Tampa Bay Rays
2016 Attendance (Per Game): 15,879 (30th in MLB)
The Trop is the worst place in America to watch a major league ball game. The fans are too far away from the field and the playing surface is among the worst in the league. The catwalks that ring the dome are in play, which is weird and annoying, and the stadium is very much out of the way and not even located in Tampa Bay (it’s in St. Petersburg). The team has been trying to move closer to the downtown area, where people actually are. Attendance is always at the bottom of the majors, which is sad for a team that has been rather successful (all things considered) over the last decade.
Capacity: 35,067 (expandable to 55,945)
2016 Attendance (per game): 18,784 (29th)
With the Raiders leaving town for the Vegas Strip and the Warriors jumping across the Bay to San Francisco, the Oakland A’s are set to be the lone professional sports team in the East Bay area by 2020. With the relocation of the Raiders and Warriors, the A’s should be in the driver’s seat for a new stadium in Oakland. And that would be a good thing, because Oakland Coliseum is a joke of a baseball stadium — because it’s actually a football stadium — a football stadium with a major sewage problem and an upper deck covered with tarps. The sooner the A’s get out of this Coliseum, the better for everyone.
Toronto Blue Jays
2016 Attendance (per game): 41,878 (3rd)
Despite having one of the more rowdy home-field advantages in baseball, the Rogers Centre is in need of a facelift, and according to Blue Jays CEO Mark Shapiro, it’s coming, eventually, and likely to cost hundreds of millions dollars. Until then, the Rogers Centre is home to the worst playing surface in the bigs, with a complete lack of intimacy within the park that makes fans feel like they aren’t a part of the game, no matter how boisterous they are.
2016 Attendance (per game): 21,405 (27th)
Whew. Where to begin? How about the $2.5 million seascape sculpture in right center that makes Jerry Garcia ties look fashionable? Not only is the sculpture an eye sore, but the park plays like a canyon where the only person capable of hitting the ball out is the superhuman Giancarlo Stanton. It’s too bad that no one sitting in the Clevelander club will ever get to see Stanton hit it that far with regularity.
Chicago White Sox
2016 Attendance (per game): 21,559 (26th)
First off, what a terrible name for a ballpark — like, that is really, really bad. Anyway — much like Atlanta’s old home, Turner Field, Comiskey Cellular Guaranteed Rate Field Park, or whatever it’s called, doesn’t really stand out for a modern stadium. The White Sox have spent approximately $100 million in recent years to make the park more welcoming, but it still lacks any true distinctive features that make it unique. It’s just kind of there, hanging out on the south side of Chicago, right next to I-90.
2016 Attendance (per game): 19,650 (28th)
Too bad so few people in Cleveland saw the 2016 Indians play at Progressive Field, because, perhaps you’ll recall, they were pretty good. The huge wall in left field can leave fans feeling detached from the action. The views of the Cleveland skyline are hard to top, but this venue has lost its edge in recent years.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2016 Attendance (per game): 37,236 (7th)
The outfield seating in left field (behind the bullpen) and right field (18-foot wall) take away intimacy from the fans. The rocks in center field offer a unique quirk that give Angel Stadium character. The club has done a good job of upkeep over the years as the ballpark is one of the oldest in baseball. The team is likely due for a new venue in the not too distant future, but it appears talks with local legislators have stalled.
2016 Attendance (per game): 28,477 (17th)
Enron — excuse me, Minute Maid Park is another retractable stadium built at the beginning of this century that lacks that little bit of character that could really make it stand out. The train in deep left field is neat, but takes away from outfield seating. On a positive note, someone in the Houston front office finally found the wisdom to level out that dumb hill in center field.
2016 Attendance (per game): 25,138 (21st)
Baseball beat writers loathe this park, and it isn't the greatest place to catch a game. It’s like playing baseball in the Grand Canyon. The center field wall and video board is a bit of a monstrosity One perk? A retractable roof that keeps the Arizona desert heat out and fans comfortable in the summer months. And I just don't get the pool beyond the right field fences.
Kansas City Royals
2016 Attendance (per game): 31,577 (12th)
The home of the 2015 World Series champs has gotten a much-needed facelift (completed in ‘09), and the repairs have really made Kauffman pop. The park is one of the oldest in the majors, opening in 1973, but is regularly packed — especially the last few seasons coinciding with the team’s rise. The fountains in the outfield really give this old gem some unique personality.
2016 Attendance (per game): 31,173 (13th)
Nestled next to Ford Field just outside of the heart of downtown Detroit lies Comerica Park. The view of the Motor City skyline is hard to beat, but the chilly spring and fall months are hard to tolerate for nine innings — especially with the harsh Canadian winds blowing in from the Northwest. Comerica is a nice place to catch a game — just be ready to bundle up.
2016 Attendance (per game): 30,641 (14th)
The glass and steel facade of the ball park is really neat and fits well with the rest of the classic D.C. architecture — especially at night. Nationals Park is a nice stadium that offers intimacy and great nighttime views from anywhere, but it lacks character. The outfield is bland outside of the video board in right-center field, although the view of the Capitol Building from the upper deck can't be beat.
New York Yankees
2016 Attendance (per game): 37,819 (6th)
How do you follow up the classic, original, Yankee Stadium? By building it the exact same way — but at a cost of $1 billion. The new Yankee Stadium is gorgeous, and a decent place to catch a game. But the lack of intimacy and the pretentious, outrageous ticket prices take away some of the luster of the old park. The Bronx will always be a baseball haven, and the new venue is okay — it just lacks that something that makes it extra special.
2016 Attendance (per game): 24,245 (23rd)
It was a bold move to build an open-air baseball cathedral in the heart of The State of Hockey, but the Twins did it — and they did a pretty good job. The Twins found ways to make fans comfortable during the cold spring and fall months by adding climate-controlled restrooms, restaurants, concessions and lounge areas. All and all, Target Field is a great park that is rather pitcher friendly. Even if the team may not bring home any World Series hardware anytime soon, fans in the Twin Cities can at least bank on getting an NHL Winter Classic sometime in the near future.
2016 Attendance (per game): 33,461 (10th)
The Rangers’ history isn't as vast as some of their AL counterparts, but that didn't stop the club from building a fantastic team museum beyond right field, packed with memorabilia on loan from Cooperstown — lots of Nolan Ryan mementos, we’re sure. Globe Life Park is a modern-day throwback that pays homage to the ballparks of yesteryear, and a nice place to catch a game — if you can handle the Texas heat.
2016 Attendance (per game): 27,999 (19th)
The second of the retractable roof stadiums on this list, Safeco Field offers fans of the Pacific Northwest shelter from the Seattle rains in the summer months. Opened in 1999, Safeco gives fans a beautiful view of the Seattle skyline over the left field seating area. It’s typically best to catch the M’s every fifth day when Felix Hernandez (if he’s healthy) takes the mound and scores of Mariners fans are clad in King’s Gold.
2016 Attendance (per game): 23,643 (24th)
The Phillies desperately needed a new ballpark after decades in the monstrosity that was The Vet. In 2004, the team’s wish was (ahem) Phil-filled with the opening of Citizens Bank Park .The park is a great place to catch a game — but only if you're a fan of the home team. Phillies faithful have long been known for their shenanigans, and their tomfoolery is the only thing keeping “The Bank” from the top 10.
2018 Attendance (per game): 32,129 (11th)
It might make sense that a Denver-based baseball team should have a retractable roof, but thankfully Coors Field is open to the Colorado skies year-round. The ball really flies out of the park thanks to the mile-high altitude, making the on-field fame action must-watch. But the stadium is just as easy on the eyes. A new rooftop deck in right field and microbrewery offers fans some of the best amenities in baseball.
2016 Attendance (per game): 28,575 (16th)
Twenty years ago, retractable roof stadiums were all the rage. Miller Park is the highest ranking of those parks on our list. At times, the park can look cavernous on TV, but the amenities and sight lines give the stadium a small-town Midwestern feel. The fans are known for their pregame tailgates and friendly demeanor. Sign us up for a brat and a cold one in Milwaukee any time.
New York Mets
2016 Attendance (per game): 34,870 (9th)
The outside facade of Citi Field is a tribute to one of New York’s original homes for baseball, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ebbets Field. Although Citi Field doesn't sit in Flatbush, it still has a neighborly feel. The walls have already been altered twice to allow for a cleaner game to be played. And of course, the big apple in center field is a holdover from the days at Shea.
San Diego Padres
2016 Attendance (per game): 29,029 (15th)
The product on the field hasn’t been anything to swoon over in recent years, but Petco Park in San Diego is never short on beauty as home plate looks directly into the heart of the city. The Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field is one of baseball’s best ballpark quirks. The stadium is said to represent the best of the San Diego: “the sea, the sky, natural beauty, cultural diversity, and unique spirit of the region.”
2016 Attendance (per game): 24,949 (22nd — Turner Field)
Since the Braves moved to Georgia in 1966, they’ve played their games in downtown Atlanta — until now. SunTrust Park, the new home of the Braves is located northwest of the metro Atlanta area, just south of Marietta, in a new entertainment district that features the new park. SunTrust is loaded with fresh amenities and luxury, peaking with The Chop House in right field and the Home Depot Clubhouse in left center. The new ballpark is much more intimate than its predecessor that offers fans brilliant sight lines from anywhere in the park.
2016 Attendance (per game): 23,383 (25th)
The area surrounding Great American Ballpark has become a haven for baseball fans. The mix of restaurants, bars and shops has given the downtown riverfront a Ballpark Village feel. The park itself offers an intimate vibe that offers fans solid visuals at affordable prices. The outfield smokestacks in deep right-center field are a tribute to the Ohio River’s famed steamboats while the second deck bleachers maintain the classic feel for MLB’s founding franchise.
Capacity: 45, 971
2016 Attendance (per game): 26,819 (20th)
It’s hard to imagine that Camden Yards has been around since 1992 — but it has, and it still looks as good as the day it opened 25 years ago. The ballpark in Baltimore is a gem in the heart of downtown. The center field view offers a glimpse into the skyline of Baltimore, while right field is blockaded by the old B&O Warehouse, which gives the venue a tinge of nostalgia.
Los Angeles Dodgers
2016 Attendance (per game): 45,179 (1st)
Trailing only Fenway Park and Wrigley Field in longevity, Dodger Stadium is as timeless as a Vin Scully broadcast. The tequila sunrises dipping below the hills of Chavez Ravine during night games are a California-sized slice of baseball heaven. Even though Dodger Stadium is the largest venue in the league, it still offers a cozy and intimate view for all nine innings.
St. Louis Cardinals
2016 Attendance (per game): 42,524 (2nd)
St. Louis’ self-proclaimed “best fans in baseball” moniker is up for debate. But one thing is for certain: there are few places in the world that rival Busch Stadium. Cardinal fans pack this beautiful ballpark every single home game. The added bonus of the St. Louis Ballpark Village outside the stadium has added a — well, village, small town feel to help baseball fans from all over enjoy restaurants, entertainment, and shops before and after every game. Very Midwestern of you, St. Louis.
2016 Attendance (per game): 28,112 (18th)
PNC Park in Pittsburgh is the most under-appreciated ballpark in all of baseball. The Steel City skyline sits across the Allegheny, connected by the distinctive walking bridge, peaking in the outfield like metal mountains, giving baseball fans the best view in the game.
San Francisco Giants
2016 Attendance (per game): 41,546 (4th)
Let’s be honest — who wouldn't want to hit a home run into the ocean? Well, AT&T Park offers big-league hitters that opportunity with McCovey Cove in deep right field. Only 114 have landed, on the fly, into the Cove — 35 of those courtesy of Barry Bonds. But the picturesque view isn't the only perk about AT&T. Giants fans are notorious for loving their baseball and they pack the park for every home game — even when the unpredictable climate of the Bay Area is less than ideal.
Boston Red Sox
2016 Attendance (per game): 36,486 (8th)
It’s not No. 1, but Fenway is 1B. For generations, Fenway was the home to all the Red Sox woes — I mean, the place did open the same week that the Titanic sank. But the Sox have exorcised their demons and won three World Series titles in the last 13 years. Through it all, Fenway remains the crown jewel of New England. She’s withstood the test of time and remains a true slice of Americana.
2016 Attendance (per game): 39,906 (5th)
Ah, the Friendly Confines, Wrigley Field — the pinnacle of professional baseball in America. With the $500 million renovation nearing completion, Wrigley is the best place in the country, nay, the world, to watch America’s pastime. Many were worried the new massive LED scoreboards installed two seasons ago in left and right field would take away the ambiance of the ballpark. Wrong. The facelift suits Wrigley well, as fans have packed the park to the ivy as the team has reached the pinnacle of the baseball world. The sterling, new plaza outside left field has only made Wrigleyville more fan friendly, giving the area a “town square” feel.