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The character of a team’s ballpark speaks volumes about how that franchise honors their history.
In an era when most stadiums and arenas are becoming a one-size-fits-all revenue source, baseball has at the very least, maintained the distinct look and one-of-a-kind characteristics in their ballparks.
For some franchises, such as the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, their ballparks are historical landmarks ingrained so much in the history of the franchise that fans can’t imagine a day where the team plays their home games anywhere else.
The most impressive baseball stadiums in the United States all share the same qualities. They display attributes that represent their town and their team with a passion for the great game of baseball.
What are the top 10 most impressive baseball stadiums in the US?
A great way to end summer break – Red Sox v. Twins @ Fenway Park pic.twitter.com/BO6GEJYZzR
— Kiel Maurath (@KielMaurath) September 16, 2019
Home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park was built in 1912, making it the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
One of eight ballparks that seat less than 40,000 spectators, Fenway Park features one of the shortest right field lines in the MLB at 302 feet.
Any discussion of Fenway Park isn’t complete without a conversation about the Green Monster, the massive green wall that looms over left field.
Measuring just a tad over 37 feet in height, the Green Monster has become as iconic as any other park feature in the history of baseball.
Installed in facing of the Green Monster is a manual scoreboard. The area behind that scoreboard has become a hot spot for visiting ballplayers to come and add their signature to the thousands that have accumulated over the decades.
What makes Fenway such a special place to visit is how overwhelmed the fan is by the history that has taken place in the ballpark.
With 11 World Series under its belt, Fenway has been around through two World Wars and to see the end of the Curse of the Bambino with the Red Sox’s championship in 2004.
This aerial deserves a share tonight. pic.twitter.com/W1KpQ6I8f4
— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) September 5, 2019
Opening first in 1914, Wrigley Field didn’t become home to the Chicago Cubs until 1916.
For years, Wrigley has dazzled baseball fans with its placement in Wrigleyville, a neighborhood on the North Side that is filled with bars and apartments.
Like the Green Monster, Wrigley has its own features that make it one of the most unique places to play and that’s the ivy that grows along the outfield wall.
One of the features that haven’t been modernized is the brick wall that lines the outfield in Wrigley. It is one of the rare places that you won’t see an outfielder sacrifice his body to catch a flyball because there’s no cushion along the wall other than the ivy.
Another unusual quirk of Wrigley is the rooftop seats that exist outside the ballpark’s fences. Several apartment buildings that stand taller than the walls of the ballpark have placed bleachers atop their roofs for visitors to enjoy.
The Cubs snapped their World Series drought in 2016, renewing tourism to Wrigley Field and bringing respect for an old ballpark that continues to charm baseball fans from around the globe.
— Chad Tyson (@chadtyson) September 8, 2019
Without a doubt, PNC Park, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, is the most beautiful modern stadium in baseball.
Built in 2001, PNC has maintained a classic feel while the franchise has done an excellent job of maintaining the property and keeping it up-to-date with an array of subtle improvements.
With a picturesque view of the downtown skyline and iconic Roberto Clemente bridge, PNC Park provides Pirates fans with one of the most intimate baseball experiences available today.
But, in the end, fans who love to travel to ballparks are blown away by the scenic view that PNC provides, calling it one of the most majestic in all of MLB.
Oracle Park offers quite a view. What’s YOUR favorite view in MLB? Here? Pittsburgh? Minnesota? Detroit? Wrigley? Colorado? Philly? SD? Cincy? StL? Cleveland? pic.twitter.com/83Z03Hc89S
— Joe Mock (@baseballparks) September 15, 2019
If you are looking for a plate of baseball with a side of spectacular ocean views, then Oracle Park, home to the San Francisco Giants is worth a visit.
Constructed in 2000, Oracle Park is one of the most uniquely designed ballparks in baseball. With tall, jagged brick walls in right field, any home run long enough to clear the walkway atop the wall will enter the waters of McCovey Cove.
Oracle Park is one of the most enjoyable parks to take in a ballgame with terrific seating anywhere in the 44,000 seat stadium. Any fan can claim a fantastic perspective if you sit up in the top two levels where spectators are given a full view of the Bay.
Closing in on its 20th anniversary, Oracle Park has seen the Giants bring home three World Series titles, and the park has been a majestic postseason backdrop for each title that screams October baseball.
— Mike Whildin (@MaybeRealMike) September 8, 2019
Another historic ballpark closes out the top five on this list as Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles holds a special place in every baseball lover’s heart.
Perhaps the stadium isn’t much to look at from the outside, but when you visit Dodger Stadium, you are surrounded by the team’s rich history and the park’s one-of-a-kind features.
One of the few remaining mid-century parks left in baseball, Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.
The host of 10 World Series, Dodger Stadium has continued to renovate throughout the years, bringing it up to speed with modern ballparks without sacrificing an ounce of its original charm.
Also, if there is a more popular food item than the Dodger Dog at an MLB ballpark, then it escapes me because the team’s branded hot dog has been a staple of visiting fans for years.
With the iconic mid-70s scoreboard lighting up the night and the accompanying natural vegetation lining the area around the park, Dodger Stadium is truly a landmark of Los Angeles.
— Mike Whildin (@MaybeRealMike) September 12, 2019
Located in San Diego, home of the Padres, is the next ballpark on our list, Petco Park.
Housed in the popular Gaslight District of the city, Petco Park opened in 2004 to rave reviews.
For fans looking to take in a game without busting their wallets, there is the Park at the Park, a grassy area that is raised high above the playing field.
Beyond the center field, Park at the Park is an excellent place for visitors to relax while taking in the game, perhaps on a picnic blanket for around $10 a person.
Another feature that puts Petco high on the list is the Western Metal Supply Co. building that stands just outside of the left-field wall. The building houses suites that have become prime landing areas for home runs.
Seating just over 40,000, Petco Park has aged well as one of MLB’s most comfortable and attractive stadiums.
Citi Field! Mets vs Dodgers pic.twitter.com/YmXOBbSpa9
— Brian DeSean (@Brian_s20) September 14, 2019
Unlike the neighboring Yankee Stadium, Citi Field is an inviting ballpark that offers fans plenty of room to enjoy the terrific concessions and take in a baseball game.
Even on a warm summer night, Citi Field is never stuffy providing Mets fans with a modern stadium that doesn’t feel sterile but rather charming and original.
One of the features from the old Shea Stadium that made it over to Citi Field when the Mets moved over in 2009 was the original Home Run Apple that rises with every Mets home run.
Another feature that impresses is the Jackie Robinson Rotunda that lies just beyond the front entrance of the ballpark. Home to the Mets Hall of Fame, the Rotunda honors the legend of Jackie Robinson and his contributions to baseball.
Always entertaining, while never suffocating, Citi Field is a treasure that is very much worth a visit.
— Dan McCunney (@DJMccunney) September 12, 2019
Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies, is a roomy stadium that provides a classic feel to what is a relatively modern ballpark.
Opened in 2004, Citizens Bank Park seats just under 43,000 fans, and although there are three levels including a large home run porch in left field, the park has an intimate feel that provides great viewpoints from wherever you sit.
Two features make Citizens Bank Park worth visiting. The first is Ashburn Alley, a perch behind a center field that holds the granite markers of every Phillies player to make the All-Star Game.
The second is the 52-foot tall Liberty Bell light feature that “rings” every time a Phillies player hits a home run.
In its 15th year, Citizens Bank Park has earned its accolades as one of the best stadiums in Major League Baseball.
?Swimmin’ in sunshine? pic.twitter.com/sk0P8GCAq8
— SunTrust Park (@SunTrustPark) July 21, 2019
The newest park on the list is the home of the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park.
Finished in 2017, SunTrust Park was specifically designed to put fans as close to the action as possible with a seating bowl that reduces foul territory and pushes the middle and upper levels toward the field.
As a result of being relatively new, SunTrust features some of the most extensive technology offerings available at any ballpark in the US.
For starters, the stadium is outfitted with one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi systems constructed exclusively for use in a sports venue.
Also if a fan leaves field area for concessions, there are over 1,350 televisions in the park to keep up with the game.
With plenty of modern creature comforts and an emphasis on getting fans closer to the game, SunTrust Park has built a reputation as one of the most impressive new ballparks in the US.
Not many nights left in this seat! Only nine home games left after tonight.
Perfect night for baseball at Target Field! pic.twitter.com/3fg1sayxEg
— Anthony LaPanta (@AnthonyLaPanta) September 11, 2019
Home of the Minnesota Twins, the last park on the list is Target Field.
Celebrating a decade next season, Target Field has been one of the more enjoyable ballparks to visit over the last ten years.
On the field, the park has individual features such as the high wall in right field and the “living” center field wall that holds trees above the batter’s eye.
Away from the diamond, Target Field is a beautiful place for taking a family with large areas for concessions and play areas that the kids can burn some energy.
Another highlight of Target Field that delights fans is the double-decker bullpens that give fans access to both warmup areas for relievers during the game.
Target Field ranks alongside other stadiums that are inside ten years of age, featuring plenty of modern amenities to make your night at the ballpark one you won’t soon forget.
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