Rank 'Em: MLB Stadiums

Created: April 12, 2010, 12:19 PM

Where does Target Field rank?

What are the best and worst baseball stadiums?

Target Field is the latest in an increasingly long line of new stadiums in Major League Baseball, bringing open-air baseball back to the Twin Cities for the first time in decades. But with so many parks following in the footsteps of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, now almost a historical site itself after nearly two decades, how do you sort the best from the rest?

Below you'll find a list of all 30 MLB stadiums, including information on each park from ESPN Travel if you mouse over the info button. Consider the choices and rank the field.

More from ESPN Travel: Pictures of all 30 stadiums


 
 
  • Los Angeles Angels

    "Angel Stadium is located in suburban Anaheim, which isn't ideal for fans looking to do some pregame and postgame exploring in the area ... unless, of course, your goal is Disneyland, which is right nearby. The ballpark itself is one of the oldest in the Majors now, but it's undergone various other renovations over the years and is a nice place to see a game." -- ESPN Travel
  • San Francisco Giants

    "AT&T Park opened in 2000 to high praise for its classic look and feel, excellent sightlines and eclectic food offerings including the famous garlic fries. Besides all the amenities of a modern ballpark, there are great views of the bay from the upper deck and the opportunity to explore one of the coolest cities anywhere right outside the gates. And just beyond the right-field wall is McCovey Cove, the spot where locals invented one of the newest and most unique traditions in baseball, bobbing in their kayaks as they await home run balls." -- ESPN Travel
  • St. Louis Cardinals

    "'"Meet me at the Musial statue!' That's a common phrase for Cardinals fans and others headed to Busch Stadium. The statue of Cardinals great Stan Musial sits outside Gate 3 of this new park, which kept the same name as the old one and is also downtown in sight of the Arch. Another thing that hasn't changed is the passionate fan base that packs the place to see their Cards." -- ESPN Travel
  • Arizona Diamondbacks

    "Chase Field has a retractable roof that has made baseball in the desert possible, but unless it's a real scorcher outside the team actually tries to keep it open for the D-backs' typical 6:40 p.m. starts. That allows for the magical feel of an open-air ballgame. But tradition takes a back seat most elsewhere, including at the famous swimming pool in right-center, where home run balls occasionally splash." -- ESPN Travel
  • New York Mets

    "Citi Field is New York's 'other' new ballpark, built just beyond the outfield fence of old Shea Stadium. Designers incorporated features from long-gone parks like Ebbets Field, and the atmosphere is more intimate than at Shea. In fact, the move means about 15,000 fewer seats, so the ticket supply will be tighter. But the park ensures the Mets will remain in Queens for decades to come." -- ESPN Travel
  • Philadelphia Phillies

    "Citizens Bank Park is located in Philadelphia's South Side stadium complex next to the homes of the Eagles, Sixers and Flyers. Come hungry because an effort's been extended to highlight local cuisine, including hoagies and cheesesteaks. Ashburn Alley is an outfield concourse of shops and concessions named for Phils' legend Richie Ashburn, and a highlight there is Bulls' BBQ, where you may find former Phils' slugger Greg 'The Bull' Luzinski hanging out." -- ESPN Travel
  • Detroit Tigers

    "Comerica Park has plenty of off-field entertainment, including a carousel, a Ferris wheel and a fountain that spouts liquid fireworks. And beyond the left-field wall is a series of unique statues of six Tigers greats. The park is located in downtown Detroit, and believe it or not there's plenty to see and do close by. Hit Nemo's, a classic sports bar, before the game and nearby Greektown after." -- ESPN Travel
  • Colorado Rockies

    "Climb up to the 20th row of the upper deck at Coors Field, which is painted purple in a sea of green seats, and you'll be exactly one mile above sea level. And if you're really brave, grab some Rocky Mountain oysters from a concession stand. Despite the park's name, there's a wide variety of brews to choose from to wash them down. Located in Denver's bustling LoDo district, there are many bars, restaurants and cafes a short stroll away." -- ESPN Travel
  • Los Angeles Dodgers

    "This park opened in 1962 and is now one of the oldest in the Majors, but the setting in Chavez Ravine remains one of the best in baseball. Bring some headphones and tune in the incomparable Vin Scully calling the game on the radio. And try a Dodger Dog to see if it lives up to the hype. Can so many Dodgers fans be wrong?" -- ESPN Travel
  • Boston Red Sox

    "The seats are cramped, the facilities ancient and the tickets are some of the most expensive in baseball. Now that that's out of the way, every baseball fan should make it to Fenway at least once. This oldest park in the Majors is a living museum to America's pastime and home to the best team in baseball in the new century. And right outside the door are some great sports bars." -- ESPN Travel
  • Cincinnati Reds

    "Great American is located downtown next to the Ohio River and the now-gone Riverfront Stadium, home to the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s. Fans can park across the river at an entertainment district in Kentucky, then walk over the Purple People Bridge to the game or take a water taxi." -- ESPN Travel
  • Kansas City Royals

    "Pick up some Kansas City barbeque and join tailgaters outside 'The K' while awaiting the start of the game. This park is located next door to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs, so there are plenty of parking spots. Hit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in downtown at some point during your visit." -- ESPN Travel
  • Milwaukee Brewers

    "Drive up to Miller Park a couple of hours before opening pitch and you'd think there was a football game going on inside that day. Tailgating is a big part of game day in Milwaukee, with Brewers fans filling the parking lot before every game grilling up bratwurst and sausages and enjoying their favorite beverages. Miller products are highlighted inside the park, but there also is a fine selection of local micro-brews on tap." -- ESPN Travel
  • Houston Astros

    "This retractable roof stadium in downtown Houston has been nicknamed the Juice Box, but trains are the theme. Fans enter through the refurbished Union Station and a replica locomotive runs on a track above left field. Also, fans can now take a light rail line to the game, although this is Houston so most are driving." -- ESPN Travel
  • Washington Nationals

    'Nationals Park is a vast improvement over old RFK Stadium, and Nats fans are hoping for a winning team to someday cheer at this beautiful facility. Be in your seat in the middle of the fourth inning for the racing presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt (Teddy, that is)." -- ESPN Travel
  • Oakland Athletics

    "The A's have called this spacious park home for more than 40 years and share it with the Raiders. It used to be known as McAfee Coliseum but is now back to being the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Tailgating is popular before games in the surrounding parking lots." -- ESPN Travel
  • Baltimore Orioles

    "This is the original retro park and still the one all others are measured against. Hit the nearby Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum on the way to the game and Boog's Barbeque when inside; it's run by former Oriole star Boog Powell and serves up some of the best ballpark food anywhere." -- ESPN Travel
  • San Diego Padres

    "Leave plenty of time to explore San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter when going to a game here. There are bars and restaurants galore in the surrounding neighborhood, and inside the park it's pretty nice, too. Petco may have a goofy name but it's a beautiful facilty that kept the Padres in San Diego." -- ESPN Travel
  • Pittsburgh Pirates

    "Park your car across the river and join other fans in walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge to the game. Once inside, grab an Iron City beer and enjoy views of the Pittsburgh skyline and some of those prominent bridges. Sadly, the Pirates are perennial losers now, but that just makes it easier for fans of opposing teams to invade." -- ESPN Travel
  • Cleveland Indians

    "For most of its existence this place was known as Jacobs Field, or The Jake, and it remains a great place to catch a game. Tribe fans no longer sell it out every game like they did from 1995-2000, but they're still a dedicated bunch. Even if the game doesn't go well there are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, to help you happily kill the rest of the day." -- ESPN Travel
  • Texas Rangers

    "The Legends of the Game museum behind the right-field bleachers has many items on loan from Cooperstown and is worth a visit when seeing the Rangers play. The park is located in suburban Arlington, and the Cowboys are opening a new stadium nearby in 2009." -- ESPN Travel
  • Toronto Blue Jays

    "Skydome, as it was known then, received tons of praise and publicity when it opened in 1989 because of its retractable roof, various modern amenities and the hotel built into the stadium that overlooked center field. It's not so unique any more, but with the many bars and restaurants and sights of downtown Toronto within walking distance, it's still a cool place to see a game." -- ESPN Travel
  • Seattle Mariners

    "Come hungry because Safeco Field has an excellent selection of food and some great local micro-brews on tap. Try a Sea Dog, a unique take on the traditional ballpark dog that's actually fried cod. Safeco is located just south of downtown, next door to Qwest Field, home of the Seahawks." -- ESPN Travel
  • Florida Marlins

    "The Marlins may play here, but to call this place a ballpark would be a misnomer. Just look at the name and the address on Dan Marino Boulevard. This is a football stadium, and empty seats almost always outnumber full ones when the Marlins play. But the team has made some history here in its brief tenure, winning two world titles." -- ESPN Travel
  • Minnesota Twins

    "Target Plaza, the main entrance, features statues of Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew, plus a 1,500-pound "Golden Glove," which will include a plaque honoring every Twins Gold Glove winner. After each Twins home run, the team's original ''Shaking Hands'' logo, with characters Minnie and Paul, will light up in center field. Other features include ''The Knotholes'' on Fifth Street, which will allow fans to watch the game without purchasing a ticket." -- ESPN Travel
  • Tampa Bay Rays

    "This domed stadium in downtown St. Petersburg may be the antithesis of the classic ballpark, but at least the locals have a winning team on the field for the first time. The tilted roof is lit orange after a Rays win and there are live rays swimming in a tank in the outfield, which is worth a look. And a good sports bar, Ferg's, is close by." -- ESPN Travel
  • Atlanta Braves

    "This was the Olympic Stadium for the 1996 games before being converted to a baseball-only facility for the Braves. The Olympic cauldron from those games is nearby, and in the parking lot next door is a portion of the left-field wall over which Hank Aaron launched home run No. 715 in 1974 at the old Fulton County Stadium." -- ESPN Travel
  • Chicago White Sox

    "The Cell may play second fiddle to that ballpark on the North Side of town, but it's got a lot going for it. There're some pretty good eats, the famous exploding scoreboard and a hearty and underappreciated fan base. The team took eight rows off the much-criticized upper deck, but it's still too steep and high." -- ESPN Travel
  • Chicago Cubs

    "It's been said before, but every baseball fan should make a pilgrimage to Wrigley Field at least once. It's the definition of a classic ballpark, and right outside are dozens of bar and restaurants that turn the neighborhood into a festival every game day. It should be at or near the top of every fan's list." -- ESPN Travel
  • New York Yankees

    "In many ways the new Yankee Stadium resembles the original stadium more than the place they just moved out of, which underwent a massive renovation in the 1970s. The famous roof overhang and other touches have returned, and for fans that's a positive development. They'd really like to see the team start stockpiling championships, too." -- ESPN Travel