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Old 05-14-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Fenway then AT&T in S.F.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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Too many parks look about the same. I like Fenway a lot, because despite being old, that huge green wall give it such a distinctive look, and the Red Sox look so cool playing there. Honestly I don’t think there is a better team/stadium combo in all MLB.

From the new ones, I like ATT (Giants) and PNC (Pirates) for the same reason. When the Giants are playing in their cream colored uniforms, and you see the bay and the kayaks, it all makes sense. Then there’s PNC, which feels like a baseball game being played not in a stadium, but right in the middle of the city.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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I was in Cincinnati yesterday at Great American Ball Park and I have come to realize that I like the city of Cincy a lot and I really love that ballpark but like I stated in the past I love open air stadiums with the tiers in the back of the stadium and single level of outfield bleachers. I was really disappointed in a ton of the Reds fans who attended the game got their Joey Votto bobble-head and turned right around and went home to watch the game.
I'm a lifelong and diehard Reds fan and I can't stand Great American Ballpark.

Riverfront was a dump, but I spent most of my summers there growing up, watching games from the Top Six (tickets for $3.50 a seat, if I recall correctly, in the early to mid 1990s) so its hard not to talk about it without getting sentimental.

The Reds had a fantastic opportunity to build a ballpark northeast of Downtown near the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood known as "Broadway Commons." On a side note, Over-the-Rhine has made an incredible comeback over the past ten years, (especially near where the Reds should've built their ballpark on Broadway). As of right now, a casino is being constructed on that site. I often find myself wondering what could've happened if the Reds ballpark was constructed at Broadway Commons while Over-the-Rhine was making its comeback. It wouldn't have been Wrigleyville, but it could've had the potential to be unique in its own way, adding so much more to the connection between Cincinnati and the Reds than what we have now.

Sadly, the Broadway Commons ballpark plan never came into fruition because then-owner Marge Schott wanted the new ballpark on the river.

Now, there's a lot of good urban/neighborhood developments taking place on the riverbanks ("The Banks", primarily), but its still disconnected from the rest of the city by Fort Washington Way, a trenched freeway portion of I-71 separating the ballpark and The Banks from the rest of downtown. To the city's credit, there are talks about capping Fort Washington Way to better connect downtown and the riverfront.

Great American Ballpark itself is an okay place to watch a baseball game, but unlike Pittsburgh's PNC Park, where even though the Pirates are terrible, there's still some fantastic views of Downtown Pittsburgh beyond the outfield, all you get to see from Great American Ballpark beyond the murky Ohio River are the suburbs of Northern Kentucky.

Moving on...

Unfortunately, I've yet to visit Fenway. I have, however, been to Wrigley Field several times, and while I can't stand the Cubs, I've never been as geeked-out/over-stimulated by the atmosphere at a ballpark as I was when I've seen games at the Friendly Confines.

I also liked Miller Park. The stadium itself was nice, but what really made it a great experience was all the tailgating taking place outside the ballpark.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I'll first comment on the ones I've been to:

Obviously I'm biased and love Progressive Field (Jacob's Field to me still), home of the Cleveland Indians. I think its a nice looking ballpark and feel it has some decent views of downtown from the stands.

I've also been to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles (Dodgers). I feel Pittsburgh is the most beautiful. Not only is the stadium set up nicely, but the view of Pittsburgh from the stands is just amazing. You really can't beat it. I think Cincinnati is a nice ball park too, and although you can't see much of downtown from the stands, the views of Northern Kentucky are great in my opinion. I liked Dodgers Stadium because of the history, but all in all its ugly and old. If it was turned the other way and you could see downtown Los Angeles from home plate, it'd make it better lol.

One I've always wanted to visit was the San Francisco Giants stadium (AT&T Park). Just seems to cool to look out on the bay while watching a game.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I'll admit that I am biased because I grew up in southern NH but I truly think Fenway is the best park out there. If Fenway was designed like Busch stadium, then even I couldn't mention Fenway. I'd put Wrigley second and for a modern day ballpark, I'd go with Turner Field just edging out Camden Yards.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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So I have always wondered which MLB stadium has the best design and looks the best to you, not necessarily the best stadium to watch a game but you can chime in with that as well. I am a traditionalist while I like Miller Park I don't love it. The outside resembles an older stadium but inside it resembles a modern steel structure. I prefer open air stadiums like Target Field and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They actually consider Miller Park as one of the "modern-retro" stadiums along with Progressive Field, Angel Stadium, Chase Field, Safeco Field, Minute Maid Park, Great American Ball Park, Petco, Nationals Park, Target Field and of Course Camden Yards. Then there is a classification of Retro-Classic ball parks like PNC Park and Citizens Bank Park and many more. So while I prefer open air stadiums owners and well most fans prefer a roof in colder cities like Milwaukee. So many people in WI/IL/MN love the fact there is a roof so they know if they are planning a trip to watch the Twins in Milwaukee there will be a game. I wish the Brewers went with the first design of Miller Park to resemble Ebbets Field shown below:



So which MLB stadium is the best looking?
There are a lot of things that go into a baseball park being successful. The location, the exterior architecture, the interior architecture, transportation, etc. You seem to be asking about the best looking ballpark from the outside. My thoughts:

1. Fenway is a classic and this is the look that dozens of newer stadiums have tried to replicate.

2. Turner Field is very underrated on its exterior architecture. The brick entrance manages to be both grand and intimate. Really good work.

3. Orioles Park at Camden Yards has a nice retro look and the incorporation of the warehouse was a stroke of genius. Instantly added history to the ballpark.

H.M.: Coors is also nice, and it fits in well with the neighborhood.

Some others that I have been to:
-Wrigley: fun ballpark in a fantastic location, but the truth is the exterior is pretty ugly (well, except for that awesome red sign).

-AT&T Park: my second favorite ballpark (after Camden), but the outside doesn't really do it for me. It just isn't grand enough...and the palm trees don't work with the architecture for me.

-Nationals Park: Great place to watch a game, very open concourses, etc. But the outside is a disappointment. The side most people enter is dominated by two parking garages. The other side is better, but still not a masterpiece.

-Dodger Stadium: Truth in advertising. Looks like you are going into a concrete doughnut built in the 1960's.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Can't beat being at Wrigley field.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Somewheres Yonder
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I'm not right to answer because I've only been to the Ballpark in Arlington (which I love) and Minute Maid Park. Visiting all 30 is on my Bucket List. But I also really like PNC Park just because of the view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge in the backdrop.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Battle of the Ballparks, Final Four -- Vote for MLB's best - ESPN

Looks like the Milwaukee faithful are pulling Miller Park all the way to the finals in this little espn vote.

Even though Milwaukee is kicking the crap out of better stadiums I think why Milwaukee is doing so well is that it pissed Milwaukee fans off so much that our stadium which we as fans feel is a 6-10 baseball stadium not top 5 but Miller Park should have never been seeded 24th I think we can all agree on that.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Candlestick was pretty much a dump, although there was also a certain amount of familiarty generated affection for it. When the fog was making it too cold, the wind was. The field was typically littered with swirling hot dog wrappers and peanut bags, the seats were angled poorly in some areas, and the view from the upper deck was about what you get from the Goodyear Blimp. Rightfield was especially ugly with a chainlink fence holding back collapsing seats sections which were brought out for 49er games. Only the Metrodome had an uglier rightfield.

A T & T is very pretty inside, except for that immense glove and Coke bottle stuff above rightfield. The views of the city and bay are breathtaking from the upperdeck, so much so that you often lose concentration on the game. The rear exterior when viewed from the water is fantastic, but I agree with po-boy that the front looks like kind of a stylistic traffic accident, they couldn't decide what they wanted, so they went for a little of everything.

The Pirates new digs look good to me on tv, and I also have long been fond of The Ballpark in Arlington which I think looks stately with the tall tiers behind centerfield.




The place I least liked was San Jose Giants Municipal Stadium, home of the Giants Single A affiliate. The grandstand is unusually steep, fixing it so that the knees of the patron seated behind you are a constant threat to the back of your head. But the worst thing is their super loud public address system which pumps out the needed announcements and music, along with annoying ads, all at a volume one associates with apocalyptic events.

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