One of the things you should know about me is that I love baseball. It’s my goal to see a game at all 30 Major League Stadiums. For the record, here are the current ballparks I’ve been to, in order of favorite to least favorite:
- New Busch, St. Louis (obviously)
- Coors Field, Denver (tough to beat the majestic Rocky Mountains out there in the distance)
- Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. Iconic.
- Comerica Park, Detroit (perfect blend of tradition and aesthetics)
- Wrigley, Chicago (a great place to watch the Cubs lose)
- Camden Yards, Baltimore (I think this is Sunny’s favorite that we’ve visited)
- Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
- Target Field, Minnesota
- Yankee Stadium, New York
- PETCO Park, San Diego
- Progressive Field, Cleveland. This one moved up quite a bit in my rankings after revisiting in 2021.
- Citi Field, Queens
- Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
- PNC Park, Pittsburgh
- Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
- Miller Park, Milwaukee
- U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago (would be lower on the list if not for my personal guided tour and the chance to get down on the field. Thanks, Lenny, wherever you are.)
- Chase Field, Phoenix. The stadium itself is nothing special, but I appreciate how they’ve captured the team’s history in the free-to-visit club Hall of Fame in the right field concourse.
- Angel Stadium, Anaheim
- Safeco Field, Seattle
- Minute Maid Park, Houston
- Marlins Park, Miami. I guess I expected more “flair” from a ballpark in Miami.
- SunTrust Field, Atlanta. Narrow concourses, overpriced food, and an all-time WORST experience with the staff left a really bad impression. I don’t have much good to say about this place.
- Tropicana Stadium, Tampa Bay. Absolutely a dump. It’s a shame that such a good team plays in such a poor facility.
Other now defunct stadiums I’ve been to:
- Old Busch Stadium, St. Louis
- Fulton County, Atlanta
- Riverfront, Cincinnati
- Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
- Turner Field, Atlanta
- Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
- Shea Stadium, New York
- Yankee Stadium, New York
- The Ballpark in Arlington, Dallas
Current stadiums I’ve yet to visit:
- Fenway Park, Boston
- Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
- Globe Life Park, Arlington
- Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
- Oracle Park, San Francisco
- Rogers Centre, Toronto
I’ve been to 1, 4 and 12 on the Active list, and #3 on the former list. Also, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and Mile High Stadium in Denver (baseball games for both, not football). What I remember about Denver is how the stands shook when the fans stomped their feet. Also that I saw a one-hitter by Jose Rijo of the Reds during that game.
Jose Rijo? That’s a blast from the past. I remember those Reds teams in the late 80s and early 90s. We used to get a lot of Reds games televised back home growing up since Nashville was the AAA home of the Reds. They had some pretty dominant teams back in the day.
Heres my list real quick:
1. Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City Royals – Havent been to a game in an era when they’ve been good but I love this ballpark. Did see Grienke win a few games (broke my heart he got traded). Great wide-open outfield area with the spectacular fountains and huge scoreboard. The new updates only added to its greatness. Just something about this ballpark I love.
2. PETCO Park – San Diego Padres – Great climate, the ballpark had some character and feel to it. Plus its in a fun part of town.
3. Minute Maid Park – Houston Astros – I miss the Killer B’s. Sliding roof is cool as well as the train on the outfield stadium wall.
4. Coors Field – Colorado Rockies – Caught a great day game here on a beautiful day. The fans also really love their team which adds to the enjoyment. This ballpark also has some great character and design.
5. Safeco Field – Seattle Mariners. Fun ballpark near Downtown Seattle. Got to see Griffey bat one last time, i think it was this past season right before he retired
1. The Astrodome – Still love that place