Staying with the “best of” and “baseball” themes let’s look at the 10 best places to watch a baseball game.
#10 Coors Field – Denver, CO
Good food, lots of offense, plenty of cheap seats and beautiful Denver, Colorado. It is tough to beat that combination.
#9 PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh isn’t exactly a “tourist” destination but if you are passing through stop and see a ballgame at PNC. It is a really a great tribute to the ballparks of yester-year. Located on the Ohio River it has a great river walk, awesome food, great ambiance and a great view of the Pittsburgh skyline.
#8 Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
I really enjoyed this park when I went to it. It is very comfortable inside the park. The sight lines are really great. It is a “sunken” stadium as the lower box seats and field are below street level. The food is good and the beers are pretty cheap. It is an urban park in a part of Detriot that is “coming back”. It is near the casino, Ford Field and Hockeytown.
#7 AT&T Park – San Fransisco, CA
This park is very beautiful. They built it right on the bay where kayakers and other boaters wait for home run balls. The Promenade lets people peak in on the game for free and sample yummy food while strolling along the China Basin. Everything about the park is really beautiful. It is another park built with elements of the classic old brick and steel ballparks. It has superior sight lines and has plenty of affordable tickets.
#6 The Ballpark at Arlington – Arlington, TX
This park is a classic design of the old ballparks with many element of old Ebbet’s Field. It is a very cozy ballpark with unique outfield walls and a great centerfield porch. Outside the park you can pop in the museum or instruction center for kids. It is another park that is built down below street level.
#5 Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona
Chase Field (formerly the BOB) has classic elements combined with some great modern amenities. You have to mention its signature pool in right field, the kids area behind centerfield and the dirt path to the mound almost immediately. Not to mention it is always 100 degrees plus in the summer so it has a retractable roof and huge HVAC system. You have to love the water cannons erupting when the D-Backs hit a homerun. They also have many suites for price levels of all kinds from box to pool to dugout suites. There is also plenty of affordable parking and good food. This ballpark is a model for all new parks to follow.
#4 Oriole Park and Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD
Oriole Park is a great ballpark. It is faced with a beautiful wrought iron and brick facade to cover up the walkways like in the older, classic ballparks. It’s right field is faced with an old warehouse which also gives it that “throw-back” look. However, the upper deck was built without support beams extending into the lower deck so there are no obstucted view seats. One of the most unique things are the double decker bullpens in centerfield. Kind of weird but neat to see. The food and atmosphere are second to none. Fans belt out belt out “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and enjoy libations and crab legs right outside the park.
#3 Yankee Stadium – Bronx, New York
The house the Ruth built. I could probably just stop there because this historic relic is meeting the wrecking ball next year. However, see it if you can. Check out monument park and touch the bat. It is hard to believe they shrunk this field…it is massive. You have got to love the ornate work on the upper deck roof and on the exterior of the park. They don’t make them like this any more. I don’t think I would want to be a catcher though. If you let one go you will have to run a mile to get it.
#2 Fenway Park – Boston, MA
Fenway is a remarkable ballpark. From the classic exterior elements to the massive green wall in left field, it is easily the best ballpark in the AL. I love the short-porch in right field, also known as Williamsburg, a tribute to the great lefty, Ted Williams. Getting back to the Monster, it contains one of only two remaining manual scoreboards in baseball. Around the park the food is awesome and the streets are shut down to give every home game a kind of festival feel.
#1 Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
Wrigley is the king of all parks. It is in need of dire repair (will probably be closed for the 2009 season) but it is beautiful. I love the ivy covered brick outfield wall and the basket. The manual scoreboard in centerfield is also amazing. If the Cubs are lucky enough to win they fly the large white flag with the blue W at the end of the game. They also have celebrities sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame in the 7th Inning as a tribute to the late, great broadcaster, Harry Carey. Most seats are really nice giving you a great view of the field. The bleachers however are an experience all there own. I call it, the largest singles bar in North America. Simply put, if you don’t like wild parties with booze and half-naked women, get a box seat. Around the park is just as decadant with about 20 bars with a couple of blocks in any direction. You can also join one of many roof top parties looking into the ballpark.