The Best Baseball Stadiums to Visit This SeasonMay 7, 2019
While the inner child in all of us will probably never let go of the baseball team we first latched onto as a kid, there is a big, stadium-filled world out there to explore. And with America’s Pastime in full swing, there’s never been a better opportunity to visit the other cathedrals of the game.
So, this season, let Aircraft Services Group help you round those bases — in the most convenient, most comfortable way possible.
Oracle Park, San Francisco
Fans attending the City by the Bay’s Oracle Park are treated to incredible views, tremendous food options, and annually impressive on-field action. Patrick Mooney of the Cubs has even explicitly praised its “beautiful location in a unique city with a different kind of energy, big crowds and great music.”
There’s no bad seat in this house, though if you’re feeling really adventurous, take a kayak out to McCovery cove and hope for some “Splash Hits.”
You Gotta Try: the pink peach Bellini ice cream sandwich
Fenway Park, Boston
Opened all the way back in 1912, Fenway Park — home of the 37-foot-tall Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole, and the notch out in center field — is one of the centerpieces of Boston; both geographically and culturally. Its original architecture, hand-operated scoreboards, and red right-field bleachers that mark Fenway’s longest measurable homer (hit by Ted Williams in 1946) are sure to impress any baseball fan.
Just remember to brush up on the lyrics to “Sweet Caroline,” and make sure to swing by the nearby Cask ‘n Flagon on Lansdowne Street.
You Gotta Try: the garlic sourdough with crab sammie from Crazy Crab’z
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Built on a former seminary and opened in 1914, America’s second-oldest ballpark hosts a magic that has to be experienced to be believed; especially now the Cubs have a recent World Series Championship to their name. With its hand-operated scoreboard, brick outfield walls, and iconic outfield ivy that still grows so thick balls get lost in its foliage, Wrigley Field is a must for any true fan of the game.
So is The Cubby Bear, directly across the street.
You Gotta Try: the “High Plains” bison hot dog from Decade Diner
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Ever since they lured the team with one of the most storied histories in baseball away from New York City, the Los Angeles Dodgers have enjoyed their primo piece of property in Chavez Ravine; especially its views of the picturesque San Gabrel mountains. Visiting fans also enjoy taking in the stadium’s unique hexagonal sign scoreboards and corrugated outfield pavilion.
Not to mention, the major celebrity or two tucked away in the crowd…
You Gotta Try: the Dodger Dog
Yankee Stadium, New York City
This modern-day coliseum may not be “The House That Ruth Built,” but the new 49,642-capacity Yankee Stadium has begun to find its own place in pinstripe lore. Think of it like a bigger, more lavish near-replica of the old place, situated right across the street from the old stadium.
Attendance is stellar every season, giving Yankee Stadium an unparalleled atmosphere; though be warned, it’s also the most expensive place to catch a game in all of baseball (and that’s before you factor in parking).
You Gotta Try: the City Winery burger
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
Back in 1992, the Baltimore Orioles kicked off the retro ballpark boom with Camden Yards. Constructed over an old railroad station (and what was once a café owned by Babe Ruth’s father), the downtown Baltimore stadium harkens back to baseball’s early days. The incorporation of the nearby old B&O Warehouse and its two-tiered bullpens are signature touches, but its surrounding Eutaw Street can be just as enjoyable an experience.
Every home run that lands on the street that separates the stadium from the warehouse is commemorated with a bronze plaque where the ball landed.
You Gotta Try: the pit beef from Boog’s BBQ
Coors Field, Denver
Known as “Hitter’s Park,” Coors Field’s altitude dries and hardens baseballs so much that they fly up to 9% faster than normal, which can lead to some spectacular, high-scoring affairs. Its infamous purple-colored seats even reach 5,280 feet above sea level.
Coors Field also happens to be the only ballpark in the league to house a working microbrewery.
You Gotta Try: the Rocky Mountain oysters (if you dare)
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