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The Times' rankings: Baseball stadiums

Kevin Baxter picks the best and worst places to watch a major league game.

May 07, 2011
  • A breathtaking view helps make PNC Park the top-ranked place to watch Major League Baseball.
A breathtaking view helps make PNC Park the top-ranked place to watch Major… (Keith Srakocic / Associated…)

A wave of ballpark construction that began in 1991 with Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field has resulted in 21 big league stadiums being built in the last two decades. Yet it's unlikely any of them will match the charm or history of Boston's ageless Fenway Park.

BEST

1. PNC PARK (Pittsburgh, opened in 2001): Breathtaking view of the Pittsburgh skyline and Allegheny River help fans overlook the poor team.

2. AT&T PARK (San Francisco, 2000): Few things are better than watching a homer land in McCovey Cove while you eat garlic fries.

3. YANKEE STADIUM (New York, 2009): House That Ruth built, Jeter-upgraded, lacks history but nothing else. Awe-inspiring tribute to the game.

4. TARGET FIELD (Minneapolis, 2010): An open-air ballpark in Minnesota? If you build it, they will come.

5. CITIZENS BANK PARK (Philadelphia, 2004): A handsome homer haven with quirky outfield dimensions.

6. COMERICA PARK (Detroit, 2000): A carousel and a 50-foot-high Ferris wheel on the concourse. Oh, and a baseball field in between.

7. FENWAY PARK (Boston, 1912): Babe Ruth and Tris Speaker played here. And don't forget the Green Monster.

Boston's Fenway Park maintains sense of history, tradition

8. ANGEL STADIUM (Anaheim, 1966): Outfield rock garden a bit Disneyesque. But, like Disneyland, this park is clean and inviting.

9. PETCO PARK (San Diego, 2004): Retro design incorporates berm seating and a century-old warehouse down the line.

10. KAUFFMAN STADIUM (Kansas City, 1973): Tasteful $250-million renovation added a 14-story-high high-definition scoreboard.

WORST

1. OVERSTOCK.COM COLISEUM (Oakland, 1966): Depressing mausoleum with small crowds seated far from the field.

2. SUN LIFE FIELD (Miami Gardens, Fla., 1987): Nothing says baseball like a football stadium on the edge of the Everglades.

3. TROPICANA FIELD (St. Petersburg, Fla., 1990): Artificial fan noise + artificial turf + small crowds = a real problem.

4. ROGERS CENTRE (Toronto, 1989): Another multipurpose stadium with artificial turf. Plus, the outfield dimensions are listed in meters.

5. WRIGLEY FIELD (Chicago, 1914): Delight: Ivy on the walls. Danger: Falling concrete in the grandstands.

6. DODGER STADIUM (Los Angeles, 1962): Chavez Ravine provides a great backdrop to a ballgame, but the park is in need of renovation.

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