field12. Coors Field11. Comerica Park 10. Angels Stadium of Anaheim 9. Petco Park8. Kaufman Stadium*7. Wrigley Field6. Dodger Stadium5. AT&T Park4. Camden Yards3. Target Field*2. PNC Park1. Fenway Park
*=Stadiums I visited
I've been to about half of them, and my top five are
Target FieldCamden YardsCoors FieldDodgers StadiumAngels Stadium
If TF goes agains PNC Park, I don't think even team bias could get me to vote against this one...
photo courtesy of Rhett Bollinger
This list seems wrong... I dont think you've repeated any, and have 30 stadiums but i do not see chase field anywhere.
Here's mine.... i think i am a little easier on the retractable roof stadiums than heatbeat here.
30. Oakland (Just....awful awful stadium. mount davis killed the view which was only good quality it had)29 Tropicana field28 Rogers Centre27 New Yankee Stadium (I know this is low for a lot of people but it has a lot of deficiencies that a new park shouldnt have... such as way too many obstructed views, ridiculous rf porch thingy.26 Citi Field25. US Cellular field24. Turner Field23. Great American Ballpark22. The Ballpark at arlington21 Progressive Stadium20 Marlins Park (would be much higher with an interior decorator)19 Nationals Park18 Miller Park17 Coors Field16. Chase Field*15 Citizens Bank Park14. Comerica Park13 Minute Maid Park12 Wrigley Field11. Angels stadium of anaheim10 Dodger Stadium9. Busch Stadium8. Safeco Field7. Kauffman Stadium6. Petco Park5. Camden Yards4 Target Field*3. Fenway Park2. AT&T Park1. PNC Park
* means iv'e been there
Yeah good catch, Chase Field is not on that list. Not sure how that worked out.
I would put Chase Field around 20 or so.
And yes, I can't stand retractable roofs stadiums for baseball. Its a sport to be played outside, not in a living room.
you put Turner Field twice
#21 and #17
Thanks a Bunch! I was staring at it and I couldn't figure it out.
I will fix it.
Ok not letting me edit for some reason.
My #21 is Chase Field, and #17 is Turner Field.
Fair enough. Updated with the correction:
30. Tropicana Field (pretty obvious) 29. Oakland Coliseum*28. Nationals Park27. Rogers Centre 26. Minute Maid Park 25. Miller Park* 24. Marlins Park23. Great American Ballpark22. Citi Field21. Chase Field20. U.S. Cellular Field 19. New Yankee Stadium (if it was the old one, it would be much higher)18. Busch Stadium17. Turner Field*16. The Ballpark in Arlington*15. Citizens State Park14. Progressive Field13. Safeco Field12. Coors Field11. Comerica Park 10. Angels Stadium of Anaheim 9. Petco Park8. Kaufman Stadium*7. Wrigley Field6. Dodger Stadium5. AT&T Park4. Camden Yards3. Target Field*2. PNC Park1. Fenway Park
I disagree on retractable roofs to a point. sometimes they are totally imperative to the playing of baseball in a given area. Not as much in the north as people would think (They probably could have gotten away with an outdoor Miller Park) but in the south.. I wouldn't want to play a sunday afternoon game in the middle of august in Phoenix. As long as the roof doesnt take away from the overall appearance of the stadium (examples being safeco, minue maid as the best looking retractable roof stadiums) I don't mind it one bit. in fact safeco is stunning in my opinion, and minute maid is very cool in iteself.
Chase Field has a very cool quality, having been there that they actually many times will open the roof just before game and even though it's very hot, the air conditioning seems to hold pretty well until the later innings, when it is cooler outside anyways.
The Oakland Coliseum is a piece of junk, and is easily the worst venue in baseball. I have seen the outside of the Coliseum in person, and have no interest in ever attending a game there.
Here is how I would rate the various parks:
30. Oakland Alameda County Coliseum29. Tropicana Field (would be higher if not for the annoying Catwalks)28. Citi Field27. Nationals Park 26. Comerica Park25. US Cellular Field24. Marlins Park23. Great American Ballpark22. Rogers Center21. Angel Stadium of Anaheim20. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington19. Yankee Stadium18. Chase Field17. Kauffman Stadium16. Turner Field15. Minute Maid Park14. Dodger Stadium13. Petco Park (Great stadium, but some of the buildings in the background are not eye appealing)12. Progressive Field11. Wrigley Field10. Fenway Park9. Miller Park8. PNC Park7. Busch Stadium6. Coors Field5. AT&T Park4. Target Field3. Citizens Bank Park2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards1. Safeco Field0. Olympic Stadium (honorable mention)
There's a little expos fan in everyone i think. :p
Oh yeah I am with ya on the coliseum. I went to a game there once, and it was the worst experience I ever had during a baseball game at any level. As much as Bert likes it, the stupid amount of foul territory makes the game seem like its miles away when you're there.
The only reason I give it a higher rating than that poor excuse for a stadium the Rays play in is because it's outdoors. To me, its really a 30a and 30b rating, but the sunshine lets Oakland salvage something.
I am a fan of Safeco for the most part. Minute Maid park is too gimicky in my book. The railroad, the columns in left field, and that freaking stupid hill. What the <hell is the point of making a hill in the field of play?
Edit: I also understand the practicality of a roof, and it makes sense in a place like Arizona. But it still is an eye sore for me.
I was in Oakland, August of 2002 when I went to San Francisco. I think the Twins were in Oakland a week after that or so, because they had a sign on the outside of the Stadium claiming the Twins were were going to be there.
I have not seen the inside of the Colesium, but the outside left a lot to be desired. I have not attended any Twins road games, but I almost went to a game between the Jays and Rays when I was in Toronto back in 2008.
I saw the twins on the road in Phoenix. It was actually the day after the dbacks fired Bob Brenley. A rookie Joe Mauer was a homer short of the cycle i believe, lecroy had a bases clearing triple and mientkiewicz hit a homer... kyle lohse started and nathan slammed the door.
Fun game. twins won that one, were up 5-0, lost the lead, then pulled back ahead.
Been to chase field a few times... once vs Houston, once vs Minnesota, once vs...San Francisco and bonds hit a homer, and i think one other time but not for sure on that.