I guess collecting ballparks goes hand-in-hand with list making so I couldn't help but rank-order the 27 ballparks we have visited the last four years. In the process of making the list, I discovered the attribute most important to me was the stadium setting. I placed a higher value on the surrounding neighborhood, view from the ballpark, and being able to step back and enjoy the outside look of the ballpark itself. I left off the 3 ballparks we haven't visited yet (Tampa, Florida, and Kansas City) and the ranking reflects the 'old' New York stadiums. Another thing that jumped out in making the list was the high level of competition each stadium had. A stadium ranked #24 on my list is still a wonderful ballpark of which the locals should be proud. I also hate the corporate names, so here is the ranking by city/state name:

1 San Francisco
2 Pittsburgh
3 Colorado
4 Baltimore
5 Seattle (our home park)

6 Arizona

7 San Diego
8 Detroit
9 Philadelphia
10 Houston
11 California
12 Cleveland
13 Cincinnati
14 Washington
15 Chicago W Sox
16 St Louis
17 Minnesota (2010)
18 Texas
19 Milwaukee
20 Atlanta
21 Boston
22 New York Yankees
23 Chicago Cubs
24 Los Angeles Dodgers
25 New York Mets
26 Toronto
27 Oakland

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Comment by Chuck Booth (35) ALL 30/23 DAYS! on June 9, 2011 at 1:24pm

for the mets was that Citi Field or Shea?  Shea would belong down at 25 for sure-Citi is really nice..

 

Comment by Chuck Booth (35) ALL 30/23 DAYS! on June 9, 2011 at 1:23pm
I think a lot of people will disagree with your assessment of the Boston and Chicago parks.  Most of the publications and rankings based studies have always had these 2 parks in the top 5.  These of course though are personal preferences.  AT&T and Pittsburgh are good selections as 1-2 and Oakland is the worst..  I think if you saw TPA/FLA and KC they would probably round out your bottom 5.
Comment by Andrew Kagan on June 9, 2011 at 10:29am
How is Citi Field so low. It is a great ballpark and I believe is better than where the White Sox play, and Miller Park, and it is so much better than Atlanta. And Detroit isn't that great either. I think Citi has to be higher because it really is a great park

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