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A Guide To Baseball's Best And Worst Stadiums

Where's the best place to enjoy America's past time?

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30. Tropicana Field

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Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Capacity: 31,042

Food Highlight: Rays Cuban Sandwich

The fixed roof seriously detracts from the ~feel~ of a baseball game: No view, no breeze, and there are lots of obstructed views. It's lacking pretty much everything that makes the sport great for fans, so sadly it takes the bottom seed.

29. Coliseum

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Team: Oakland Athletics

Capacity: 35,067

Food Highlight: A slice from West Side gastropub

It's pretty bold for a stadium that barely fits 35,000 to call itself a 'coliseum'. The concourses are super narrow, making the place extra claustrophobic, and an entire section of perfectly fine seating is covered in tarp and reserved for Raiders games.


28. Turner Field

Team: Atlanta Braves

Capacity: 50, 096

Food Highlight: A Holeman & Finch burger

Despite being less than 20 years old, Atlanta is already looking to replace this sprawling leftover from the 1996 Olympics with a suburban counterpart by 2017. Probably because aside from its size, this park is pretty nondescript.

27. Rogers Centre

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Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Capacity: 49,282

Food Highlight: Wings from Quaker Steak & Lube

Canada's MLB home field once felt super cool and advance for having a retractable roof and a hotel INSIDE the stadium. Now it feels kind of like what we thought the future would look like 20 years ago. But hey, you can't beat the poutine.

26. U.S. Cellular Field

Team: Chicago White Sox

Capacity: 40,615

Food Highlight: A slice of Beggars Pizza deep dish

Next to Wrigley Field, everything about the U.S. Cellular Field is pretty industrial, especially nestled next to the Dan Ryan Expressway. Though the deep dish pizza in the stadium does help.

25. Globe Life Park in Arlington

Team: Texas Rangers

Capacity: 48,114

Food Highlight: Deep-fried S'mOreos

This stadium with the ever-changing name is unreasonably huge and has the food portions to match, like the 3-pound Boomstick hot dog. It's easy to feel swamped, and the hot Texas sun on this southern facing field doesn't help much.

24. Chase Field

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Capacity: 48,519

Food Highlight: The Churro Dog: A churro in an eclair topped with ice cream.

It would be nice to praise Chase Field for the gorgeous Arizona sunset and perfect ballgame weather, but the field is usually shielded from the sun by its retractable roof. But they've got some loaded hot dogs, from the Churro Dog to the Sonoran Dog.


23. Busch Stadium

Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Capacity: 46,861

Food Highlight: You can bring your own food!

You gotta admit, it's pretty picturesque: Beyond the sea of red seats, the St. Louis arch peeks out over the skyline. But other than that it's a pretty run-of-the-mill park. Oh, except for deep-fried Oreos. That's something.

22. Marlins Park

Team: Miami Marlins

Capacity: 36,742

Food Highlight: Arepas from Panna Cafe

Marlins Park def gets points for being unique. From the strange Floridian "sculpture" in center field to the aquariums behind home plate, this place kind of feels like another Florida theme park. Though it seems people come for the escapades at Clevelander rather than the actual game.

21. Progressive Field

Team: Cleveland Indians

Capacity: 36,675

Food Highlight: The Thomenator Dog with sauerkraut and pierogis

The irony of the name of this field and the name of the team that plays there is actually too much to handle. And though the third deck is way too high and the view of Cleveland is OK, the food is top notch and domestic beers are only 4 bucks!

20. Kauffman Stadium

Team: Kansas City Royals

Capacity: 37,903

Food Highlight: Burnt ends from Royals All-Star BBQ

The big screen is worthy of the Royals' namesake, but they removed most of the lovely outfield fountains! Nonetheless, Kansas City has some of the best BBQ, and a resurgence of fans makes this stadium an all-around good time.

19. Yankee Stadium

Team: New York Yankees

Capacity: 49,642

Food Highlight: Anything form Parm

This replica of the historic Yankee Stadium is everything you'd expect from the richest team in baseball. It's bigger, showier, and full of opportunities to spend money. For better or worse, It's basically a microcosm of NYC, from overwhelming crowds to food galore.


18. Great American Ball Park

Team: Cincinnati Reds

Capacity: 42,319

Food Highlight: Skyline Chili

For better or worse, the dimensions of this park make it pretty easy to hit a home run or catch a foul ball. The view of the Ohio River ain't too shabby, and the food options are always improving (box o' buffalo wings, anyone?).

17. Citizens Bank Park

Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Capacity: 43,651

Food Highlight: Two words: CRAB FRIES.

Though the stadium itself is pretty standard, Phillies fans are certainly an excitable bunch, and you're guaranteed an entertaining game no matter who wins. And the combo of authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and crab fries is hard to beat.

16. Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Capacity: 43,250

Food Highlight: A brisket sandwich at Smoke Ring Barbecue

Not much has changed about this stadium, besides, you know, the name. But even an older stadium in the heart of Southern Cali is a good time, from the weather to the food to usually-packed and chill crowds. And it's only five minutes from Disneyland!

15. Minute Maid Park

Team: Houston Astros

Capacity: 41,574

Food Highlights: Chicken & waffle CONES

This park is so weird. There's a train full of oranges, a romanesque left field wall that is alarmingly low, and this little slope in center field called Tal's Hill that is just an accident waiting to happen. But hey, weird is fun, and the vibe is that of a welcoming Texas backyard BBQ.

14. Petco Park

Team: San Diego Padres

Capacity: 41,164

Food Highlight: Carne Asada fries from Bay View Grill

Petco Park is awesome because it's a pretty modern field that feels like an old school ball park. And it doesn't hurt that you're in San Diego's Gaslamp District, so you've got hundreds of postgame options for a night on the town.


13. Comerica Park

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Team: Detroit Tigers

Capacity: 41,574

Food Highlight: The poutine dog

Damn, Detroit, lookin' good. This field is a hidden gem in a city that gets a tough rap, and it's almost always packed for game day. Plus, there's little touches that make it feel homey: The sculpted dirt, the stone tigers out front, and of course, the poutine dog.

12. PNC Park

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Capacity: 38,362

Food Highlight: The Brunch Burger: A bacon/beef patty topped with egg and cheese, lovingly embraced by a glazed donut.

PNC Park truly has the most beautiful view of Pittsburgh you'll probably ever see. The stadium isn't very big but it feels cozy, all snug on the riverbed, and while the food is pretty standard, the occasional monstrosity keeps it interesting.

11. Citi Field

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Team: New York Mets

Capacity: 41,922

Food Highlight: The Catch of the Day from Midtown Esca

For many New Yorkers, this vast improvement on Shea Stadium, is the preferred place to catch a ball game. Though there is a pretty steady dull roar from the plane traffic at LaGuardia, the food and fans more than make up for it.

10. Nationals Park

Team: Washington Nationals

Capacity: 41,341

Food Highlight: Chili fries from Ben's Chili Bowl

Spacious and sleek, Nationals Park is a great place to catch a game. There's tons of food options, from local treasure Ben's Chili Bowl to national gem Shake Shack. And the Presidents Race in the 4th inning is always fantastic (#LetTeddyWin).

9. Safeco Field

Team: Seattle Mariners

Capacity: 47,574

Food Highlight: Mariners' Fish n' Chips

This is one of the only baseball stadiums to master the "dome": It's just a partial covering of the seats when it rains, so you still feel outdoors. Also, baseball season is the best weather in Seattle, and the stadium keeps up with the classy culinary rep of the city at large.


8. Coors Field

Team: Colorado Rockies

Capacity: 50,398

Food Highlight: Rocky mountain oysters!

Since the thinner air at high altitudes helps baseballs really soar, you got more chances of catching a stray one, right? This is also the only ball park to boast a working brewery (A+, Blue Moon), and delicious local favorites: If fried bull testicles aren't your thing, go for a green chile burrito.

7. Wrigley Field

Team: The Chicago Cubs

Capacity: 41,072

Food Highlight: The "High Plains" bison hot dog from Decade Diner

This place is truly timeless. From the ivy-coated walls to the old-school bleachers, it's easy to feel like you've fallen back in time at Wrigley. The food is pretty classic if not exciting, and the consistent crowds are about as friendly as it gets.

6. Dodger Stadium

Team: L.A. Dodgers

Capacity: 56,000

Food Highlight: A Kirin Ichiban draft topped with frozen foam

Always packed and always gorgeous, this place has stood the test of time. The California weather, view of the Chavez Ravine, and the Dodger Dog are all pretty reliable reasons to watch a game at Dodger Stadium.

5. Target Field

Team: Minnesota Twins

Capacity: 39,021

Food Highlight: The Bloody Mary

This field is not only named for America's favorite store, but it's also in the heart of our kindest, most self-effacing state! And not only do you have bites from local standbys like Murray's Steakhouse, but you can wash it all down with an epic, pizza-garnished Bloody Mary.

4. Miller Park

Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Capacity: 41,900

Food Highlight: The Beast: A hot dog stuffed in a brat, all wrapped in bacon and topped with 'kraut and onions.

If you were hoping a stadium and team named for beer would show you a good time, then you're in luck. Brewers fans are an awesome tailgating crowd, and the sixth-inning sausage race will keep your appetite fueled for everything from nachos on a stick to classic cheese curds.

3. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Capacity: 45,971

Food Highlight: Pit beef from Boog’s BBQ

Always ahead of the curve, Baltimore went for timeless charm when other stadiums were trying to cram everything in one concrete package. It's nostalgic without being cloying, and celebrates Baltimore with all its best food and drink. You stay classy, Camden Yards.

2. Fenway Park

Team: Boston Red Sox

Capacity: 37,673

Food Highlight: Lobster roll in the summer, clam chowder for fall.

This place is packed with character and history, and it's genuinely beautiful. It's also intimately packed with rowdy fans who are truly delightful so long as you pledge eternal allegiance to their fair city. Though the stadium eats are standard, just outside are tons of places to rally with another beer or enjoy a good meal.

1. AT&T Park

Team: San Francisco Giants

Capacity: 41,915

Food Highlight: Garlic sourdough with crab sammie from Crazy Crab'z

Probably the most picturesque park in existence, the home of the Giants has A LOT going for it. There's the varied and delicious food, some surprisingly good beer, consistently pleasant weather and a winning team to boot. It's a breezy, retro park that, let's face it, has pretty much everything you could ask for.


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