Baseball fans of all 30 MLB teams will flock to their respective ballparks starting on the annual Opening Day to watch their favorite teams battle it out with the visitors, who are normally not welcomed in the opposing ballpark unless if a former player on the team returned to that ballpark to play another good old game on a traditional baseball diamond.
Anyhow, just like any other sport, baseball is a sport that involves a ton of competition. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that baseball fans compare and contrast all of the ballparks in North America. Sure, there's a smidgen of jealously involved when comparing and contrasting in everyday life, but the majority of the so-called critics are just wanting to talk about a topic that's usually not spoken about on a regular basis. Baseball is incredibly overshadowed by other sports, primarily football and basketball, in the mainstream media, so look at it as a refreshing breath of fresh air.
And, then there's this list, where I'll be comparing and contrasting 20 different ballparks for better or for worse. Any MLB fan would likely have the goal of visiting every ballpark in the majors. Even if some of these ballparks don't look great from above, it doesn't mean the experience inside the ballpark is subpar. But this list is all about how they look from a bird's eye view.
Here are 10 MLB ballparks that have a stunning aerial view and 10 that look like dumps. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
20 Stunning: AT&T Park
AT&T Park stands along the San Francisco Bay. Not only that, McCovey Cove is a pristine sight for fans to soak in, as its blue waters shine by the right field wall...and it's named after the popular Giants first baseman Willie McCovey.
In a nutshell, AT&T Park is a beautiful ballpark in more ways than one.
If you work in or near the South Beach neighborhood in S.F., you'll likely be able to catch a glimpse of a Giants home game and all the bright lights from a distance without having to get up and walk out the door of the office.
19 Dump: Oakland Coliseum
The A's were one of the most surprising teams in baseball this season. But, as you know, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium for the A's and the Raiders. In this day and age, that's a very outdated concept, as pretty much every other MLB team has its own ballpark.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum never really handled water well. In fact, there has been many instances where sewage issues have occurred in both clubhouses, which was downright smelly due to the odious stink and never-ending pools of water.
The A's have recently made some headway in moving to a new stadium, but that'll be at least another few years.
18 Stunning: Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, may be the oldest ballpark in the National League, but it hasn't lost its charm after all these years. Cubs fans in the state of Illinois and across the country were thrilled when their team finally ended their 108-year World Series drought in 2016. Cubs fans were also relieved that the team made some much needed renovations to the stadium a couple of years ago.
Wrigley Field is a definite perk of living in Chicago's North Side. If you're just stopping by the Windy City, that's fine, too. Wrigley Field won't disappoint either way—especially if you're interested in history.
17 Dump: Tropicana Field
The Rays managed to be a much better team this year than people expected them to be, and they did all of that despite having perhaps the worst ballpark in the majors.
Tropicana Field was built before the city even had a baseball team and it was already outdated by the time it opened. And the ballpark isn't even in Tampa, but rather the neighboring St. Petersburg.
Who builds a cavernous dome for a team in the Sunshine State?
Aside from the low attendance at Rays home games, its cramped atmosphere and poor lighting makes for a lot of problems for the fans.
Tropicana Field isn't much of a beauty, but if you're wanting to know how a local thinks, then go ahead and check it out.
16 Stunning: Citi Field
The Mets may not be the real N.Y. team, but Citi Field boasts a gorgeous aerial view. Citi Field is located in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. Citi Field and officially opened in 2009, so it's a relatively new ballpark in the Empire State.
So if you're interested in spectacular views, (and not necessarily great baseball) you should check out a Mets home game at Citi Field regardless of your MLB team allegiance. Obviously, Yankee Stadium would be fans' first choice if they're going to see a ballgame in New York, but why not knock both off your ballpark list?
15 Dump: Yankee Stadium
Yes, the Yankees are the it team in New York, but that doesn't automatically mean that Yankee Stadium is the ballpark to be.
The Yanks play in Concourse, The Bronx, N.Y. Sure, the Yanks are a team that's rich in history, but this relatively new ballpark opened in 2009 and has arguably fit into the category of new ballparks that should've never been built to begin with. Many fans feel the new Yankee Stadium lacks the atmosphere the old one had and at times feels more like a museum than a ballpark. By all means, knock this off your bucket list, but from a distance, it doesn't look like the mecca of baseball.
14 Stunning: Chase Field
Contrary to popular belief, Chase Field in downtown Phoenix is owned by the Mariposa County Stadium District, not Chase Bank.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are continuing to improve their ballpark with top-notch amenities ranging from a cool swimming pool to a wide range of dining options for your palate.
So if you happen to be in the desert and need a last-minute place to hangout with your friends, stop by Chase Field and soak in a D-Backs game under the warm Arizona sun. It's not the most traditional looking ballpark, but it definitely gives the team a unique home.
13 Dump: Guaranteed Rate Field
To be fair, both Cubs and White Sox fans are super loyal to their respective teams and I have mad respect for these two fanbases.
But, unless the White Sox return to another World Series soon, not a whole lot of visiting fans will flock over to Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago's South Side. Obviously, the South Side is an extremely rough area, and you should proceed with caution if you're a tourist. Moreover, Guaranteed Rate Field is pretty generic, so don't raise your expectations on this basic ballpark. No one's making plans to go to Chicago so they can check out a White Sox game.
12 Stunning: Petco Park
Let's face it, the Padres haven't done anything attention-worthy since 2006 when they won an NL West title. But, the Padres' home of Petco Park is in the heart of downtown San Diego, and that's more than enough to provide a gorgeous home.
Petco Park is worth a closer look, even if you're not a big baseball fan. Why's that? Petco Park is conveniently located near the Santa Fe Depot Station and San Diego Trolley. So if you're attending a Padres day game and want to check out an event at the San Diego Convention Center, you can just hop on the San Diego Trolley and be on your way to your destination. There's also a picnic like seating area in the outfield, so you can have a great time while not even watching the game.
11 Dump: Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia's stadiums are all conveniently located near each other in the same area, but they're not in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. So looking at either Lincoln Financial Field or Citizens Bank Park from the outside doesn't give you that warm feeling of having a stunning surrounding.
To be fair, Citizens Bank Park is a refresher compared to the old, now-demolished Veterans Stadium, but that doesn't mean that its aerial view is amazing.
If you take a closer look at the photo above the text, it looks fairly bleak. Obviously the atmosphere inside is a different story.
10 Stunning: Busch Stadium
Busch Stadium was officially opened in 2006. It was a fresh start for the team, after moving out of the old Busch Memorial Stadium.
Aside from Cards baseball, Busch Stadium has hosted other large sporting events like the 2017 NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues and U.K. based soccer match between Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC. It's a versatile ballpark that boasts a stunning aerial view.
One more thing...If you actually go all the way to the top, you'll be able to see the world-famous St. Louis arch and snap a photo of it.
9 Dump: Progressive Field
Progressive Field, the home of the Cleveland Indians, is literally across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The latter, however, is more lively...especially during a Cavs playoff game.
Progressive Field has been ranked as the MLB's best ballpark in 2008 by a Sports Illustrated fan opinion poll. That doesn't mean that Progressive Field boasts a beautiful aerial view. It simply looks like a ballpark that was placed in the middle of downtown Cleveland. There's nothing wrong with that, as it makes it easier for fans to flock over, but it just looks so blah.
8 Stunning Kauffman Stadium
Kauffman Stadium—the home of the Kansas City Royals—is quite convenient, as it's adjacent from Arrowhead Stadium—the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. It's relatively simple but there's a quaint feeling when looking at it from above.
Seeing some natural grass surrounding the ballpark gives you that old school baseball type feeling.
It's a good thing that Kauffman Stadium underwent a renovation from 2007-2009, but as far as looking at the stadium, it feels like a ballpark every fan should knock off their bucket list. It's too bad the Royals as a team have fallen so far since their World Series win just a few years ago.
7 Dump: Angel Stadium
The Angels really have to take the Los Angeles part out of their name, because this stadium in no way screams Tinseltown. In fact, even for Orange County the aerial view does a bit of a disservice to the gorgeous town it resides in.
The Angels helmets, and of course, the Big A sign are the only standout when looking at this park from the outside. It is one of the older stadiums in the majors and you can't help but wonder how beautiful a ballpark would look in Orange County if it was closer to the beach.
6 Stunning Aerial View: Coors Field
The Colorado Rockies' home—Coors Field—is a breathtaking ballpark that sits in the heart of downtown Denver.
The Mile High City is the right city for you if you're into more pristine views and less city-like bustle.
So if you get a chance to swing on by, Coors Field will not disappoint you. The aerial view of Coors Field gives a nice glimpse of the well-known hitters' ballpark and the super fun downtown Denver. Not to mention, the fan experience in the stadium is very unique, with microbreweries being present in the ballpark. Doesn't get any better than that!
5 Dump: G.A. Ball Park
The Cincinnati Reds moved out of Riverfront Stadium about 20 years ago in favor of their current home, but it looks pretty underwhelming from a distance.
Yes, the Reds hosted the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, but since then, the Reds put in $5 million towards improvements ranging from brand-new bars and up-to-date concession stands. That was certainly a much needed addition, but GABP's aerial view makes it look like a dull ballpark. Unless you're a diehard Reds fan, you probably wouldn't want to step foot into GABP nor would you notice GABP at the corner of your eye in a helicopter.
4 Stunning: Marlins Park
The Miami Marlins' seem like a lost cause and they've been cellar-dwellers for quite a while. But, on a positive note, Marlins Park does have plenty of star power and you could thank the new management team including former Yankees star Derek Jeter for the much-needed improvements in order to attract local and visiting fans.
There's a pool and a nightclub at Marlins Park. So if you like to party like you're in a downtown Miami club, then this ballpark is right for you. If your eyes are desiring more, then check out the aerial view of this ballpark, as it boasts a retractable roof along with tons of colorful artwork.
3 Dump: Camden Yards
The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were one of the worst teams in MLB history, but that's not the only thing that's wrong. Camden Yards has been the O's home since 1992, which hasn't been a really long time, but it appears to be an outdated stadium that has lost its once charming qualities.
To make matters worse, the low attendance rates at O's home games hasn't been helping the overall quality of Baltimore.
Not only do the O's need to bounce back in 2019, Camden Yards also has to go through renovations to improve the fan experience for both local and visiting fans.
2 Stunning Aerial View: Minute Maid Park
The 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros have a home to be proud of. Minute Maid Park may sound generic on paper, but trust me, it's a state-of-the-art ballpark with a retractable roof, natural grass playing field and air conditioning (yes, air conditioning!).
Minute Maid Park's aerial view is also a sight to see in downtown Houston, especially during a warm summer night in DTH. DTH may not be the first metropolitan area in your list of travel destinations, but there's indeed a lot to see in Houston, and this includes the aerial views that never fail to disappoint locals and tourists.
1 Dump: Dodger Stadium
The Dodgers may be the real L.A. team, but its ballpark—Dodger Stadium—isn't the better stadium in Southern California.
Dodger Stadium may be more well-known among regular peeps and A-list celebrities alike, but its aerial view isn't that great from a distance. Also, Chavez Ravine as well as surrounding areas aren't pretty sights to see.
If you want to dig deeper into this topic, an army of construction workers literally moved mountains to build Dodger Stadium in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They shifted eight million cubic yards of earth and rock in the hills above downtown L.A. A ballpark in the downtown L.A. area would be a massive upgrade for the Dodgers.