Been There, Done That

A guide to baseball stadia everywhere, where Crane Poolers share their experiences from each ballpark they visit.

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby themetfairy » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:24 pm

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OK - Let me give this a try.

1. PNC Park. It's simply a beautiful place to watch a game.
2. AT&T Park. Best food in the majors.
3. Citi Field - There's no place like home.
4. Coors Field
5. Busch Stadium
6. Arlington
7. Petco Park
8. Miller Park
9. Citizens Bank Ballpark
10. Angels Stadium
11. Chase Field (especially if you stick around to experience the roof opening after the end of a game)
12. Nationals Park
13. Progressive Field
14. Target Field - I found the seating bowl to be way too narrow.
15. Minute Maid Park
16. Fenway Park. I'm not a huge fan of the older parks, but the renovations make it a better place than it used to be.
17. Kauffman Stadium - Everything they say about Dodger Stadium, but much prettier
18. New Comiskey
19. Comerica Park
20. Wrigley Field - the lower bowl is much nicer than the upper deck. It's an experience, but not the most comfortable one.
21. Great American Ballpark
22. Safeco
23. Camden Yards - the seats angled away from the diamond are a major negative.
24. Marlins Park. Although I give it credit for owning its quirks.
25. SunTrust Park - it would rate higher if it had any kind of mass transit options, but the post-game madhouse is horrible.
26. Dodgers Stadium - a bit overrated
27. MFY III - Too much concrete.
28. Rogers Center. It just doesn't feel like a baseball stadium, and the food choices are lacking.
29. Oakland Alameda Stadium. Despite the crumbling structure, it's nonetheless a really fun place to watch a game.
30. Tropicana Field. It's not horrible, but simply nondescript

A lot of these numbers could shift depending on my mood on a given day. I love the top five, the bottom three aren't great, and I generally like most of the modern ballparks.
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Gwreck » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:52 am

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Nice!

I think you're spot-on about Kauffman/Dodger Stadium - definetly KC underrated and LA overrated for similar parks.

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby themetfairy » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:16 pm

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Yes - Kauffman was unexpectedly lovely.
In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, "I have finished." There is a lot of satisfaction in that - Fred Lebow

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby MFS62 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:32 pm

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As I posted in the thread suggesting this forum:
Stadia no longer there:
YS
YS II
Polo Grounds
Ebbets Field
Shea Stadium
The Ted
RFK Stadium. At RFK, I saw Washington play the Minnesota Twins, which probably qualifies as some kind of incest.

Places still in use:
Citi
Camden Yards.
Fenway Park - my impressions of Fenway Park inspired my story parody "Anne Rice Reports the Ballgame" which I've probably posted in the CPF.

I've also visited, but no ball game was being played that day:
Hi(ram) Bithorn stadium (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Skydome
Jarry Park (Montreal)

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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Ashie62 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:40 pm

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Saw a game at.

Shea
Old Yankee Stadium
Tiger Stadium
Jarry Park vs. Seaver
Forbes Field
Busch Stadium

That be it.
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby RealityChuck » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:18 pm

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I haven't been to many. In order.

1. Yankee Stadium
2. Shea Stadium
3. Fenway Park
4. Remodeled Yankee Stadium. I actually ran onto the field before the 1977 All-Star Game and got in no trouble whatsoever (I had press credentials).
5. Wrigley Field
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Vic Sage » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:09 pm

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Mets (Shea, Citifield)
Yankees (YI, YII)
Phils (Veterans)
Expos (Olympic)
Cubs (Wrigley)
Boston (Fenway)
Oakland (Coliseum)
SF (Candlestick)
Baltimore (Memorial, Camden)
Padres (J.Murphy, Petco)

+ numerous minor league parks
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