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Five of the Best Major League Baseball Stadiums

Baseball is indeed America’s pastime, and Major League Baseball (MLB) is America’s pastime with the fewest errors. In fact, Americans love watching their game played with excellence and total dedication. This is why we watch, and love to watch it live in person. The following ballparks afford the most exciting venues.

1. Yankee Stadium

A setting for movies, a stage for concerts and even a field for college football bowls, Yankee Stadium–“the house that Ruth built”–may be the most storied ballpark of them all. In its updated rendition, this stadium maintains its home in the Bronx, drawing Yankee fans from all five NYC boroughs, as well as Connecticut, New Jersey and Long Island (actually, from all over the U.S.). Seating just over 54,000, the facility has concessions offering burgers, ice cream, hot wings, noodles and vegan fare. Beer and wine sales are also ubiquitous at this park.

 

 

Yankee Stadium, East 161 Street, The Bronx, NY, USA

2. Fenway Park

Arch rivals of the Yankees are the Boston Red Sox. Their home, Fenway Park, sits near the Back Bay portion of the city. Its last major construction was 1934, and the Fenway holds over 37,000 fans. Serving typical ballpark fare, the Fenway’s concessions also provide multi-ethnic cuisines and healthy options like gluten-free. Much history was made at this ballpark, which originally hosted the old Boston Braves in the early 20th century.

Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, Boston, MA, USA

3. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Known as the “ballpark that forever changed baseball,” Oriole Park at Camden Yards was erected in 1992. This stadium sold out 59 straight games in its first season. The following year, Oriole Cal Ripken made history by breaking the homerun record for a shortstop by making his 278th home run. Two years later, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at this park, the brick exterior of which reflects the industrial history of the neighborhood. Holding nearly 46,000 spectators, the park is adjacent to Eutaw Street, where fans can procure all kinds of baseball paraphernalia. Inside, Aside from hotdogs, hamburgers and pretzels, Oriole Park serves a wide range of foods, from Cajun to Mexican to Asian to Chesapeake. Specially tapped beer is available at Firkin Fridays at the Flying Dog Tap House.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD, USA

4. Minute Maid Park

Long associated with the Astrodome, the Houston Astros moved to Minute Maid Park (seating just over 41,000) in 2000. Despite its youth, Minute Maid Park creates an ambience of a classic age of baseball while affording fans the speed and convenience of 21st-century service. This combination is manifest in a all-natural grass field and a modernistic, retractable roof. Seating a total of 41,000, the park sits at the northeast end of downtown Houston. As with other modern ballparks, the concession offerings are expanded to include craft beers and premium wines, plus an array of gourmet and ethnic foods to complement the traditional American favorites. Minute Maid Park hosts a variety of special events throughout the year.

Minute Maid Park, Crawford Street, Houston, TX, USA

5. Dodger Stadium

This 57-year old stadium underwent its most recent renovation in 2018. The oldest MLB ballpark west of the Mississippi River, this stadium holds 56,000 at full capacity, making it the largest throughout the U.S. Its extensive and diverse concession operations feature generous vegetarian and vegan dishes, catering to their health-conscious California fans. Located in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium is often referred to as Chavez Ravine, after the valley in which it sits. The latest renovations reflect the trend toward a contemporary appearance and a venerable, old ballpark feel. Fans have easy view of bullpens.
Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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