Tell us about the ballparks you have visited and which one is your favorite? Let us know your favorite MLB park. Favorite minor league park. And, if you have been away, favorite foreign park.
Of the Major League parks (I'm going to name them by home team, I can never keep track of all the companies that buy naming rights), I've been to:
- Dodgers: which I liked, but getting out of the parking lot after was terrible. It was years ago, and maybe they have improved things, but there was no mass transit way to get there. 40,000 people all jumping into cars, trying to get out of the parking lot at the same time. Everyone had the radio on, you heard Vin Scully's voice like it was coming out of the stadium speakers, except for the game we sat in the cheap seats, then it was the Mexican broadcast.
- A's: ugly stadium in an ugly area. Not much for food choices, but lots of good micro brew beers. It was cheap to get good tickets and you can get a good hotel in Oakland cheap too. It's a quick ride on the BART system to get to San Francisco. It’s the only place I’ve felt uncomfortable waiting for a bus ride back to the hotel (it isn’t the best part of town). And cabs were ugly.
- Angels: very nice park. Tons of food choices. Great seats.
- Mariners: Maybe my favorite place to watch a ball game. Terrific food choices. They had a craft beer area. Easy to get great seats. And, there were a lot of Blue Jays fans at the games. Seattle also is a beautiful city to explore.
- Phillies: also a great park. I really enjoyed it there, other than the Jays played terrible. We had nice Phillies fans sitting around us, so that helped.
- Red Sox: uncomfortable seats, pretty ugly stadium and, one game, we had obnoxious Red Sox fans sitting around us, just lousy people, but then all teams have some lousy fans. But there is the history, and we enjoyed taking the tour of the stadium, even if the old guy leading it used the same jokes from when the park was built. I got carded buying beer, so it has to rank as one of my favorite parks.
- Old Yankee Stadium: we went the last year of old Yankee stadium. Unlike Boston, we had very nice people sitting around us at each of the games there. Sat in the bleachers for one game and it seemed like a community of friends. But you could see why they wanted a new park. Concourses were narrow and ugly, there wasn't much space for concessions. Very much enjoyed the tour of the stadium. Got to sit in the dugout, look around monument park, and see the press box.
- New Yankee Stadium: I was there for a four game sweep of the Jays, so my view is clouded by the terrible serious. The park seemed ok, but pretty boring. Nothing really cool about it. Tickets for good seats were very expensive.
- Orioles: I really liked the park. Great food choices (especially if you like crab), lots of beer choices. And easy to get very good tickets, they don’t get the attendance you would expect. Had 3rd round behind the plate, and had first row, along the left field wall. One of the few places I’ve had too many beers at a game. I went to get food, at the start of the game, and on the way back saw a beer guy. Told him to wait there, while I drop off food, since I couldn’t carry beer too. Got the beer, gave him a slightly bigger tip for waiting for me, and he said ‘I’m your guy, tell me where you are sitting, I’ll be there’. Any time I finished a beer, he was there with the next. Of course, after the game we met up with nice people from the site and went to a bar....there were more beers and the odd shot and.....it was a very good time. I liked the city too, even though our hotel was about 2 blocks from where much of the Wire was filmed.
- Twins: Another really nice park. Good food, good beers, nice people. The park is downtown, so lots of choices of places to eat after. Another place where there were a lot of Blue Jays fans.
- Tigers: I really liked the park. Had good seats, fairly cheap. Nice comfortable seats, wide enough to seat comfortably. And good food choices. Had trouble figuring out parking, if you are parking at the park, be sure to come plenty early.
- Rogers: I find the seats too narrow and too close together (and I don’t think I’m all that huge). Lousy beer choices and fairly boring food choices. But, when the park is full, and the roof it open, it is a fun place to be. Roof closed, it isn’t near as nice.
Of the minor league parks that I’ve been to, I really liked Nat Bailey in Vancouver. We did find it funny that the park was full, but very few people seemed to be paying any attention to the game. But it is a beautiful park, in a great spot. I liked the park in Dunedin too, but maybe because it was spring training and I was getting away from a lousy winter to enjoy some sun. Lansing has as nice a ballpark as you will ever see and it’s in the middle of a beautiful downtown area. Really like the town and the park.
Which park is your favorite?