Here in North America, we have access to every sport imaginable, but out of all those sports, baseball holds a very special place, which is why it has been played professionally for over 115 years. It is true that the players are the ones responsible for the game's longevity, but it can also be attributed to the fact that the game contains more tradition, lore, and statistics than any other sport in the world. As it currently stands, Major League Baseball is comprised of 30 teams, all of whom are very different, but despite their core differences, they still have some very specific things in common.
Every single MLB team has their own stadium, or ballpark as they are also commonly referred to, and it is where they always play half of the games on their 162-game schedule. Normally, a team will play in the same stadium for about 30 years before having to move into a new building, but in baseball, there are a handful of ballparks that have been around far longer than that. It may not seem like a big deal, but there are a lot of people who take pride in knowing that their team plays in a great stadium, especially when that stadium is an integral part of their team's history. When you take age out of the equation, you will notice that certain baseball stadiums still cannot compare to some of their counterparts, and with this article, we will be ranking every single MLB stadium from the worst all the way to the best.
30 Oakland Alameda Coliseum
For over a decade, the Oakland Athletics have been a tough team to play against, despite the fact that they have one of the lowest payrolls in the majors, and since 1966, they have been playing in Oakland Alameda Coliseum. In the past, the stadium gave fans a great view in center field, but when NFL owner Al Davis added some new bleachers to the stadium for the football team, the view was completely ruined. What really makes the stadium terrible though is the fact that it now has a raw sewage problem, which produces some really foul odors.
29 Tropicana Field
The Tampa Bay Rays entered the majors in 1998, and since the very beginning, they have called Tropicana Field their home, even though the stadium opened 8 years prior to the team’s existence. The Rays have been trying to get a new park for years now, and rightfully so, as the Trop is the only permanent dome left in the majors, which means fans never get to see the sky, and the entire building now echoes every time something happens. The ballpark also comes with catwalks that hang above the field, which are an eyesore, and which cause the implementation of special ground rules in case a ball hits one of them.
28 Rogers Centre
Nearly 30 years ago, the Toronto Blue Jays unveiled the Rogers Centre to the world, even though it was known as the Skydome at the time, and by 1989 standards, the ballpark was truly a sight to behold. Seeing as it came with a retractable roof, a massive scoreboard, and its own hotel, some people believed that the Rogers Centre was going to be a blueprint for most ballparks going forward. Unfortunately, the Rogers Centre has not aged well, to the point that it now looks like an odd and outdated stadium that has no place in Major League Baseball.
27 Guaranteed Rate Field
In 1991, the Chicago White Sox opened their new ballpark, which is now called Guaranteed Rate Park, and unfortunately, the 27-year old stadium has been dull since the day it officially opened. This park is massive, and it comes with symmetrical dimensions and a very vertical upper deck that is not very appealing to the eye. Another thing that really hurts the park is the fact that its view stinks, as fans are able to get a look at a couple of local housing projects instead of the city’s bustling downtown area.
26 Globe Life Park In Arlington
The Texas Rangers moved into their new ballpark in 1994, and since then, it has changed names nearly half a dozen times, but for the time being, it is known as Globe Life Park in Arlington. It is true that the name stinks, but that is not the only unappealing thing about the ballpark, as it is unnecessarily big, and provides the fans with very little protection from the intense Texas heat. To make matters worse, the ballpark also comes with an overhanging upper deck in right field, which completely ruins the symmetry of the entire structure.
25 Marlins Park
The Miami Marlins have been bad for a while now, and now that Giancarlo Stanton is gone, the team will likely be terrible for a couple more years, which means their stadium will continue to be empty. Marlins Park was opened in 2012, and out of every other ballpark on this list, it is the only one that truly looks unique, thanks to all the bright colors and million dollar sculptures. In truth, the stadium feels more like an amusement park than a ballpark, which must not sit well with local fans who were swindled into paying for its construction with their tax dollars.
24 Chase Field
The Arizona Diamondbacks have shown that their team is planning on being competitive for some time, but even if they continue to play as well as they have this season, it will still be difficult for them to sellout games. The team has been playing in Chase Field since 1998, and when you focus on the field itself and the lower bowl, the ballpark still looks great, but when you take the rest of it into account, the restaurants, bars, and swimming pools are just too distracting. The stadium is also WAY TOO BIG, to the point that it looks like it should be housing airplanes instead of baseball games.
23 Great American Ball Park
For some people, the name on their team's stadium means something, so when you name it the Great American Ball Park like the Cincinnati Reds did, you better put a decent team on the field. That has not been the case though, and to be completely honest, aside from the panoramas, the mosaics, and the Spirit of Baseball carving, there is nothing great about the ballpark itself. The stadium's dimensions are too small, and the only decent view it offers is of the Ohio River, which is too far from the stadium to even matter.
22 Citi Field
Shea stadium was a mess, which is why New York Mets fans were thrilled when Citi Field opened in 2009, and although it is far better than its predecessor, it still has its fair share of problems. Citi Field suffers from being way too big, and from having poor lighting, and if you are visiting the ballpark for the first time, you are all but guaranteed to get a little lost as it is confusing just getting to the main concourse. The most glaring problem however is the fact that fans have to deal with planes drowning out the sound of the game every couple of minutes thanks to how close the ballpark is to LaGuardia Airport.
21 Progressive Field
When you have a logo as crude and divisive as the Cleveland Indians' logo, the fact that their stadium is called Progressive Field is just a tad ironic. When the stadium opened in 1994, it was considered to be one of the best ballparks in baseball, but it has lost much of its luster over the past two decades thanks to newer stadiums becoming more distinct and appealing. Essentially, Progressive Field suffers from being quite dull, from the simplistic design all the way to the bland view of the city's downtown area.
20 Nationals Stadium
When the Washington Nationals came over from Montreal, they had to wait for their new ballpark to be built, which is why they did not start playing in Nationals Park until 2008. The U.S. capital has several landmarks, none of which can be seen within the ballpark, which tells you how good the view is, and it does not even have its own quirk to distinguish itself from older stadiums. Ownership may have wanted a unique looking ballpark, but in the end, Nationals Stadium basically looks like the Reds' ballpark with blue seats instead of red ones.
19 Miller Park
The Milwaukee Brewers and their fans have not had much to celebrate lately, but at least they get to see their mascot go down the big slide in left field after one of their players hits a home run. That slide is without a doubt the best part of the ballpark, even though it feels completely out of place, but the outfield panels feel even more out of place due to the fact that there's nothing to see when they are open. The retractable roof is weird as well, as it is oddly shaped, and stops right behind home plate, which as you can imagine, is quite a distracting sight.
18 SunTrust Park
It looks as though the Atlanta Braves are on the verge of being a consistent competitive team once again, and that could not have happened at a better time seeing as they are still breaking in their new stadium. SunTrust Park opened last year, and so far, it feels as though it has given the team a much needed boost in the arm. The stadium is state of the art, with air conditioning on every floor, and LED lights, and it is incredibly fan friendly, as it has more seats closer to the field than any other team in the majors.
17 Citizens Bank Park
Unless this season was a fluke, it looks like the Philadelphia Phillies are set to be competitive in their division once again, which is fitting seeing as they will be celebrating 15 years in Citizens Bank Park next year. In truth, other than the dark red brick bullpen that is also two-tiered, there is nothing overtly special about this ballpark, which is unfortunate seeing as it was built in 2004. Most of the stadiums that find themselves in the middle of the pack look alike, but at least Citizens Bank Park has that unique bullpen.
16 Angel Stadium
Normally, you can tell when a ballpark is old, but if you were to watch an Angels game, there is a good chance that you will not be able to tell that their stadium has actually been around since 1966. It may have been built over 50 years ago, but the reason why it does not look its age is because the entire stadium received a complete renovation in the 90s, which is when the rock fountain was added in center field. The weather always allows fans to enjoy the games, and an added bonus is the fact that Disney Land is only a few minutes away.
15 Busch Stadium
St. Louis is a great city, made even better by the iconic Gateway Arch, which can be seen by baseball fans every time they visit Bush Stadium. The view of the Arch is a highlight for the ballpark, but it is the only real highlight about it, as there is nothing truly distinctive about a stadium with fully symmetrical dimensions and standard seating. It is okay to not be overtly flashy, but when you are a storied franchise like the Cardinals, you should be playing in a top of the line ballpark that is not as bland as Bush Stadium is.
14 Minute Maid Park
Based on their performance, the Houston Astros are capable of winning the World Series again this year, and if they do, hopefully they will win the deciding game in Minute Maid Park this time around. The Astros' ballpark was opened in 2000, and so far, it has aged pretty well, and it has its own little quirks that set it apart from other stadiums. Tal's Hill in center field may be a hazard, but its a unique feature of the park, and although the bullpens are situated at an odd angle in left field, it fits well with the overall feel of this eccentric looking stadium.
13 Petco Field
The San Diego Padres are terrible, and they have been terrible for a while now, and it does not look as if they will be improving anytime soon, which is a shame because of how nice their stadium is. Petco Field was opened in 2004, and although it has not seen much success, it is a well designed stadium that combines modern and retro styles, as evidenced by the fact that part of the old Western Metal Supply Co. building is used as the left field foul pole. It is in center field that you get the best view though, as right behind the fence you have a fantastic beach area.
12 Coors Field
The Colorado Rockies came into the MLB in 1993, but it was not until two years later that they were able to move into their brand new stadium. Coors Field was made to look like a retro ballpark, and as it turns out, that was a wise decision, as the stadium still looks really good, especially since it fits in with downtown Denver so well. Originally, Coors Field had a third deck in right field, but they decided to tear it down and replace it with a party deck, which was another smart move considering how thin the air can get that high up in Denver.
11 Kauffman Stadium
As of right now, there are only two stadiums left in the majors that were built as baseball-only ballparks, and the Kansas City Royals currently play in one of them. Kauffman Stadium first opened in 1973, and although it is not a multi-purpose ballpark like other stadiums that have been built since then, it has still managed to retain a very decent look after more than four decades. In 2004, the stadium underwent a much needed renovation, which added a restaurant, terraces overlooking the fountains, several concourses, a Hall of Fame, and a children's area.
10 Dodger Stadium
Other than the Royals' stadium, Dodger Stadium is the only other baseball-only ballpark left in the majors, and the Dodgers have called it their home since 1962. Dodger Stadium has been around for almost 50 years, and it is indeed starting to show its age, with its cramped seating and outdated PA system, but it still offers a great baseball atmosphere. Believe it or not, the ballpark offers one of the best views in all of baseball, because when you sit in the fourth deck above home plate, you can clearly see the Chavez Ravine and San Gabriel Mountains in the background.
9 Target Field
The Minnesota Twins are slowly becoming a competitive team again, but when they entered their new stadium in 2010, no one thought they would be playing mediocre baseball for several years. Target field is a great looking ballpark, and it comes with its own unique features, especially at left field, which has a limestone wall next to the foul pole, and the Budweiser roof deck that features the only bonfire in the majors. You also have the Twins' incredible original logo over in center field, as well as twin bars and restaurants that can be found in the upper concourses.
8 Comerica Park
The city of Detroit has had its hardships over recent years, but that has not stopped the people from supporting their sports teams, including the Tigers who opened their new park in 2000. Comerica Park may not get a lot of love, but it is a surprisingly well made stadium, one which shows that downtown Detroit actually provides a good view. You have the retired numbers and names of past players above the walls in the outfield, dirt at home plate that looks like home plate, and you also have stone tigers littered throughout the ballpark.
7 Fenway Park
Of all the baseball stadiums that have been built over the course of history, only two have managed to truly stand the test of time, and Fenway Park is one of them. The Red Sox have called Fenway their home since 1912, and the ballpark has sure seen its fair share of legends and historic moments, and although it looks its age, it is still one of the premier parks in baseball. The iconic green monster is still standing strong, and the Pesky Pole in right field is still a challenge for some people, but what really makes Fenway unique, is the atmosphere that you cannot feel anywhere else in baseball.
6 Safeco Field
The Seattle Mariners are yet another team that has seen a resurgence this season, and it has been a long time coming, as they have had very little success since moving to Safeco Field. The stadium opened in 1999, and so far, it is still the best domed ballpark in the majors, mainly because the dome does not close all the way, which is actually good, because it still gives the fans an authentic baseball experience when it drizzles. The ballpark's best features though are the left field bullpens and the overhanging bleachers right above them.
5 Yankee Stadium
In 2008, the New York Yankees said farewell to Yankee Stadium, the legendary ballpark that bore witness to all of the team's 27 Worlds Series wins, and it has since been replaced by the new Yankee Stadium. The new ballpark looks great, and it shares more with its predecessor than just its name, as it looks like the old ballpark too, except fully updated with a couple of changes and additions. The only problem with the stadium though, is the ticket prices, which are so high that many of the lavish seats in the lower bowl are often empty.
4 Camden Yards
The Baltimore Orioles may not be playing all that well, but at least the team still gets to play in the original retro ballpark, and like most things, the original happens to also be the best. Camden Yards officially opened in 1992, and even though it is starting to show its age, it is still one of the best looking ballparks in baseball, thanks in large part to the B&O warehouse in right field, which was incorporated into the stadium's design. Many other stadiums have tried to duplicate Camden Yards, but none of them have come close, which is a testament to how good the Orioles' home is.
3 AT&T Park
It would appear as though the San Francisco Giants are no longer the team they once were, but now that they are temporarily done winning championships, they can enjoy the fact that they still play in AT&T Park. The stadium was opened in 2000, and there are quite a few people who believe that it is the best ballpark in all of baseball, and they can make a pretty convincing argument. When you take into account the giant Coke bottle and glove in left field, the 24 ft. high wall in right field, and the amazing view of McCovey Cove and the Bay Bridge, you end up with an absolutely beautiful ballpark.
2 Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field has been around for 114 years, making it the second oldest stadium in baseball, and like Fenway Park, it continues to offer one of the best atmospheres in sports. You can tell just by looking at it that the ballpark is old, but that is what makes it so special, because there is no other stadium in baseball that has ivy covering the outfield walls. Wrigley Field also sports a classic manual scoreboard and the iconic rooftop seats out in left and right field that have allowed fans to peer into the ballpark for decades.
1 PNC Park
There may be a legitimate debate over which team has the best ballpark, but as it currently stands, there is no doubt that the title belongs to PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates have called this place home since 2001, and it sports multiple special features, including an amazing view of downtown Pittsburgh and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Thanks to its steel trusswork and rhythmic archways, the ballpark exemplifies what made older stadiums so beautiful, but it also comes with many modern amenities as well. It is this combination of young and old that truly makes this stadium spectacular.