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The Best Baseball Stadiums to Visit in the U.S.
April 10, 2019
They say home is where the heart is, but we think it’s wherever your favorite baseball stadium is. Whether your happy place involves rooting for your home team with a Dodger Dog in hand or taking in views of the San Francisco Bay, our list of the best baseball stadiums to visit in the U.S. may have you planning a bucket list stadium tour. Find out which stadiums made the cut, from the most historic to the best of the Southern states and everything in between.
San Diego, CA
Located in downtown San Diego within close proximity of bars, restaurants, and Knockaround HQ, Petco Park was built around the Western Metal Supply Co. building, a pre-existing brick structure that was declared a historic landmark in 1978. Open-air, with views of the skyline all around, the Padres’ home stadium features over 42,000 seats, post-game concerts, a wide selection of craft beer and local food vendors, and a nearly three-acre park featuring trees, a picnic area, and even a mini baseball diamond. Like to mix beach time with game time? Petco Park has its own sandy area, complete with lounge chairs, where kids and adults can play and hang out while watching the game.
Los Angeles, CA
The third oldest baseball stadium in the U.S., Dodger Stadium is so good we can see why the Dodgers abandoned Brooklyn for it. Carved into the hillside of Chavez Ravine and overlooking downtown LA to the south, Dodger Stadium has enjoyed a series of epic moments in baseball history, from Sandy Koufax's fabled perfect game in 1965 to Kirk Gibson's walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Since 1962, Dodger Stadium has hosted more than 147 million fans and is the largest—not just in our list of MLB stadiums, but among all stadiums in the country. Beyond world-famous Dodger Dogs, the stadium serves an impressive array of options for foodies, like Cheet-O-Lotes, tortas, churro cakes, and more.
San Francisco, CA
If you’re wondering how many MLB stadiums there are with incredible views beyond what’s happening on the field, Oracle Park wins. Home of the Giants, the stadium combines classic design with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, so forgive yourself if you get distracted from the game. Open since 2000, Oracle Park houses over 42,000 seats and nearly 70 luxury suites, and was awarded a LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance, making it "the greenest ballpark in the United States." Feast on crab at Crazy Crab’z Sandwich or upscale bar food at The Great House of Brews. Beyond Giants games, the waterfront complex is used year-round for races, concerts, and performances.
The oldest stadium in the country, Fenway Park opened in 1912 and has maintained many of its classic features, like its jewel-box design and its steel and concrete aesthetic. But, over the years, modern upgrades have been added to the home of the Red Sox without disrupting its historic charm. These include enhanced technology to keep fans connected and the new Jim Beam Dugout area, which allows spectators to watch the game the way their favorite players do. Other unique features of the stadium include The Green Monster, a 37-foot wall in left field, the stadium’s hand-operated scoreboards (one of the last remaining in all of baseball), and Pesky's Pole, a right-field foul pole that often collides with would-be home runs.
New York, NY
Originally built in 1923, the new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 with upgraded modern features and increased luxury seats. Still located in the Bronx borough of New York City, the stadium is home to must-see features, including the Babe Ruth Plaza, a public park open year-round, which retells the life of legendary Babe Ruth. Inside the stadium, don’t miss the New York Yankees Museum, located on the Main Level near Gate 6, which boasts memorabilia, life-size statues, and exhibits dedicated to the team's history. Seats within the stadium are plentiful with more than 54,000, and the food is just impressive, like Brooklyn-based Big Mozz with its extra-stretchy mozzarella sticks, vegan burgers at Bareburger, and iconic Grand Slam Shakes.
Home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field combines retro and modern seamlessly with its hand-operated scoreboard and classic ivy-covered outfield fence. Named for the chewing gum magnate, the stadium opened in 1914 and features over 41,000 seats, including adjacent rooftop seats. On sunny days, check out Gallagher Way, formerly known as The Park at Wrigley. This open-air backyard is a good place to stretch out during game time or watch a concert in off-season.
St. Louis, MO
Referred to by some as one of the best MLB stadiums in the south, Busch Stadium features 46,700 seats and wide, open concourses, where spectators can take in sweeping views of downtown St. Louis. If the game gets too tense, wander over to the U.S. Cellular Family Pavilion, tucked away under the right field bleachers, where you’ll find batting cages, video games, and more entertainment. The retro-style downtown stadium, which opened in 2006, made history that year when it became the first team in almost 100 years to win a World Series Championship in the inaugural season of a new ballpark.
Written by Erica Garza for Knockaround.