Stadium Wish list: MLB edition

Sports fans love going to games.

Every sports fan has a favorite venue that they’ve been to. Most fans also have a stadium, or arena, or two that they would love to visit.

Going there is right at the top of the bucket list.

That’s the inspiration behind what I’ll be doing for the next few days.

I have compiled a list of all the stadiums, arenas and fields in baseball, pro- and collegiate-basketball, as well as pro and college football that I want to see a game in the most.

I have an entirely separate sports-related bucket list from my regular life bucket list, and the sports list starts in Major League Baseball.

Like most die-hard baseball fans, I want to catch a game at every stadium possible. Currently I have seen a game in four of the pro ballparks that are in use today (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Mets, Yankees).

That list needs to grow, though.

So, here is the list of the Top 5 stadiums in the MLB that I want to visit the most and why.

MLB

      Honorable mention:

Coors Field, Colorado Rockies

Minute Maid Park , Houston Astros

Global Life Park in Arlington, Texas Rangers

 

      5. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers

When talking baseball on the west coast, Dodger Stadium immediately comes to mind.

The stadium located at Chavez Ravine is the third-oldest ballpark in the MLB.

History is ripe in this stadium – Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, Fernandomania, Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, and a Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter.

Not only all of that, but it’s the place where legendary broadcaster Vin Scully has been eloquently calling games as the voice of the Dodgers since the opening of the park.

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When I do make it to Dodger Stadium, I’m definitely going to make sure it’s a night game during the summer so I can hopefully get to see a sunset like this around the ballpark.   Photo via discoverlosangeles.com

      4. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field is the second-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.

Its ivy-covered walls are legendary, the welcome sign that greets you is iconic, and the scoreboard in center has been a hand-operated spectacle since its installment in 1937.

Although Cubs ownership has made updates to the park with new digital scoreboards in left and right field, it is still a very old ballpark at its root.

The bleacher seats across the street are a great touch, and something I want to see in person.

If for nothing else, baseball fans should want to go to Wrigley to momentarily sit in, and take a picture beside, the infamous Steve Bartman seat.

Every baseball fan knows, you’ve got to get to Wrigley.

 

      3. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

The home of the San Francisco Giants is an intriguing ballpark.

Although it’s bullpens are on the playing surface – something I’m really not a fan of – the old style meets new style look to it makes it a desirable place to go.

McCovey Cove beyond the brick wall in right field is a target for left-handed hitters. The characterized cars on the fence in left are amusing, and the giant Coke bottle beside the large, old-fashioned glove are a reminder of a simpler time.

As long as some combination of manager Bruce Bochy, catcher Buster Posey, pitcher Madison Bumgarner and second baseman Joe Panik are donning the Giants jersey, AT&T Park will definitely be near the top of my destination list.

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Big Coke bottle and old-fashioned glove? Sign me up. Photo via wikipedia

      2. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

When it comes to legendary ballparks and stadiums, few even stand close to Fenway Park.

Opened in 1912, the home of the Red Sox has not only withstood the test of time, but the creating and breaking of an 86-year long curse.

When talking about Fenway, the starting point has to be the Green Monster. Standing 37 feet high, the Monster has kept would-be home runs inside the park, and has all the dents to show it.

Not only that, but any shot that makes it over the green wall is a sight to see, and the old-time division standings at the base of the wall keeps the old-fashion feel.

The odd dimensions of the walls are also intriguing. Pesky Pole stands just 302 feet from home plate, but the deepest part of center field is 118 feet further away from the batters box.

Being over 100 years old, there’s no telling how much longer Fenway Park will be around. I need to get there before the Red Sox change venues.

 

      1. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Home of the St. Louis Cardinals since 2006, Busch Stadium appears to be one of the most beautiful ballparks in America.

One of the things I love about this ballpark is that it’s open in center field. Just one level of seats goes from left-center field to right-center allowing fans sitting near the infield to peer out beyond the stadium to see the surrounding city, most notably the Gateway Arch that is visible past center field.

Cardinals home games never seem to have a lot of empty seats, which speaks to the passionate fans that don the red and white.

Despite being just 10 years old, this ballpark has already played host to three World Series, with the home crowd seeing a pair of championships come back the Gateway to the West.

Busch Stadium is definitely at the very top of the list for me.

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The famous Gateway Arch looks over Busch Stadium from its perch beyond center field. One of the many views I want to take in at a Cardinals game some day.   Photo via wikipedia

 

Check back tomorrow for my list of NFL stadiums I want to visit most.

 

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