MLB Stadiums – a quick overview
Baseball is a sport that runs in the blood of many American sports fans, so as you would expect, there are some truly amazing MLB stadiums right now. Since this league is played all across the USA, these magnificent structures can be found in every corner of the nation, and many of them are right there in the heart of some of America’s best cities. At the time of writing, there are 30 different MLB stadiums currently in use, and rather than run through details for all of them, we’ve come up with a list of the top five that are definitely worth checking out in 2021!
The best stadiums right now
Whether you have a preferred baseball team or not, we can all appreciate the specifics of the stadiums listed right here, and if you can manage to get to a game at any of them – even better! Without further ado, check out our top five below.
When checking out the best MLB stadiums, we had to start with the largest in terms of capacity, right? This is exactly what Dodger Stadium provides, with a maximum capacity of 56,000, making it the largest in this respect by quite a margin. Having opened back in 1962, it’s also a stadium that has stayed true to its roots, and the LA Dodgers have played here ever since it first opened its doors. This is pretty cool when you think about how MLB teams jump around between venues and stadiums these days, and the stadium itself cost just $25 million, which is also quite low compared with some others.
Since this stadium is the largest in the MLB, it may also come as no shock to learn that it is in fact the world’s largest baseball stadium, even if this venue has seen sporting events for other sports such as soccer too.
From the largest MLB stadium to the oldest now, Fenway Park is one of those venues that everybody loves, regardless of whether they like the Boston Red Sox or not! Would you believe it, Fenway Park has been there since the Titanic went down in 1912, just to give you some perspective on how long ago this really was! But Fenway Park wasn’t home to professional baseball up until 1953, which is when the Red Sox Franchise was first established. It’s actually quite funny to really examine the stadium and its features too, as many of the old-school features have remained in place like the ‘Green Monster’ and ‘The Triangle’.
Essentially, this shows that despite the clubs best efforts to modernize the stadium and really launch it into the 21st Century, it would seem that Fenway Park just doesn’t want to let go – which is why we all love this baseball park with a passion! To add to this, the stadium was originally built for less than $700,000, so as you can see, Fenway Park was never meant to be a world-beater in the aesthetics department.
Now that we’ve run through the largest and the oldest, we may as well run through the smallest of all the current MLB stadiums. But of course, Tropicana Field isn’t only known for being the smallest concerning its overall capacity, it’s well-regarded as one of the best MLB venues since it is so intimate and compact. The dome shape makes it feel even smaller too, which is why away teams aren’t all that fond of coming to play against the Tampa Bay Rays. To add to that, the stadium has a fixed roof, which makes those home cheers even louder, and this also means that Tropicana Field is the one and only purely indoor venue in the entire MLB.
This isn’t all that makes Tropicana Field unique either, for the roof is actually slanted, meaning that one part of the stadium is lower than the other – not great for home runs! But with all of this said, Tropicana Field is full of character, and we hope that the stadium doesn’t get changed too much in the future!
Even if you ask someone who doesn’t follow baseball about MLB stadiums, there’s a fair chance they will know about Yankee Stadium. The famous stadium is now known all over the world, and it’s one that many baseball fans want to visit! At the time of writing, Yankee Stadium has a pretty solid record attendance for one of its MLB games too, as almost 51,000 flocked to a game back in 2011. When you see the price tag of this construction project, however, it’s enough to make your eyes water. This new stadium was built for a total cost of more than $2 billion, with more than $1 billion being pulled from public funds to pay for it. As you might imagine, this didn’t settle all that well with residents of New York who couldn’t really care less about baseball.
It gets all the more eye-watering when you look into the ticket prices here too, as a bottom row seat can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500 to watch a single game – that’s how popular this franchise has become over time. But then again, ever since the stadium has been hosting games (2009), it has seen an unreal number of home-runs, so excitement is almost guaranteed.
Our final venue for the top 5 MLB stadiums is Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The ground was first opened back in 1995, and the project racked up a cost of more than $300 million, but this investment did help to make the ground the second-largest in the entire league according to seating capacity. The real reason we’ve put this stadium down as one of the best is just how different the game seems to be played here, however. Since the stadium is actually quite high in terms of its elevation above sea-level, the ball can travel seriously quick off the bat – which is why they even keep the balls in humidors prior to the games so that it isn’t ‘too easy’ for the batters.
Of course, the field is the most elevated out of any other MLB stadiums, but that’s what also makes it quite difficult for away teams coming here to play. If that didn’t quite make the stadium seem special enough, it’s been built on top of dinosaur fossils that were discovered when creating the field – pretty cool, right?