Ranking all 30 MLB ballparks from personal experience
Author: Joe O'Neill
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I love baseball. I also enjoy road trips. So combining the two just made sense. My first trip was in college with some baseball-loving friends. Twelve years later I entered my final park with my very supportive wife. There were long flights and even longer drives. There were franchises like the Montreal Expos, who became the Washington Nationals and thus played in three ballparks over a five year span. Yep, I saw games at all three.
After a total of 38 ballparks, I’ve officially run out. Friends, family and even strangers ask which are my favorites. Well, here’s my list. All 30 Major League Baseball ballparks ranked. I hope you enjoy my page! – Joe O’Neill
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.
With the exception of the original Yankee Stadium, I’ve seen more innings at Camden Yards than any other ballpark. In my opinion, this is the nicest attraction in Baltimore. The stadium has an open feel, which is rare for ballparks constructed in a downtown. Bronze plaques the size of a baseball are scattered along Eutaw Street, identifying the landing spot of the longest bombs ever hit in the park.
Fans once had a clear view of Charm City from their seats, but the construction of a Hilton hotel beyond left field has blocked some of the skyline. A view of an old train warehouse in right field makes up for it.
Oriole Park has some unique locations to watch a game. There’s a spacious standing area above the right field scoreboard, which is a great location to catch a batting-practice ball. Although it’s 350+ feet from home plate, Section 86 offers an up-close look at the bullpen. Beware, there are also a few bad seats in this park. The middle deck isn’t that tall and covers part of the lower deck. If you have tickets in the last few rows of the lower deck between the foul poles, you’ll lose sight of fly balls.
All ballpark reviews talk about food. I hate talking about food. I go to baseball games to watch baseball so I promise this will be the only food-related mention on this entire page: Boog’s BBQ is worth a mention. The line may look intimidating but it moves fast. Boog Powell is often present at the stand that bears his name.
There’s a cliche I often hear when someone describes a baseball venue: “There’s not a bad seat in the house.” If any ballpark could make that claim, it might be Kauffman Stadium. In my opinion, this is the most underrated ballpark in the country. The field is immaculate and the interior of the stadium just received a beautiful face lift.
Although it opened in 1973, I love everything about this place. The fans are knowledgeable and passionate, even after decades of terrible teams. The vertical scoreboard topped with a crown is certainly a unique feature. Of course, majestic fountains fill the outfield and erupt between innings to add another fun element to this stadium.
If this park was located in downtown Kansas City, it would certainly be number one on my list. However, it’s a few miles out of town, surrounded by parking lots, highways and Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs.
PNC Park is #4 for the amazing view. This ballpark is best enjoyed from the upper deck, especially sitting along the third base side. Stunning views of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny River and the Roberto Clemente Bridge paint the perfect backdrop for a ballgame. Just don’t get stuck in the very last row of the upper deck. Each section up top has a steel beam holding up the roof, located in the middle of the second-to-last row.
At least a dozen restaurants and bars surround the stadium, so there’s plenty to do before a game. The Pirates have very loyal fans that love talking about their homegrown talent.
I’m not big on gimmicks like mascots and between inning promotions but the Pirates have plenty. Overall, it’s a great place to catch a game.
Tucked away in a neighborhood, the friendly confines of Wrigley Field did not disappoint. Unlike its scoreboard, the atmosphere is electric, and the singing of “Go Cubs Go” with the raising of the “W” flag after a victory is a post-game treat. Bars and pubs surround the ballpark and it truly is spectacular to watch a game in such a historic facility. New renovations in 2015 gave the stadium a fresh makeover, while maintaining much of its historic charm.
Fenway Park has personality. The quirky dimensions, organ music and true “box” seats make this historic ballpark special. Sure, it has obstructed views and tight quarters, but this is what a ballpark should feel like.