g_bassi13 Posted August 28, 2015 Share Posted August 28, 2015 There's a lot of things that can go into what makes a great ball park, and I was wondering what that was for people here and what they find more important than others. The architecture/aesthetics, the atmosphere/fan experience, the history it holds and the characters it carries, where it's located, how the game actually plays out in it, etc. I've only ever been to one MLB stadium in person (Safeco), so like most people here my opinion is based on hearsay, what can be read about them, and what can be seen on TV. But from these same metrics I was wondering what others thought made for the best/unique ball parks, or conversely what the most dismal ones are. I think the two best ones are the obvious answers, in Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. But they are the obvious answers for the right reasons. They're the only stadiums with a century of pedigree, with essentially 50 years of history to hold over the next closest ones. They're not championship rich, but they can fill someone who wasn't even alive for most of those years with a sense of nostalgia about the sport. The Green monster and the Ivy walls are iconic in a way that any of the new wave of stadiums couldn't match. I think AT&T park in San Fransisco has the most character of any of the more recent stadiums, and it's location with the low fence by the pier just gives it that look that no other place has. Both Busch Stadium and PNC Park open up with outfield looks that capture their city's and their skylines in an iconic manner. That shortened outfield with that smart positioning has them hit the mark. On the worse side of things, again, Tropicana Field in Tampa takes what seems like the obvious award here. I think it's especially unique to have a stadium that was both massively out of place as a baseball field and a hockey rink in its lifetime. It's a drab dome that is not fun to look at, and it seems to only be unique for the wrong reasons. I can't get beyond the Thunderdome. The O.co Coliseum is a remnant of an older time, and is one of those older multipurpose stadiums that wasn't torn down, when it needs to be. Like Tampa's, it fails to bring in the crowds, and it's easy to see why it works against the on field product in bringing people to games. My personal least favourite stadium though is US Cellular Field in South Chicago. It was the first in the wave of baseball specific venues that opened in the 90's so it's at the disadvantage of having little to work off of. But in replacing the previously oldest standing ball park in all of baseball in Comiskey Park, it would have been nice if was replaced with something a little less impersonal and bland. I think if you're replacing such an iconic park, you're best attempting to do what they Yankees did and find a way to incorporate the history and design of what you're taking away (more than just the scoreboard). Or find a way to incorporate the industrial nature of its surroundings better. Maybe someone that's been there can tell me it's a good experience, because it doesn't feel like one to me. So I was wondering what you people think. What are your favourite parks to watch? If you have any experience at any park, how was it? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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