So I've now been to 13 current MLB parks. I thought I'd try to rank them in this post. I'm not going to include Citi Field because I went in 2010, before I became a true "chaser." So there will be 12. I had a good time at each park and would go back to any of them, I just like some more than others. Bear with me, this is long - I bolded the parks if you just want to quickly see my rankings w/o all the commentary.
12. US Cellular Field (went once, in 2013). Easy to get to, fans are engaged. But it lacks distinctiveness & it is much too hitter-friendly. I like that they stayed true to their fanbase by staying on the South Side, but there is just nothing really around the park.
11. O.co Coliseum (went once, 2014). Similar to US Cellular, minus the hitter-friendly part.
10. Miller Park (went this year). It has a bit of a warehouse appearance. You can't see the field for long stretches of the concourse. The park is sort of in the middle of nowhere. But the sightlines are good, the sausage race is hilarious, and "The Beast" alone makes it worth another trip for me. And it was "T-shirt Friday"!
9. Angel Stadium (went 2014 & this year). The big "A" and the giant batting helmets outside are cool. The California Spectacular is an incredible sight. Parking for $10 on-site is great. But there's not much around it. Seats down the line aren't angled properly, which makes for some poor sightlines.
8. Progressive Field (been a few times, most recently June to see my Tigers win there!) The park has been a big part of downtown Cleveland's revival, and there is a great area around it. Good sightlines within, and a cool nod to Fenway with the high left field wall. A downside is that even in 2013 & 2014 with a solid team, the Indians just lacked fan support.
7. Chase Field (went this year). Quality selection of food at lower prices than most parks I've been to, an open concourse, good sightlines. $5 parking just a couple blocks away is a plus. They seem to lack fan support, though.
6. Coors Field (went this year). Creative food selection (try an elk brat). A mostly open concourse makes for a nice walk around the park with interesting views of the game. The Rocky Mountains are in the background if you get certain seats! Friendly crowd, though it was sparse.
5. Wrigley Field (went in 1999 & 2x this year). The history and unique features, like the ivy and the manual scoreboard, push Wrigley up my list. Lively crowds, most fans seem to know the game. Great surrounding area. Just don't try to drive to it, and be careful about what seats you get. Also, you may have to go quite a ways to get food from your seats, and the concourse is overly crowded.
4. Comerica Park (my home park, been to about 60 games). The fans are usually lively and knowledgeable about the game. They've added a lot of new food options lately, making for a wide selection. There aren't many bad seats in the house. The statues in the outfield & the huge tiger at the entrance really add character to the park. You can park for very little just a few blocks away, and you're close to plenty of restaurants and bars.
3. Dodger Stadium (the first game I ever went to was here in 1989, I've been back in 2014 & this year). Beautifully designed. So much history here. Sightlines are quite good. There's a nice selection of food (try the garlic fries). Very passionate crowd. Pre-pay to park on-site for $10 or better yet, park for free on the side streets. The concourse is easy to navigate during play but gets very packed after the final out.
2. Petco Park (went this year). This is an underrated park! Great area, beautiful backdrop within, and good sightlines. Name a food you want, and you'll find it here. They seemed to have an excellent beer selection too. You can park nearby for not much or even park on the street for night games. The only drawback is not much fan support but that should come if the Padres improve.
1. AT&T Park (went this year). And this is coming from a guy whose second team is the Dodgers. There is just nothing wrong with this park except the crazy cost of parking nearby, but that is mitigated by BART. Incredible views. The most outgoing fans I've encountered at any stadium. Like SD, name the food you want and it's there. I could go on and on about this one but if you're anywhere near the Bay Area & the Giants are in town, go!
I hope I can make it to the meetup next year or the year after! I'll actually be heading east tomorrow to catch games at PNC Park, Citizen's Bank Park, Nationals Park, and Great American, plus maybe the minor league park in Dayton. This has been an epic summer of ballpark chasing and it has really added to my excitement about doing this.