In this thread list the MLB stadiums you’ve been to on a scale of 1 to 10. Feel free to include parks that aren’t in use anymore.
In no particular order.
Dodger Stadium.** 7. The stadium has a great baseball atmosphere and many of the fans I’ve met there are very knowledgeable. Decent ballpark food. The seats were a bit cramped, but I understand they’ve redone some of them. I like the view, but the stadium is close to nothing. Before/after the game there are no places to eat or grab a drink. Like all stadiums I’ve been to in California, there are no beer vendors in the stands. In the cheap seats, vendors for anything were quite rare.
Houston Astrodome** 8 Wow, that was an experience. I’m sure you can’t get a Texas size beer at any park these days. But, I loved that they served those. Grab one before the first pitch and you’re set. No missing part of an inning because you’re stuck in the line. For a domed stadium, it was very nice although it was straight out of the 1970s. Comfortable cushioned seats although some of the cheaper ones had some weird sight lines. You’re going to get that in any of those 1960s/70s multipurpose venues. Again, there was nothing around the stadium, but at least parking was fairly easy. I didn’t find most of the people there to really know that much about the Astros or baseball in general. In fact, I saw very few fans wearing Astros shirts or jerseys.
Candlestick Park** 6 Well, it wasn’t as cold as the horror stories I heard about it. I went in June to a night game and it was pleasant enough. The food wasn’t that great, but hell in San Francisco who wants to eat ballpark food. Where the hell were the beer vendors? And why no Anchor Steam?. The ballpark was pretty remote as well. I had to take a Muni train and then transfer to a bus which went to the ballpark. However, I’ll give these Giants fans some credit. They know their baseball. I got to see them play the Dodgers and I felt like I was at a college football rivalry game. I haven’t yet been to their new stadium, but I’ve heard it is great.
Oakland Coliseum. 8. Yeah, you’re not going to send back postcards of the area, but the stadium is right at a BART stop and there were lots of A’s fans on the train with me. Although the stadium wasn’t sold out, almost every person was wearing A’s green. I was by myself and found myself talking to several people in the stands about the A’s of the early 1970s. Nothing is better than Oakand weather in June and I’m glad the A’s still play some day games. The ushers weren’t the typical prison guards and they let me move down to a decent seat near the dugout. I did wander towards some of the cheap seats towards the later innings and they’re definitely set up more for football. The food wasn’t memorable, but I guess it will do. There isn’t a thing to do near this ballpark. Since it is surrounded by the arena and the airport, there is no atmosphere. Still, I can get off the BART and be in San Francisco!
**Rangers Ballpark in Arlington **9. If this ballpark wasn’t in some anonymous suburb and surrounded by 6 Flags, it would get a solid 10. Parking sucks here and is expensive. Unless, of course, you drive a Lexus: They park for free and get valet service! Once you’re inside, this ballpark is gorgeous. I generally don’t like to sit past third base, but this ballpark has great sight lines even out close to the outfield. The food here is outstanding. There are vendors everywhere who actually try to not block your view of the game. Even the scoreboard is great with lots of stats. The Rangers always have great ticket deals as well. I’d say about half the fans were wearing Rangers T shirts. Of course, they have a lot of promos with free Rangers shirts. They also have some promo where they discount T shirts on specific days. There is a nice museum as well.
Jack Murphy ** 7 I’m sure Petco is much nicer, but I haven’t been yet. I liked the old stadium, but you had to sit very close to the field or you’ll get that ‘watching baseball in a football stadium’ view. This stadium had the best food I’ve ever had at a ballpark with those Rubios fish tacos. Amazing. Of course, a couple of cold brews and gorgeous San Diego weather also help! I’d say that most of the fans I met there were very laid back and not exactly die hard Padres supporters. I went there in 1998 to see one of the Diamondbacks very first games and many of the fans there didn’t even seem to mind that Tony Gwynn wasn’t playing. I had actually gone to that game specifically to see him. Although the stadium isn’t close to anything, it is a quick drive away from more interesting areas of San Diego. Also parking was quick and easy and I don’t remember it being very expensive.
Florida Marlins Ballpark. 3. Where to start? Ugly and hot. Florida weather is miserable and the unpadded hard orange seats in this stadium make you just sweat and stick to your seat. This is a football stadium designed to cram as many people in as possible. Have you ever met a Florida Marlins fan? Almost every fan was cheering for the opposing team. Food and drinks here were NFL expensive. A view? How about a nice view of the Florida turnpike? Also, you will see the names of Miami Dolphins greats but no mention of anyone from the Marlins. To make it worse, the Marlins have the worst uniforms in baseball. They look like they’re playing a spring training game with their odd uniform combinations.
Chase Field 7. The only urban ballpark I’ve been to. It is right on the new Phoenix light rail line. Kind of a nice baseball buzz around the park on most days. On most days, the fans are usually cheering for the D-backs although Cubs games truly suck with all the Midwest transplants cheering for a team that hasn’t won a World Series in a century Yeah, the retractable roof thing is weird. I’ve sat through day games in Texas and Florida summers, so I think the D-backs would have been fine with an open air stadium. The stadium does seem dark which is odd during day games. Every seat in this stadium is nice. It was built for baseball so you can get a good view of the game from any seat. The food is decent, but there are plenty of restaurants around the ballpark so you’re not stuck with just the Chase Field food if you get to the area early. Diamondbacks ticket deals are everywhere, so no one pays regular prices for tickets. The red ‘D-backs’ shirts are ubiquitous and many fans are wearing them to the game and in the sports bars around Central ave.
OK, there are my reviews of the MLB stadiums I’ve been to. Feel free to use your own criteria when you rate the parks you’ve been to.