When it comes to attending a sporting event, most people are there because of the team on the field, but for some fans, the stadium and its history is the most important part. Some Major League Baseball stadiums like Fenway Park in Boston or Wrigley Field in Chicago are some of the oldest stadiums in professional sports. MLB also boasts new stadiums like SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. Whether it’s the history of an older stadium or the newness of a stadium, the following five parks are perfect for catching a game or just taking a tour throughout the off season.
Petco Park – San Diego Padres
Tucked in downtown San Diego, Petco Park gives game attendees the best views of the city skyline. The entire ballpark was built around the historic Western Metal Supply Company building which boasts a bar on it’s rooftop with spectacular views of the stadium. The ballpark also has a three-acre park and a sandy beach area where kids can run around and play while their parents can still watch the game.
AT&T Park – San Francisco Giants
Opened in 1999, this retro park features the most iconic water feature in all of baseball. McCovey Cove, named after former Giants first baseman Willie McCovey, is the perfect place to float in a kayak for the chance at a home-run ball crushed over the right field wall. Even the worst seat in the stadium is still going to give you amazing views of the bay while enjoying some of San Francisco’s famous foods.
PNC Park – Pittsburgh Pirates
Nestled along the Allegheny River, PNC Park has one of the best views in baseball. The Roberto Clemente Bridge and the downtown Pittsburgh skyline can’t be duplicated. With seating for 38,362, PNC Park is one of baseball’s smallest ballparks. The park features a riverside concourse, steel truss work, and many local eateries that serve some of Pittsburgh’s most popular foods.
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles Dodgers
When the Dodgers left Brooklyn, New York in 1957 for California, no one was happy about it. But the Dodgers have made the best of the move and took up residence in Chavez Ravine outside of Los Angeles. The third-oldest ballpark in the MLB blends traditional baseball stadium amenities with modern upgrades. Views of the Santa Monica Mountain Range and the pink California sunsets each night, make this ballpark a must visit for any stadium enthusiast.
Fenway Park – Boston Red Sox
If you’re looking to learn about the game’s history, Fenway Park should be towards the top of your list. The ballpark tour offers fans and history enthusiasts an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous stadiums in all of baseball. After a tour, make sure to stick around for a game because the atmosphere in the stadium is hard to beat. You can’t beat an entire stadium of 37,731 belting out Sweet Caroline during the 7th inning stretch!