With 30 teams across the country, visiting new Major League stadiums can be challenging. On most occasions, you stick with your local club and maybe venture off to a stadium within driving distance for a special event. However, some Major League ballparks need to go on your bucket list because they require at least one visit.
Oracle Park – San Francisco Giants
Oracle Park is one of the most beautiful and elegant settings in Major League Baseball. Some would even argue that it is one of the top venues in the world. Oracle Park boasts numerous small details that make it a must-see for all baseball enthusiasts, from McCovey’s Cover to the enormous baseball glove in left field. Lastly, the cherry on top is that you’ll be in San Francisco, so you can enjoy the stunning city after the game.
PNC Park – Pittsburgh Pirates
A ballpark with a similar vibe to Oracle Park is PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The two stadiums opened within a year of each other and have shared several quirks. PNC is also near a body of water, making splash hits in the Allegheny River possible. And when you combine the gorgeous skyline and Roberto Clemente Bridge, your jaw will hit the floor from its beauty. The only downside of visiting PNC Park is watching the Pirates, who are in a never ending rebuild.
Yankee Stadium – New York Yankees
The new Yankee Stadium did an excellent job of transferring the tradition of the old ballpark to the new one. Even if it lacks the tradition and grandeur of the previous Yankee Stadium, the new Yankee Stadium is a must-see spot. Visitors should try and stop by Monument Park to learn about the Yankee greats like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle. Even if you loathe the Yankees, you can appreciate that they are baseball royalty.
Fenway Park – Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park is baseball’s oldest venue, with more unforgettable moments occurring on the field than any other ballpark. Any baseball fan needs to see the Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole, and Ted Williams’ red seat from his over 500-foot blast with their own eyes. Fenway Park isn’t going away anytime soon either; the federal government has declared it an official historic landmark.
Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs
If someone has ivy growing around their house, it’s easy to grab the perfect baseball bat, ball, and glove and pretend they are hitting in the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field. Not only is the ballpark majestic, but the downtown social scene might be more enjoyable than the game itself. There have been several renovations to Wrigley Field over the past few years, but the charm remains.
Putting these Major League Ballparks on a bucket list is an easy choice for a diehard baseball fan. You get a little bit of the modern ballpark to feel with PNC and Oracle and then the historical element of Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway Park. Don’t hesitate to start that baseball road trip today.