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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.

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102 thoughts on “Major League Ballparks, Oldest to Newest

  1. Came across this article when I saw something saying Coors Field was the third oldest in the National League, seems crazy since it’s only 20. I’m turning 19 this week but fortunate enough to have been to many parks in my day Fenway (over 15 times; including 2013 WS) Yankee Stadium (old & new), Citi Field, Camden Yards, Tropicana Field, U.S Cellular, Wrigley, dodger stadium, Angels stadium, Turner Field, Nationals Park,AT&T park, PNC park,citizens bank park, Petco Park,Busch Stadium. And ones not in play anymore: Shea Stadium and the Marlins old park

    • Wow, you’ve seen an awful lot of ballparks for a 19-year old. I’m jealous, man! Yeah, many of the “new” ballparks are not so new anymore. If you’re as old as I am, it seems like they were just built a few years ago, not 15-20 years ago.
      Thanks for the comment,

  2. Beth Cox on said:

    What about Tiger Stadium? I realize it no longer stands, but it was originally built in 1912 (as Navin Field) and opened the same day as Fenway Park.

  3. Just ran across this because I was looking for this very information, e.g. how many “old” stadiums (pre-Toronto) were left. I thought the answer was “5”, but it’s worth noting that I was counting Kaufmann as “major renovation”. So it’s not technically new, but was significantly overhauled enough to count that way, IMHO.

  4. Great article. Thanks. Hard to believe that Dodger Stadium is the 3rd oldest park. i was there in ’83 and have also been to Fenway (4 times), Camden, Coors, Progressive (when it was Jacobs Field) and Chase (the BOB) all once. Stadiums that no longer exist I’ve been to include Ebbets Field and Polo Grounds (once each, both with the Cub Scouts), old Yankee (many times), Shea maybe a half dozen and Jarry Park and Comisky Park once.

    • Hi Bob, Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the article. You certainly have been to many of the old classic parks. Wish I had been able to get to Ebbets way back when.
      Thanks again,

  5. Leanna Wynn on said:

    I am a little late to the conversation :-) but I ran across this looking to see how many fields I can take my kids to visit that my grandfather played at. Sadly not many:( I live in SF and we have only been to our local stadiums.( I guess I should have some appreciation to have seen the Giants play at Candlestick before AT&T was built.) I want to make it a family tradition to visit at least one stadium per year and I thought that we could start with the fields that have some tie to our family. This list definitely made that a little easier :-)

  6. I’ve been on a quest for all the stadiums for years, my list totals 37 with a good number of those no longer around. Only three cities remain. As I age, I find that the rhythms and rituals in our lives contribute great meaning to our Life. Stadium venturing has played that role for me. Thank you MLB.

  7. Brian Disch on said:

    Came across blog after visiting Camden Yards for 1st time tonight and realizing it is 20+ years old. Wanted to mention that Camden is a must see and looks amazing for being “old” for Baseball standards. And I have been to 10 ballparks after visiting Dodger Stadium & Camden Yards for 1st time this Year. Great blog.

    • Thanks very much, Brian. I’ve never been to Camden Yards, but I’ve always wanted to check it out. With the Orioles getting to the playoffs this season, their park will get some more publicity for the first time in a long time.
      I appreciate the kind words,
      Thanks again, Bill

  8. Josh Barfield on said:

    Should Rickwood Field be on your list? It doesn’t cater to any MLB teams, but it is still in use for baseball games, and is the oldest surviving baseball park in the world!

    • Not on this particular list, but I believe I wrote about Rickwood in my post about the last surviving Negro League ballparks. Definitely worth a mention, though. I’m planning on going down to Rickwood next spring. It’s about time I got out from behind this keyboard.

  9. kenjaques676917306 on said:

    I’ve been to 29 in total, but only 7 of these. Did a roadtrip of all stadiums in ’84 and, living near Toronto, have been to the Sky Dome (now Rogers Centre) since. Feels like it’s time for a road trip :)

    • Wow, that’s great! So you got to see lots of old classic parks no longer in existence. It’s amazing how many new ballparks were built in just a few years about a decade ago. Thanks for checking in.

  10. I’ve been to PNC Park, Camden Yards, Nationals Park, Progressive Field, Comerica Park, Tropicana Field, Marlins Park, and the Rogers Centre. Next month I’m heading to Philly for a game.

    • Sean, thanks for being part of this conversation. For some reason, I’ve never managed to get to Camden Yards. It’s definitely at or near the top of my list.
      Thanks for reading, and for leaving the comment,

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  12. Kailey on said:

    I’m late to the game too. Great blog. My husband and I have a goal to visit every ballpark. So far we’ve been to two together. We’ve four on the books this summer, Wrigley,US Cellular, Comerica and Miller.

    Last year we went to the Coliseum… Too bad the giants were out of town. We can’t wait to visit Fenway!!

    Thanks again for the great read!

    • Hi, Never too late to leave a comment! I need to do a lot more traveling to ballparks myself. Actually, I seem to be getting to more minor league stadiums these days than anything else.
      Glad you enjoy the blog, and thanks for stopping by,

  13. kim prater on said:

    Interesting blog. Watching the Cardinal game(one team the whole family agrees on in sports!). They are playing KC and the announcers were doing a quiz on the top 5 oldest stadiums/field. They said KC was the 6th. So husband google it and found your blog. It is on my bucket list to go to baseball stadiums. The only sport I like is baseball. I have been to 15 stadiums (more than my husband and my boys. LOL). Been to games in all stadiums except three. I was quite upset the year of the strike. My regional salesman had tickets for us at Camden and we were going to go the a game but the strike came, so we only got to go see the stadium. In La one year and no game that day, but got to see that stadium. In Washington on vacation and we by the Nationals stadium, did not have time to go to game. The rest of the 13 I actually have been to games. Wrigley (2); Kauffman (4+ or so); Rangers ball parkpark (both old and new 4+); Coors field (1); Safeco field (1); At&t (1); Houston (old – astrodome 10+); San Diego (old 1); Busch (both old and new, 20+. Next year going to Fenway for a tour on a trip tour with school. Still have lots to go!

    • Kim, Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog. Been on vacation, so sorry for the delay in replying to you. I haven’t been to nearly as many stadiums as you have. Now that my boys are older, I think it’s time to get in the car and visit more of these ballparks. Glad you found my post to be useful.
      Thanks again for reading, and for the comment,

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    • Thanks again for linking my post to your blog. Much appreciated.

      • My pleasure – thanks for the great info! I did get to Angels Stadium last weekend. The game was a blowout by the Rangers, but we saw some fireworks when the Angels hit homeruns, and also got to see our first on-field replay, which ended up reversing a call! A little excitement… :)

      • Sounds like a good time. I’m going to a minor league game here in Greenville, SC tomorrow. Not quite the same, but minor league ball can often be quite exciting, too. Very nice ballpark for a single-A team as well.
        Thanks again,

  15. I’m a little late to the party, but I came across your post when I was looking for, well, exactly this, to use as part of a bucket list post… I’ll get to that in a few. :)

    I guess I’m extremely fortunate – and spoiled – to have been to enough games at Fenway that I’ve lost count. My first memory includes a punch-out bottomed popcorn cup that could be used as a megaphone (I was about 6 or 7 at the time). Other great memories include concerts on the field (NKOTB, what can I say… I’m a girl, and an 80s child!), seeing ‘The Sand Lot’ with my son, and most recently attending the World Series Game 1. Fenway is my Happy Place. Heck, we even have a commemorative 100-year Brick. The vibe there is like no other. Which makes every other ballpark somehow seem ‘less than’, even though they are all special in their own way.

    I have also been to Dodger Stadium several times… 3 in a row last summer when the Sox were in town. I kept calling it DodgerTown, though, because they used to train in Vero Beach. There is something special about the older parks – maybe it’s the nostalgia factor. I went to CamelBack for a tour in February, and it’s very high-tech and lovely, but it’s not the same.

    Funny side note: “Nomah” was my son’s first word, and he finally got to meet #5 at a Dodgers Spring Training Game in 2006 or 2007.

    But I digress…
    Next weekend I will go to Angels Stadium, and I hope to get to Wrigley during its 100th Anniversary year. We also have friends in Northern CA, so I will get to The Oakland Coliseum within the next 2 seasons as well.

    It’s sad that there are only 5 parks older than me. Kansas City is close, but I’m still a year ahead of it. Maybe I’ll revise my Bucket List from seeing all of the parks older than me, to seeing all of the parks built before I graduated High School (Tropicana Field… been there, too — I’m going to start calling it The Juice Box thanks to your creative reader!) or before I graduated College (that still only gets me to Arlington…). Sigh.

    As for the others, I’ve also been to Camden Yards, which I still consider “new”, since it was only about 2-3 years old the first time I went, and AT&T Park in San Francisco. I’ve walked by Citi Field, but really would rather have gone to Shea. And as much of a Sox fan as I am, I wish I had seen the old Yankee stadium.

    Looks like I have some more traveling to do, too…

    • Well, it certainly sounds like you’ve done your fair share of traveling around and seeing ballparks. I’ve been to Fenway Park around five times. The first time was in ’79, Fred Lynn’s “other” great season with the Red Sox. They lost 9-1 to Cleveland. Funny you should say you “walked around” CitiField. That’s what most Mets fans do these days. Attendance is in steady decline. It’s cool that your son’s first word was Nomah! It’s also cool that his mom is a big-time baseball fan.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  16. Nick Gantz on said:

    Hello. I noticed in your list you forgot to include one of the most historic stadiums built in the world, and that has revolutionized the game of sports forever. That stadium being built from 1963-1965 and opening in 1965 is the Houston Astrodome. That is a really big one you forgot. Just letting you know


    • Hi Nick, It’s a list of the 30 ballparks currently in use today. Otherwise, the list would have been a whole lot longer, and would have included Ebbet’s Field, Shibe Park, etc.
      Thanks for reading,

  17. brian putnam on said:

    Great article, my bad, (still in existance)

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  19. Reading all this subjects me to an attack of severe nostalgia. When I first became a baseball fan, there was a grand total of 16 teams in two leagues. 8 and 8. Period, full stop. The stadiums they played in are nearly all history. Polo Grounds, Forbes Field, Crosley Field, Connie Mack Stadium, Ebbets Field, Sportsman’s Park . . . and the brand spanking new stadium I loved as a kid is now the 3rd oldest in the land. Oh my.

    • Hi David, That’s one of the charms, or the problems, with baseball. It so often invokes nostalgia, and makes some of us (certainly me), feel really old sometimes.
      Thanks for reading, and for the comment,

  20. glenrussellslater on said:

    I’d like to go to ANY ballpark where the focus is on what we paid to see, which is BASEBALL, not blaring rock music or rap music or tiny clips of “coming up to bat music” that makes me like the player at bat less because I know that they have no taste in “music”. We go to the ballpark for baseball. We don’t need the distracting stuff. We don’t need things on the scoreboard telling us when to yell louder, when to shout “Let’s Go Mets” (it used to be spontaneous, started by the fans itself, usually by one or two, and it was magical; it would catch on through an individual section and spread through the ballpark. Or it WOULDN’T, which was just as fun, where you or your friends would yell “Let’s Go Mets” and it didn’t catch on and you just felt embarrassed. An analogy of that is the embarrassment in the way that Johnny Carson used to embarrass himself in his monologue that no one would laugh at, and he would go on to self-deprecating humor, explaining the joke, and it generally got more laughs than the original joke, itself.) Baseball fans (at least Mets fans) used to be able to laugh at themselves, but now they don’t have the opportunity to do that, much less THINK FOR THEMSELVES, because they have gotten so used to being inundated with blaring invitations to yell “Lets Go Mets” or to clap their hands, as if they were in Kindergarten. (“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!”)

    It’s condescending. It’s an insult to the fan. They THINK that they’re going to attract younger fans who have attention deficit disorder; well, I HAVE been tested for attention deficit disorder and the test showed that I DO have it, yet I hate this condescending crap at the ballpark. Even the minor league ballparks (such as NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, where we used to take my sister’s kids) has, in the past two years, put in a big “jumbotron” with silly pictures that distract people from the game, plus “coming to bat” music, which sounds absurd. My then-seven year old nephew was noticeably distracted when we went to the Binghamton Mets game two seasons ago, whereas in other seasons, he was able to concentrate. So which came first, the chicken or the egg? Is the stadium catering to a supposed increase in attention deficit disorder, or is it actually CAUSING it????

    In my opinion, LESS IS MORE. Baseball is a pastoral game; stadiums used to be like cathedrals. Now, they’re like freak venues.


    By the way, they don’t seem to do it in St. Louis, I’ve noticed that last night. They don’t do it at Wrigley. That’s because they respect the fans’ intelligence.

    Here’s something that you might be interested in to show how nice baseball can be when FANS provide the sound effects, not electronics.

  21. I live near Boston and I’m a die hard Red Sox fan and I’ve been to Fenway so many times. It’s amazing. 101 years old and still standing.

  22. on said:

    I thought the Angels got a new stadium. You have them from 1966…

    • Nope. They’ve changed the name of the park a couple of times, and they’ve done some basic renovations, but it’s basically the same park that they’ve always played in.
      Thanks for reading,

  23. Van Kim on said:

    Here’s a list of ballparks I’ve been to in my young history in no particular order:

    Ones I’ve seen at least one ballgame:
    -Chase Field (Many Times – Current Home Park)
    -Turner Field (7 times including 2000 ASG and most recently Chipper Jones #10 jersey retirement)
    -Wrigley Field (5 times – dad took me to my 1st ballgame here in the mid 80’s) -Comiskey 1 (Once in the mid to late 80’s White Sox vs. Red Sox)
    -US Cellular Field (4 times last being August 1997 White Sox vs Mariners)
    -Jacobs Field (Once in May 2007 Indians (C.C.) vs. Tigers (Verlander))
    -Coors Field (Twice last being August 2008)
    -Minute Maid Park (Approx 100 times; last time being Jeff Bagwell #5 jersey retirement August 2007)
    -Kauffman Stadium (3 times last being May 2012 D-Backs vs Royals)
    -Angel Stadium (3 times back to back June 2012 D-Backs vs Angels)
    -Dodger Stadium (3 times last being Sept 2008 D-Backs vs. Dodgers)
    -Sun Life Stadium (Once on Opening Day 1999 Mets vs. Marlins)
    -Marlins Park (Once April 2012 D-Backs vs. Marlins)
    -County Stadium (Once August 1997 Angels vs. Brewers – Rickey Henderson’s Angel Debut)
    -Miller Park (Once this past April 2013 D-Backs vs. Brewers – All-Star Jean Segura’s 1st MLB Home Run)
    -Target Field (Once July 2010 Mariners vs. Twins – bought ticket to this game assuming Ken Griffey Jr. would still be active which did not happen)
    -Citi Field (Once July 2009 D-Backs vs. Mets)
    -Citizens Bank Park (Once August 2004 Giants vs. Phillies – JT Snow hit 3 Home Runs and Barry Bonds hit his 1st CBP Home Run (assuming it still counts LOL!!!!)
    -PNC Park (3 times; last being June 2008 D-Backs vs. Pirates
    -Busch Stadium (Twice last being July 2009 – 1st game played after they hosted ASG as Pujols slammed 2 Home Runs that night)
    -Jack Murphy Stadium (3 times; last being Sept 2003 Giants vs Padres)
    -Petco Park (at least 10 times; last being last month June 2013 D-Backs vs Padres)
    -at&t Park (3 times; last time D-Backs vs. Giants 2008; 1st time I went in July 2002, I saw Randy Johnson give up a line drive Home Run to Barry Bonds)
    -Safeco Field (Once in June 2007 when Ken Griffey Jr. played in Seattle for the 1st time as a visiting ballplayer for the Reds as they faced the Mariners)
    -Tropicana Field (About 20 times last being Sept 2000 A’s vs Rays)
    -Rangers Ballpark (About 26 times last being June 2012 last year D-Backs vs Rangers)
    -Nationals Ballpark (Once in July 2008 D-Backs vs. Nats)

    Here are three parks I’ve been into but was not for a ballgame:

    -Camden Yards (2 times for Ballpark Tour and Work Party)
    -Fenway Park (Ballpark Tour the morning after Pedro Martinez’s final regular season home game pitched for the Red Sox Sept 2004)
    -Current Yankee Stadium (Ballpark Tour July 2009 – easier to see Monument Park and take pictures without a gigantic crowd)

    In closing, I’m very fortunate that I got to see so many of these ballparks

    • Wow, that’s an extremely impressive list! You absolutely blow me away, man. Thanks so much for sharing it. I may be going to see the Braves down in Atlanta for the first time in a couple of weeks. Lately, it’s been just minor league games for me here in Greenville, SC, though it is always a good time.
      Take care,

      • Hi David, I’ve been to Shea Stadium many times, but haven’t been to CitiField yet. I’ve been to Fenway probably around five times, but I never did get to see the old Yankee Stadium. I’ve also been to the old Kingdome in Seattle, and I was at Three Rivers Stadium in its final season. I’d love to see PNC park in Pittsburgh (now that the Pirates appear to be worth watching again), because it does look really nice on T.V. It is amazing how few really old parks there are anymore. My older son is now ten-years old. That means that the majority of ballparks currently in use have been built in his lifetime!
        Thanks again,

    • David Meyers on said:

      Nice article. I found it because I wanted to confirm my belief that Dodger Stadium is third oldest, which blows my mind because I remember when it was built. My list, more or less in order from first to most recent is:
      1) Forbes Field in Pittsburgh – because I grew up in NW PA and my family was all from Pittsburgh, so we’d go down and visit and catch a Pirates-Dodgers game every summer. Probably a half-dozen times in all. Maybe a few more than that.
      2) Ebbets Field in Brooklyn – scheduled (!) double-header against the Reds in 1957, I think, but it could have been 1956. We didn’t stay until the end and as a little kid I was unhappy about it.
      3) Astrodome – My parents had moved to Dallas and I was visiting. I think my father got free tickets, so some friends and I drove down in my parents’ 66 Chevy Impala. I recall looking at the speedometer at one point and discovering that I was doing 100 mph. Straight, flat roads will do that to you.
      4) Shea Stadium – while visiting my uncle in NYC.
      5) Fenway Park – many times; I’ve lived in or near Boston since my college days.
      6) Arlington Stadium (old Rangers park) – during a business trip to Dallas in about 1975 (?).
      7) U.S. Cellular Field – once a few years back when in Chicago for a wedding. White Sox v. Cubs, which made for an entertaining atmosphere. Went with my son and his wife, who bought a White Sox cap and a Cubs visor, respectively, just because.

      I guess that’s it. Without enumerating them, I wouldn’t have thought it was even that many. I’ve been a Dodger fan since about 1954, because when I was a little kid we lived in NJ, so my father started following the Dodgers. Since I’m now also a Red Sox fan, I can only thank my lucky stars he didn’t choose to follow the Yankees instead! I’ve also always liked to see the Pirates do well, both because my family is from Pittsburgh and because it was my local team from 1st grade through HS.

      As for parks I’d like to get to sometime, I’d rank them Dodger Stadium (for obvious reasons), Wrigley Field (just because it’s so old), and Camden Yards (which is eminently doable from Massachusetts).

      Forbes Field was a great place to see ballgames. When the game was over, they opened a gate in RF and fans could walk down on to the field and use the warning track to head out to that gate. (They may have opened gates elsewhere in the outfield, too, but we always went that way, so that’s what I remember.) Fenway is “interesting” and has some interesting if expensive and hard-to-get seating options, but the place was built for people from a hundred years ago and I find it generally uncomfortable. I’ve always been part of the build-a-new-park faction. The obstructed view seats are ridiculous and the RF seats generally face LF.

  24. Dennis on said:

    #1 New Busch Stadium #2 Old Busch Stadium. Other parks I’ve attended games are what is now Chase Field, Riverfront Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Angels Stadium, Petco, Candlestick, Safeco, Wrigley, and both Comisky’s, 1 which is now called US Cellular Field. I would like to see a game at ATT Park but it’s so hard to get tickets and they’re very pricey. Oakland Coliseum I have no desire to see a game there with an exception of this weekend’s series games with the Cardinals.

  25. great topic, article, and wonderful responses!!! what factors did you use to rank the ones listed? bill, your foursome right there in the kingdome, three rivers, shea, fenway. makes me wonder if anyone else has the same. i can’t be objective when it comes to this because i grew up at county stadium milwaukee and all those smells are tattooed on my memory forever and then a lot depends on what happened the specific day at the specific park unless someone focuses strictly on the architecture. shit, i’m turning this into a metric. a swig of coffee….ok, now them…wrigley, fenway, candlestick, old comiskey, miller park, riverfront, olympic, oakland coliseum, at and t when it was pac bell, coors, old municipal cleveland, old shea, old yankees stadium. i think that covers it and just saying them is impressive. guess i’m stuck on lucky 13. i got no reason to bitch, but i want to be at PNCpark before 2016.
    next to county stadium, i’m going with cleveland’s municipal because it was massive and empty and the drummer in centerfield bleachers and how bad were the indians during andre thorton years, but then len barker did it.

  26. Bryan on said:

    I’ve been to the Kingdome, Safeco, Coors, and Wrigley. Wrigley probably my favorite, you can smell the BBQ from the rooftop seats!! I’d really like to see Fenway before it goes

    • Hi Bryan, I would love to see Wrigley someday. I wouldn’t mind seeing Safeco as well. Fenway is definitely worth a visit, but watch out for the obstructed view seats. They suck.

  27. Dan Soucie on said:

    This is a great article! One of the reasons I love baseball so much is the history and in particular that history of it’s stadiums. When I was real young I had a Sporting News cartoon book depicting all the stadiums old and new. If anyone remembers these cartoons they typically depicted the baseball greats that played in that stadium and some of the highlights as sometimes comical images. When I was in my 20’s I had a great opportunity to visit a bunch of stadiums on several road trips. I have to admit I was never a big fan of the “cookie cutter”stadiums such as Veterans Stadium in Philidelphis or Riverfront in Cincinnati which I visited before being demolished. The newer stadiums are such an improvement beginning with Camden Yards. Now that I am thinking about it I have probably been to a dozen ballparks. I was fortunate to visit the old Tiger Stadium and was really sadened to see it was torn down recently. The city of Detroit just could not justify keeping it in their ever shrinking city. Like all hardcore fans I would have liked to visit Ebbits Field. Maybe someday I will go and pay tribute to the former location in Broooklyn. Going way way back….. and if anyone cares… one old site is getting a face lift in Cleveland. League Park’s field where the Indians used to play is one of the few places where the field and a small portion of the righ field facade and old ticket office are still intact. The City actaully has plans to cleanup the site and build some stands! A small victory for us historians but at least it is an area that you can still walk the grass and imagine Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe roaming the outfield (unlike the site of the old Commisky Park that is now a parking lot). Well anyways, enough of the past. I really felt Wrigley Field is definately worth the visit and meets the hype. I’ve been to Fenway many many times….. I hate to say it as I am a lifelong Red Sox fan but not a great place to watch a game unless you are lucky enough to get a $200.00 box seat. I really liked Camden Yards. On my wish list is the Park in Pittsburg. Great article… thanks for the memories!

    • Dan! So great to hear from you, man. I remember when you went on some of those road-trips back in the early ’90’s (holy cripe, 20 years ago!)
      Yeah, I’m jealous of all the great old parks you visited. As you can see from the list, there just aren’t that many really old parks left. Perhaps someday you and I can go on a tour, after our boys have left the nest.
      Thanks for checking in, Dan.
      P.S. Ed Sprague for Dave Nilsson!

  28. One of the goals on my bucket list is to visit the 5 oldest baseball parks. I’m almost there! I have been to Oakland Col, Fenway (twice!) Wrigley, and am planning on seeing the Giants @ LA in September, and hopefully sneak an Angels game in there (schedule permitting). I’m going to see the Giants @ San Diego’s Petco Park in April for my birthday. I saw the old Yankee Stadium from the outside and was raised going to see my Giants at Candlestick and now AT&T (formerly PacBell Park). My grandpa went to Seals stadium as well as Candlestick and AT&T! I’m going to start traveling a lot more to see the Giants on the road =)

    • Well, with a couple of exceptions, the “old” ballparks just aren’t that old anymore. So many of them have been torn down over the past 15-20 years. Tigers Stadium, the old Comiskey, old Yankee Stadium, etc. Your goal sounds very cool to me. I’d certainly like to see those places, too!
      Thanks, Bill

  29. Reblogged this on The Real McTeag and commented:
    William Miller is a great sports writer. This brief interesting piece will help get you through until pitchers and catchers report! Kudos William!

  30. One of the other comments reminded me that I have actually been to four ballparks. The three mentioned above, and I did visit the Astrodome back in 1967. I believe the Astros played the Mets. (Hard to remember exactly, I was pretty young.) Heck, I might have even seen Nolan Ryan. Who knows?

  31. Another great post. for me the count of ballparks is slightly longer Astrodome when it was still new, recall very little outside being stunned you could play baseball indoors. Shea 1, Shea 2 (citifield) Yankee Stadium 1, Yankee stadium 2 (not crazy about that one, Steinbrenner field, The Metrodome in Mn (disgusting, stank like an old gym, and the Trop. The trop is about the only dome that still felt like a ballpark, amybe cause they are great fans. I also was in the old Montreal Stadium before they cut the roof off, and rogers center but not for games

    • Well, that’s quite a variety of ballparks you’ve been to. So you don’t much care for the new Yankee Stadium, huh? To be honest, I haven’t heard all that much about it as an actual venue to catch a game. The Astrodome back in the day must have been quite an experience to catch a game. Were those the Cesar Cedeno / Jose Cruz, Sr. days? That’s about how far back I go.
      Thanks for sharing, and, of course, for reading.

      • iwas just a kid at astrodome and mesmerized by what was then probably the most advanced scoreboard ever. kinda misguidely racist too. When an Atro hit a home run they had an LED light animation of a bunch of indians running for their lives from a posse of cowboys firing their guns. Considering what cleveland and Atlanta had to do to tone down their uni’s i can only imagine how this would go over today! think they played the Mets actually. Yankee stadium 2 is a travesty. Its a great place to see the game but its NOT YANKEE STADIUM! it also features a sickening mall around the perimiter of the inside of the stadium. Did have “new ballpark smell” though, lol! Metrodome was by far the worst but not bad fan waise. In a meaningless august game vs the KC Royals in 97 they still had like 25k there. In that town though minor league ball is King. You can’t GET a St Paul Saints Ticket!

      • Wow, a town where minor league ball is king, where they also have an MLB franchise? Pretty unusual.
        Cheers, Bill

  32. Let’s see….Shea, the old Yankee Stadium (I caught Opening Day in ’80–as Bill James once wrote, going to ball games in the 80s could be like trips to Sodom and Gomorrah. Worst in-game experience of my life), Riverfront, Exhibition Stadium in Toronto (at least the weather was nice–I can’t imagine watching any sport in that ballpark), and all three ballparks in Pittsburgh (I just snuck under the wire at Forbes Field– I was there on the final weekend.) I’d love to see a game at Pac Bell; I’ve only been to San Francisco once since it opened, and they were on the road at the time.

    • I remember there being lots of fights in the stands during the late ’70’s and into the ’80’s. I saw at least half a dozen brawls at Shea Stadium. I got to Three Rivers in its last season of existence. Would love to see the new Pirates park, if not the Pirates. I, too, would love to get to Pac Bell.
      Thanks for sharing the memories,

  33. Here’s my list
    1. Coliseum is my home park so it’s #1 on the list.
    2. AT& T Park
    3. Angel Stadium
    4. Busch Stadium
    5. Chase Field
    6. Comerica Park
    7. Dodger Stadium
    8. Kauffman Stadium
    9. Miller Park
    10.PETCO Park
    11. Safeco Field
    12. Turner Field
    13. U.S. Cellular Field
    14. Wrigley Field
    15. Old Yankee Stadium

    I’ve also been to a few minor league parks – Sacramento Rivercats (A’s Minor League), Round Rock, TX ( Rangers), Memphis Red Birds (Cardinals).

    With Houston coming to the AL West this year, I’ll be doing the Texas 2-step – Rangers/Astros, thus adding 2 more to the list.

    This was fun. I can’t wait for opening day.


    • Wow, Jacqueline, You’ve been to all these parks? You’ve blown me out of the water! And with the Astros going to the A.L. West, the A’s should have another team to beat up on as well. Good time to be an A’s fan.
      Great list, and thanks for sharing (and for being such a loyal follower of this blog.)
      Take care, Bill

      • Hi Bill, Thanks. You have such awesome topics. Your posts remind me why I love baseball.

        Yes, it is a great time to be an A’s fans. In spite of what people say about the Coliseum and the park being empty for games. There are thousands of loyal A’s fans in the Bay Area. The last 2 1/2 weeks of the 2012 season was magical!

        My husband and I are huge baseball fans, so we usually make sure we travel during baseball season. Using the opportunity to visit the ballpark if we are in or close to that city. In 2006 we did our first ballpark tour. Kansas City, (I was there for work), from there we flew to Chicago, saw a White Sox Game that night. Next morning, drove to Milwaukee to see the Cardinals play the Brewers that night. Next morning drove back to Chicago. Had a great weekend. Monday morning drove to Detroit saw the Tigers that same evening, then Tuesday morning back to Chicago, saw the Cubs that night and headed out of town the next Day. We also use inter-league play to follow the Athletics and see other ballparks. While on that trip we were surprised at how many other fans who were doing the same trip!

        This year will be more difficult as Inter-League games are spread across the calendar. Not possible to do 2 NL cities on one trip.

        Fans have been great in all these parks and it is essential to do a ballpark tour while you’re there.

        Keep the topics coming.

      • Well, you certainly do more traveling than I’ve done in many years. Sounds like you’ve been having a lot of fun. If you ever get down Greenville, SC way, let me know in advance and I’ll take you and your husband down to a Greenville Drive game.
        Take care, and thanks again,

  34. Wow! So many new ballbarks–I hadn’t realized. But then, some I think of as new (Camden Yards) are old enough to drink.

    Stadiums built in the 1970s and 1980s tried so hard to be state-of-the art that they were quickly dated. I think the trend toward a classic ballpark look will weather better.

    You were at the Kingdome? That must’ve been on your 1994 trip out West–and before the strike.

    I’ve been to Dodger Stadium, Candlestick Park (but not the new one), the Oakland Colosseum, the Kingdome, Safeco Field, Coors Field, Kaufman Stadium and Fenway. I’ve also been to Busch Stadium, but didn’t see a game.

    • It does amaze me too that Camden Yards, which I still think of as a “newer” park, is now the tenth oldest in existence. I was actually at the Kingdome for the second home game of the season in 1993. It was Chris Bosio vs. the Blue Jay’s Al Leiter. How could anyone forget a match-up like that? Got to see Griffey, Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, and the Jay’s Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. I don’t even remember who won the game.
      Yeah, those cookie-cutter parks didn’t age too well, and when they quickly faded away, they took acres of artificial turf with them, thank God.
      I also remember when the Rockies were brand new, and their park drew well over 3 million fans per year for a few years.
      Thanks for sharing, my man.

      • In Bosio’s defense, two weeks and a day after you saw him pitch, he threw the M’s second no-hitter.

      • Actually, I remember that quite well, because he was on my fantasy baseball squad that year, only I had him on the bench when he tossed that no-no. So it goes…
        Cheers, Bill
        P.S. Al Leiter was a pretty good pitcher, too.

  35. Safeco Field looks nice, and has a very nice setting-you can look out on Puget Sound and the sunset from the west-facing concourses-but the game atmosphere is lacking. Fans don’t get excited watching a Mariners game. I went to a Fenway game a couple years ago, thought it had too much of a tourist destination feeling. I wonder which park generates the most excitement/tension these days. Maybe St. Louis.

    • That’s a great point about tension / excitement. When I go to the local minor league park here in Greenville (which really is a very nice park), few of the fans even seem to be paying attention to the game. And all the constant noise and pointless sound effects don’t exactly create an environment where the game can seem like much more than one, nine-inning long advertisement for various local businesses. Still, I usually have a nice time.
      Thanks again, Bill

  36. Hi Bill,
    I’ve been to the Old Yankee Stadium and Shea. While that is nothing impressive, I take pride in saying I’ve seen MLB ball in two different countries. I took a trip once to see the Mets play the Montreal Expos in Montreal. Rather interesting watching baseball with a French twist. Needless to say, and please don’t be offended, but all us Yankee fans that made the trip were cheering for the Expos.

    I consider myself a traditionalist so I would like to see Fenway and Wrigley.

    Nice post.


  37. I’ve been to Fenway Park, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and the old Arlington Stadium, in use when the Rangers came to Texas in 1972. I had no idea that the Juice Box was smaller than Fenway! Oh…sorry. That’s what I call Tropicana Field. :-)

  38. Northern Narratives on said:

    The new Target Field in Minneapolis is wonderful. I highly recommend it. I have also heard of people making these trips around the country. My tip is to tell the team you are visiting that you are doing such a trip, they may have a nice gift bag for you :)

  39. Busch Stadium II & III…
    …Camden Yards…
    …Safeco Field…
    …And Kauffman Stadium.
    I’ve Also Been To Both Chicago Stadiums (U.S. Cell & Wrigley) But Haven’t Actually Seen A Game In Either Of Them, YET.
    And While I’m Loyal To My Busch Stadium Experiences, I Had The Best Seats EVER When I Went To Kauffman. KC Is Very Near To My Heart, Fo SHO. :)

    • Hi Brad, That’s a nice variety of ballparks to have been to. Safeco looks very cool, with the train going by. I was surprised that Kaufmann is as old as it is. I always liked the way it looked on T.V. Does it still have the fountains beyond the outfield fence? Camden Yards and Wrigley Field are a must for a future visit as well.
      Take care, man.

  40. Kevin Graham on said:

    If you are currently at least 50 years old, all but two of the ballparks currently in use have been built in your lifetime.

    Hooray for me, being over 50 is great.

    I’ve been to old Yankee Stadium, old Busch, Shea Stadium, Fenway, Vet Stadium, Citizens Bank Stadium.
    I really have to get to Wrigley Field.


    • I turn 50 this year. When I saw the year Dodgers Stadium was built (just about a year before I was born), I realized that either I am now officially old, or the parks (except for Wrigley and Fenway) are all brand spanking new.
      I do regret never having gone to the old Yankee Stadium, but the South Bronx always scared me. Queens was bad enough.
      Take care, Bill

  41. Been to the “Metrodome” in Minneapolis, and a trip to Chicago with my boys to see the “New Comiskey” Park and Wrigley Field…..Have not yet made it to Target Field, but one of these days I’ll make it….. Wrigley Field is like visiting Field of Dreams…..I remember buying my boys sweatshirts when it was almost 65 degrees out because it was so cold in the shade….when we left, there were some leaking water pipes in the concourse below….Comiskey Park seemed huge, and we saw the “shower” in left center field that they had removed from the OLD Comiskey……so cool……. and lots of different kinds of food there also…..

    • John, Thanks so much for the reply. I’d certainly love to go to Wrigley Field. And I wish I could have visited the old Comiskey Park. Incidentally, the statue of Shoeless Joe Jackson they have here in Greenville, SC has, as its base, bricks from the original Comiskey Park. I’ve heard that Target Field is beautiful as well. We are certainly living in a Golden Age for ballparks.
      Take care,

  42. hanspostcard on said:

    I made such a trip 20 years ago. Now with all the new ballparks built since then- I have been to 17 current ones. I have been to 34 old and current ballparks.

  43. I have been to Fenway as I live in Boston, US Cellular field, been by the old tigers stadium before it got knocked down, though I have not been in it. Been to Camden Yards. sweet park! and the Nationals home ball park is truly awesome but HUGE! You can fit 3 Fenways in it! LOL

    • Hi, I’ve been to Fenway around half a dozen times. It is the only park still in existence that I’ve visited. I would love to see Camden Yards, and the Nats new park as well, especially now that the Nats look like an excellent young team. I appreciate the comment!
      Thanks, Bill

  44. Beachpig on said:

    SF(both Candlestick/PacBell), OAK, LAA(both as Rams stadium and new), SD (both Murph and the Dog Kennel-Petco), Astros (Dome and MinuteMaid), Wrigley(once as a kid, dragged against my will), White Sox-REAL CHICAGO (Comiskey and New Comiskey -See what I did there!), Brewers (Old County Stadium not new), Tigers (Comerica), Twins-Metrodome, not Target, Cleveland (Progressive), St. Louis (New Busch),

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