Weekly Dime–The Top 10 Major League Ballparks

Being the big Baseball fan that I am, I enjoy taking in the beauty and entertainment value that many of the Major League Ballparks offer.

Granted many fans tend to favor all the historical choices (Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, etc.), but due to their history, I decided to be fair and just pick the Ballparks that deserve to be in the “Top 10.”

#10: PNC Park 

Opened In: 2001

Capacity: 38,362

Liked: This is a ballpark with a beautiful skyline and darn near awesome place to go see a game. It has a great view of downtown Pittsburgh, along with the cars crossing back and forth the Roberto Clemente Bridge. I had the chance to drive by this ballpark when staying in Downtown Pittsburgh in July of 2020.

Disliked: When we visited this ballpark, it was during COVID and there were very strict lockdowns. I would have loved to go to a game with my family, even though the Pirates aren’t my favorite team. The city of Pittsburgh is just beautiful, with lots of cool people living there.

#9: Citizens Bank Park

Opened In: 2004

Capacity: 43,651

Liked: This ballpark is another gem to go watch a baseball game and see the Phillies play. With a two layered bullpen and just enough seating, this park could be a blueprint for a team either looking to build a new stadium or relocate to. Take a hint Vegas.

Disliked: I wish we could see a better view of downtown Philadelphia from all different seat locations in the ballpark. How it is fair that only fans in the upper deck have the best view of looking over the city skyline, but the fans near the first base dugout can’t. Isn’t this supposed to be, “The City of Brotherly Love”.

#8: Minute Maid Park

Opened In: 2000

Capacity: 42,060

Liked: They say, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Uh. No. in Houston, you don’t just make any regular lemonade out of lemons, you make Minute Maid Ballpark. This part is anything but sour as it has some killer features and parts to it. My favorite part is the train filled with fake oranges in it. Why is that train so cool? Well, it moves across the track every time a player for the Astros hits a home-run. And, it looks so authentic.

Disliked: Why is this Ballpark so strangely designed?  The left deck is amazingly short and the left center field surface is incredibly oddly shaped!  It definitely boosts itself as one of the most unique Ballparks to visit!

#7: Progressive Field

Opened In: 1994

Capacity: 42,487

Liked: Progressive Field is a nice looking ballpark for being built in 1994. It has a nice view of downtown Cleveland and contains a state-of-the-art video scoreboard. Also, if you’re a suite person like myself, you’re going to love sitting in the many suites the park has down the third base line. 

Disliked: While having so many suites down the visitor’s dugout, that is why the upper deck is unconventionally placed higher at their field. Other ballparks have traditional looking upper decks, so they don’t have to worry about putting so many suites on the other side of the field.

#6: Fenway Park

Opened In: 1912

Capacity: 37,499

Liked: My family and I went to a Red Sox-Blue Jays game in June of last year, and wow, what a historical venue Fenway Park is. One of the oldest parks in the MLB, you can see the city of Boston behind the stadium and that famous “Green Monster” is still there. While some people may get sick of hearing “Sweet Caroline” in the bottom of the eighth inning, you never will get tired of singing, “But I love that Dirty Water, Boston you’re my Home” when the Sox’s Win.

Disliked: My family and I had to hide the fact we like the New York Yankees, but luckily, the Sox were playing the Blue Jays. What was cool though was I got to see Vlad Guerrero Jr. tie the game with one hit of a bat like his pops, Vlad Sr. did when he played. Plus you have to admit, the “Green Monster” is cool to see, even if you’re not a Sox fan.

#5: Rogers Centre

Opened In: 1989

Capacity: 49,282

Liked: Back in August of 2002, my Uncle booked us a trip to Toronto. One of the coolest memories I have there was going inside the Hard Rock Cafe at that time known as the ‘SkyDome’. Now called the Rogers Centre, this Ballpark is very cool for indoor baseball. It’s comfortable, big, and it has a hotel inside the stadium too.

Disliked: The only issue with the Rogers Centre is it doesn’t look as futuristic as it did when it was built back in 1989. Why it was so special then was because no other ballpark had a domed roof that had a view of the skyline. Also, it was one of the first stadiums to put a hotel inside it. Nowadays, stadiums cost billions so every stadium has the resources to make a new stadium look new.

#4: Globe Life Field

Opened In: 2020

Capacity: 40,300 

Liked: The Texas Rangers definitely received an A+ for putting a retractable roof over their new stadium. It makes sense as it gets very very hot in Texas, which makes it harder to play day games. It even scored points when they filled their Ballpark on opening day of the 2021 MLB season. Remember when ballparks were limited to how many fans they could host. Well, that’s over with. Anyway, this ballpark looks like it is going to be a hit for years to come.

Disliked: Why did it take the Rangers and the State of Texas until 2020 to realize that they needed a Ballpark to combat the heat in the summers of the Lone Star State? The Astros figured that out right away when  Minute Maid Park was built in 2000. Well, at least they already have figured out that retractable roofs work. Yes, Buffalo Bills, I’m talking to you.

#3: Coors Field

Opened In: 1995

Capacity: 50,398

Liked: Coors Field is truly a Mile High, Classic brick and steel ballpark. This park is one of the largest in the league and during the Rockies first two seasons, the park drew immense crowd sizes in 1995 and 1996. To cut down on the madness, workers tore down the third deck in right field and now it is a party zone for fans. Still, I’d rather have a ballpark built too big than too small. This was a good problem to have.

Disliked: Why was it a problem that the stadium was too big? They didn’t have to trim down the capacity size. That to me is what I call making a big deal out of nothing. I have a solution so simple you’re going to love it. Maybe you could try lowering the ticket prices?

#2: City Field

Opened In: 2009

Capacity: 41,922

Liked: This ballpark has a great mixture of new and old to it. The stadium is of course mostly blue and orange to resemble the Mets team colors. It has escalators that divide the variety of concourses in the park. While it is not perfect, it is much better than Shea Stadium which was clear that after 2008, there needed to be a new ballpark for the Mets. And you can take the Subway from Yankee Stadium to Citi Field.

Disliked: While Citi Field gives you extreme views from all over the Ballpark, you may be bothered by all the airplane noise you hear while airplanes are taking off at nearby LaGuardia Airport.

#1: Yankee Stadium

Opened In: 2009

Capacity: 49,642

Liked: As a big Yankees fan, I had the opportunity to go see the Yankees at both the old and new stadiums. I loved Monument Park at both stadiums as no other ballpark had anything as special to remember legendary players. My grandfather was one of the biggest Yankee fans around, so we were able to take him to both stadiums before he sadly passed away in 2012. While both parks were great, the new stadium is a bigger and newer replica of the old stadium. While the old stadium was legendary, the new stadium’s concourses are much less narrow and you feel less claustrophobic around people than you did at the old stadium.

Disliked: The new stadium will never replace the iconic old stadium, even though the new stadium has safer concourses to walk by. They probably could have renovated the old stadium like they have done with Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, but sadly the old Yankee Stadium has to go as the spaces and concourses are too tight for fans to enter and leave the ballpark.

While everyone may have a different opinion on their “Top 10” Choices of Ballparks in the MLB, even Texas Rangers Manager Chris Woodward has choice words for the City That Never Sleeps.

On Sunday May 8, 2022, Gleyber Torres hit a home run in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers and this is Woodward’s opinion of Yankee Stadium:

Just to be fair, Woodward did say that he regretted his postgame remarks.  “Probably bad words on my part,” he said Monday. “I gave it a layup for a lot of people. But listen, I meant no disrespect, obviously, to this place. And it’s obviously a world-class organization, ballpark. I talk about it as always being one of my favorite places to play.”

Torres had this to say after the game. “Both teams play in the same ballpark.  It’s the same dimension.  I feel good to hit a walk-off homer in the Little League ballpark.”

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8 thoughts on “Weekly Dime–The Top 10 Major League Ballparks

  1. Cool article. I like the fact you offered your own perspective on the parks you visited! Go Yankees!

  2. Jamie,

    You have good taste! Go check out Camden Yards in Baltimore. The Cubs park is nostalgic too. Some day you have to check out a game from the roof top homes outside the stadium. Or maybe take a dip in the pool at the diamond backs stadium.

  3. Great article! I have only been to yankee stadium. This will inspire me to check out the others on your list!

  4. Nice synopsis of the stadiums… That’s a lot of work. At the end of the day baseball and the Yankees are one in the same, and they give all other teams something to aspire to!

  5. Where’s Wrigley field? And fenway at 6? Sounds like your Yankee Fandom is showing lol

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