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    I've been to six or seven MLB parks. I loved Coors Field, but that was tempered by the Twins losing two of three there (in a season when they lost only four interleague games).

    My 1A is Cleveland (still The Jake to me). I absolutely love the Home Run Porch railing in LF. You are literally on top of the LF and I will never forget the fan-prompted dance-off between Jason Michaels and Rondell White that went on for about five innings. Will always have a soft spot for Rondell after that. I also happened to see what, unfortunately, has turned out to be the last sighting of totally dominant Liriano there. Cisco and Nathan combined to strike out 17 in nine innings. Nice ballpark and great memories.

    Not sure I got the full Wrigley experience. Had infield terrace seat and it was a night game against the Astros, Zambrano and Wandy putting up zeros. Best part was it was a really bad night for Soriano. He struck out his first three times and the fourth time, hit the ball off his body. He thought it was foul and didn't run it out. After the three K's, that made the boos rain down. Even kids were calling him every name in the book. Game goes extras and in the bottom of the 13th, up comes Soriano with the bases loaded. Yup, a walk-off grand slam. Pretty sure he was elected mayor of Chicago that night. Maybe I got the full experience after all.
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    Nationals park in DC

    In what used to be a really bad part of DC (which is saying something) it is a stadium to visit.

    All the amenities, nice wide mezzanines to walk along, the racing presidents are hilarious (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt), and if you sit on the 1st base side of the park and look down the third base line you see the Capitol dome--spectacular.

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    PNC here in Pittsburgh. Beautiful.
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    AT&T is my favorite. I really loved old Busch too, I was there in its last season, and I couldn't believe they were going to tear it down. I too am a bit of a Wrigley hater. I love baseball history, Fenway is great, but the owners have always treated it as the zero effort cash cow that it is. I mostly have issues in the fact Wrigley needs so many routine updates, but no one is going to spend a dime to do it. I hope it's not gameday when that decrepit concourse finally caves in.

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    Stadiums I've visited other than the dome and TF are Safeco Field and Miller Park, I've enjoyed my experiences at both of them. I was at the first game ever at Safeco so it's been a while since I've been there.

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    Fenway 1st (my son got to pitch there), Target Field, Ballpark in Arlington, Minute Maid Park Houston.
    Would love to go to PNC park someday.

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    This summer I'll be going to games in Miami and Tampa, and that will complete the circuit of every city that has a major league team. Some of the ballparks I've been to have been replaced, so I haven't gotten to all of the current parks, but my favorite so far is PNC. The park and the views are simply gorgeous. The top few are all really, really amazing and aren't really separated by much other than intangibles and personal preference, I'd say. I compiled a full list ranking them from top to bottom. I should dig that up.

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    I've visited 17, and to me Camden Yards is the best, and it's not particularly close.

    I also really liked Coors Field and Kauffman. I thought Wrigley was neat, but just for the experience...the park itself was a dump. The previous rendition of Yankee Stadium was pretty cool, haven't seen the new one. I liked the Ballpark in Arlington.

    On the other side of the spectrum, Petco was without a shred of character, and Safeco did nothing for me either. Felt like a huge wharehouse. Oakland and Miami were the pits.
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    I really liked the atmosphere and surroundings at Safeco when I was there. Its in a cool location on the south side of downtown Seattle with the train running right next to it during the game. Kauffman is fabulous for the stadium but it is about 15-20 minutes outside of downtown.

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    I found my list ranking them all (including parks that have been replaced, and in a few cases I've been to more than one in the same city). I've noted where I'm ranking a park no longer in use or where I've been to more than one. As I said before, I think they're so subjective. And even within an individual, I think with a sample of one for most places, the game you saw, your mood, your group, the weather, etc all can factor in to your feeling and aren't necessarily to the credit or blame of the park itself. Having said that, here's the "right" list! And as I said above, I will be adding the final two cities this summer...

    1) Pittsburgh 2) Minnesota (Target Field) 3) Cincinnati 4) Baltimore 5) Philadelphia (Citizens Bank Park) 6) Boston 7) San Francisco (AT&T) 8) Seattle 9) Washington 10) Cleveland 11) Chicago Cubs 12) Colorado 13) Detroit 14) Kansas City 15) Chicago White Sox 16) Atlanta 17) Anaheim 18) Houston 19) Milwaukee 20) New York Yankees (Old Yankee Stadium) 21) Arizona 22) Texas 23) St Louis (old Busch) 24) San Diego (Qualcomm) 25) Los Angeles 26) New York Mets (Shea) 27) San Francisco (Candlestick) 28) Toronto 29) Philadelphia (Veteran's) 30) Oakland 31) Minnesota (Metrodome)

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    Nobody's mentioned Metropolitan Stadium? OK, it wasn't that great but I have fond memories. I've only been to the Met Stadium, MetroDome, Wrigley, New Comiskey, and Target Field. Also was at a spring training game in Yuma AZ with Angels and Padres and saw Reggie Jackson. Of those parks it's Target Field by a mile. For being an old park, Wrigley's not really quaint, it's actually kind of a dump.

    New Comiskey was generic and forgettable. In contrast one of my games at Wrigley was quite memorable. In town for a trade show I was comped a great seat behind first base and met a gorgeous woman sitting next to me. We went across the street to Harry's after the game whereupon I found a $20 bill lying on the floor. We hung out there for awhile then I walked her home, she invited me inside and we started getting to it. I was about to close the deal when her roommate came home. That put the kibosh on things. I left and thought I was going to get mugged when I took the Ell back to my downtown hotel. As I was walking into the front door, the sales rep that gave me my ticket was just leaving and asked "how was your night?" whereupon I regaled him with my story. It was a fun night but I couldn't tell you a thing about the game, though. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
    4) Baltimore 6) Boston 12) Colorado 20) New York Yankees (Old Yankee Stadium) 22) Texas 23) St Louis (old Busch) 31) Minnesota (Metrodome)
    I'm surprised you ranked the Ballpark at Arlington so low - I would probably have swapped it with Fenway on the list. (Now if you factor the atmosphere outside the stadium before and after games, Fenway is tough to beat.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gil4 View Post
    I'm surprised you ranked the Ballpark at Arlington so low - I would probably have swapped it with Fenway on the list. (Now if you factor the atmosphere outside the stadium before and after games, Fenway is tough to beat.)
    Interesting that you point out those two, because I think those are the two I most think of when I caveat that the mood, the game, the night, the experience can sometimes sneak in and affect your thoughts on the park itself. I'd also say that it seems like Fenway is a "love it or hate it" place. But the entire day before I ended the night at Fenway was fantastic, the Red Sox came back from three runs down in the 9th to win it, it was one of those perfect summer nights that's the perfect temperature, and the people around us couldn't have been nicer. Contrast that with my (two) games at the Ballpark where it was so hot that even the locals were commenting and complaining about it, the Twins lost both games, including a 1-0 (I think) loss with Johan Santana pitching a gem only to have the Twins get something like 2 or 3 hits, and I waited for a sandwich at a concession stand for somewhere close to three innings. BUT...I will also say that of the "new" stadiums, I really didn't think the Ballpark itself quite held up, and I didn't like that you can't see the game from the concourse (again, this was probably a bigger deal to me given the aforementioned "Sandwichgate"). But I've often heard people raving over the place, so I'd like to go back and give it another try.

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    I've been to Miller Park, Minute Maid Park, Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, and Tokyo Dome. I really like the Cell. Minute Maid is a joke. Outside of Miller Park is great. Wrigley is a dump and its filled with Cubs fans.
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    My favorite has to be Bosse Field in Evansville, Indiana. My son's legion team played there about fifteen years ago. Beautiful ballpark in a wooded park setting. It has a wooden roof over the grandstand with brick outfield walls. The most unusual part of a game is listening to all the foul balls roll around on the wooden roof.

    Many of you have seen it because some of the movie "League of their Own" was filmed there. I always joke that my son played center field where Madonna did. Built in 1915, it is one of the oldest ballparks in America that has been consistantly used for baseball since that time.

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    I forgot about my trip to San Diego and to Petco Park. I went to a very forgettable Padres and Marlins game. Petco Park was an amazing stadium and on top of that I stayed that the Gas lamp Marriott where my hotel room over looked Petco.

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    PNC Park in Pittsburgh is number one for me. The view of the steel bridges and downtown Pittsburgh from behind homeplate is pretty amazing. If you plan on doing a roadtrip this year, go see the Twins in Pittsburgh in June.

    Camden Yards is also pretty great.

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    Did anyone put the Metrodome as their favorite stadium? LOL Stupid comments like this could get a guy banned from thread.

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    AT&T Park - Breathtaking views in a great city. Layout seemed very similar to Target Field for me.

    Dodger Stadium - Great views of the San Gabriel Mountains before sunset and nice sight lines. I was there the night after the Brian Stow incident. Fans are very passionate and knowledgeable, something the majority of fans at Target Field are lacking.

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    Camden is awesome. Fenway too.

    I am a huge Twins fan. I have a banner in my basement that I painted during the '87 run. My wife wants to ditch it --> not happening.

    I do like Target. I live in Denver, so I don't get there very often. In fact, the only two times I've been is Game 1 and 2 last fall against the F$%^&NG pinstripes. Here's where I may make some enemies .... I was sorely disappointed.

    Not at the field. Very well done. Great ballpark. I'm jealous that most of you get to go anytime you want. Coors out here is a good park, and I'll go see Cuddy a few times this year, but the Rox aren't my boys. The Twins are.
    What disappointed me was, well, ... it was the fans. These were PLAYOFF GAMES. Against the F$%^&NG pinstripes. And the crowd had about the same amount of energy as the crowd at the last funeral I went to. It was QUIET. During a playoff game. I was standing and cheering - FYI, I never, ever curse or yell anything negative during games. I just like to be loud and supportive of the Twins - and was asked to sit down and shut up, three different times. I've never seen anything like it. I went to a number of games during the Rockies' run in 2007 and THAT HOUSE WAS ROCKING. It was electric. Target Field? It was running on a three year old AA battery.

    Sorry folks. I'm honestly not trying to stir anything up here. I love the Twins. I hope some of you agree with me, and I hope it changes. I was so disappointed.

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