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View Poll Results: Which historic ballpark do you prefer?
Wrigley 14 53.85%
Fenway 12 46.15%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 07-01-2022, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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I know this comparison has been done for decades, but Cubs and Red Sox are playing at Wrigley this weekend and the parks have evolved over the past few decades, so why not revive it? I'm not going to include set criteria, it's open ended and everyone has their own reasons and preferences.

So... which do you prefer (and why)?
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Old 07-01-2022, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Providence, RI
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I've been a Sox fan since I knew what baseball was. My first game was at Fenway and I still get giddy going there to this day. So I'm biased and obviously like Fenway more.

But being as objective as possible, it's not as clear cut:

Wrigley is easily the more comfortable park to watch a game. It's not as cramped as Fenway and the sight lines are significantly better. The park is a bit more "stately" looking with better symmetry, the brick and ivy walls, etc. And while the Fenway neighborhood experienced has drastically improved in recent decades, Wrigleyville is still the better gameday experience. The seats on rooftops across the way are the coolest.

Fenway is the quirkier, more interesting park with the irregular shape, Green Monster, Pesky Pole, and the way it sort of seems like it's just another building in the neighborhood. And while it's less comfortable because it's so cramped, the place is a bit more "electric" during big games than Wrigley (though both are among the best in the league).

I'd call the fanbases a draw - both are among the most loyal and knowledgeable. And I also think both parks have done a brilliant job of incorporating additions and modern amenities without losing the character of each place.
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Old 07-01-2022, 08:48 PM
 
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Can't really give a preference. I know Wrigley a lot better. First time I was there. 1954, it was just like everywhere else. I've also been to CMack, Crosley, Tiger, Sportsmens, old Comiskey. A few older ones than those, in the minors.
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Old 07-02-2022, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Gurnee IL.
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I’m here now at Wrigley. Smells like hot dogs, unlike Fenway which smells like urine. Wrigleys seating bowel allows great views from almost all field while Fenway jets out in right field making a view of the plate for that area virtually impossible. Wrigleys atmosphere is 10x better than Fenway. Basically Fenway is a dump and Wrigley is actually fun a national treasure. Thanks for Theo by the way.
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Old 07-03-2022, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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And while the Fenway
I'd call the fanbases a draw - both are among the most loyal and knowledgeable.
Lived in the Chicago burbs for a decade. Worked with a woman that wore a #1 Cubs Fan shirt and she wore a Cubs hat every day. She could not name an active player other than Sammy Sosa and Kerry Wood.

I found White Sox fans to be the most knowledgeable between the two.
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Old 07-04-2022, 03:10 PM
 
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Never been to Wrigley. I’ve been going to Fenway since ~ 1965 including the last game of the 1967 Impossible Dream year where they clinched the AL pennant on the last day. Fenway when I was a kid was a dump. It’s been remodeled endlessly so it’s now a fairly nicely remodeled dump. The grandstand seats are awful. I’m 6’2”. I don’t fit in the seat. There are tons of obstructed view seats. Box seats inside the dugouts are really nice but you generally have to pay outrageous scalper rates to get them.
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Old 07-06-2022, 10:27 AM
 
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I went to Wrigley back in 2010, I believe it was. My understanding is that it's far, far better now.

Back then, the concourses and bathrooms were awful. Seats were.. Pretty expensive as well. For a normal regular season game midway up tickets were like $80 each.
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Old 07-19-2022, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Shaker Heights, OH
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Neither should be an option...I much prefer the great modern ballparks like PNC Park, Progressive Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, AT & T Park, & Coors Field
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Old 07-20-2022, 09:13 AM
 
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They are both superb and their respective fans should be proud they still stand.

They both mesh well with the surrounding area. Wrigleyville seems a bit more appealing than where Fenway is located although Landsdowne street has a lot of spirit. The pregame tank up spots seemed to be better around Wrigley, but I visited each 20 years apart. In both cases, they feel like where a baseball park should be (Rangers fans take note ...).

Both parks are like going back in time. Wrigley seems a bit more scrubbed. Fenway seems a bit grittier (very Eastern) and I like that having grown up an AL East fan.

Verdict: Tie

What can I tell you? I am a spit and sawdust man. Give me a beer (several), a dog, a good game and I am happy. I don't need vegan sushi tacos and lots of fluff. I like seeing a game where Babe Ruth played.
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Old 07-25-2022, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I've never been a huge fan of either. I've only been to Fenway once a few years back. I've been to Wrigley tons of times growing up in the Chi area (though I have always been a White Sox fan).

It's pretty much always crowded at both Wrigley and Fenway. Prices are jacked up through the roof at both for tickets, making them unaffordable, no matter what part of the park you sit in, and even if the teams are playing terribly. Tons of obstructed views. Narrow concourses. Food options are limited and, like tickets, are insanely expensive. I couldn't believe how much a Lobster roll at Fenway costed. Parking is always an issue and headache.

Going to both of these ballpark are great for a "first time experience", but for repeat baseball gameday experiences, I highly dislike them. On a regular basis, I'd rather be at a ballpark that is newer that has more space, less obstructions, more options for food/drinks, easier parking, and more affordable tickets. At the end of the day Wrigley and Fenway are historic places that are tourist attractions more than they are a place to watch a baseball game; especially Wrigley. If I had to pick one or the other, I prefer Fenway just slightly more. I like the Green Monster and the more angular layout a bit more, and there are more interesting food options for me (especially growing up in Chicago, it's a nice change) . But both are worth checking out at least once if you've never been.

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