As a huge sports fan I often wondered how exciting it would be to visit your favorite team in a landmark sports stadium. I have many friends that travel throughout the country solely to watch their favorite team play away games or playoff game. Today I am featuring once in a lifetime baseball stadium to visit.
Part of the excitement of going to see a Major League Baseball game is the feeling you get when you walk into the stadium. America’s best baseball stadiums to visit offer more than just a great view of the game. Stadiums literally come to life for fans and take on an aura of their very own. If you love baseball, consider making a special trip to one of these stadiums to catch a game:
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is one of the most famous ball parks in the US. It has been featured in movies and is a beloved treasure in its home town. The stadium is 100 years old, making it an important piece of baseball history. The stadium’s nick name is “The Friendly Confines.” What it lacks in modern amenities it makes up for in character. While the team’s ownership is pushing for the addition of a jumbotron, the stadium’s current scoreboard is adjusted by hand throughout the game and features none of the LED glitz that comes with other stadiums. The best seats in the house are considered by many to be the bleachers. Wrigley Field’s “Bleacher Bums” are known for their dedication to their team. This is despite several decades of frustration in the standings. You can become part of the park’s history by paying to have your name or a loved one’s name engraved on one of the brick pavers that line the sidewalk outside of the stadium.
Like Wrigley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park is also a historical treasure as well as a fully functioning ballpark. Unlike Wrigley Field, Fenway has seen a World Series win within the last 100 years. The Big Green Monster is the most noteworthy aspect of this park that baseball fans are familiar with. Standing at 37 feet tall, this wall is designed to offset the number of home runs that right-handed hitters might normally get due to the smaller dimensions of the field. When you visit, take a tour of the stadium and keep an eye out for the “lone red seat.” Baseball great Ted Williams hit the longest homerun ever in the stadium… it measured a staggering distance of 502 feet. The red chair marks the final resting spot of the baseball after flying off his bat. Fenway Park concession stands sell everything from cotton candy and cracker jacks to lobster rolls and clam chowder.
Globe Life Park
Not all of the most notable stadiums in the US are old. Globe Life Stadium—home of the Texas Rangers—is a newer stadium with plenty of great seats and exciting attractions. You can arrange a tour of this (and any other MLB stadium) during the regular season or the off-season. Globe Life Park has a special Kids Zone where little ones can learn more about their favorite sport and get excited for the start of the game. This area of the park can also be rented out for private kid’s parties. Visit the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame located inside the park to see exhibits of the team’s most valuable players. Several restaurants throughout the park serve up more than just your average ball park hot dog. Sit in the Upper Home Run Porch Section and enjoy all-you-can-eat sandwiches, hotdogs, soda, and snacks for the ultimate baseball experience.
Every major league ball park in the country has something unique to offer. If you want to see more than just a game, check out one America’s best baseball stadiums to get a more exciting game day experience.
Have you traveled with sports in mind? What would be your favorite baseball park to visit?