Baseball stadiums offer more than just the action on the field.
With their brick and ivy, manicured fields and often picturesque locations, baseball stadiums are the crème de la crème of modern day “Colesseums.” Apart from historically significant arenas and stadiums like Madison Square Garden or Lambeau Field, baseball stadiums both old and new are the only athletic grounds that frequently attract curious visitors and casual fans based on their architecture, design and atmosphere. With summer well underway, the boys of summer are in full swing, and their stadiums beckon to the young and old to come and spend a day in the amazing homes of our nation’s pastime.
Brick has been and forever will be an integral part of baseball stadium beauty. From the original aged warehouse brick of the right field wall at Baltimore’s Camden Yards to AT&T Park’s brick wall that limits how many baseballs splash into the Bay, brick adorns major league baseball stadiums from coast to coast.
While Wrigley Field, with its ivy laden outfield wall, has the most famous vegetation of America’s ballparks, there are others that have equally beautiful or perhaps more impressive gardens and landscaping within their stadium walls. Coors Field in Denver, CO brought the pines, aspens and rushing water of the Rocky Mountains right behind their centerfield wall. With their lush centerfield gardens, both Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Petco Park in San Diego are among other fields that went above and beyond to give fans a great setting to spend an afternoon in.
Many ballparks have unique features that make them easily recognizable to even the most casual of baseball fans. Fenway Park in Boston has the “Green Monster” that towers above left field, and prevents would be homeruns from leaving the park. A more contemporary stadium feature includes The Miami Marlins’ giant tropical fish tank which was constructed into their backstop behind home plate. Other ballparks with unique features include Chase Field’s swimming pool (Phoenix), Kaufmann Stadium’s waterfalls (Kansas City) and Miller Park’s giant yellow slide (Milwaukee).
Especially in more recently constructed stadiums, location has been the primary focus when planning the layout and design of a stadium. Developers want stadiums to be accessible, visible and preferably near something that will give the stadium a natural wow factor. Perhaps no park has a greater wow factor than the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park. It backs directly up to the San Francisco Bay and blends a combination of nature and structure that is unparalleled in the world of sports venues. Another stadium with an incredible incorporation of itself with the surrounding beauty is Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. This breathtaking stadium provides its visitors with a stunning view of the St. Louis skyline, topped off with the massive Arch spanning the outfield wall. PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA is often listed as the most beautiful ballpark in America. The Pittsburgh skyline, Roberto Clemente Bridge and natural splendor of the rivers and rolling hills are all visible to spectators within the stadium.
The list of beautiful and interesting major league ballpark characteristics could literally fill volumes. This article was just a small sampling of some of the more interesting parks in the United States. No worries if your local stadium made this list or not. All baseball stadiums are unique, worth visiting and guaranteed to provide you with an enjoyable afternoon or evening in a great atmosphere.
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