When I look at other ballpark rankings, I cannot figure out why Globe Life Park is ranked near the bottom. Formerly know simply as “The Ballpark,” this majestic stadium sits in a suburban area in Arlington, not far from the Six Flags theme park. It’s big, it’s clean and there’s a lot to do on the concourse level. The employees were incredibly friendly and helpful.
I was there in late September, so if I visited a few months earlier I may have been crippled by heat exhaustion, but on a cool evening I couldn’t find anything wrong with the actual park. It certainly helped that the Rangers were in playoff contention and Jurickson Profar hit a walk-off blast in the 9th.
Industrial looking on the outside, Safeco Field blends in with its neighboring shipyards, rail terminals and bus depots. Inside, the ballpark looks brand new, despite opening in 1999. Similar to AT&T Park, the lighting on the concourse level was stylish compared to the florescent lights you find at most ballparks.
Ultra-bright LED lights shine onto the field, replacing traditional stadium lighting. The lights are used for cool effects between innings, however, the retractable roof limits the height of the lights. I found them to be beaming into my sight line. Yes, I wore my sunglasses at night.
Their 11,425-square-foot scoreboard in center field features every statistic a fan could want.
Overall, I thought this was a lovely ballpark, and we were fortunate to see two Yankee victories!
Decorated with palm trees and water gardens, the grounds outside Petco Park may be the nicest in baseball. It’s a safe walk from the Gas Lamp District with plenty of bars to stop at and grab a beverage before the game.
Inside, The Western Metal Supply Co. structure in left field adds unique charm and it is nice to see a ballpark from 2004 that doesn’t feature the typical dark green seats and red brick accents. The outfield fence has been renovated a few times over the last decade and is now a mess. It juts in and out with hard angles and is littered with advertisements, scoreboards and chain link fencing.
Similar to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Petco offers a lot of open space for fans to stroll and kids to play. The outfield entertainment area is so large that you may forget you’re still inside the park.
Believe it or not, Coors Field is the third oldest ballpark in the National League, but you would never know by looking at it. The structure appears brand new and the grounds crew keep this diamond groomed to perfection. I love the small forest of pine trees that fill the batter’s eye. [Note: The “batter’s eye” is the location just beyond the center field fence that must remain clear of fans and other distractions. Some stadiums just have a solid wall.]
In the 20th row of the upper deck, purple seats stand out from the other 50,000. Fans that make the hike to that row are officially one mile above sea level.
You would think that the view beyond the outfield fence would be amazing, but it’s actually quite disappointing. There is an official MLB rule, Rule 1.04 to be specific, that states: “it is desirable that the line from home base through the pitchers plate to second base shall run East Northeast.” Unfortunately for the fans, the mountains are to the West and the skyline is to the South. It’s hard to call this a “missed opportunity” since there is an official rule regarding the direction a stadium faces, but a better outfield view would bring this park to another level.
A great ballpark with rude fans. I sat 10 rows behind LeBron James when he infamously sported his Yankees cap in the 2008 playoffs. The next night, I was in the upper deck when Joba Chamberlain was attacked by the midges. However it wasn’t just the pitcher being attacked, but Yankees fans took a lot of abuse from Indians fans. Cleveland fans were ruthless to us, even throwing items at my father. I’ve been to plenty of opposing ballparks in Yankees gear, but never will I return to Cleveland dressed in my interlocking NY cap. That said, the ballpark is nice and is easy to walk to from downtown hotels.
With it’s close proximity to Disneyland, it makes sense that Angel Stadium was such a family friendly environment. We were surrounded by families enjoying a nice evening at the ballpark.
Angel Stadium is an older park disguised with a fresh, modern and well-maintained look. They have a nice rock formation with trees and shrubs beyond the outfield fence and a walking path with a view of the game in left field.
I’m not sure if this is a common occurrence, but at least a dozen beach balls hopped around the stands during the game. Normally, I’m not a fan of game distractions such as mascots and the wave, however, I can live with the beach ball bounce.
Another ballpark with a view, the St. Louis skyline peaks out from beyond the outfield fence of Busch Stadium. It’s a fairly standard ballpark in a great baseball town. However, being the macro-brew capital of the Midwest, don’t expect to find any beer beside Anheuser-Busch.