Wednesday, September 25, 2013

FIELDS OF DREAMS: Hall of Fame/Walk of Shame

We're now up to 32 stadiums for all 30 teams, 28 of those are current stadiums. Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium have been demolished since we've been there and San Diego has moved into Petco Park from Qualcomm Stadium. Petco is linked below.

In rating the ball parks, keep in mind that our focus is on wheelchair accessibility. Some fans may not like the positions historic Fenway and Wrigely occupy on our list but that's due to the less than great wheelchair accessibility -  newer stadiums are usually better in that regard.

With that said, here is our ever-expanding list of Major League Baseball and minor league stadiums from our best to worst. If there is a link, we’ve reviewed it - click the link to read the review. If not, I have yet to write the review. If it does not appear on this list, we have not been there yet…

1. PNC Park - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2. Oracle Park - San Fransicso, California
(Old Yankee Stadium would have previously occupied this spot)

3. Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri

4. Nationals Park - Washington, D.C.

5. Camden Yards - Baltimore, Maryland

6. Wrigley Field – Chicago, Illinois

7. Fenway Park – Boston, Massechussetts

8. Target Field - Minneapolis, Minnesota

9. Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas

10. Miller Park - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

11. Citizens Bank Ballpark – Philadelphia, Pennsyvania

12. Coors Field - Denver, Colorado

13. Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri

14. Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida

15. Progressive Field – Cleveland, Ohio

16. Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, Ohio

17. Comerica Park – Detroit, Michigan

18. Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona

19. PETCO Park – San Diego, California

20. Globe Life Park - Arlington, Texas

21. U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, Illinois

22. SAFECO Field – Seattle, Washington

23. Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, California

24. Angel Stadium – Anaheim, California

25. Marlins Park - Miami, Flordia

26. Sun Trust Park - Atlanta, Georgia

27. Rogers Centre – Toronto, Canada

28. Rickey Henderson Field – Oakland, California

Retired or demolished stadiums we have visited, in order of best to worst:

Yankee Stadium – New York, New York
Jack Murphy Stadium (Qualcomm) – San Diego, California
Shea Stadium – New York, New York
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, California (Dodgers)

Minor League Stadiums (note...none of these are bad at all but still ranked best to, uh, less best)

1. The Diamond - Lake Elsinore, California

2. Raley Field - Sacramento
3. Surprise Stadium - Surpise, Arizona
4. Tempe Diablo Stadium - Tempe, Arizona
5. Chukchansi Park - Fresno, California
6. The Epicenter - Rancho Cucamonga, California
7. Jay Littleton Ball Park - Ontario, California
8. Sam Lynn Field - Bakersfield, California
9. Recreation Park, Visalia, California

College Stadiums
1. Mazmanian Field - Walnut, California

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