Major League Ballparks, Oldest to Newest
Lately I’ve been thinking about how nice it would be to go on a cross-country tour of each of the Major League ballparks in North America. I’ve been to four MLB parks in my life, only one of which, Fenway Park, still exists (RIP: Seattle Kingdome, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, and New York’s Shea Stadium.)
Then I got to thinking about how many new stadiums have been built over the past 15 years or so, and that led me to consider ranking every MLB park from oldest to newest. What would that list look like?
Well, here it is:
1) Fenway Park, Boston – 1912
2) Wrigley Field, Chicago – 1914
3) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles – 1962
4) Angel Stadium of Anaheim, California – 1966
4) The Coliseum, Oakland – 1966
6) Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO – 1973
7) Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario – 1989
8) Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg – 1990
9) U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago (South Side) – 1991
10) Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore – 1992
11) Progressive Field, Cleveland – 1994
11) Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX – 1994
13) Coors Field, Denver – 1995
14) Turner Field, Atlanta – 1996
15) Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ – 1998
16) Safeco Field, Seattle, WA – 1999
17) AT&T Park, San Francisco – 2000
17) Comerica Park, Detroit – 2000
17) Minute Maid Park, Houston – 2000
20) Miller Park, Milwaukee – 2001
20) PNC Park, Pittsburgh – 2001
22) Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati – 2003
23) Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia – 2004
23) Petco Park, San Diego, 2004
25) Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO – 2006
26) Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. – 2008
27) Citi Field, (Queens) New York – 2009
27) Yankee Stadium, (Bronx) New York – 2009
29) Target Field, Minneapolis, MN – 2010
30) Marlins Park, Miami, FL – 2012
Only two stadiums, the Rogers Centre in Toronto and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (which, as you’ll notice, were built just a year apart, and are each in the A.L. East), still use artificial turf.
Fourteen ballparks, representing 47% of all the parks in MLB, have been built since the year 2000.
Camden Yards in Baltimore, at one time the showpiece of the return to the “retro” ballparks, is now the tenth oldest park in America.
No ballparks built in the 1920’s, ’30’s, 40’s, or ’50’s are still in existence, and only one each from the ’70’s and ’80’s are still in use today.
Since 1999, the only teams to have won a World Series after moving into a new stadium are the Giants and the Cardinals (twice each), the Phillies (won in 2008), and the Yankees (won in 2009.) It’s interesting to note that the Cardinals and the Yankees each won the World Series in their first year in their new parks. Also, the Tigers have been to two World Series since 2000, but lost them both.
Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles is capable of holding the most fans (56,000.)
Tropicana Field can hold the fewest (34,000.) There are currently seven ballparks that are designed to seat fewer than 40,000 people, including three that have been built since the year 2000.
If you are currently at least 50 years old, all but two of the ballparks currently in use have been built in your lifetime.
I guess I need to do some traveling. Which parks have you been to? Which ones do you like the most? Which ones would you like to finally see for the first time?
Always happy to hear from you.