As you can see from the stadium count after my name, I keep track of both current and former ballparks on my Major League list. I have seen games in 11 ballparks that are no longer: (1) Comiskey Park, (2) Shea Stadium, (3) Milwaukee County Stadium, (4) Riverfront Stadium, (5) Veterans Stadium, (6) Busch Stadium, (7) 3 Com, (8) Yankee Stadium, (9) Metrodome, (10) Tiger Stadium and (11) Three Rivers Stadium.
I have Turner Field in my sights since it will no longer be the home of the Braves pretty soon and will give me another defunct stadium to add to my list.
So who here has seen games in the most defunct Major League ballparks?
I've seen ballgames at 45 MLB ballparks total: all 30 current MLB parks along with 15 retired parks (Yankee Stadium I, Comiskey Park, HHH Metrodome, Tiger Stadium, Arlington Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Shea Stadium, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, RFK Stadium, Pro Player Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, Riverfront Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium, Busch Stadium I, Qualcomm Stadium).
You'll find that there are some here who have been to 50+ if you include international games.
Here's a link to my full history if you're interested. Happy Chasing!
Wow - 45 is awesome!
My biggest ballpark regret will always be Montreal. In 1991, my brother and I had planned a trip that would take us from Chicago to Toronto to Montreal and back but due to lack of funding as poor college students, we ultimately decided to just do Toronto.
But we vowed that we would definitely get to Montreal in the year or two that followed. Unfortunately, life got in the way and we were never able to make it happen.
As a Cubs fan, I saw an awful lot of Olympic Stadium on television and, although it was not really the nicest looking or best attended park, there was always such a draw for me to see it and experience baseball in Montreal.
So, what was Olympic Stadium and experiencing baseball in Montreal like?
John, I have been to a total of 51 MLB stadiums. Retired stadiums are Pittsburgh Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium, Atlanta Fulton County, Miami Pro Player, Montreal Olympic Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium, the Astrodome, Tiger Stadium, Jack Murphy, Candlestick, Arlington Stadium, Baltimore Memorial, Cleveland Municipal, the Metrodome, Riverfront, Yankee Stadium, Busch Stadium, RFK, Comiskey, Veterans Stadium, and Shea Stadium. There is one member that has been to 65 MLB stadiums if I remember correctly.
Since you asked John about Olympic Stadium, I thought I would share my visit. For me, the trip to Olympic Stadium was more of an adventure than the game itself. At the border, they had me go into the border station while they checked my identity. This was before passports were required. While sitting there, all of the border guards suddenly got up and started to run out. Since I didn't speak French, I thought maybe someone ran the crossing, but as the last guard passed me, he turned to me and said, "moose". The biggest memory I had was that the stadium was poorly lit compared to today's standards but was still glad I was able to go.
Hope you get to Turner, it is a nice ballpark.
I am probably the reigning champ, having seen MLB games that counted in 66 ballparks. It helps to be 71 years old and having had my dad take me to games beginning in 1950. I started collecting on my own in the early 1960s. Of course I've seen games in many retired ballparks, plus in San Juan and Tokyo, not to mention seeing the Rays play in Orlando a few years ago. I know of a gentleman named Seth Hawkins, also in his 70s, who lives somewhere in the Midwest and has seen games in more than 70 ballparks, but he is not a member of this website.
Shea Stadium, old Yankee Stadium, Fulton County Stadium, Sun Life Stadium, Cinergy Field, Jack Murphy, Astrodome, County Stadium (Milwaukee), Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh), Busch Stadium 2, Metrodome, Tiger Stadium.
I have been to 10 old parks Yankee Stadium, SHea, The Vet, Busch, Pro PLayer, HHH Dome, Qualcomm, Riverfront, RFK and Montreal. Fondest memory driving to Montreal for Tony Gwynn's 3000th hit! I also walked on the field in Montreal near the end and wondered how more players didn't get hurt playing there!
I've been to games in 45 ML parks. 19 of them are no longer in use. I just added Yankee Stadium to the list on August 4. The four I still need to get to are Minnesota, San Diego, Washington and Miami. Wrigley is my home park and I look forward to the renovations. I was at Fenway on August 1 and 2 and love the renovations they've done there since I was last there in the 90's.
I've been to a few that no longer exist as MLB sites ....
Kingdome; Yankee; Busch; Metrodome; Shea - and have managed to get to the replacements of Safeco, Citi Field and Yankee. Need to get to Busch and Target. Only started going to MLB games in 1998.
I've been to 20 of the current stadiums for either a game or a tour. I've also been to 4 retired stadiums. Yankees Stadium, Shea Stadium, Miami Pro Player Park and Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.
I've been to 58 MLB ballparks which includes many of the great ones that are no longer around. That includes Old Comiskey Park, Tiger Stadium, Municipal Stadium, Fulton County Stadium & County Stadium among the other cookie cutters that have come & gone like Three Rivers, Riverfront, the Vet & Busch 2. I did go to Candlestick, RFK, the Kingdome & the Metrodome. Of course since I live in NYC, Shea & Old Yankee Stadium as well. Others include Montreal, Monterrey, Mexico, Tokyo, Japan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Orlando & Sydney, Australia. I'm only 46. The only one I missed that I may have been able to get to was old Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota. I was 13 when that closed in 1981.
I have been to only three retired stadiums. Jack Murphy Stadium (my summer home for four years), Candlestick Park, and Riverfront Stadium.