All right, pretty slow toady and have decided to make a blog on what are my favorite and the overall best baseball stadiums in the MLB.
Number 5: Progressive Field, Cleveland
Capacity: 43,545 Seats
Cost: $259 Million
Opened: January 1992
The field was built in 1992 after Cleveland Municipal Stadium became to old and big for baseball fans. Owner Richard Jacobs (who the field was earlier named after) put 92 million dollars alone into building the stadium.
After the stadium was built, it had a couple of unique features that were unlike any other stadium seen before including fences of varying heights. There is a wall 19-feet high in left field, that drops to nine-foot in center field and maintains that height around to right field.
The bullpens are raised above the playing field, which allows fans to see who is warming up. Indians' bullpen is located in center field (next to section 101), while the visitors bullpen is in right field. The stadium also has 19 toothbrush shaped light towers around the field that are 200 feet tall.
I have been to this stadium many times before and looking over the outfield wall in left field is just amazing. The building and scoreboards are all in the background and a Indians sign hangs above the scoreboard, it is really a site to see if you have not been there.
Number 4: Camden Yards, Baltimore
Capacity: 46,593 Seats
Cost: $172 Million
Opened: April 1992
The field was built in 1992 and was the first Baltimore Orioles stadium. Camden Yards is so special because it was the first downtown 'retro' stadium in baseball. It was designed by the internation firm called RTKL, the stadium took 2 years and 9 months to build.
There has been many notable games at the stadium already such as the game where Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's iron man record, the highest scoring game in 110 years when the Orioles lost 30-3 to Texas, and Eddie Murray's 500th HR.
The features of the stadium are that at nearly every seat you have is that you can see the beautiful skyline of Baltimore. Another feature is the Babe Ruth statue outside of the stadium, along with The Baltimore Sun at the top of the scoreboard that has 'The Sun' part of it flash the H in the when a hit occurs and the E in the when a error occurs.
I was able to go to this stadium about 4 years back and it was truly amazing experience to see the B&O Warehouse and to visit the store at Eutaw Street. Even though the Orioles got crushed by 8 to the Yankees it was still a great game to see that I will never forget
Number 3: Yankees Stadium, New York
I am going to do this based on the old Yankees Stadium because that is the only one I have been to.
Capacity: 57,545 Seats
Cost: $2.4 Million in 1924
Opened: April 1923
The Yankees had played at the Polo Ground before moving to Yankees Stadium in 1923, over 10 different sports teams have called the stadium a home for at least a year and is one of the most historic stadiums of all times
Many greats played at this stadium including the Babe, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Reggie Jackson as just a few. The Yanks won 26 championships at the stadium and will be remembered in ever fans heart as one of the greatest stadiums of all time.
The unique things about the stadium is that is was the first three tiered sports stadium in the United States and was first stadium to actually be given the title stadium. The field also has farthest dimension as 408 and shortest as 318 ft making a very easy stadium to hit home runs giving many fans souvenirs.
When I went to Yankees stadiums in 2004 it was unlike anything I have ever done. The Yankees and Red Sox who they played hit a combined 6 HR's and I just happened to catch 1 of them. If you were able to go there you know how you can feel the history of the stadium as you walk around and the greatness, I personally hate that they made a new stadium and am pissed I won't be able to go to another game at the great stadium
Number 2: Fenway Park, Boston
Capacity: 37,493 Seats
Cost: $14.7 Million (650,000 when built)
Opened: April 1912
The Red Sox played at Huntington Avenue Baseball Ground in 1912, in 1911 owner John Taylor bought the land and started the long process of building Fenway. Many people love Fenway because it is a ballpark that owners try to keep the exact same as it was when it was originally built.
8 professional teams have called this stadium home in Boston and many great Red Sox have passed through the stadium such as Ted Williams, Babe Ruth for a short time, and Curt Schillings along with many others.
The unique things about the stadium are quite obvious if you have been there. The 37 foot 2 inch Green Monster that is in left field, the seats up in in the Green Monster are also interesting along with the 302 right field pole and the Lone Red Seat in the stadium.
I went to this stadium 3 times the latest one being last year, my dad worked some magic and was able to get us seats atop of the Green Monster, it is a truly amazing experience that every person should get to experience.
Number 1: Wrigley Field, Chicago
Capacity: 42,311 seats
Cost: $5.46 Million (250,000 when built)
Opened: April 1914
At first it was owned by the Chicago Whales to 1920 where it became Cubs Stadium until 1926 when it became Wrigley field. The field was named after the team manager William Wrigley Jr. The stadium was also home to the bears until 1970. The owner of the stadium was Charles Weeghman.
5 Professional teams have been there over the years while the Cubs being the main team. Event though the home belongs to the most lovable losers over the past century its atmosphere is something that you cannot find at any other stadium.
The unique features include the Ivy Covered wall that is covering the outfield wall all around the field, the roof top seats, the unusual wins because of Lake Michigan, and the sign in right reading AC0265102 which means, " In this year of the cubs 2 years since the Divisional title, 65 years since the pennant, and 102 years since a world series win.
Was able to go to the stadium for the first time about 2 years ago and loved the ivory fences, the signs, the fans, and about everything about the stadium. It was a amazing game and was easily my favorite game that I have ever been to.
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