Twain summed it up best, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Bring a sweater if you plan on attending a night game at this beautiful ballpark on the Bay. It’s conveniently located in downtown San Francisco and honors the Giants history both in the East Bay and New York. Make sure to make pregame visits to the Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda and Juan Marichal statues before taking a walk to McCovey cove. Once inside I recommend heading up to the aptly named View level to enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and East Bay.
Best known for its’ high scoring games, Coors Field is also one of the most underrated ballparks in MLB. The purple row of seats in the Upper Reserve marks the Mile High mark, honoring Denver’s nickname. The retro-classic style ballpark, which is currently the NL’s 3rd oldest, fits well into historic LoDo Denver. Fans travelling to Denver should mindful of the elevation as it does take some time to get used to.
The largest ballpark in terms of capacity, Dodger Stadium is also the cleanest. Chavez Ravine drew the Dodgers away from Brooklyn and it remains beautiful to this day thanks to the full time grounds crew. Dodger Stadium is also unique in that it does not have a traditional home plate gate entrance, fans enter at their seat level, and it is also home to one of the last remaining organists in MLB. All a part of the “Think Blue” culture of baseball in LA. Recent renovations to the 3rd oldest ballpark in MLB have modernized the fan experience without losing the classic Dodger Stadium feel.
I bet you didn’t know Kansas City is home to the second most water fountains in the world, trailing only Rome. This point of pride is prominently displayed beyond Kauffman Stadium’s left-center and right-center fences. At 322 feet, it is the largest privately funded fountain in the world, entertaining fans pre and post-game as well as in-between innings. Another unique feature is the crowned scoreboard in center, a perfect complement to the sole baseball-only facility built between 1966 and 1991. The Royals recent success on the field has highlighted one of the hidden ballpark gems in Major League Baseball.
Opened in 1994 to replace the infamous “Mistake by the Lake” Progressive Field, previously named Jacobs Field, was the final piece to the Indians rebuild. After the strike-shortened 1994 season, the Indians ran off five consecutive Central Division titles and a 455 game sell-out streak at the Jake. However since 2002 the Indians have had trouble drawing crowds to their downtown retro-styled ballpark due in part to the poor economic conditions of Northeast Ohio, averaging less than 20,000 fans the past 4 seasons. The Indians have made renovations to Progressive Field to try and compensate for some of the lost attendance by creating more fan-friendly amenities like Heritage Park in CF, a Party Deck in RF and a Kids Clubhouse in an area once utilized for Suite seats.