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02-25-2008, 02:44 PM
I was just curious to how many different parks everyone has been to and what your favorite was? Me and some buddies are going to the new one in DC this summer, as well as Toronto, Baltimore, and Detroit.

Ive been to:
Cincinnati (old and new of course)
Chicago (Wrigley and US Cellular multiple times)
St. Louis (old and new)
Kansas City (4x)
Pittsburgh (2x)
New York (Yankees)
San Fransisco

AT&T Park was by far the most amazing. The view of the bay in the background is just incredible. Fenway is the best place to go for a game hands down because of the atmosphere. Pittsburgh and Detroit's were impressive as well.

02-25-2008, 03:24 PM
Cincinnati (old)
The Vet
Citizens Bank
Yankee Stadium
Camden Yards
Kaufman Stadium
Wrigley Filed
Turner Field
Fenway Park

02-25-2008, 04:26 PM
Cincinnati (old and new)
US Cellular
Detroit (new)
Milwaukee (new)
San Diego (new)
LA (Angels)
San Francisco

02-25-2008, 04:31 PM
cincinnati (all three)

02-25-2008, 04:32 PM
Baltimore - Camden Yards
Cincinnati - GABP
Montreal - Olympic Stadium RIP
New York Mets - Shea
Philadelphia - Citizens
Chicaco Cubs _ Wrigley
Chicago White Sox - Cellular Field
Milwaukee - Miller Park
Minnesota - Metrodome
Kansas City - Kaufman
St Louis - Old Busch Stadium
San Diego - old Qualcomm & new Petco)
Washington - RFK
Houston - minute maid
Texas - ballpark at arlington
And I live in Boston, so I have seen dozens of games at Fenway

This summer, I will add Yankee Stadium and both LA parks to my list.

Highlights and Lowlights:

High: Nothing compares to seeing a game at fenway or wrigley. its a wholly different baseball experience that transcends the park. The cubs could be 30 games out of 1st, but its still enjoyable to see a day game at wrigley. I know people hate red sox fans, sometimes i hate them too, but fenway is wonderful.

Among the new parks, my two favorites are Philly and Milwaukee. The clamshell roof at Miller is an incredible site. The park feels as tall as a sckyscraper. Concourses are nice and wide and the real life sausage races are one of a kind. Citizens is a just a great park. Food selections are the best of all parks on my list; they do a wonderful job of displaying the history of the franchise; and being able to peer down into the bullpens is just great.

KC gets honorable mention - it isnt new, but it is surprisingly pretty, very accessible and the food is great.

Low: Shea is a dump, but it will be gone in a year. Same with RFK. Cellular Field is laid out very poorly. the concourses are nearly as narrow as wrigley field or fenway and it seems like you have to ride up 17 escalators just to reach field level - terrible.

I reserve my bottom ranking for Minute Maid park. Houston is a lot of fun to visit (loved staying near the galleria) but thepark infuriated me for numerous reasons

1) They only open 60 minutes before first pitch -not one minute early. jerks

2) at the concessions stand, i somehow had a plain hot dog in the container used for a chili dog. This ground the entire line to a halt as they insisted they i change containers - i told them i didnt want to switch, i just wanted to pay. they told me that i would have to pay the price for a chili dog. Even a supervisor insisted that they charge by the container not the product sold. jerk offs.

3) I had a ticket for the 25th row of section 125. it was a weeknight game and the last 10 rows or so of each field section were EMPTY. I left my section and moved on section closer to home plate (section 124) and sat in the LAST row (35) in order to get a better angle. Security kicked me out. I showed them my ticket to prove i didnt pay for a bleacher seat. They didnt care. f*&*ing jerk offs

4) Finally, my pet peeve about the park is that that it is box that is closed on 3 sides and a huge bank of windows on the 4th side. So what direction do the chose for the 4th side? WEST. Facing the setting sun. This means that each and every night game all summer has a nice solid hour where the setting sun burns the retinas off of anyone who is stupid enough to buy a ticket on the entire 1st base side of the ballpark. Great design choice guys. well done. really. Im still seeing spots.

02-25-2008, 04:47 PM
I really like Kaufman too, something about it just makes it very enjoyable. Always has some good experiences there = Did the hat shuffle on the jumbo tron (won 4 free tickets) and met Tony Gwynn in one night.

I've heard the Jac is the same as how Minute Maid sounds. I didn't have any problems there but I've had friends tell some less than flattering stories of the place.

02-25-2008, 04:54 PM
Cincinnati - 3 - Crosley, Riverfront, Great American
Cleveland - 1 - The Jake
Atlanta - 2 - Fulton Co., Turner Field
Tampa Bay - 1 - Tropicana Field
Chicago - 2 - Wrigley, US Cellular Field
Milwaukee - 2 - County Stadium, Miller Park
St Louis - 1 - Busch Stadium 1 (planning trip this summer to 2)
Arlington - 1 - Arlington Staduim
Kansas City - 1 - Kaufman Field
Denver - 1 - Coors Field
Los Angeles - 1 - Dodger Stadium
Anaheim - 1 - Anaheim Stadium & Edison International Field
San Francisco - 1 - PacBell
Detroit (planning trip this summer)

18 parks, 2 new ones this summer

02-25-2008, 05:05 PM
Cincinnati (old and new)
Cleveland (old and new)
Detroit (old)
Camden Yards

I was pretty impressed with Coors Field. Very nice scoreboard/video display. Had absolutely great seats for a $10 promo with a bag of peanuts. Probably equal to GABP's Section 113 or so.
I enjoyed the old Tiger Stadium just for the history and the old park feel.
My wife's favorite is the Metrodome. (I know.....what the heck???) She loved the concept of 72 degrees and never any rain, bugs, etc.


Florida - It's nice to read the Dolphins Hall of Famers names during the game along with the 900 or so other people there. It also seemed like it was out in the middle of nowhere.

02-25-2008, 07:59 PM
I haven't been to many.

Cincinnati (Riverfront/Cinergy Field and Great American Ball Park)
Houston (The Astrodome, I was young and barely remember it)
Pittsburgh (Three Rivers Stadium)
Cleveland (Cleveland Municipal Stadium and Jacobs Field)

I was at the Jake when the Indians were kicking ass in the 90s, it was a fun atmosphere. Loved the dude in CF cheap seats banging the drum.

I waited in line at Fenway once for tickets but got shut out. I couldn't afford the scalper prices.

02-25-2008, 08:30 PM
Cincinnati (Riverfront and Great American)
Chicago (Wrigley and US Cell)
St. Louis (Old)
Pittsburgh (Old and New)
Miami (Marlins)
Denver (Coors)
Baltimore (Camden Yards)
San Fransisco (AT&T)
L.A. (Dodger Stadium and Edison Field)
Washington (RFK)
San Diego (Petco)
Detroit (New)

My favorite is Petco Park in San Diego
My least favorite was Joe Robby or whatever it is now called in Miami I have seen a larger crowd at Reds BP.

02-25-2008, 08:34 PM
watched games at: cincy (cinergy and gab)
wrigley field
chase field

toured (but no ball game): petco park (loved it!!!!!)

02-25-2008, 08:42 PM
Cincy (Riverfront/GABP)
Cleveland (The Jake)
Old Tiger Stadium
Sky Dome
Turner Field
Fenway Park

02-25-2008, 09:48 PM
My list is short:

Cinergy/Riverfront and GAPB
The Jake
PNC Park

I know I haven't been to many, but I feel like PNC has to be one of the best parks in baseball. From Southeastern Ohio it is only about a two-hour ride and the ticket prices are good. Nice affordable restaurants all around the park "Firewaters" is a really nice one just beyond the left field gate. Still, nothing compares to cheering on the home team on Opening Day in Cincinnati.

02-25-2008, 10:19 PM
St. Louis (old)
Cincinnati (Riverfront/Cinergy and GABP)

Great American Ball Park has been the best experience for me, I really love the place.

02-25-2008, 10:27 PM
Cincinnati - GABP and Riverfront

I was in Washington for couple days and decided to take in a ballgame. The Nationals were playing the Cubs.
RFK is a dump. Wasn't an enjoyable experience at all. The place was riddled with Cub fans. :thumbdown

02-25-2008, 10:31 PM
Cincinnati (Old and New)
Jacobs Field
Camden Yards
PNC Park
Coors Field
The Vet
Old Busch Stadium

02-26-2008, 12:24 AM
Cincinnati (Riverfront & GABP)
Cleveland (Old Municipal & the Jake)
Philly (Vet)
Yankee Stadium
Baltimore (Camden Yards)
Atlanta (Turner Field)
Tampa Bay (Tropicana)
Detroit (Old Tiger)
Toronto (Skydome / Rogers Centre)
Chicago (Wrigley & Comiskey)
Milwaukee (Old County Stadium)
LA (Dodger Stadium)

Wrigley Field was a great experience. Went there for two games in June 1998. Watched from the bleachers on Fri., Sosa hit two homers and then watched from the rooftop on Saturday and Sosa hit two more, with the second one landing on the deck we were watching from. (Just checked and the one he hit on our deck was the longest he hit of the 66 he had in '98. Sammy obvioulsy took his "medicine" that day.)

02-26-2008, 12:32 AM
Cincy (Riverfront & GABP)
Pitt (3 Rivers & PNC)
Cleveland (Progressive)
Chicago (Wrigley & the Cell)
New York (Yankee)
Miami (Dolphin Stadium)

Dayton (5/3rd)
Columbus (the Coop)
Norfolk, VA (old stadium)
Gary, IN (US Steelyard)

Best: PNC, loved the place, small and intimate
Worst: Gary US Steelyard, need i say more? No, its a very nice BP, just that its in GARY!!! its by far the best thing in the city.limits.

02-26-2008, 09:38 AM
Fenway many, many times.
Old Tiger
both Atl stadiums
Camden several times
3 rivers

Old Durham Bull stadium-used to have season tix. Favorite palce to watcha ballgame-old and rundown, but you can "feel" baseball in the air when sitting there. The stadium has been closed for over 10 years, but I can still smell, hear, see details in my head as if I was there now.
New DBAP. Nice stadium, done by the folks who brought us Camden Yards. Not the baseball feel, but one of the newer style parks with the extra work towards fmaily-friendly event. Got mini-season tix for this season for the first time. Also hosts USA baseball games each summer, a lot of fun to see the future stars, as well as other cultures baseball teams.
Burlington NC-used to play there-was still old stadium then, but has since remodeled I believe.
Asheville NC-another old time stadium with odl time baseball feel.
F-ville NC-was Tigers affiliate when I went. Nothing special to stadium, feels like overhyped high school ball, but recall them having ushers wearing tuxedos?!?!?
Mudcats Stadium-Zebulon NC-again, nothing special about it, but nice stadium overall, and good concourse area, home of the mudcats-and muddy feet as you try to get back to your car in the dirtlots.
lots more minor league parks that arent coming to mind right now-Myrtle Beach (can watch the game from a hottub), Wilmington......

02-26-2008, 10:15 AM
Fenway, a lot
GABP, will surpass # of Fenway visits this year
Cinergy, awful
Camden, great place
Jacobs Field, was attacked by those bugs that got Joba, on the way into the stadium. Had to take off Sox jersey to get them off of me, can understand how it would mess up any pitcher. Was worse than fire ants @ Ft. Jackson, SC, for those of you who have done a push-up or two there. Nice ball park though, sat Left field, felt closer to home than RF @ GABP.

02-26-2008, 10:44 AM
Detroit - Tiger Stadium
Cincinnati - GABP, Cinergy(Riverfront)
Cleveland - The Jake, WITH ALBERT BELLE!!!
Toronto - Skydome
New York Mets - Shea
Chicago Cubs - Wrigley
Chicago White Sox - Cellular Field, Comisky
Kansas City - Kaufman
Atlanta - Fulton county, Turner Field
St Louis - Old Busch Stadium
Washington - RFK
Pittsburgh - PNC, Three Rivers Stadium
Miami - Dolphins Stadium
Tampa - Tropicana
Texas - Ballpark at Arlington
LA - Angel Stadium
LA - Dodger stadium

This summer, I will add Shea, Yankee Stadium, and Fenway to my list.

Highlights and Lowlights:

High: GABP.. nothing beats a full house of reds fans.. when it is full.. I can;t wait for yankee stadium when i get to see the reds play in the last season at yankee, and fenway.. i know those will be two of my favorites..


02-26-2008, 10:53 AM
Cincinnati (GABP)
Pittsburgh (PNC Park)

02-26-2008, 08:32 PM
I'm hoping to add to this list this year. I feel like I'm way behind, LOL ;)

Cincinnati (Riverfront and GABP)
Cleveland (Jacobs Field)
Baltimore (Camden Yards)
New York (Yankee Stadium although we didn't get to see a game because the guys were out of town that week)
Toronto (Sky Dome)
St. Louis (we were there the winter before new Busch opened so we saw all the construction)

Minor League
Columbus (Cooper Stadium)

I'm hoping to see a game in Detroit and one in Pittsburgh this year and I'll be returning to Cleveland, Baltimore (hopefully), and of course, GABP this season too. :)