I agree with you fully. Glad you included Dodger Stadium as one of the best, seems like a lot of people leave it out. Now that Sunlight (Miami) stadium is gone, which one would you rank the worst? Do we now have full concensus on the Trop?
Glad you are still calling Camden your favorite. It's not my #1 spot but definitely top 10 and it deserves a lot of respect. Many have tried to replicate the mystique of Camden Yards, but I think they have fallen short. As far as just going to watch a ballgame it doesn't get better.
I was at a Yankees/O's game at Camden in 2010 and found it really overwhelming to see Yankees fans outnumber O's fans in their own stadium. I agree a bag of tomatoes would've been nice.
The only other place I've seen this before was at Miller Park where Cubs fans used to outnumber Brewers fans and some of the more obnoxious fans would call it "wrigley north" which I guess was kind of funny.
Hope I'm not too late to this discussion, I enjoyed the earlier posts.
Fenway - not only my favorite ballpark but my favorite place in the world. Seems like everyone here knows why so I won't elaborate.
PNC Park - I loved every minute of the PNC Park experience: walking across Clemente bridge, the simplistic design of the baseball stadium, the lack of interfering luxury boxes (which I would never have tickets for) compared to other new stadiums, I enjoyed paying $10 to sit down low, the views of Pittsburgh, I thought the in game entertainment was fun and classy, and I enjoyed the Pittsburgh Primati Brothers Sandwich incredibly (my favorite stadium food choice in MLB). The fans were great too; the Pirates season was well over but the fans were still enthusiastic. Well done Pittsburgh.
Dodger Stadium - A great feeling came over me to be in the upper deck of classic Dodger Stadium on a beautiful Southern California night. The stadium itself might not be that fantastic but the setting is beautiful the way it is tucked into the valley. I also felt like there was a lot of focus on the game and not as many distractions as there are at other stadiums (i.e. No blaring music between every pitch and silly scoreboard gimmicks every half inning). I look forward to going back.
Of the parks I've been to I would agree Tropicana Dome is the worst place to watch a ballgame. That place is dark and dreary and has no redeeming qualities. I rarely/almost never leave games early, but when I was vacationing in Florida it felt ridiculous to be sitting there in that pit, instead of enjoying the beach, so I left early.
Less obvious choices for least favorite stadium include Washington Nationals Stadium & the Phillies Citizens Bank Park. My feeling is that if you're going to put all that effort and money into a new stadium, at least put a unique touch on it. In my opinion, those stadiums are really lacking in character when matched up against PNC Park or Camden Yards they seem incredibly bland and boring.
Finally, I think it's ridiculous that the Yankees new stadium cost $1.5 billion yet it doesn't even compare to many of the new stadiums. Even though I would say Yankee Stadium is just a mid-tier stadium in terms of best/worst stadium, I would say they got the least bang for their buck in the Bronx. Wish they just kept the old historic ballpark.
My opinion may be biased but the BREWERS have great fans. Smallest population market in the country but they draw 3 million+ (top 10 in the league) and are knowledgeable fans. The Red Sox have good fans. Maybe the Cards have good fans but I have to say I get tired of hearing about how great they are. The Pirates have excellent fans. I saw them play the Houston Astros in September 2010 in a battle for last place, but there was more energy at PNC Park for that game than you'll see for playoff games at some stadiums.
Any team that fails to sell out playoff games, that's pathetic. There were a lot of empty seats for the 2011 NLDS in Arizona for Brewers at D-backs. Lots of fans at Yankee Stadium strike me as having a lack of baseball knowledge or just a general lack of knowledge altogether.
Totally agree about Brewers fans Joseph...every time I go to Miller I almost become one!
Fantastic reply im glad you responded with such energy. couldnt agree with you more about the washington and philly parks... they are somehow exactly the same and bland however i did have a nicer time in DC than i ever had in Philly and like the nats park for some strange reason!
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I wouldn't say that Philly and Washington's ballparks aren't unique...Philly has the Liberty Bell and Ashburn Alley which are pretty cool, and it's a great atmosphere for a game. Nationals Park has the Red Porch seats and that upper level pavilion in the outfield, and I like the exterior of Nationals Park. They didn't go with the brick like most new ones do.
I would say that both ballparks' upper levels are way too high though...between the open concourses and the suite levels you're way up there. Most new ballparks have that problem though.
Favorite: Little biased but I have to go with Fenway and Wrigley. My favorite new stadium is definitely PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Least favorite: Definitely Oakland. Thankfully I saw the Red Sox there and Schilling threw a 1 hitter that day. Damn you Shannon Stewart.
Best Fans: Boston (again a biased answer) and agree with Milwaukee.
Worst: TB and Marlins. Been to their parks and seen very few fans...