Now that the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series and broken then century long curse, the highlight of Wrigley Field has us thinking about the other great stadiums throughout America.
The use of stadiums dates back to ancient times, back when the reigning entertainment of the day for a mass audience usually involved some permutation of “sprint really fast while a lion chases you then try and kill your opponent with a rock.”
Thankfully, apart from maybe anytime a terrible entertainer performs, things have matured considerably at the hundreds of events that take place at scads of stadiums throughout the U.S.
Baseball and the occasional major concert are the primary serving inside the hallowed ground of U.S. baseball stadiums, which themselves run the gamut architecturally speaking from clunky bowls of concrete to stunning contemporary creations.
A trip to the baseball stadium includes the obvious of the game itself, but the experience at each stadium makes it that much more exciting – beer, hot dogs, cotton candy, and dozens of other food options; the out of town scoreboard so you can continually check what’s happening around the league (as well as monitor any betting from any sports betting sites you’ve been using); the roar of the crowd; and the camaraderie of getting to know the strangers around you as you cheer on your team together.
Each stadium’s experience is different and here are some of our top choices for U.S. baseball stadiums. How many have you been to?
Fenway Park, the legendary home to the Boston Red Sox, is packed tightly into Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts. Along with Wrigley Field, it is one of only two “classic parks” still in use, referring to the era of ballparks built at the turn of the 20th century. Erected in 1912, the stadium is the oldest in Major League Baseball, and is the cornerstone of Boston’s century-old love story with America’s pastime. Thanks to its die-hard fanbase, the team’s recent success, and its small stadium size, Fenway boasts an unimaginable record for most consecutive sold out games, with over 700 between 2003-2012.
The ballpark only holds 37,000 people, making it the fourth smallest stadium in the league, and even this number is thanks to recent reconstructions. Because of its location in a dense neighborhood, the challenges of expanding the stadium resulted in unique kinks in design that defined its character, including the Green Monster that looms over left field, the Triangle in center field, and Pesky’s Pole.
Wrigley Field, situated in the community of Lakeview, in Chicago, IL, is the longstanding home of the Chicago Cubs. Built in 1914, it follows Fenway Park as the second oldest baseball stadium in the nation, and is the only park besides Fenway that still operates a hand-turned scoreboard.
The baseball stadium was originally built for the Chicago Whales, a team in the Federal League at the time, but the Cubs moved in shortly after in 1916. Retired numbers of Cubs hall-of-famers such as Billy Williams, Greg Maddux, and Ernie Banks are displayed on pinstriped flags hanging from the the foul poles. Despite the history of talent, the Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in over a century until 2016, setting a record for the longest championship dry-spell of any major sports team in the country.
Wrigley is known for its network of ivy that coils across the brick outfield barriers, but contrary to popular belief, it does not substitute as cushioning for players hitting the ivy wall at Wrigley Field. The park can hold just over 41,000 fans, but there are also bleachers built onto the rooftops of the neighboring apartment buildings that overlook the outfield.
AT&T Park opened on March 31, 2000, representing the first Major League ballpark to be built without public funds since the completion of Dodger Stadium in 1962, costing more than $357 million to build. AT&T Park replaced the San Francisco Giants’ former home, Candlestick Park, now boasting a seating capacity of 41,915 and a better location in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
AT&T Park was originally named Pacific Bell Park after the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company purchased the naming rights for $50 million in 1996. SBC then acquired Pacific Bell and renamed the venue SBC Park in 2003; finally in 2006, when SBC merged with AT&T, it received its third (and hopefully final!) title.
There have been many exciting events at AT&T Park including its opening series which featured the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Giants, who were swept in three games. Barry Bonds, the veteran Giants outfielder, also contributed to the fan fervor by hitting his 500th home run at the park in 2001.
Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York, is home to the MLB franchise, the New York Yankees, and one of the most well known ballpark stadiums in the U.S. Yankee Stadium is fairly new, having opened in 2009, and sits across the street from the original Yankee Stadium which was used from 1923 to 2008. The groundbreaking ceremonies for Yankee Stadium commenced on August 16th, 2006, which is the 58th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death.
Yankee Stadium was purposely designed to mimic the layout of the original Yankee Stadium but on a larger scale, and it includes a greater number of club seats and luxury suites than the original stadium. Yankee Stadium has a capacity of 52,325 and cost an approximate $1.5 billion to build, making it the most expensive baseball stadium ever made.
Baseball games at Yankee Stadium are not only a strong tradition and source of pride for all the die-hard Yankee fans out there, but also a great chance for families and friends to sit back, enjoy a cold beer, and appreciate the glory of America’s favorite pastime.
Constructed in 1962, Dodger Stadium is the oldest baseball stadium on the West Coast and has been home to the Los Angeles Dodgers since its inception. Located just north of Downtown L.A., the ballpark can hold up to 57,000 fans and is sometimes referred to as Chavez Ravine, named after the land that the stadium was built on.
Located in the world’s entertainment capital, the site is regularly used as a music venue for some of the hottest performers on the planet. Previous concerts at Dodger Stadium have included The Beatles, Elton John, KISS, The Rolling Stones, U2, The Police, Michael Jackson, and Simon and Garfunkel, to name a few. It was even visited by Pope John Paul II when he led a mass there in 1987. The stadium also hosted the 1984 Olympics, as well as previous World Baseball Classics.
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