Top 10 Major League Baseball Stadiums

  1. Wrigley Field - Chicago Cubs

  2. Fenway - Boston Red Sox

  3. Yankee Stadium - New York Yankees

  4. Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Baltimore Orioles

  5. Coors Field - Colorado Rockies

  6. Jacobs Field - Cleveland Indians

  7. Turner Field - Atlanta Braves

  8. Ballpark at Arlington - Texas Rangers

  9. Dodgers Stadium - Los Angeles Dodgers

  10. Safeco Stadium - Seattle Mariners

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Descriptions of the top ten

Wrigley Field -  Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and  is playing host to Major League Baseball for the 92nd season in 2005 - and to the Cubs for the 90th year. The Friendly Confines is the second-oldest ballpark in the majors behind Boston's Fenway Park (1912).

 

Fenway - Generations have come and gone, but Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912. Fenway Park is actually the second home for the Sox. In 1901, the Boston Americans became one of the charter members of the fledgling American League. The Americans played ball at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now a part of Northeastern University's campus.

 

Yankee Stadium - The New York Yankees announced the purchase of ten acres of property in the west Bronx on February 6, 1921. The future home of Yankee Stadium was purchased from the estate of William Waldorf Astor for $675,000. On April 18, 1923, "The House That Ruth Built" opened for business.

 

Oriole Park at Camden Yards -  is state-of-the-art yet unique, traditional and intimate in design. It blends with the urban context of downtown Baltimore while taking its image from baseball parks built in the early 20th century. Steel, rather than concrete trusses, an arched brick facade, a sun roof over the gentle slope of the upper deck, an asymmetrical playing field, and natural grass turf are just some of the features that tie it to those magnificent big league ballparks built in the early 1900's.

 

Coors Field - attempts to combine the comforts of a modern stadium with the atmosphere of the old-time ballparks. It is constructed with hand-laid brick and has an old-fashioned clock tower atop its main entrance. It is asymmetrical, with the deepest part of the park (424 feet) in right-center field, and balls that hit the big out-of-town. scoreboard in right field are in play.
 

Jacobs Field - For years, baseball in Cleveland was played in mammoth Cleveland Municipal Stadium. "The Mistake by the Lake," as they called it, had been the home of Cleveland baseball since it first opened in 1932. Cleveland Municipal Stadium had more than 74,000 seats (more than any other major league park) but few of those seats were filled when the Indians played. That all changed when Jacobs Field, which has only 43,345 seats, opened in 1994. Attendance suddenly boomed. In their first year at the new park, Cleveland averaged 39,121 fans per game.

 

Turner Field -  In 1992, the Braves took advantage of a unique opportunity during the events leading up to the 1996 Olympic Games. Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the multipurpose stadium they had played in since 1966, was becoming obsolete. The team wanted a new retro style ballpark like the one which had then recently opened in Baltimore to rave reviews. Meanwhile, a new stadium was needed for the 1996 Olympics. So, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Braves agreed to combine their efforts to build another multipurpose stadium.

 

Ballpark at Arlington - was completed in just 23 months and is a state-of-the-art building with the utmost in customer convenience. Yet, the 49,115 seat open-air ballpark was designed and built with tradition and intimacy in mind, containing features such as a granite and brick facade, exposed structural steel, an asymmetrical playing field, and a home run porch in right field. Texas architecture is featured throughout, from the outer facade to the Lone Stars in the concourses and on the seat aisles.

 

Dodgers Stadium - Since its opening in1962, Dodger Stadium has awed spectators with a breath-taking view of downtown Los Angeles to the south; green, tree-lined Elysian hills to the north and east; and the San Gabriel Mountains beyond.  This 56,000-seat stadium has parking for 16,000 automobiles on 21 terraced lots adjacent to the same elevations as the six different seating levels.

 

Safeco Stadium -  opened in 1999, and since has gained a reputation locally, regionally and nationally as a terrific setting for baseball and a great place for baseball fans. Sweeping views of the downtown Seattle skyline and breathtaking sunsets over Puget Sound combined with excellent views of game action from all angles to give fans at Safeco Field an experiences unequalled in Major League Baseball.

 
Honorable Mention
Miller Park
is a ballpark located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is home to the Milwaukee Brewers and was built as a replacement for Milwaukee County Stadium. The title sponsor is the Miller Brewing Company. The stadium has a retractable roof, built in a unique convertible style, with the roof panels opening and closing simultaneously in a sweeping manner from the first base and third base sides towards center field. The huge roof explained a large part of the $400 million cost of the stadium. The stadium heats 30 degrees above the current outside temperature if the roof is closed on a cold weather day.