If you’re thinking that Major League Baseball stadiums are just for sports fans, you would be wrong! MLB ballparks are iconic landmarks ingrained in American sports culture. Not only are they the setting for some legendary moments in sporting history, they are also architecturally stunning and, in some cases, simply awe-inspiring. What’s not to love?!
So, whether you’re looking to go all out on a luxury trip to watch a game or you want to give yourself a weekend getaway on a budget, there is an MLB stadium out there worth making the journey for!
WRIGLEY FIELD, CHICAGO CUBS
Home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest Major League baseball field after Fenway Park.
Possibly the most recognized field of all time, Wrigley has a whole host of distinctive features that make it a truly unique place to visit. With its hand-turned scoreboard, ivy-covered outfield wall and very unusual wind patterns due to the nearby Lake Michigan, this stadium is high on the lists of sports enthusiasts around the globe.
FENWAY PARK, BOSTON RED SOX
Possibly the most iconic sports stadium of all time, Fenway Park was built in 1912, making it the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
One of the most distinctive features of the arena is the “Green Monster”: a 37-foot-tall left field wall, which is a popular target for right-handed hitters. Although it seats less than 40,000 fans, Fenway Park also has one of the shortest right field lines in MLB, which makes for super interesting games. The surrounding area has been the subject of many developments in the 21st century and now has plenty of first-class restaurants and hotels to choose from.
DODGER STADIUM, LOS ANGELES DODGERS
It is no coincidence that the Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the most impressive stadiums and are also among the favorite teams for winning the National League West (and subsequently qualify for being part of the World Series) according to the main bookmakers. The largest stadium in MLB, housing 56,000 seats, Dodger Stadium often hosts more than 3 million fans in one season. Although it is not much to look at from the outside, as soon as you enter the ballpark, its sheer scale and unique features combine to make this one of the most favored arenas in MLB. Grab a Dodger Dog and watch the iconic mid-70’s scoreboard light up as the game gets underway.
PETCO PARK, PADRES
First opened in 2004, Petco Park was hailed as a super modern alternative to the old-school arenas on the list.
Comfortably seating more than 40,000 fans, the stadium is known for its beautiful architecture and its affordable ‘Park at the Park’ ticket option for fans who need to watch their wallets. Get a Park in the Park ticket for $10, set up a blanket and a picnic and catch the game from the raised grassed park or head to the higher seats to take in the stunning views of the San Diego skyline as the sun sets.
ORACLE PARK, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Located on the south beach section of San Francisco Bay, the incredible ocean views from Oracle Park make it one of the most impressive stadiums in Major League Baseball.
Home of the San Francisco Giants, Oracle Park was built in 2000 and offers spectators great views from pretty much anywhere in its gigantic, 44,000 seat stadium. The higher you sit, the more you can see the ocean – so fans love to head to the top two tiers to get the best of the game and the surrounding views. Others have been known to paddle up alongside the ballpark to catch the game from their boats and kayaks.
So, there you have it, some of the best MLB ballparks in the United States. Bet you never expected to want to visit so many baseball fields before! The only problem is choosing which one to visit first…