Attraction factor

Most of the people ask us which stadium we prefered during our tour of all 30 MLB ballparks last summer. After a lot of thinking, we finally stopped our choices on PETCO Park and Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Those two ballparks have been for us the best experiences of our trip when we think about different factors: location, ambience, architecture, etc.

The main objective of the trip for us was not to find the greatest ballpark of the major leagye. Our goal was to find what was making every ballpark special for the public and which mistakes have been made during the construction. All of this to make sure, when major baseball will come back to Montreal, that we could take example from the great ballparks (a lot of recent stadium have been inspired from the Orioles Park) and to make sure we don’t repeat mistakes.

Also, people frequently ask us which stadiums where the worst. Like many, our choices were the Tropicana Field and the O.co Coliseum for reasons everyone knows. But oddly, it is during the visit of these two ballparks that we had some great experices and that we met with awesome fans. This is why we had the idea of creating this list in which we found one thing that makes each stadium unique. We found different categories for this purpose and we are convinced that every ballpark can offer a unique experience to every fan.

*There is no particular order for the list, it is the order that we visited the ballparks. Also, at the end of the page we put the list without the pictures and video!*

  1. Fenway Park: Best 8th inning song (Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond)
  2. Yankee Stadium: Best beginning of game ritual (bleachers role call)
  3. CitiField : Best hommage to a player (Jackie Robinson Rotunda)
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  4. PNC Park : Best view from the upper deck
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  5. Orioles park : Best integration of a building in a ballpark (B&O warehouse)
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  6. Citizens Bank park : Best Mascot (Phillie Phanatic)
  7. Turner Field: Best fan celebration (The ‘’chop’’)
  8. Tropicana field : Best fan accessory (Cowbells)
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  9. Marlins park: Best museum in a ballpark (booblehead museum)
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  10. Globe life park: Best local song (Deep in the heart of Texas)
  11. Minute Maid park : Best home run celebration (the train)
  12. Chase Field: Best luxury box (Ramtrucks.tv pool)
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  13. Dodgers Stadium : Best environement around a ballpark (San Gabriel Mountains)
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  14. Angel Stadium : Best ‘’nature’’ attraction (California Spectacular)
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  15. Petco park : Best integration of the city in a ballpark (Park at the Park)
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  16. AT&T park : Best food choice
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  17. co Coliseum : Best group of organized fans (Right and left field bleachers)
  18. Safeco Field : Best integration of art in a ballpark (Art in the park)
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  19. Coors field : best ‘’party deck’’ (the rooftop)
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  20. Kauffman stadium : best ‘’water’’ feature (les fontaines)
  21. Target field : Best light up sign (Minnie and Paul sign)
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  22. Miller Park : best tailgate party
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  23. U.S. Cellular field : Best kids zone (fundamentals)
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  24. Busch stadium : Best party zone before a game (ballpark village)
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  25. Wrigley field : Best on field attraction (vines)
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  26. Comerica park : Best ballpark entrance (tiger and bat sculpture)
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  27. Great American Ballpark : best hall of fame
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  28. Progressive field: Best individual fan (John Adams the drummer)
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  29. Rogers Centre : Best touristic location (Toronto downtown)
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  30. Nationals park : Best mascot race (the racing presidents)

 

We hope you liked it!

P.S.: Here’s the list without the pictures and video

  1. Fenway Park: Best 8th inning song (Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond)
  2. Yankee Stadium: Best beginning of game ritual (bleachers role call)
  3. CitiField : Best hommage to a player (Jackie Robinson Rotunda)
  4. PNC Park : Best view from the upper deck
  5. Orioles park : Best integration of a building in a ballpark (B&O warehouse)
  6. Citizens Bank park : Best Mascot (Phillie Phanatic)
  7. Turner Field: Best fan celebration (The ‘’chop’’)
  8. Tropicana field : Best fan accessories (Cowbells)
  9. Marlins park: Best museum in a ballpark (booblehead museum)
  10. Globe life park: Best local song (Deep in the heart of Texas)
  11. Minute Maid park : Best home run celebration (the train)
  12. Chase Field: Best luxury box (Ramtrucks.tv pool)
  13. Dodgers Stadium : Best environement around a ballpark (San Gabriel Mountains)
  14. Angel Stadium : Best ‘’nature’’ attraction (California Spectacular)
  15. Petco park : Best integration of the city in a ballpark (Park at the Park)
  16. AT&T park : Best food choice
  17. co Coliseum : Best organized fan group (Right and left field bleachers)
  18. Safeco Field : Best integration of art in a ballpark (Art in the park)
  19. Coors field : best ‘’party deck’’ (the rooftop)
  20. Kauffman stadium : Best ‘’water’’ feature (les fontaines)
  21. Target field : Best light up sign (Minnie and Paul sign)
  22. Miller Park : Best tailgate party
  23. S. Cellular field : Best kids zone (fundamentals)
  24. Busch stadium : Best pre game party zone (ballpark village)
  25. Wrigley field : Best on field attraction (vines)
  26. Comerica park : Best ballpark entrance (tiger and bat sculpture)
  27. Great American Ballpark : best hall of fame
  28. Progressive field: Best invidual fan (John Adams le batteur)
  29. Rogers Centre : Best touristic location (Toronto downtown)
  30. Nationals park : Best mascot race (the racing presidents)

 

2 comments

  1. Tres beau montage videos/photos. Un beau tour de terrain du baseball majeur. En esperant que Montreal puisse s’inspirer de points de vue qui viennent de la base, de vrai fan comme vous. Nous apprecions evidemment votre choix du Petco Park en tete de liste puisque c’est vraiment bien integre a la ville et que nous habitons a deux pas et le traversons a chaque jour. Une autre belle saison de baseball commence et nous serons bien sur au match d’ouverture des Padres avec les champions du monde, les Giants, le 9 avril prochain. Portez-vous bien. Vive le Baseball !

    Pat & Michelle
    Padres Fan
    San Diego, California

  2. Fluor Field in Greenville, SC is modeled after Fenway Park. It has the exact same dimensions as well as a Pesky’s Pole and Green Monster with a manually operated scoreboard.
    It also has a 5-story building in the outfield like Oriole Park at Camden Yards. I have witnessed one home run ball land on that roof.

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