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Take me out to the ballgame

Posted on: January 17, 2008 3:08 pm
 

One of my ultimate "fun" goals in life is to see the ballpark in every MLB city.  So far I've been to 11 ballparks and am looking to try to get to at least one new one a year.  So far I've been to:

H.H.H. Metrodome: Home stadium, not many people like it, due to cramped seating and artificial feel to the game.  I personally don't have a problem with it.  It is nice to go to anything in Minnesota in the summer where it isn't 90+ degrees and mosquito infested.  Add to that, the decided homefield advantage during the World Series victories, and it has done all right as the home of the Twins.  Still can't wait for the new ballpark to open.

Coors Field:  Aside from housing my favorite team, the stadium itself is a great venue.  The concession stands are open to the field so you never have to miss a play.  Fountain in the outfield are great and the scenery behind the centerfield bleachers is awesome.  Ticket prices were still very reasonable last time I was, there, but I get the feeling that they'll jump a little this season.

PNC Park: This was my favorite ballpark.  I love the view of the bridges crossing the river just behind centerfield.  The food was great (Primanti Brothers sandwiches are the best).  There was a great view of the field from the seats I was in both times I've been there.  I would love if the new Twins ballpark incorporates a little of PNC and Coors.

Jacob's Field (now Progressive Field):  I lived in Cleveland when this stadium was just build.  I was able to get a ticket the first year and thought it was awful because all I could see was left field and the scoreboard from where I was at.  The angles of the seats were horrible.  I have since had a chance to go back a few times when the Indians weren't playing so hot and got better seats.  Now I think it is a pretty great ballpark.  I recommend upper deck first base side as close to the front of the section as possible to whomever goes.  Seeing the Terminal Tower out in left field is great.  Plenty to do outside the game as well for vacations.

Cleveland Municipal Stadium: The old Indians ballpark (since leveled and built upon).  I had some great memories of going to that stadium and watching the Indians play.  That was back when they were closer to the team in "Major League" than the ALCS team of last year, or the perennial powerhouse of the late 90's.  It was a great stadium right on Lake Erie.  the wooden seats were the best.  Some days when I'd go, my family would have a section to itself and we'd make a ton of noise cheering by banging the seats.  Sad to see the stadium go.

Kauffman Stadium: Nice little ballpark.  Very cosy atmosphere.  The fountains are something to see.  I was there for an interleague game against the Marlins, I believe.  Not the best game to watch if you're not a fan of either team, but still a nice trip from Minnesota.

Great American Ballpark: The riverboat theme is a great idea based on the histroy of the region.  I liked the statues out from of the Cincinnati Reds greats.  Not my favorite ballpark, but I wouldn't be opposed to going again some day.

Rogers Centre:When I went here, it rained all day leading up to the game.  I went to the CN Tower and got to see the city and stadium from an awesome perspective.  Once the game was getting set to get undeway, they opened the roof and it was a pretty great experience.  The stadium is huge.  I enjoyed how easy it was to get there and being in another country, even/especially Canada was fun in and of itself.

Angel Stadium: Los Angeles? Anaheim? Who cares?  It was a fun experience.  The huge helmets out front were pretty cool.  I love the mountain out in center field.  It is very aesthetically pleasing.  Can't beat Southern California weather for outdoor baseball.

AT&T Park: I like the location of this stadium a lot.  Right off the Bay.  The garlic fries were awesome.  There plenty to see at this ballpark, from the scenery outside the stadium to the brick facades inside.  Getting to the game is so easy because of the BART and rest of the transportation network.  As a side note, San Francisco has to be one of the most picturesque and entertaining cities in the world.  I enjoyed it so much that I went back the past year for my honeymoon. 

Miller Park: Just went here for the first time last year.  It is a very nice ballpark.  I think that the retractable roof style that is used here is exceptional.  The in game entertainment is great.  Can't beat the Sausage Races (sorry Pittsburgh, the Pierogi Races just don't cut it).  The only thing that needs a little work is the parking situation.  To anybody who has never been there before, show up early or you'll be parking at least a 20 minute walk from the gates.  The brats were great.

I've been looking into either Chicago stadium, St. Louis, Texas, Detroit or Philadelphia as my next stadium trip.  There may also be an all out west coast trip in my future to take me from San Diego up to Seattle, cost permitting.  If anybody has any tips on their home stadium or any reason for me to pick one over another for my next, let me know.  I always enjoy seeing what other cities have to offer, and what they find important enough to bring into their ballpark.  I also enjoy trying the food that is unique to each ballpark.  Can't enjoy the game like the locals without the local cuisine.

 

 

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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2008 10:42 am
 

Take me out to the ballgame

I just got back from a roadtrip out to Chicago and Philadelphia.  I caught the Cubs taking on the Padres during the day.  Dempster pitched extremely well.  I then went to the Blue Jays at the Phillies where Jason Werth homered 3 times.

Wrigley Field - It was great to see a game there and take in the atmosphere.  The ivy was just greening up.  The food was good (gotta love Chicago dogs).  I like how the stadium is part of the neighborhood.  The manual scoreboard is a great thing to watch.  Coming in from out of town and needing to get on the road right after the game didn't work out too well with getting to the stadium.  We ended up parking in some elderly couple's gargage for $25.  All in all, it was a good experience, but I rank Wrigley behind PNC and Coors Field easily.

Citizens Bank Park - I like the open concourse area here.  It is always great when you can grab a bite to eat and remain a part of the game.  The seats were comfortable.  I like the wall of fame in centerfield that walks you through the history of the franchise.  The overlook of the bullpens was pretty great too.  It is a small ballpark.  We were a couple rows back in right field, but could see plenty of detail on the infielders from there.  The parking was good and bad.  I like that it is a reasonable price for parking right next to the stadium, but the single parking facility with limited exits and lack of guidance to avoid the preferred parking spaces didn't impress me.  Overall a good experience there as well.  I would rank it behind PNC and Coors as well.  

Both stadiums make it into my top 6, but they are in a scrum with (Jacob's) Progressive Field and AT&T Park. 

If anybody has any trips to ballparks I've been to coming up or has any more suggestions as to my next stops I should make, I'm more than happy to chat.

Thanks, to those people who have posted on here thus far.




Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2008 2:58 pm
 

Take me out to the ballgame

Spork,

If you get a chance to, you have to try to do a Cubs day game/ Sox night game. The best part about going to both games is that the El line is right outside of both ballparks. You will hardly have to walk at all!

Getting tickets to a Cubs game on the weekend can be difficult, but I find them to generally be available in smaller numbers for the weekday games.

Going to the Cell to see a game is pretty nice too. Especially since they removed the upper, upper deck and changed the color of the seats from blue to green. With the exception of where Pods and Konerko's home run balls landed in Game 2 of the World Series.




Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2008 4:14 pm
 

Take me out to the ballgame

I have been to Cleveland Municipal Stadium before it was torn down.  That was nice.  It was a huge stadium and in disrepair toward the end, but what can you expect from something build at the turn of the century?  The wooden seats were the best because you could beat those to make even more noise cheering. 

I'm actually very interested in seeing the new Nationals ballpark.  It was built using a design-build construction method which allowed it to be constructed in parts.  The engineers would take a segment of the stadium and design it.  One that segment was approved the construction work began and the next segment started to get designed.  The whole thing was built in 9 months.  Crazy.




Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2008 6:31 pm
 

Take me out to the ballgame

This is an awesome feat! I grew up in San Diego and we get WGN as a local affiliate and ever since I was little I wanted to go to Wrigley Field and sit in the bleachers with my shirt off and a beer in my hand. This summer will be the first year I plan on doing this.  Have you ever been to any of the old parks that have been torn down? i.e. Veteran's Stadium, Astrodome?



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2008 9:14 am
 

Take me out to the ballgame

I've always kind of wondered about The Cell.  I've been by it a few times and it looks like a pretty cool stadium.  This would probably be a good year to go there with where the White Sox finished last season.  I would imagine I could get some decent tickets.  I'll look into that, thanks.

I went to Miller Park last year.  The only complaint I had was the parking.  The sausage races were fun to watch.  The roof was open so that was great.  Milwaukee was also fun to walk around.  I got to see Gallardo pitch, so that made the game pretty exciting.  It's not every day that you get to see a youngster with that nasty of stuff that young.  All in all, it was a fun time. 




Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2008 8:44 am
 

Take me out to the ballgame

I have not been to as many MLB as college basketball arena's... but Miller Park in Milwaukee and The Cell in Chicago are always a good time!  The food is exceptional at both... tickets are cheap and easy to get.




Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2008 2:20 pm
 

Take me out to the ballgame

Sounds good.  I usually do go to stub hub for my tickets actually.  I picked up some great ones at Coors in the first row out in left field for like $17 a ticket through them.  I'd recommend that to anybody looking to go to a game.

Thanks for the tips.




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2008 1:50 pm
 

Take me out to the ballgame

You should hve no problem getting tickets, at least not if your planning ahead. Go to stub hub or some other ticket site and you can have tickets for both games in hand before you leave your house. And although we hate to do it, you can always buy from a scalper.




Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2008 12:42 pm
 

Take me out to the ballgame

We were actually looking into that.  Either catching the Rockies at Wrigley or the Twins at the Cell.  I've driven past the U.S. Cellular field a bunch on my way out east and it looks like it'd be a fun time.  We've been trying to find locations that are within driving distance for the weekend and Chicago definitely falls into that.  Do you know how hard it is to get tickets to Wrigley?  It sounds like they've been sold out since the early 1900s based on some posts from Cubs fans on these boards.  I'm guessing most of the good seats are taken, but going during a weekday, it probably wouldn't be a problem finding tickets. 



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2008 10:00 am
 

Take me out to the ballgame

You have to make a trip to a day game at Wrigley. Its not that far from our beloved Twin Cities and if you get real lucky in your planning you could maybe head to the South side to watch the Twins stomp the WhiteSox in a night game on the same day.



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