All 30 Major League Ballparks, Ranked

Staff Writer: Michael Brown

After five long months of waiting, baseball is finally back!

I’ve always maintained that there is nothing in this world more beautiful than a baseball stadium. There’s something about them- the landscaping, the seating designs, the views/outside areas, the pageantry, etc. With this in mind, I will now rank for you, the people, the 30 active MLB ballparks, from worst-to-best. I’ll be basing these rankings mainly on looks, cool quirks/features, and watchability on TV (I’ve only attended a game at one of these parks, so I can’t really rank in that regard).

#30 – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics

I really don’t like this stadium. It’s a complete disaster, and I can’t wait for the A’s to move in to a new place. Overall, it’s just ugly. Dark green and yellow just isn’t a combo that looks good together, and when you plaster it all over a ballpark, the end result isn’t great. This stadium is often empty too. That’s a turn off. Part of what’s so great about the Wrigleys and Fenways of the world is that the seats are always filled with people. It’s more visually pleasing to look at, and makes the atmosphere great. Some seats in the upper deck are even covered with tarp, which is gaudy and gross. The overabundance of foul territory is also frustrating. Really, O.co just doesn’t look how a baseball stadium should.

Athletics

O.co Coliseum – PHOTO CREDIT – Sports Illustrated

#29 – Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays

First off, Rogers Centre has a retractable roof, and an indoors baseball stadium is always a turn-off. But when the roof is open this place looks a bit cooler. It’s kinda weird how the seating encloses the whole outfield, there’s never a break in the seats in center field or anything like that. I get that they’re the Blue Jays, but there’s just too much blue and not enough red and white (Toronto’s other secondary colors) in this stadium. There’s just not much character to it at all. Like O.co, there’s too much foul territory here. Also, MURICA > Canada.

#28 – Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays

Most people have the Trop slotted last, so this isn’t too terrible for its standards. The Trop is indoors, so there’s the first issue. And it’s not even a retractable roof; it’s just permanently closed. The turf is so ugly too, it always looks messed up and just wrong. The environment in this place is always so depressing too. The small crowds often keep quiet in the cavernous, empty stadium. Overall, it just seems dirty, old, and uninviting. When someone thinks of baseball, and everything they love about the sport, The Trop checks none of these things. Luckily, the Rays have a new stadium on the way in the future.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

The Trop – PHOTO CREDIT – NESN

#27 – Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

I wouldn’t say Angel Stadium is bad. There’s just not much to it. The rocks out in center are fairly cool, but that’s pretty much the only thing about this park that stands out. Some stadiums can pull off the cookie cutter look simply because they still look that good, but Angel Stadium isn’t one of those. But, hey, there’s still Mike Trout. He’s must-watch TV no matter what park he’s playing in.

Angels

Angels Stadium – PHOTO CREDIT – ECA

#26 – Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees

I definitely have Yankee Stadium lower than your average ranker of stadiums. But I just don’t like it. Given, it looks awesome from the exterior. As you’re walking in, it looks great. And the picket fence-looking things at the top with the lights are nice But other than that, it’s just meh. The bleachers in center are super ugly and don’t match the rest of the seats. The “YANKEE STADIUM” in the big, navy letters is really obnoxious and kinda hard to see. Also, the short porch in right field. Enough said.

Yankees

Yankee Stadium in the Bronx – PHOTO CREDIT – ballparksofbaseball

#25 – Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins

Marlins Park is indoors, which is unfortunate. It actually looks a lot better when the roof is open. That’s just such a rare occurrence it seems. The fish tank behind home plate is really awesome, so that’s a plus. I also love the window out in left field. The Home Run sculpture was, contrary to popular belief, actually pretty cool too. Unfortunately, they’ve removed it from the stadium. For the longest while, the main colors you saw were neon green and blue, which was disgusting. But I’m pretty sure they’ve removed the neon green for this season too as a part of the Marlins’ rebrand.

#24 – Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox

I think this place gets too much hate. Yeah, it’s a bit plain, but it looks clean. It looks how a baseball stadium ought to. It does cookie-cutter better than Angels Stadium does. The landscaping is beautiful, and the lollipop-looking things above the scoreboard are really fun. Woodstock junior Carter Reed, a man of many words, said of Guaranteed Rate Field, “It looks good, but not like amazing.”

White Sox

Guaranteed Rate Field – PHOTO CREDIT – Curbed Chicago

#23 – T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners

Technically this stadium does have a retractable roof, but I hardly ever see it closed on TV. It always seems to be open. There isn’t really much to this stadium; it’s sorta dull. Both of the big scoreboards in this stadium are awesome- the main and the out of town. The landscaping is great, once again. That’s important with baseball stadiums, and it’s a big yes from me here. Points are lost, though, with the name change from Safeco Field. That was much better.

 

#22 – Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians

This stadium looks really good. One of its worst factors is that it just so happens to be located in Cleveland. The seats in left are awkwardly high; the wall is in-between high enough to be cool and short enough to be normal. But other than that, it’s solid. The upper decks in right look great; I like the placement of the advertisements. I always love a big scoreboard, and the “Indians” script above it is great.

Indians

Progressive Field – PHOTO CREDIT – WKYC

#21 – Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers

Like Progressive Field, Comerica Park is stuck in an unfortunate situation in terms of the city it’s located in: Detroit. Also like Progressive, the mascot script above the scoreboard is very nice to look at; in this case it’s “Tigers.” The field looks awesome at Comerica, the infield especially. I love the pentagonal design of the dirt around home plate. Comerica is one of two parks in MLB that has the weird strip of infield dirt stretching from home plate. I don’t understand it, but I can’t say I hate it either.

Detroit Tigers

Comerica Park – PHOTO CREDIT – Olympia Entertainment

#20 – Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles

This is a good stadium, but it’s overrated. Obviously, everyone knows about the factory in right, which is great. I love the analog clock above the scoreboard. That’s a slept-on feature. I like the seats in left field too. I’m a sucker for three or more decks in the outfield. But still, meh. There’s nothing overly special about this stadium.

Orioles

Camden Yards – PHOTO CREDIT – Rob Carr, Getty Images

#19 – Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds

There are a lot of great things about Great American Ballpark. None are greater than the fact that it’s the home of Ronald Acuña Jr.’s first Major League dinger. No other ballpark can say that! I love the red seats in this stadium, and the ones in right are amazing; they stagger in height and sort of look like wings on a bird. The Cincinnati Bengals stadium has a few sections like that too, so I’m curious if there’s anything behind that or if it’s just coincidental. This stadium also sits on the Ohio River, which provides for a stellar backdrop, and the steamboat in center tops it all off nicely. A solid stadium.

Reds

Great American Ball Park – PHOTO CREDIT – stmed

#18 – Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Well, Citizens Bank is home of the Phillies, my most hated team in baseball. So it has that going for it. But seriously, the staggering of the upper decks in right field is nice, how they go further into center as you get lower. The Liberty Bell is, admittedly, awesome. Once again, we see script above a scoreboard, always a good thing. But I hate the shrubbery that serves as the batter’s eye, and the blue seats are really bizarre. If the stadium isn’t full it makes for some ugly camera shots of empty seats.

Phillies

Citizens Bank Park- PHOTO CREDIT – ballparksofbaseball

#17 – Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins

Target Field is certainly one of the newer parks on this list, as it’s the second-youngest stadium in MLB. With that said, it’s probably a bit too modern-looking for my taste. I’m more of an old-school guy when it comes to baseball. Like Progressive Field, the outfield seats are raised to an awkward height and it just looks kinda bizarre. It still has a great baseball stadium type of vibe to it though. It’s not a bad look. I love the backdrop.

Twins

Target Field – PHOTO CREDIT – MLB.com

#16 – Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field has a retractable roof, which, of course, subtracts from its overall goodness. But it looks so, so much better with the open roof and windows. It makes it a completely different stadium! Obviously you have the iconic pool in right field. It’s kinda weird, but it’s a trademark of this place. I mentioned earlier how Comerica Park was one of two stadiums that had the strip of infield dirt from the plate to the mound; Chase Field is the other. It looks pretty cool. The dimensions at this place are kind of funky, in center especially. The trail the yellow line takes out there is interesting. My least favorite thing about Chase Field is the out-of-town scoreboard. It’s shoved up into a dark corner of the stadium and looks so incredibly old. Overall, a great stadium.

#15 – Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals

Ah, Nationals Park. Nestled in our nation’s capital, the home of NLDS chokes, Rookie of the Year losers, and not Bryce Harper. Seriously, though, I like Nationals Park. I love where the bullpens are located at Nationals Park. I’m not exactly sure why, but I do. I love the curly “W” logo with the stars forming a circle around it. The design/placements of the seating is top notch as well. An all-around fantastic ballpark. It’s also cool when Braves fans overrun the place and start doing the Tomahawk Chop when we’re up there playing.

Nationals

Nationals Park – PHOTO CREDIT – Wikimedia Commons

#14 – Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros

I’ll admit, Minute Maid has a retractable roof, but it’s probably the best-looking indoor stadium in MLB, and the only one that I would say looks better with its roof closed rather than open. The windows in left field are amazing, and you don’t get those with the open roof. The left field seating, too, is great. I love the old-time looking design of it all, and the wall is a perfect height. Also, you have the home run train in left field too. That horn is spectacular, and every time I hear it I think of Game 5 of the 2017 World Series; that’s still the best baseball game of all time.

#13 – Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers

Formerly known as The Ballpark in Arlington, Globe Life Park is massive!! The field is huge, and everything around it just seems bigger. Maybe it’s because it’s in Texas? Actually, Globe Life holds 48,114 people, which is good for 5th in MLB. I love the office park located in center field, and the ads located above it are simply iconic. I’ll be sad to see this stadium go in a few years once the new one opens.

Rangers

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX – PHOTO CREDIT – Stubhub

#12 – Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers

This is the final retractable roof stadium on the list. It doesn’t look as good with the roof closed as Minute Maid does, but I love how the roof opens from the middle; it’s really interesting. The shadows in this stadium are always so fun to look at when the Brewers are on TV. Obviously, too, you have the slide out there too which is a trademark for this place. It’s always fun when the mascot slides down after a dinger. Woodstock junior and Brewers fan Evan Conley told me, “It is one of the most beautiful and unique parks in MLB. What other stadium has a giant slide?”

#11 – Citi Field, home of the New York Mets

Just missing the top ten is Citi Field. This is another very large stadium, which I like. Not cavernous though, it feels full. The royal blue walls with the orange foul poles and line are really, really good. I love them. There are a lot of ads on the outfield wall, too, but they seem to work. I don’t dislike them. The apple that pops up whenever a homerun is hit is awesome, and I love the scoreboard. The buildings in right field are really cool too.

Mets

Citi Field – PHOTO CREDIT – Jim McIsaac, Getty Images

#10 – Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies

We begin the top ten with Coors Field, notorious for its cold temperatures and abundance of dingers, both of which can be attributed to the high altitude at which Coors Field is located. Sunsets at Coors are always breathtaking. I love the new scoreboard, and how it incorporates the logo into the display. The buildings in the upper right deck are really interesting too. If I had to come up with something negative about this stadium, it would be the tiny “Coors Field” sign behind some plate; it’s just too small.

Rockies

Coors Field, dinger capital of the USA – PHOTO CREDIT – USA TODAY Sports

#9 – PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

So, PNC is very, very often overrated. People will cite its spectacular view as reasoning for it being one of the top 5 stadiums in baseball. And, yeah, the view is AMAZING, but you can’t judge a stadium solely off that. Other than that, there isn’t much to this place. The “PIRATES” shrub in center is nice, and the landscaping on the field is beautiful. But seating wise, I’m just not that into it.

Pirates

PNC Park – PHOTO CREDIT – Stadium Parking Guides

#8 – SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves

Ronald Acuña Jr. has hit more dingers at SunTrust Park than all the other ballparks in MLB combined. That alone makes SunTrust elite. But there’s so much more. The bricks all throughout the stadium are great, especially behind home plate. The Chop House is really cool, and looks great when people hit homers out there. I love the stadium lights, and it’s great having all the pennants on there. The Battery is also super fun. The atmosphere out there before and after games is incredible. This place just feels how a baseball stadium should; the experience is exactly what you want/expect from a baseball game. And to top it all off, the Tomahawk Chop!! It’s the best thing ever, especially when they turn the lights off and everyone uses their phone flashlights. I get chills every time.

Braves

SunTrust Park – PHOTO CREDIT – ballparksofbaseball

#7 – Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres

The new home of Manny Machado finds itself at #7 in my rankings. Boy, do I love Petco Park. The backdrop is gorgeous, on par with that of PNC Park. You also have the Western Metal Supply Co. in left field, which is very memorable. It looks so cool out there. This stadium is simply all-around great. It doesn’t have any glaring flaws.

Padres

Petco Park – PHOTO CREDIT – The San Diego Union-Tribune

#6 – Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals

The grassy backdrop to this stadium is underrated. It’s not your typical big city skyline, but it works well. I looooove the crown scoreboard. It’s incredible. The fountains in the outfield do a good job of showcasing the pageantry of this ballpark. Everything about this place is beautiful. It takes cookie cutter and shows how good it can be. Amazing.

Royals

Kauffman Stadium – PHOTO CREDIT – ballparksofbaseball

#5 – Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants

A lot of folks slot this one as their favorite. I can’t say it’s quite that good myself, but boy howdy, it’s good. The coke bottle and glove are an iconic pair, and they’re one of the best parts about this stadium. The seats in right field are great too, that high wall with the small amount of seating looks great overlooking McCovey Cove. Stadiums on water are always good, and this one is the best in that regard. The only thing I would criticize is the landscaping. I prefer some sort of pattern in the grass, and the Giants never have that.

Giants

Oracle Park – PHOTO CREDIT – NBC Sports

#4 – Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers

This stadium has so much to love about it. In the words of Future himself, it’s “sensational.” The backdrop is ELITE. And I am such a big fan of the hexagonal scoreboards and ads. They look great. Dodger Stadium would be a very strong contender for the top spot if not for the hideous yellow seats and the mind-numbingly loud sound system. Alas.

Dodgers

Dodger Stadium – PHOTO CREDIT – Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

#3 – Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs

You knew it. Everyone knew it. Wrigley Field was bound to be in the Top 3. I’ve been talking throughout this ranking about certain iconic features of a stadium. The thing with Wrigley is that everything is iconic. The ivy in the outfield, the bleachers, “AMERICAN” and “NATIONAL,” I could go on and on and on. The landscaping is always spot-on at Wrigley, the field is always looking beautiful. And I also thoroughly enjoy the home plate view (like on a TV broadcast) at Wrigley. It’s great. There’s just something about the red, white, and blue you see with the fans for a day game at Wrigley, a stadium that is never not full.

Cubs

Wrigley Field – PHOTO CREDIT – ballparksofbaseball

#2 – Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals

Everything about this stadium is perfect. All the stuff in the outfield, the buildings, etc., is perfect. The red seats are perfect. The backdrop of the city with the Arch in the background is perfect. The landscaping is perfect, with the arch in the grass. And I love the “Busch Stadium” behind home plate. This is how a baseball stadium should look. The fans are great here too. All of it is simply perfect.

Cardinals

Busch Stadium – PHOTO CREDIT – ballparksofbaseball

 

#1 – Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox

Oh, Fenway. What can be said that hasn’t been said a thousand times over? A timeless classic, this one is. Home of the reigning world champions, Fenway just does everything right, as it has for years upon years. You’ve got the Green Monster in left, Pesky’s Pole in right, the John Hancock sign, the Citgo sign in the distance, and so much more. And the manual scoreboard out there too? With the standings? Outstanding. Woodstock junior Tess Cope said, “If you’re gonna go for historic overall baseball experience, I feel like it’s Fenway. It’s one of the more iconic ones. I went there once…it just felt like what baseball should be.”

And what more can a person ask for at a baseball stadium? That’s all there really is to it.

Leave a comment and let me know your opinions on this! I’m curious to see where I agree and differ with others. And now, here’s to another incredible year of baseball. Chop on.

 

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