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What Are The Top 9 MLB Ballparks In America?

Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks because we’re about to embark on a journey through the most iconic, must-visit MLB ballparks in America! Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan or just full of wanderlust, the allure of these hallowed sporting cathedrals is impossible to deny. Click here to find the latest games in action at the top MLB ballparks.

 

What are the top MLB Ballparks in the USA?
San Padres against the Toronto Blue Jays/Donald Miralle/North America/Getty Images via AFP

What Are The Top 9 MLB Ballparks In America?

From the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field to the retro charm of Fenway Park, the game of baseball has been forever etched into the very foundations of these revered sporting shrines. But which ballparks truly stand out as the absolute crème de la crème? That’s what we’re here to uncover.

Get ready to take your baseball fandom to new heights as we count down the top 9 MLB stadiums that deserve a spot on every fan’s bucket list. These are the cathedrals of the diamond, the temples of the tater, the meccas of the mound – each one offering a unique blend of history, atmosphere, and unforgettable experiences that will have you reaching for your passport and planning your next baseball pilgrimage.

So, grab your mitt, lather on the sunscreen, and let’s dive headfirst into the realm of America’s finest ballparks. Trust me, by the time we’re done, you’ll be itching to plan your next road trip to catch a game in one of these hallowed sporting shrines.

 

The Top 9 MLB Ballparks in the USA

Going from classic Boston’s Fenway Park to Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and its amazing views, these stadiums are the real MVPs in pro ball. I’m here to give you the lowdown on what makes these ballparks so special, so put on your rally caps and get ready to explore the most incredible ballparks in the land.

 

9. Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros

Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park, Houston/JAMES NIELSEN/AFP

 

Coming in at number 9 is a stadium that holds some serious character to it, Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. This place stands out from the rest of the retractable roof crowd, and it’s all thanks to its unique history.

Minute Maid Park was built around the former Union Station, which gives it a special vibe you won’t find anywhere else. Sure, they got rid of Tal’s Hill (great call for Houston’s front office), but the Astros’ home still has plenty of charm.

First of all, there’s the train that pays homage to Union Station. It’s a nice touch that adds to the overall atmosphere. If you’re a fan of dingers, you’ll love the short porch that helps a few extra balls leave the yard and get the crowd hyped.

Another thing to love about this field is how close the fans are to the action. It really makes you feel like you’re part of the game. The only downside? They don’t open that retractable roof nearly enough. When it’s open, the stadium feels like a whole new ballpark.

Even with the roof closed, the Astros’ success in recent years means the atmosphere is always electric. And let’s not forget, with Tal’s Hill gone, you don’t have to worry about any outfielders taking a tumble while chasing down a fly ball.

 

8. Citi Field, New York Mets

Citi Field, New York Mets
Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field in New York City/Gordon Donovan/NurPhoto via AFP

 

I know what you’re thinking, we are deep into the eight slot of this list and still no New York stadiums being mentioned. Well, would you really consider Yankee Stadium as a true honest pick for this list? Citi Field on the other hand, home of the New York Mets? That’s a ballpark I’m willing to include with ease.

Even with both the Yankees and the Mets getting new digs in 2009, the Mets knocked it out of the park with Citi Field.

While the Yankees went for a more corporate, stuffy vibe, the Mets actually listened to the fans and built a stadium that’s a serious upgrade from Shea. Citi Field has that classic ballpark feel, just like the other newer stadiums in the NL East, but with all the modern amenities you could want.

When it comes to food and beverage options, Citi Field once again blows Yankee Stadium out of the water. With owner Steve Cohen at the helm, they’ve been making some sweet improvements to make watching the Mets live a very pleasant experience.

Lastly, the stadium’s video board took an already awesome ballpark to the next level in 2023. If you want the best baseball experience in the Big Apple, Citi Field is where it’s at.

 

7. Dodger Stadium, LA Dodgers

Dodger Stadium, LA Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani/Kohei Choji/The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP

 

If you haven’t been to Dodger Stadium lately, then pack your bag and get to LA already. The Dodgers have been putting in work to upgrade this iconic ballpark, and it shows.

Even with traffic being a pain, even more now with Shohei Ohtani joining the Dodgers, trust me, once you’re inside the stadium, all that stress just melts away. Just do yourself a favor and grab a classic Dodger Dog. There’s nothing quite like enjoying one of pro baseball’s most famous foods while taking in the sights and sounds of this legendary ballpark.

Also, can we give a hand to the staying power of Dodger Stadium. Built way back in the ’60s for a measly $23 million, in Dodgers money that’s about how much Mookie Betts makes in two thirds of a season, this place has stood the test of time. It’s a testament to the magic of classic ballparks.

 

6. T-Mobile Park, Seattle Mariners

T-Mobile Park, Seattle Mariners
T-Mobile Park/Alika Jenner/Getty Images/AFP

 

T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners has been making waves in the MLB world lately, especially after hosting the 2023 All-Star Game.

Formerly known as Safeco Field, T-Mobile Park is one of the biggest stadiums in the league. But don’t worry about getting caught in that typical Seattle rain – the retractable roof has got you covered (literally).

Now, let’s talk food and drink. T-Mobile Park is killing it in this department, with some of the best options in all of baseball. And get this – they’ve got plenty of cheap eats and drinks, with many options for just $5 or $6.

But the real kicker? The views. On a perfect Seattle day, you’ll be treated to some seriously stunning sights from all around the park. Plus, you’re just a stone’s throw away from downtown and all its awesome attractions.

After a cool $55 million on enhancements over the past couple of seasons, you know the Mariners are not messing around.

 

5. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates
Liover Peguero #60 of the Pittsburgh Pirates-PNC Park/Justin Berl/Getty Images/AFP

 

Can you believe the Pittsburgh Pirates are currently first in the AL Central standings? Look at you Pittsburgh, who would’ve thought you had it in you? Anyways, let’s talk about what really takes the cake here when talking about Pirates baseball, PNC Park.

Featuring one of the best views in all of baseball, when you catch a glimpse of the city skyline backdrop, you almost forget for a second you’re at a Pirates game. Every inch of this ballpark is a home run. It’s hands down the best of the “modern” stadiums, and a must-visit for any true baseball fan.

No other stadium has managed to showcase a city quite like PNC. And get this – players can even reach the Allegheny River with a monster shot over the right field wall!

Speaking of right field, you can’t miss the 21-foot tall wall, a tribute to the legendary Roberto Clemente. And just beyond that, you’ll spot the bright yellow Roberto Clemente Bridge. And even before you enter the stadium, you’re greeted by a statue of the great Honus Wagner in front of the gorgeous PNC Park facade. That can easily be two of the coolest stadium perks in all of pro ball.

But the quirks don’t stop there. The batter’s eye in center field features a grassy “PIRATES” display, and the outfield has all sorts of interesting angles and cuts.

 

 

4. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field ticket windows in Chicago/CHRIS WILKINS/AFP

 

Coming fourth in our list, a personal favorite of mine, not just because I’ve been a Chicago Cubs fan since I can remember watching pro baseball, (thanks grandpa for getting me hooked) but also a true gem in the world of MLB stadiums: Wrigley Field. Once you step inside this iconic ballpark, you feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the golden age of baseball.

Opening its doors way back in 1914, Wrigley Field is one of the oldest stadiums in the league. From the legendary ivy-covered walls to the classic scoreboard, this place oozes nostalgia and charm.

Sure, you might have to sacrifice a few modern conveniences, but trust me, it’s worth it. Between the marquee out front, the hand-operated scoreboard, and the flags displaying the current standings – it’s like a treasure trove of baseball history! The recent renovations have only enhanced the experience, blending old-school cool with just the right amount of modern touches.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the “W” and “L” flags that fly after each game. Fun fact: they started way back when to let train riders know if the Cubs won or lost.

 

3. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park in Boston/Ezra Shaw/North America/Getty Images via AFP

 

If you haven’t been to Fenway Park yet, you’re missing out on a true MLB treasure. As the oldest stadium in the league, Fenway is a place where fans can truly breathe and experience absolute baseball history.

First of all, can we talk about the Green Monster? It’s hands down one of the most iconic landmarks in all of sports. But that’s just the beginning of what makes Fenway so special.

From the electric pregame atmosphere to the quirky charm of the 112-year-old ballpark, a trip to Fenway is an adventure in itself. Sure, you might have to deal with some obstructed views and aging concourses, but that’s all part of the experience.

And let’s not forget about the short right field line with Pesky’s Pole, the unique bullpens, and the triangular center field area. Oh, and as a kicker, there’s a bar out there too.

Watching a game at Fenway is cool enough on TV, but walking up that ramp for the first time is a moment every baseball fan should have.

 

2. Oracle Park, San Francisco Giants

Oracle Park, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants/ Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

 

Second on the list, and staying out west in California, it’s one of the most iconic MLB stadiums out there: Oracle Park. Even if you still prefer calling it by its old name, Pacific Bell Park or AT&T Park, there’s no denying that this ballpark is a must-visit for any true fan.

Since its opening in 2020, Oracle Park has been wowing visitors with its incredible fan experience. Whether you’re kayaking in McCovey Cove or soaking up the atmosphere inside the stadium, you’ll find everything you could possibly want here.

Sure, it can get a bit chilly at night, and the seagulls seem to love the place too, but with fantastic food, friendly staff, and breathtaking views, Oracle Park is an absolute gem. Trust me, if you’re a baseball fan, this stadium needs to be on your bucket list.

 

1. Petco Park, San Diego Padres

Petco Park, San Diego Padres
Petco Park in San Diego, California/Christian Petersen/North America/Getty Images via AFP

 

Padres fans, your team is finally in first place of an MLB rankings list! So how about we talk about Petco Park, the crown jewel of MLB stadiums! Nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego, this ballpark is an absolute must-visit. With perfect California weather and the best food and drink options in the game, Petco Park is a baseball lover’s dream come true.
Imagine watching the Padres while enjoying a drink from one of the local breweries like AleSmith, Ballast Point, or Karl Strauss while munching on some fish tacos. And with the stunning city skyline as your backdrop, it’s no wonder Petco Park tops our list of the best MLB stadiums.

 

 

 

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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