Number of visits: 1 (2009)
On the edge of the San Francisco Bay sits baseball’s most flawless gem, AT&T Park. There’s a lively restaurant and bar scene outside the stadium and beautiful views once inside. When I visit a new ballpark, I love to stroll around the lower concourse to understand the unique flavor of each park. This stroll had a little of everything: stylish lighting, a playground for the kids, an up-close look at McCovey Cove, and a mammoth Coca-Cola bottle and baseball mitt in left field.
Another unique feature of AT&T Park is the pattern-less infield and outfield grass. It’s the only grounds crew that abstains from mowing a pattern into the field.
The only flaw in this otherwise perfect gem is the Chevron gasoline sign on the left field fence. The cartoon cars are distracting and rise a few feet above the wall, obstructing the view and causing home runs to fall for doubles. It wasn’t enough of a flaw to keep it from the top spot, but I would love to see this advertisement run out of gas.