Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5313 posts, RR: 53 Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
With the baseball season getting ready to start, I know there are plenty of fans out there jonesing for the smell of fresh-cut grass, hearing a fastball come to rest in the catcher's mitt and watching a booming (non-juiced) homer fly over the outfield wall. Self explanatory thread - list all the baseball parks you've visited, both major and minor league, and which was your favorite and least favorite.
Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)
Capital City Stadium (Columbia, SC)
Joseph P. Riley Ballpark (Charleston, SC)
Knights Stadium (Fort Mill, SC)
McCormick Field (Asheville, NC)
And this season I hope to add:
PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA)
Coastal Federal Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, NC)
Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium (Kannapolis, NC)
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)
Lake Olmstead Stadium (Augusta, GA)
L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, NC)
Municipal Stadium (Greenville, SC)
I'd say my favorite was McCormick Field. A real historic field that was renovated in the last decade, but you could just feel the history in the place where Ruth had his "Bellyache Heard 'Round the World," where the quickest game of professional baseball took place (it took just 31 minutes to play a full 9 innings), and where Thomas Wolfe was a batboy. To this day it's a pretty simple park, but very family and fan friendly. No luxury boxes, no exploding scoreboards, no jumbo video screen to keep the kids entertained - just a wall in right field that's only 2 feet shorter than the Monster, a view of the mountains, and the game. It's definitely not an experience to be missed.
Least favorite field would be Knights Stadium. As opposed to McCormick, or even Joseph P. Riley (which is another fun park, there's just no history there), it feels so...sterile. To start off, it's the home of the Charlotte Knights. Problem is the team doesn't play IN Charlotte - or in NC at all. Fort Mill is about 20 miles from Charlotte, so attendance is VERY light, even though it's AAA baseball. The stadium seats about 10,000, but when I went there, I think there were maybe 500 total who showed up for the game. No view to speak of, the fences are covered in ads (literally...only the batter's eye portion of the outfield wall is blank), exposed concrete everywhere..the place just has no soul to it.
So where have you been and wdhat did you like?
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 38 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1910 times:
Here's my list:
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
Edison Field/Anaheim Stadium-whatever they're calling it today (Anaheim, CA)
Qualcomm Stadium-formerly Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego)
Coors Field (Denver)
Arlington Stadium-old Texas Rangers park (Arlington, TX)
The Ballpark at Arlington-new Texas Rangers park (Arlington, TX)
Minute Maid Park (Houston)
County Stadium-old Milwaukee Brewers park (Milwaukee)
Turner Field (Atlanta)
Zephyr Field ([Metairie, LA] New Orleans)
Privateer Park-old New Orleans Zephyrs park (New Orleans)
A no brainer here, it's Dodger Stadium. The view beyond the outfield is the best in baseball, the Dodger Dogs are the best hot dogs, and view from the back of the top deck overlooking downtown L.A. is pretty cool.
Probably Privateer Park here in town. It's a very small college stadium that had to be rushed into use for the Zephyrs when they moved down here from Denver (the year the Rockies began playing major league). Not much more than 2,000 high school football stadium style seats, limited concessions, etc.
Tom at MSY
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1908 times:
Coors Field, Denver, CO - my one and only baseball experience, Rockies vs. KC Royals, which I thoroughly enjoyed ! Had lot of traditional junk food, and once the "three outs" rule was explained to me (coming from a cricketing tradition, I assumed everyone got to bat each innings, which seemed to me would take AGES !) I really got into the game. Coors Field was great, built in a sort of post-industrial style mimicking turn of the century ball parks (lots of brick and exposed ironwork), we had good seats in the shade above some or other field (left ? right ? in ? out ? who knows - we could see everything though.).
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1902 times:
Whatever The Los Angeles Angels are calling their Stadium these days
Dodger Stadium - Best hot dog ever...Jumbo Dodger Dog.
Fenway Park - Lots of history and great experience...should be replaced by a dome with turf though.
Yankee Stadium - I hate the Yankees, you you felt baseball the minute you walked into the place.
Shea Stadium - Nothing better than the big ass apple...I think. That or watching jets on approach to LGA.
Jacob's Field - Great park
Comerica Park - Phenomenal place to catch a game
I hope to add PNC Park this year with Garnetpalmetto
Silver Stadium (old Stadium for the Rochester Redwings AAA - Great old time feel from the ball park)
Frontier Field - Current home of the Redwings. Great park to watch a game.
The Stadium the Savannah Sand Knats play in, forgot the name
MacCarther Stadium in Sorrycuse
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1899 times:
Major League Parks:
Wrigley Field - Chicago: Classic ballpark that never gets old for me (excuse the pun). I've watched games there from pretty much every angle, up front, last row of the upper deck, the bleachers, the rooftops across the street.
US Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park) - Chicago: Nice park that gets a bad rap. Not as good a neighborhood as Wrigley but it is getting better.
Miller Park - Milwaukee: Pretty cool park, even if the retracting roof looks like a vulva. Great sausages!
Busch Stadium - St. Louis: Pretty good for a '60's-era multipurpose stadium. I like what the Cards have done to make it look more like a pure baseball-only stadium.
Puerto Rican winter league parks:
Estadio Hiram Bithorn - San Juan: The Expos played here for a few games the last two years. I didn't see them play but I did catch some winter ball games of the former San Juan Metros and Senators (now Carolina Giants) and the Santurce Crabbers. Hopefully they fixed it up for the Expos because the place was falling apart when I used to go.
Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel - Bayamon: Caught a couple of Bayamon Cowboy games before they folded.
My favorite of these is Wrigley Field because it is simply a timeless classic. The ivy, the hand operated scoreboard, the history...it's truly a great experience. Then again I might be biased being a big Cub fan and all, but there are a few places I'd rather go to catch a ballgame.
This year I'm planning on going to Yankee Stadium (the Cubs play there this year) and Tropicana Field in St. Pete, FL (I'll be in town during a D-Rays homestand). Depending on cash flow and time, I'll probably try to hit up PNC Park in Pittsburgh and/or the Great American Ballpark in Cincy.
S12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1892 times:
Major League parks:
The King Dome (Old home of the Seattle Mariners)
Safeco Feild (New home of the Seattle Mariners)
Network Associates Collesium
Bank One Ballpark
Comisky Park (Now named US Cellular Feild...or US Sell Your Soul Feild)
Pac Bell Park (Now named SBC Park)
Minor League parks:
Civic Stadium (Eugene Emeralds, single A)
Volcanoe Stadium (Salem/Keizer Volcanoes, single A)
PGE Park (Formarly Portland Rockies, now Portland Beavers, formarly Civic Stadium, formarly single A, now tripple A)
Memorial Stadium (Boise Hawks, single A)
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1850 times:
Hmm...in no particular order (I haven't seen games in all of these, but have at least stepped foot inside the stadium either by organized tour or just being allowed to go in since I am a stadium fan, its the third of my three major interests besides aviation & mountains):
* denotes game seen in facility
- Jack Murphy Stadium (now Qualcomm Stadium), San Diego
- Memorial Stadium, Baltimore *
- Camden Yards, Baltimore *
- Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia *
- Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia *
- Wrigley Field, Chicago *
- Fenway Park, Boston *
- Pro Player Stadium (now Dolphins Stadium), Miami area*
- Turner Field, Atlanta
- Skydome (now Rogers Centre), Toronto
- Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Minor league/spring training:
-Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale*
To be added this season: Coors Field, Denver
Edit: forgot our Canadian friends to the north...oops!
[Edited 2005-03-29 20:53:19]
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Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, circa 1993, Wrigley Field, CHI
Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A's, September 2004, The Ballpark at Arlington, DFW
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres, October 2004, Bank One, PHX
I didn't realize that all of these ballparks were at the respective airports.
As for me:
Fenway Park - dozens of times
Yankee Stadium - once in 1987 Yanks vs. Angels.
Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati in 1975. Reds vs. Padres. Little did I know that we'd be seeing the Reds in October later that year.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1846 times:
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Atlanta Fulton Co. Stadium
Three Rivers Stadium
Ballpark at Arlington (now Ameriquest Field)
The Big 'A'/Edison Field
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8818 posts, RR: 12 Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
This year, I do want to try and do a few baseball trips...maybe do a Washington swing and hit up Camden Yards and RFK, and maybe a West Coast swing to get Petco Park (on top of Angel Stadium and Dodger Stadium again). I'm also going to try and get to Citizens Bank Park with some relatives this summer.
For minor leagues, I've only been to LeLacheur Field in Lowell, MA (home of the Spinners). With easy access to major league games, I do go to those (especially when you have access to box seats at Fenway a few times a year).
LBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
My first and only visit to date was to Wrigley Field (it was a 3,500 mile trip for me though!). The wife has also been to US Cellular Field and preferred Wrigley Field. Hopefully we'll be back across the pond in late summer so a trip to one of the NY stadiums may be on the cards.
Looking forward to the new season which starts on NASN in the UK this weekend.
Jaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
I went to SBC Park last year. Didn't totally understand what was going on, and I had nothing to compare it too, but it was ok. Apparently the game was pretty crap by normal standards according to the regulars. Was bloody cold sitting near the back as it got darker...
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4241 posts, RR: 53 Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1766 times:
The Ballpark at Arlington (now Ameriquest Field at Arlington)
Round Rock, TX
Spring Training (Home team, don't remember the stadium):
And also the old San Francisco Giants training complex outside of Casa Grande, AZ, the place where Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Juan Marachail, and Casey Stengel (when he was manager) walked the sidelines.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10720 posts, RR: 16 Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1756 times:
It is hard to miss Volcano Stadium in Keizer, Oregon since it is on I-5 LOL
I have been to:
PGE Park, Portland OR
Coors Field, Denver CO
Safeco Field, Seattle WA
Kingdome, Seattle WA
TRAC, Pasco WA
Franklin Covey Field, Salt Lake City UT
Cheney Stadium, Tacoma WA
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles CA
BC Place Stadium, Vancouver BC (I don't think they play baseball there anymore)
I have driven by Angles Stadium in Anaheim, Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, and 3COM Park in San Francisco: Can't really visit stadiums in an 18-wheeler!
Life in the wall is a drag.
25 KAUST: I have been to: 3Com (Candlestick) Park Busch Stadium Minute Maid Park The Ballpark in Arlington Arlington Stadium The Astrodome Coors Field And in th
26 DeltaFFinDFW: For me: Major league (AL): Safeco Field Ballpark at Arlington Oakland-Network Assoc. Edison Field - Anaheim Metrodome Comiskey Old Tiger Stadium Kauff
27 LTBEWR: Been only to 3, and only 2 for games: Yankee Stadium Shea Stadium Olympic Stadium, Montreal, QB Canada. On part of a tour of the olympic complex there
28 Dvk: Candlestick Park and Busch Stadium are it, for me.
29 LH423: Fenway Park, Boston Camden Yards, Baltimore Stade olympique, Montréal Candlestick Park, San Francisco LH423
30 Cumulonimbus: Memorial Stadium. Camden Yards. Fenway Park Veterens stadium. A couple A.netters are Planning to go to a BaseBall game here in Baltimore with me this
31 FLAIRPORT: BEEN IN: Turner Field Fulton County Stadium Dolphins Stadium been by: Yankees Stadium Shea Stadium I also am the co-announcer and scoreboard operator
32 Delta767300ER: Atlanta Fulton County Stadium: I loved this place. It was an awesome venue even though it was old. Bank One Ballpark: I saw part of it built in 1996 a
33 FlyMIA: Well played tons of Baseball parks. But professional and College. Marklight Stadium for UM. Dolphin Stadium ( Proplayer, hope DHL gets the name. Veter
34 KAUST: For those others besides me who went to Candlestick, what time of year, and what were the weather conditions like? I saw a game there, Giants - Mets,
35 PJ295: In the Majors Turner Field (Home ball club I try to catch at least 3 games a month during the season) (I have tickets for Saturday nights exhibition g
36 Yokohama1970: MLB: Fenway Park, Oriole Park @ Camden Yards, Jacob's Field, PNC Park & Bank One Ballpark Minor League: McCoy Stadium In Pawtucket, RI GarnettPalmetto
37 Allstarflyer: Dude, you're awesome. I hope my list gets up there soon. -Wrigley Field -Old Comiskey -New Comiskey -Old County Stadium (Milwaukee) -Yankee Stadium -
38 Garnetpalmetto: Three Rivers was in Pittsburgh before it was imploded (the stadium, not the city) - did you mean Riverfront Stadium?
39 CactusA319: Eh, Riverfront, Three Rivers and Veterans Stadium all looked the same anyway. Who can really tell?
40 Allstarflyer: Sorry - always screw up the name - we'd go by the stadium every time we'd go through Cincy. Good call, Garnett and thx for the correction. -R
41 Clrd2go: Fenway Park Candlestick Park Exhibition Park (or whatever the name of the original Blue Jays home was called) Oriole Park at Camden Yards Jim
42 Mham001: Quite few including the last series at old Comminsky and the old Brewers dump. Another torn-down notable(or not), Sick's Stadium in Seattle. The absol