Top Ten Major League Baseball Stadiums
May 22, 2013
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy
Baseball is in full swing heading into the Memorial Day Weekend. Several new ballparks have been built over the last decade, but how do they compare to the classic stadiums of old? Below is a subjective list of the Top 10 baseball stadiums. If you want to weigh in with your opinion, just tweet to @weatherbug using #wxbugbaseball
Wrigley Field, Chicago -- Opened in 1914, traditions such as the manual scoreboard, ivy growing along the outfield wall, and singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" bring out the charm of this historic ballpark. Lights were added in 1988, but most games are still played during the daylight hours. You can even catch the game from the rooftops of the adjacent apartment buildings.
Safeco Field, Seattle -- The retractable roof serves as an umbrella for those frequent bouts of precipitation while still allowing fresh and comfortable air from the outside.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore -- Opened in 1992, no park captures classic architecture with modern amenities quite like this park. Be sure to sample the famous, tasty crab cakes.
AT&T Park, San Francisco -- It`s been known by several corporate names over the years, but the outstanding view of the Bay hasn`t changed one bit. Where else can a batter hit a homerun directly into a body of water where fans wait expectantly in kayaks and boats?
Coors Field, Denver -- Home to the Colorado Rockies since 1995, the Rocky Mountains provide picturesque views from most seats in this National League park.
PNC Park, Pittsburgh -- This stadium is an architectual delight set in the midst of downtown near the confluence of the three rivers.
Marlins Ballpark, Miami -- Opened in 2012, this newest of MLB stadiums finally offers relief from the humidity and thunderstorms common to South Florida thanks to a retractable roof. The energy-efficient design helped this building become the first LEED Gold certified MLB stadium.
PETCO Park, San Diego -- What better way to watch baseball than on the beach! For just $5, fans can watch the game and grab a tan.
Fenway Park, Boston -- Some may say this oldest of MLB stadiums should have been replaced, but the historic value of the Green Monster and Pesky`s Pole is hard to beat.
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City -- If you love waterfalls and fountains, then this is the stadium for you. A 322-foot long display lies behind the right field fence.
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