For a while, I tried visiting a new stadium every year, whether it was in the minors or majors. I haven’t kept that up, but I have been to a few. Here are my personal rankings for the stadiums I’ve visited.
- PNC Park, Pittsburgh – I can’t believe I’m writing this, but PNC blows all other stadium experiences away. The stadium is beautiful and has gorgeous views of the water and downtown. The atmosphere is friendly and I’ve had good luck talking with players before games.
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore – Retro done to perfection. My “home” park if I have one.
- Miller Park, Milwaukee – It’s fun. Neat indoor/outdoor stadium. Plus the original sausage race.
- Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati – There’s a huge gap between the first three and this one. Nice modern park, but a bit boring.
- Nationals Park, Washington DC – It feels like it needs time to season. Potential to move up this list.
- Progressive Field, Cleveland – There’s not much that’s particularly interesting here.
- Memorial Stadium, Baltimore – My first stadium experience, though it’s hard to remember since it was so long ago.
- Wrigley Field, Chicago – I know, it’s sacrilege. The stadium just felt so old and cold.
- RFK Stadium, Washington DC – Made for football and it always felt like it.
- Olympic Park, Montreal – Playing in a dome just doesn’t feel like how you should play the game.
Special mention: Canal Park, Akron – I live about 10-15 minutes away from here, so if I want to see a game, this is where I go. It’s quite well designed and every seat is close to the action.
Parks I’d like to visit that are within driving distance: Comerica Park in Detroit, stadiums in Columbus, Toledo, Louisville
What about you? Agree that Wrigley is horribly overrated or think I should go back to Stadiums 101? Let me know…