In the second part of my series rankings the MLB ballparks, I will look at # 25-21.
#25 Comerica Park (Detroit, MI; 2 games attended) – I’m sure many people will be surprised to see Comerica ranked so low, but for me the Tigers did a poor job at replacing a classic, Tiger Stadium. Yes, it has all the bells and whistles that you could expect from a new ballpark and its location is an improvement, but for the average fan who just wants to see baseball, I don’t see how Comerica is better than Tiger Stadium. It has a rather disjointed feel as there is a break in the seating on the first base side and much of the first level seating is made up of the “Tiger Den”, which are orange seats which stick out among the green seats. Also, I really don’t care for the ferris wheel – it’s a ballpark, not an amusement park. I loved Tiger Stadium, so anything that replaced it probably wasn’t going to be as good in my book.
#24 Progressive Field (Cleveland, OH; 2 games attended) – Progressive Field (first known as Jacobs Field) was the second of the so-called “retro” ballparks to open. So it often drew comparisons to Camden Yards in Baltimore. But really it has always felt more modern than Camden Yards mostly because it doesn’t have a brick exterior. The best feature of the ballpark is probably its location in the downtown. It’s just too bad that part of the skyline is obscured by the massive scoreboard in left field. I never saw a game at the Indians former home, Municipal Stadium, but I’m sure Progressive Field is a huge improvement over it.
#23 Nationals Park (Washington, DC; 2 games attended) -Besides the location, there is little else I really like about Nationals Park. Just wandering around it, I have found it to be a very confusing park to navigate. I know the architects wanted to build these “neighborhoods” of seating, but I just didn’t get it. The ballpark definitely has a modern feel to it, which is ok since it was the first building in a new area of development. All this said, Nationals Park is obviously a real baseball park, something that could not be said of its predecessor, RFK Stadium.
#22 Angel Stadium (Anaheim, CA; 1 game attended) – My first and only visit to Anaheim came in 2004, so I never saw the original or enclosed versions of this ballpark. But I was pleasantly surprised with the “new” version. It actually feels more like the newer “retro” ballparks rather than the cookie cutters of the 1970′s of which it is a peer. The concourses are in view of the field, the sightlines are pretty good, and the overall atmosphere is quit pleasant. Even though I did enjoy my visit here, it is hard for me to rank Angel Stadium any higher than this.
#21 The Ballpark at Arlington (Arlington, TX; 1 game attended) – Having not attended a game here since 1999, this is one ballpark I probably need to get a fresh look at. My memories of The Ballpark at Arlington is it being massive (it seemed to take forever to circle) and the weather being uncomfortably hot. While the park has some unique features (like the covered grandstand in right field), it is lacking concourses that are in view of the field. Also, the location in the middle of a parking lot is uninspiring.
Up next, numbers 20-16. Thanks everyone for reading and as always, I enjoy reading your comments.