MLB's 10 Oldest Ballparks

Many on this list have become institutions

No other sport arguably has as rich a history as Major League Baseball. One reason is because of its 120-plus years of national popularity. Another comes from the ballparks, some of which are so old that they are in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. With that in mind, here are MLB's 10 oldest ballparks.

 

NOTE: While Tropicana Field opened in 1990, it did not house the Tampa Bay Rays until 1998 so I do not have it on this list.

 

10. Progressive Field

Team: Cleveland Indians

Location: Cleveland

Capacity: 35,000

Opened: April 2, 1994

Originally known as Jacobs Field until the Progressive Corporation purchased naming rights in 2008, this ballpark gave the Indians a better fitting home than 74,000-seat Cleveland Municipal Stadium. After Cleveland played the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exhibition game on April 2, President Bill Clinton threw out the opening day pitch on April 4.

 

9. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Location: Baltimore

Capacity: 45,971

Opened: April 6, 1992

Perhaps the most influential ballpark on this list, Camden Yards moved away from the multi-purpose stadiums that dominated the past 50 years and gave fans the intimate feel of the classic ballparks. Nearly 30 years later, it remains one of the most pleasant stadium experiences in baseball.

 

8. Guaranteed Rate Field

Team: Chicago White Sox

Location: Chicago

Capacity: 40,615

Opened: April 18, 1991

The White Sox originally opened as the second Comiskey Park and was named U.S. Cellular Field from 2003-16 before the mortgage company Guaranteed Rate purchased the naming rates. This ballpark also opened with a gut punch to Chicago fans, as the Detroit Tigers beat the White Sox 16-0 on its opening day.

 

7. Rogers Centre

Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Location: Toronto

Capacity: 49,282

Opened: June 3, 1989

This venue opened as the SkyDome and was the first to have a fully retractable motorized roof. In addition to being the home of the Blue Jays, it has also housed the Toronto Raptors and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

 

6. Kauffman Stadium

Team: Kansas City Royals

Location: Kansas City, Mo.

Capacity: 37,903

Opened: April 10, 1973

The only primarily baseball stadium built between 1966 and 1991 is named after the Royals' first owner, Ewing Kauffman.

 

5. RingCentral Coliseum

Team: Oakland Athletics

Location: Oakland, Calif.

Capacity: 46,847

Opened: Sept. 18, 1966

When the Kansas City Athletics moved to Oakland in 1968, they moved in with the hometown Raiders. The Oakland Coliseum, which has had six different names since the turn of the century, was the last stadium to be used for both football and baseball until the Raiders moved to Las Vegas after the 2019 season.

 

4. Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Team: Los Angeles Angels

Location: Anaheim, Calif.

Capacity: 45,517

Opened: April 19, 1966

The "Big A" has been the home of some baseball's greatest milestones, including two of Nolan Ryan's seven no-hitters, Reggie Jackson's 500th career home run, Rod Carew's 3,000th career hit, Don Sutton's 300th career win, and Albert Pujols' 600th career home run.

 

3. Dodger Stadium

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Location: Los Angeles

Capacity: 56,000

Opened: April 10, 1962

After moving west from Brooklyn in 1958, the Dodgers played their first three seasons in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving into their current home. Today, Dodger Stadium is the oldest ballpark west of the Mississippi River.

 

2. Wrigley Field

Team: Chicago Cubs

Location: Chicago

Capacity: 41,649

Opened: April 23, 1914

All of the hyperbole about "The Friendly Confines," from its ivy-colored outfield wall to the ability to watch games from the roof of nearby buildings, is true.

 

1. Fenway Park

Team: Boston Red Sox

Location: Boston

Capacity: 37,755

Opened: April 20, 1912

Baseball's oldest park will likely keep this status for a long time. The Red Sox ownership group has renovated the ballpark to ensure that it remains usable through 2061.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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