Top Ten Baseball StadiumsTop Ten Baseball Stadiums by Tom Morgan of 1800-Sports
For differing reasons there are some really
terrific ball parks that make up our list of the Top Ten
For differing reasons there are some really terrific ball parks that make up our list of the Top Ten Baseball Stadiums.
1.) Coors Field
Our favorite park for the avid sports bettor. Quite simply because it is the most explosive ballpark in baseball and this translates into a lot of home runs. More importantly, baseball bettors make out big here betting on the OVER.
2.) Yankee Stadium<;/font>
Maybe not the easiest stadium to get to by car outside the five boroughs (not to mention it is in a pretty run down part of the Bronx), but once inside you can feel the spirits of baseball's greats run through your blood. Everyone who is anyone in baseball has either worn the pinstripes or passed through the Bronx.
3.) Wrigley Park
A baseball lover's dream and definitely one of the top ten baseball stadiums. The Ivy, throwing back homers, the guys on the street with gloves waiting for a ball to leave the yard, everyone heading to Murphy's before the game and after (where you used to catch a glimpse of Mark Grace) and absolutely, positively still the best seventh-inning stretch in baseball.
4. Camden Yards
When former Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer became governor of Maryland in the mid-1980s, he helped push plans for a baseball-only stadium through the state legislature. The plans also called for a football-only stadium next door and both would be financed by a new instant lottery game. Construction on an 85-acre site began in June 1989, took 33 months and cost $110 million. The success of Oriole Park at Camden Yards inspired other cities (Cleveland, Denver, etc.) to build their own versions of this new Retro style ballpark. Eli Jacobs, who owned the Orioles when the ballpark was built, wanted to call it Oriole Park. Schaefer preferred Camden Yards. Finally, they agreed on Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
5. PNC Park
PNC Park has now officially "pirated" the title of best stadium in baseball! Why? Because it has the perfect retro feel and cozy intimacy of ballparks past, and all the luxuries and advances of today's superparks. That's not even to mention the dynamic downtown Pittsburgh panorama that bursts upon the scene where the ballpark ends, creating the perfect compliment of sports and urban life.Visit BOVADA and start winning TODAY! Bovada Sportsbook, Casino, Poker Room & Racebook is known in the online gambling industry for having phenomenal customer service, safe and secure deposit methods, fast & easy payouts and terrific bonuses! Don't wait another day, BET on Sports and Play Poker right now at BOVADA SPORTS and receive a 50% FREE BET up to $250 on your first deposit!!
6. Safeco Field
Name another park where you can sit in the outfield, watch the game, and see the sun set over the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, all at the same time?
7. Jacobs Field
Despite its modern luxuries, Jacobs Field has some of the features of classic ballparks. The field is asymmetrical, and bleachers sit atop a 19-foot left-field wall. Because the park isn't completely enclosed, fans can look out over the buildings of downtown Cleveland.
Jacobs Field is similar in look and feel to Baltimore's Camden Yards, opened two years earlier. But the Indians did some things with their ballpark that the Orioles didn't. The seats down both lines are angled towards home plate so that fans don't need to turn their heads to watch the game. An area behind first base is designated Kidsland, with special concessions and features. Then there are the bullpens, which feature three mounds. As in Baltimore, the bullpens are raised above the playing field so that fans can see who is warming up. A picnic area is located behind the outfield fence, just as in Baltimore.
8. Dodger Stadium
Number eight of the top ten baseball stadiums making up
our list, Dodger Stadium. Since 1962, the beauty of
Dodger Stadium has awed spectators with its incredible
breath-taking view of downtown Los Angeles to the south;
green, tree-lined Elysian hills to the north and east; and
the San Gabriel Mountains beyond.
The Dodgers made plenty of changes in 1999 to upgrade the park including the addition of added new field level seats down the foul lines beyond the dugouts and a new expanded dugout section with an adjacent club area. In addition, suites were added on the Club Level to provide amenities that are now available at every other Major League ballpark. In 2003, a new scoreboard, Dodger Vision video board and cutting edge control room were added to enhance the overall fan experience.
Dodger Stadium field was named the best in baseball by Sports Illustrated in 2003 in a poll of Major League players.
9. Pacific Bell Park
Not only for the beauty and design of the
ballpark, and how it was built with all the modern
conveniences along with a hint of the past with its brick
exterior and its manual scoreboards. But also the truly
unique features, such as the short porch to McCovey Cove,
the right field wall where pedestrians can watch the game
"for free," the way the seats all turn toward home plate,
and the closeness you feel to your team due to the limited
amount of foul ground surrounding the field.
10. Fenway Park
And rounding out our top ten baseball stadiums is Fenway Park. The Green Monster, the lone red seat in the bleachers, the uncomfortable wooden seats in the grandstands, Fenway Franks, Field of Dreams, the Curse of the Bambino, natural grass -- it's all a part of the Fenway mystique. And it's all a part of anyone who's ever gone to a game in its friendly confines. Fenway, simply put, is the way baseball is supposed to be. Too bad the Red Sox play there!
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--- by Tom Morgan at 1800-sports.com on January 24, 2006
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