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Best Baseball Stadiums



Baseball ballparks or stadiums can be found all over the country and these are the cultural melting pots of the American society. Millions of Americans throng these stadiums every week to witness their favorite teams play. A theater of drama, excitement and emotion, dreams are made and broken in these stadiums. Every team has a home stadium and they are colored in the team’s colors. These stadiums come alive when the home team plays there and erupts in joy and merriment when it registers a win.Baseball ballparks or stadiums range from the run-down stadiums to the ones that can draw crowds by virtue of their grandeur and design and architecture. Of the numerous baseball stadiums dotting the length and breadth of America, the following 10 can safely be called the best baseball stadiums today.

Top 10 Baseball Stadiums

Wrigley Field, Chicago
With a capacity of 41,118, Wrigley Field is the home ballpark for the Chicago Cubs. It was built in 1914 it is the only surviving Federal League ballpark. Cubs played its first game at this beautiful stadium with ivy-vine covered outer walls on April 20, 1916. On September 27, 2003 fans witnessed a memorable game at Wrigley Field when the Cubs defeated the Pirates to clinch their only division title at home.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
Home to the Baltimore Orioles, this 48,876 seater is the first of the major league ballparks and was constructed in the 1990s and early 2000s. June 30, 2009 saw a record breaking MLB game in which the Orioles rallied to score 10 runs against the Red Sox after facing a 101 deficit in the 7th inning. This broke the franchise record for the largest comeback, and also the Major League Baseball record for the largest comeback by a last place team over a first place team.
Yankee Stadium, New York City
The current Yankee Stadium in the New York City borough of The Bronx was opened on April 2, 2009. This stadium replaced the erstwhile Yankees Stadium which was built in 1923. Game 2 in the 2009 World Series can go down in history as one of the most memorable games in this stadium. This game against the Phillies was the first in a series of three straight wins for the Yankees and a major turning point in the World Series which the Yankees eventually won.
Fenway Park, Boston
The oldest MLB stadium currently in use, Fenway Park with a capacity of 36,298 has been the home for the Boston Red Sox since 1912. It opened its doors to MLB games on April 20, 1912. Host to scores of memorable MLB games, Fenway Park also hosted Babe Ruth’s last official MLB game.
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Home to the San Francisco Giants, this 41,915 seater with its classic design, was chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. The construction cost of the stadium was $357 million. The outside of the ballpark has five statues, four are dedicated to San Francisco Giants all-time greats Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda and fifth is in memory of San Francisco minor league baseball club San Francisco Seals.
Coors Field, Denver
Home to Colorado Rockies, the Coors Field can accommodate 50,445 people. Reputed to be a home-run friendly Park, the stadium was built in 1995. This stadium hosted the 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
PetCo Park, San Diego
Home to the San Diego Padres, this 42,445 seater in downtown San Diego was opened in 2004. The longest game in the history of PetCo Park was a 22-inning epic between the Padres and Rockies on April 17, 2008. It was the longest MLB game in almost 15 years.
PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Opened during the 2001 MLB season, this ballpark with a capacity of 38,496 is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates. April 9, 2001 witnessed the first official game at this stadium between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The PNC Park, although not a very old stadium, is witness to some of the most memorable games and moments in MLB history.
Turner Field, Atlanta
Turner Field is home to the Atlanta Braves. Opened in 1997 after being a centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Turner Field can seat 50,096 people. The rivalry game at Turner Field between Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia is one of the most attended games in college baseball. This 2004 game drew more crowd than that year’s College World Series games.
10. Safeco Field, Seattle
Home to the Seattle Mariners, the Safeco Field is a retractable roof baseball stadium in Seattle with a seating capacity of 47,116. Safeco Field has hosted playoff games in two seasons. It hosted the 2000 playoff game in which the Mariners won the American League wild card. It also hosted the playoff game in 2001, when they won the American League West. It also hosted the 2001 MLB All-Star Game.


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