Monday, July 29, 2013

Ranking the MLB Parks 20-11

Part 2 of a 4 part 'series' of posts. All of the photos are from the seats I was sitting in.

20) Rangers Ballpark at Arlington (Arlington)- I truly believe the Braves modeled their park after this one. I can't tell the difference between the 2. Anyways, it's in the middle of nowhere (Cowboys Stadium is now nearby) and bland as all getout. Mediocre food, seats seem far away from the field, and parking kinda sucks.

19) Angels Field of Anaheim (Anaheim/LA)- Admittedly, this one is kinda vague to me as I went over 10yrs ago to see the Yankees play. Neighborhood was 'eh' and the park itself wasn't anything special to me. It was a side trip on the way back from Vegas.

18) Progressive Field (Cleveland)- Despite Drew Carey's claim, Cleveland does not rock. The ballpark is very nice inside, but the atmosphere around the place has a lot to be desired. Food was 'meh', but their souvenir cup is sweet (Note- I started collecting cups back in 08).

17) Citi Field (Flushing, NY)- an overprice venue that IMO isn't much better than the orange toilet bowl it replaced called Shea Stadium. Crappy food, overpriced seats, but the park itself is very nice. Not $800 million nice, but nice.

16) Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati)- I like the location (close to downtown), but then you realize it's Cincy and you say... dang, this is downtown Cincy? Interior of the park is nice and it lived up to its rep as a HR friendly place the night I was there

15) Miller Park (Milwaukee)- originally I had this place higher, but as I visited the final 10 parks they kept being pushed back. Retractable roof is nice, stadium itself looks great, and the food was decent, but I didn't see anything around the park to do. Mind you, I flew in there about 30 minutes before the game, drove straight there, and left in the 6th to head south to...

14) Wrigley Field (Chicago)- awesome neighborhood surrounding, interior of the park left me let down. Probably didn't help that I drove 2hrs to it, sat in possibly the coldest May game I can remember (bought a $75 Cubs sweater right before the game) and ran for the train in the 6th when I couldn't shiver anymore. Regardless, It made the top 1/2 so considering all the new parks I think that's pretty good.

13) US Cellular Field (Chicago)- I had VERY low expectations of this place. I was told it was a bad part of town (that seems to be true), but upon walking to it I was impressed with the structure. Parking was $10 and it was about a 10 minute walk which is fine in daylight hours. About the park... great seating, good brat, and was 'surprised' that I could spend $30 for a decent ticket, food, drink, and parking. I fully expect DJC to rip me for this (heh).

12) Yankee Stadium (Bronx, NY)- Yes, I'm a Yankee fan. No, I don't think this billion $ place should've been built in the 1st place. It's a big corporate field to me... all of the history of Yankee baseball IMO is across the street still. Seating is much better though... even though I felt further away from the field than I did in the old place. Food is excellent though.. and I suggest going to lower level LF and get a steak sandwich. I think it was $15, but it was well worth it. Lik Citi Field, it's nice, but not a billion dollars nice.

11) Nationals Park (Washington, D.C)- great sight lines, easy to get to, but decent priced parking was a good walk away. Inside, the food was great and didn't break the bank... and I found a discount for this seat. I think it was $15... and it was the day after (or day after that) Strasburg debuted.


crimsontider said...

I've been to Nationals park, I thought it was great. I was suprised to see U.S cellular ahead of Wrigley, i've never been to either, but Wrigley seems like a corner stone of baseball history, although the baseball played there is eternally bad.

DJC said...

I can't really rip you for the Cell's rating since I've never actually been to a game there, though I have drove by it countless times. I'm not surprised at all by the prices though...minor league quality team, minor league type attendance numbers, minor league prices, you get what you pay for.

As for Wrigley, you did it all wrong. 1) Don't drive. Trying to find a place to park in that neighborhood and spending $$ to do so is foolish. The El takes you right there. (Same can be said for the Cell, actually, but I understand their parking situation is a little better for those who wish to drive). 2) Go in June, July, or August when the weather is nice. Completely different and much better atmosphere. I made the mistake of going to opening day one year, never again. The wind chill was 4 and it got snowed out.

I will concede the interior lacks a lot of the amenities of the newer parks. For better or worse, that is being addressed in a $500 million renovation to begin soon, which will include a jumbotron in left field. I'm not happy about that, but understand why it is needed.

bobbyjack said...

Addressing both comments:
CT- My review of Wrigley might've been influenced by the how dang cold it was. It was Mid-May. Still, I was actually impress with US Cellular Field considering my low expectations for the place. And Nats Stadium was in my top ten until I visited a different park 2 mos ago.
DJC- I actually too the train to Wrigley. Got a hotel by that dump of an airport Midway and rode in. I was looking at the prices for the Cubs and White Sox games. My Cub tix was $21 including stubhub fees, parking at the train station (too far to walk in that neighborhood), and ride into Wrigley and back. Looking back I actually got a better deal at Wrigley.I think a beer and park dog was another 11.