Arc- Location and architecture
Food- Concessions and team store
Scbd- Scoreboard and electronics
Ush-Ushers and game day staff
Fans- Fan enthusiasm and support
Loc- Location
Bann- Retired numbers, banners
and history
Ent- Event presentation
Conc - Fan comfort and concourses
Bonus- Extra bonus point
MLB Venue Rankings
#1 CITIZENS BANK  PARK
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

A destination venue with endless amenities, restaurants, entertainment
options and great attention to the team's history. The centerfield Ashburn
Alley is a veritable baseball theme park. Nice seating bowl with a great view
of the city skyline, and a replica Liberty Bell lights up and clangs each time
the home team hits a home run.
Arc- 8, Food-9.5, Scbd-7.5, Ush-6, Fans-6, Loc-4, Bann-9, Ent-8, Conc-8,
Bonus-9 Total: 75
#2 TARGET FIELD
MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA TWINS

Superb location adjacent to the Warehouse District, splendid architecture,
accessible by train, light rail and even bicycle, Target Field returns baseball
in the Twin Cities to an open air venue. The stadium is intimate, boasts the
best in HD video boards and electronics, yet an old time feel with a real
organist who plays from her perch high above home plate.
Arc- 7, Food-8.5, Scbd-8, Ush-8.5, Fans-7.5, Loc-8.5, Bann-8, Ent-7, Conc-4,
Bonus-6.5 Total: 73.5
#3  PETCO PARK
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
SAN DIEGO PADRES

Gold sandstone facade and lush hanging landscape gardens give this
ballpark a unique and distinctive look. Historic Western Metal Supply Building
in left field is the signature of this building, and fits well into the concourses
and layout. Venue abuts the exciting Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's
downtown entertainment and nightlife district.
Arc- 8.5, Food-7, Scbd-8, Ush-5, Fans-6, Loc-10, Bann-7, Ent-5, Conc-8,
Bonus-8 Total: 72.5
#4 COMERICA PARK
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
DETROIT TIGERS

This beautiful ballpark is located in a part of downtown which is undergoing
a remarkable transformation - a vital theatre district, Greektown, great
restaurants and the Lions new  home, Ford Field, all nearby. The exterior of
the building is adorned with Tiger head gargoyles, each with a baseball in its
mouth which light up at night. In the outfield pavilion you will find not only
retired numbers but life sized statues of Detroit Tigers icons. Also in the
outfield are beautiful fountains which perform to light and sound.  
Arc- 8, Food-9, Scbd-6, Ush-6, Fans-3.5, Loc-6, Bann-10, Ent-6, Conc-9,
Bonus-9 Total: 71.5
#T 5  ORIOLE PARK AT CAMDEN YARDS
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
BALTIMORE ORIOLES

The first in the new wave of retro ballparks, this park was built on the site of
Babe Ruth's birthplace and sits in the midst of the downtown Inner Harbor.
This place has all the atmosphere of an old time ballpark. The coolest
location to hang out is Eutaw Street beyond the right field bleachers - that's
where you can sample Boog Powell's famous barbecue and delicious
Maryland crabcakes at some of the many concession stands.
Arc- 9, Food-9, Scbd-6, Ush-6, Fans-7, Loc-9, Bann-7, Ent-5, Conc-7,
Bonus-6 Total: 71
#T 5  WRIGLEY FIELD
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
CHICAGO CUBS

The World's finest baseball experience. From the ivy laced brick walls to the
7th inning stretch, the hand operated scoreboard to the rooftop bleachers
across the street, this place reeks of baseball. This is a baseball field the
way your father and grandfather saw it as you can cut through the aura of this
place with a knife. Can't even imagine how amazing this place would be if it
hosted a World Series, then again let's not because that would mean playing
under the lights...definitely not a Wrigley Field thing.
Arc- 6, Food-5, Scbd-6, Ush-9, Fans-10, Loc-9, Bann-8, Ent-8, Conc-2,
Bonus-8 Total: 71
#T 5 YANKEE STADIUM
BRONX, NEW YORK
NEW YORK YANKEES

Built at a cost of almost $1.5-billion, the new Yankee Stadium is a
magnificent structure, embodying the architecture and design of the original
building built in 1923. The entire building is a veritable museum,
showcasing the great Yankees teams of the past, from Monument Park to
the Yankees Museum to all the exhibits in the concourses.
Arc- 9.5, Food-8, Scbd-7.5, Ush-6, Fans-7, Loc-5, Bann-10, Ent-5, Conc-8,
Bonus-5 Total: 71
#8  AT&T PARK
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCICSO GIANTS

Another of the new ballparks with the same retro formula - brick facade,
wrought iron gates and kelly green seats. AT&T Park does not disappoint,
rising to the top of the list with a great setting right on San Francisco Bay and
a world class city steps from the entrance. The Giants celebrate their history
going back to their days in New York with tasteful displays and memorabilia.
Best fan zone game area in baseball.
Arc- 8.5, Food-8, Scbd-7, Ush-3, Fans-8, Loc-7, Bann-8, Ent-7, Conc-8,
Bonus-6 Total: 70.5
#9 MINUTE MAID PARK
HOUSTON, TEXAS
HOUSTON ASTROS

If the Astrodome is the 8th wonder of the world, then Houston's ballpark has
to be the 9th wonder. This amazing stadium is located right downtown, and
is situated on the site of the old Union Station rail yard - in fact, the terminal
has been lovingly restored and serves as one of the main entrances. Catch
the warm Texas hospitality of the local folk and don't forget to clap and sing
"Deep In the Heart of Texas"  during the 7th inning stretch! All in all an
awesome baseball experience!
Arc- 7.5, Food-7, Scbd-6, Ush-8, Fans-7, Loc-6, Bann-6, Ent-8, Conc-7.5,
Bonus-7 Total: 70
#T10 NATIONALS PARK
WASHINGTON, D.C.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS

The District's showcase baseball park is the "Anti-Camden Yards", with
steel, glass and grey facades and not a hint of red brick or kelly green seats
anywhere. Food choices a plenty and tons of memorabilia portraying
Washington's rich baseball history throughout the ballpark. Emerging
ballpark neighborhood will make this an exciting destination venue in the
years to come.
Arc-9 , Food-7.5, Scbd-6.5, Ush-9, Fans-5, Loc-5, Bann-8, Ent-5.5, Conc-9,
Bonus-5 Total : 69.5
#T10 MILLER PARK
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Rising from the ashes of what once was County Stadium, Miller Park is  a
breath of fresh air for this city's proud baseball heritage. With four decks of
seating, canyon wide concourses, and a retractable roof that is simply unlike
any other this building breaks the mold in the wave of  new ballpark
construction seen in recent years. Miller Park is the "Home of Heroes", with
its murals depicting the people of Wisconsin in roles that they are famous
for, whether it be milling, brewing, farming, and oh yeah, baseball. Enjoy the
sausage mascot race and sing the "Beer Barrel Polka" all while wolfing
down your favorite bratwurst.
Arc- 8.5, Food-7.5, Scbd-5, Ush-6, Fans-5.5, Loc-5, Bann-6, Ent-9, Conc-9,
Bonus-8 Total: 69.5
#12 PNC PARK
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
PITTSBURGH PIRATES

One of the most intimate ballparks in all of baseball - two decks, granite
facades and blue seats compliment this city's architecture. Great downtown
setting in an exciting and vibrant city, and the historic Roberto Clemente
Bridge to downtown Pittsburgh is closed on game days allowing for
pedestrian access. Save room for a Primanti Brothers sandwich - a uniquely
'Burgh thing.
Arc- 10, Food-10, Scbd-6, Ush-1.5, Fans-4.5, Loc-8, Bann-7, Ent-8.5,
Conc-6.5, Bonus-5 Total: 67
#13 GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK
CINCINNATI, OHIO
CINCINNATI REDS

The coolest corporate stadium name in all of the major sports can be found
here at the birthplace of professional baseball. Awesome downtown setting
along the river next to football stadium and new mixed use developments.
Darn good  ticket price structure in place here especially for a newer ballpark.
Also... enjoy a few Skyline Coneys while you're here, a unique Cincinnati treat!
Arc- 7, Food-8, Scbd-8, Ush-5, Fans-5.5, Loc-8, Bann-9, Ent-4, Conc-7,
Bonus-5 Total: 66.5
#14 FENWAY PARK
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
BOSTON RED SOX

Major restorations and upgrades have given this old venue a much needed
facelift. The adjoining Fenway neighborhood has to be one of the best in all
of baseball - pubs, restaurants, souvenir shops and street vendors all
contributing to a great atmosphere. And the Green Monster is one of
America's most revered landmarks.
Arc- 7.5, Food-6, Scbd-6, Ush-7, Fans-9, Loc-8, Bann-7, Ent-8, Conc-1,
Bonus-5 Total: 64.5
#T 15 U.S. CELLULAR FIELD
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
CHICAGO WHITE SOX

Better than others tell it to be. Exploding scoreboard concept brought from
the old Comiskey. Old Comiskey base paths and marker can be found in the
parking lot. Latest renovations, including reducing the size of upper deck,
have given this stadium a completely new look.
Arc- 7, Food-8, Scbd-7, Ush-4, Fans-7, Loc-4, Bann-8, Ent-8, Conc-5,
Bonus-6 Total: 64
#T 15 MARLINS BALLPARK
MIAMI, FLORIDA
MIAMI MARLINS

The game day presentation is superb, the food delectable, the seating bowl
intimate and fan friendly, the ballpark a marvel to walk around and
experience. And Miami is, well, Miami, a fabulous tourist destination for
people seeking fun in the sun. Marlins Ballpark is a must visit and, thankfully,
will signal the death knell of the “cookie cutter” red brick ballparks which
everyone was ga ga over through the 1990s and early 2000s. It is a shame
that the team ownership has bailed on fielding a competitive team on the
field. That is already costing dearly at the turnstiles.
Arc-8 , Food-9, Scbd-7, Ush-7, Fans2-, Loc-5, Bann-7.5, Ent-8, Conc-7.5,
Bonus-3 Total: 64
#17  SAFECO FIELD
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
SEATTLE MARINERS

This amazing ballpark sports a retractable roof that covers the building like
an umbrella, leaving the sides open and giving an outdoor feel even when
the roof is closed. The bullpen cafe on ground level in left field is so close to
the actual bullpen, fans can go face to face with the relief pitchers.
Aesthetically beautiful from every vantage point inside and out.
Arc- 6.5, Food-7.5, Scbd-6.5, Ush-5, Fans-7, Loc-7, Bann-5, Ent-6, Conc-8,
Bonus-4 Total: 62.5
#18 PROGRESSIVE FIELD
CLEVELAND, OHIO
CLEVELAND INDIANS

Baseball's best fan support can be found here, although their amazing
streak of sellouts has come to an end. Great venue in a super downtown
location but the crabby in game staff is a huge turnoff. Please tell the ushers
here to smile for once!
Arc- 6, Food-7, Scbd-8, Ush-1, Fans-7.5, Loc-8.5, Bann-6, Ent-6, Conc-7,
Bonus-5 Total: 62
#19 T  GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON
ARLINGTON, TEXAS
TEXAS RANGERS

There is not one spot in this building that doesn't sport a beautiful view. As
you approach the ballpark, it reminds you of a castle set in the middle of a
meadow. The brick, stone and iron exterior has carvings of the Lone Star and
lighted baseballs. There are theme restaurants, huge merchandise stores,
an art museum and Hall of Fame dedicated to the Rangers, a memorabilia
store, and concessions offering every type of food one would want. This is a
big stadium but then again, everything is big in Texas!        
Arc- 7, Food-8, Scbd-6, Ush-7, Fans-6, Loc-3.5, Bann-5, Ent-6, Conc-7.5,
Bonus-5 Total: 61
#19 T   COORS FIELD
DENVER, COLORADO
COLORADO ROCKIES

Set at one end of Denver's vibrant LODO entertainment district. Coors Field
offers superb views of the action on the field and the scenery all around. With
a seat in the upper deck you can get a glimpse of the Rockies off in the
distance (the mountains, not the team!). One row in the upper deck is
colored purple at exactly one mile above sea level. Be sure to save your
oxygen here, you'll need it!!
Arc- 7, Food-7, Scbd-4, Ush-6, Fans-4, Loc-9, Bann-5, Ent-7.5, Conc-7.5,
Bonus-4 Total: 61
#19 T CITIFIELD
QUEENS, NEW YORK
NEW YORK METS

With all the feel of a theme park, Citifield bears tribute to Ebbets Field and
Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers, while practically ignoring the
Amazin's who play there today. Architecture mimics "retro" theme  which has
become passe this century. "Taste of the City" food attractions in centerfield
are a must visit.
Arc- 7.5, Food-8.5, Scbd-8, Ush-2.5, Fans-7, Loc-5, Bann-2, Ent-9, Conc-8.5,
Bonus-2 Total: 61
#22  ROGERS CENTRE
TORONTO, ONTARIO
TORONTO BLUE JAYS

A venue that crosses eras...the last of the cookie cutter, turf stadiums and a
forerunner of todays newer parks with retractable roof, two levels of
suites,club seating, and a complete entertainment experience. Landmark
CN Tower and superb bustling downtown core just steps away.
Arc- 6, Food-4, Scbd-8.5, Ush-3, Fans-5, Loc-8, Bann-8, Ent-7, Conc-5,
Bonus-6 Total: 60.5
#23 T  EWING KAUFFMAN STADIUM
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Great foresight here building a baseball only park as cookie-cutters went up
elsewhere. Beautiful outfield fountains are the signature of this ballpark. This
place will be around for a while as other venues of this era disappear off of
the landscape.
Arc- 7, Food-7.5, Scbd-5, Ush-3.5, Fans-4.5, Loc-4, Bann-7, Ent-7, Conc-6,
Bonus-7 Total: 58.5
#23 T  ANGELS STADIUM OF ANAHEIM
ANAHEIM CALIFORN
IA
ANAHEIM ANGELS
Renovated a few years back after the Rams left, this place is worth 4 high
marks in some spots and looks like the shabby 40 year old park that it is in
other spots. Lush landscaping, outfield rock formations and fountains gives
this place a real Disney feel.
Arc- 7, Food-6.5, Scbd-6, Ush-4, Fans-5, Loc-4, Bann-8, Ent-7, Conc-6,
Bonus-5 Total: 58.5
#25  BUSCH STADIUM
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

They tore down one of the last of the cookie cutters, and replaced it with... a
new retro cookie cutter! The new Busch Stadium, replete with its red brick
facade, kelly green steel supports and wrought iron gates is pretty, it's new,
but all the history, traditions, and ghosts of this storied franchise have been
left in the rubble of the old place.
Arc- 5, Food-7, Scbd-3, Ush-8, Fans-9.5, Loc-8, Bann-3.5, Ent-4.5, Conc-7,
Bonus-2 Total: 57.5
#26 T TURNER FIELD
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
ATLANTA BRAVES

Is this place a ballpark or a Six Flags theme park!!! Lots of games, food
choices, museum and other amenities, but walk through this place and you'd
never know it was the centerpiece for an Olympic Games. Former Fulton
County Stadium outfield wall and base paths nicely preserved in the parking
lot.
Arc- 6, Food-8, Scbd-8, Ush-5, Fans-1, Loc-5, Bann-7, Ent-3, Conc-7,
Bonus-7 Total: 57
#26 T  CHASE FIELD
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

A modern day Skydome if you will with its huge center field scoreboard,
retractable roof and restaurants overlooking field. It's oppressively hot during
summertime so go for a swim in the pool behind the right field fence if
possible!!
Arc- 5, Food-7, Scbd-7, Ush-3, Fans-6, Loc-6, Bann-7, Ent-6, Conc-5,
Bonus-5 Total: 57
#28  TROPICANA FIELD
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TAMPA BAY RAYS

What this building lacks in quaint ballpark charm is more than made up with
fan amenities, things to do, places to eat. The center field area is the place to
be, and boasts several restaurants, a cigar bar with outdoor patio, retail
outlets and even a rock climbing wall.
Arc- 4.5, Food-8, Scbd-6, Ush-7, Fans-3, Loc-6, Bann-2, Ent-7, Conc-5,
Bonus-6 Total: 54.5
#29   DODGER STADIUM
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES DODGERS

"The Taj Mahal of Baseball"- this stadium is built right into the side of a
mountain and the architecture is truly one of a kind. Historical murals along
outfield walls commemorate franchise's history to its days in Brooklyn. Oh
and those "Dodger Dogs"? Completely over hyped!
Arc- 8, Food-5.5, Scbd-4, Ush-7, Fans-6, Loc-3, Bann-8, Ent-8, Conc-2,
Bonus-1 Total: 52.5
#30  O.CO COLISEUM
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
OAKLAND ATHLETICS

Mish mosh of a stadium that was renovated for baseball and football but
serves neither all that well. Pretty good concessions at a reasonable price,
and ticket prices are also pretty good here. If you are gonna check this place
out, a Raiders game would be your best bet.
Arc- 3, Food-8, Scbd-4, Ush-7, Fans-5, Loc-1, Bann-7, Ent-4, Conc-4,
Bonus-1 Total: 44
  FORMER VENUES
 
THREE RIVERS STADIUM
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
PITTSBURGH PIRATES

"We are Family" was the anthem of Three Rivers, where the Pirates won a
World Series in 1979. This cookie cutter multi use stadium also served as
the home of the NFL Steelers. The building was demolished for parking
when separate baseball and football venues were built on either side of the
stadium.
CINERGY FIELD
CINCINNATI, OHIO
CINCINNATI REDS

The "Big Red Machine" ruled the old Riverfront Stadium, which served as the
home for the Reds and the NF:L Bengals, and was demolished when two
companion stadiums were built for their teams after the turn of the century.
QUALCOMM STADIUM
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
SAN DIEGO PADRES

The building still serves the home for the NFL San Diego Chargers, but the
Padres bolted in 2004 for beautiful new digs at Petco Park in downtown San
Diego. Monstrously huge concrete bunker type stadium which was not exactly
charming for baseball.
VETERANS STADIUM
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Arguably the worst of the cookie cutters of the 70s era, "The Vet" was large,
brutal architecture, hot, stuffy, artificial turf and just plain ugly. The new
Citizens Bank Park was built right next door for the Phillies, and The Linc
across the street for the Eagles. Veterans Stadium has sicne been
demolished for parking at the Philly Sports Complex.
OLYMPIC STADIUM
MONTREAL, QUEBEC
MONTREAL EXPOS

Stade Olympique has a unique feature that never quite worked - a canvas
retractable roof that lifted like a big drape. Montreal has had a glorious
baseball history that goes back over a century, but declining fan support and
lack of a stadium plan forced the Expos' relocation to Washington after the
2004 season.
"OLD" BUSCH STADIUM
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

This was the best of the 70s cookie cutters, even better after the NFL tenant
departed. The St. Louis Cardinals celebrated their heritage and history with
elaborate displays through the entire building, and a winning culture and
great fan support made this a special game day experience. The stadium
was demolished after the team moved to the"new" Busch Stadium right next
door.
RFK STADIUM
WASHINGTON, D.C.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS

Upon arrival from Montreal, the Washington NAtionals played here
temporarily for a couple seasons until their new stadium, Nationals Park,
was ready. A definite old school experience, the most fun were the portable
bleachers on the third base side where fans could make a lot of noise by
stomping on them.
SHEA STADIUM
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
NEW YORK METS

The building was always a beloved one for the working class folks living in
nearby Queens. The Amazins' won a World Series here in 1986, and the
venue was a staging area for first responders after 9-11. The stadium has
since been demolished for parking with the Mets' new venue, Citifield, right
next door.
"OLD" YANKEE STADIUM
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
NEW YORK YANKEES

"The House That Ruth Built" is one of the most beloved and recognized
stadiums in the entire world. The Yankees have built a culture of winning and
championships over the course of decades, and much of it happened right
here. The "new" Yankee Stadium, a shinier and glitzier version of this venue,
opened right next door, and this stadium has sicne been demolished and
replaced with a park and sports facility.
METRODOME
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA TWINS

After playing outdoors for the beginnings of their history, the Twins and the
NFL Vikings moved into their indoor digs, the downtown Metrodome, in 1982,
an air supported canvas roof. The building has since been demolished, and
a new NFL stadium has been built in its place. The Twins have moved to
Target Filed at the other end of downtown.
SUN LIFE STADIUM
MIAMI, FLORIDA
FLORIDA MARLINS

Too big, too clunky, a football venue reconfigured into a baseball field. Except
for the time that the Marlins had their improbable World Series runs, the
stadium was largely empty and devoid of any soul or character. The team has
since moved to a new baseball only stadium on the site of the former Orange
Bowl. The NFL Dolphins continue to play here.
ASTRODOME
HOUSTON, TEXAS
HOUSTON ASTROS

What was billed as "The Eight Wonder of the World" was an architectural
marvel when it opened in the late 60s. The Astros became synonymous with
indoor baseball, "Astroturf", and the team eventually moved to a new
retractable roof facility in downtown Houston. The Astrodome still stands and
is used for non sports events.
COUNTY STADIUM
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Two grear thigns happened here - the Brewers won their one and only World
Series title in 1982, and the famed movie "Major League" was filmed in this
stadium, even though the story was about the Cleveland Indians. County
Stadium was demolished for parking when Miller Park opened next door.
TIGER STADIUM
DETROIT, MICHIGAN
DETROIT TIGERS

"The Corner", Michigan and Trumbull, one of the most famed places in all of
baseball. Tiger Stadium lasted for a century, was added onto and expanded,
and became one of the most beloved old school venues in all of baseball.
Once the Tigers left for Comerica Park, various reuse plans were put forth.
Non came to fruitiion, and the stadium was eventually demolished and today
is a vacant lot and sandlot baseball field.