Ballpark Rankings

 

 

Yesterday Sports Illustrated published a ranking of all thirty major league ballparks. To do this they used what they call a fan index. The categories which they used were;

 

 

  • Average Ticket Price
  • Average cost of Consessions/Souvenirs
  • Accessibility
  • Amenitities
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Team Performance

 

The official SI rankings:

 

Rank

Team
Stadium
1 L.A. Angels of Anaheim Angel Stadium
2 Colorado Rockies Coors Field
3 Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park
4 Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park
5 Texas Rangers Ameriquest Field
6 Detroit Tigers Comerica Park
7 Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field
8 Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field
9 Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium
10 Minnesota Twins HHH Metrodome
11 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium
12 Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park
13 Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards
14 San Francisco Giants AT&T Park
15 Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park
16 Arizona D’backs Chase Field
17 Houston Astros Minute Maid Park
18 Atlanta Braves Turner Field
19 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium
20 Oakland Athletics McAfee Coliseum
21 San Diego Padres Petco Park
22 Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre
23 Seattle Mariners Safeco Field
24 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field
25 Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tropicana Field
26 Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium
27 Florida Marlins Dolphin Stadium
28 Boston Red Sox Fenway Park
29 New York Mets Shea Stadium
30 Washington Nationals RFK Stadium

  

I’ve been to a handful of major league baseball parks, so I’ve decided to compile my own list. Some parks have since closed, such as Tiger Stadium, but for now I will leave them off the list and focus on current ballparks. I will use SI’s ranking system, except I will throw out team performance. While watching a good team is a plus, I don’t feel that it take’s good team’s to have a good baseball game. 

Kman’s MLB Ballpark Rankings

 

 

Rank                 Team                  Stadium

 

1                     Pittsburgh               PNC Park

 

2                     Detroit                    Comerica

  

3                     Cleveland                Jacobs Field

 

4                     Chicago                   Wrigley Field

 

5                     Baltimore                 Camden Yards

 

6                     New York                  Yankee Stadium

 

7                     Boston                     Fenway Park

 

8                     Chicago                   US Cellular Field

 

9                     Toronto                   Rogers Centre

 

 

What’s your list? Do you agree with SI’s list? What categories are important to you? Which parks would you most like to visit? Share your thoughts and favorite parks in the comments section.  

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  • Callum

    “..and it has a drawing card no other park has — the city of Toronto. Wouldn’t you rather spend the day or weekend shopping and eating in one of North America’s nicest and most cosmopolitan cities than in some dying industrial town where one of the only attractions is a faux old-time park?”

    hehe

  • Early

    This is a garbage, I read this article and I hate when qualitative and quantitative measures overlap. Some of these catergories don’t affect me alot, I don’t care about wheelchair seating but I want to walk to a bar before and after the game. Every park has tickets for less than $10, if people want less there is a AAA park somewhere. What about sightlines? What about grading the type of fan base? Terrible waste of ink SI. The park I want to see most is Dodger Stadium – a perfect baseball stadium.