Here’s the update since I last shared this list a few years ago. As I mentioned then, our family has enjoyed visiting ballparks through the years. Here’s my current list of ballparks I’ve visited including ballparks from the pre-Emily and pre-kids era.
- Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Indians – This was my first ballgame, and I’m pretty sure they played the Twins that game.
- Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati Reds – This is the stadium I visited most as a kid…usually with free tickets for good grades.
- Tiger Stadium, Detroit Tigers – I snuck away while at college to watch them play the Indians.
- Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays – Emily and I took in a game while we were on our honeymoon.
- Jacobs Field, Cleveland Indians – It’s called something else now, but to our family it’ll always be Jacobs Field.
- Metrodome, Minnesota Twins – Our family still considers this the worst ballpark we’ve experienced…and the most boring game ever.
- Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds – Our family, and only our family, had a tour of the entire ballpark the day before the game.
- Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers – Brooke was still in her car seat and slept through the entire game.
- Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers – Brooke made up for the Brewers game, by crying through the entire game in Detroit.
- Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs – Kayla, Jacob and I got a tour on one visit, and then we went back for a game the night before school started.
- US Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox – I drove over with Kayla and Jacob to catch a game against the Indians.
- Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles – We visited Morgan State University before the game.
- Ballpark in Arlington, Texas Rangers – Loved the ballpark, but it was by far the hottest game with over 100-degree heat.
- Sun Life Stadium, Florida Marlins – There had to be less than 500 people in the stadium, and then it rained…so we left.
- Turner Field, Atlanta Braves – It’s our new home field, and we really enjoy watching games here.
- PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates – On the same visit to Pittsburgh we saw Fourth of July fireworks down by the river next to the ballpark.
- AT&T Park, San Fransisco Giants – The smell of the garlic fries and the bizarre mix of music between innings made this one of the most surreal baseball experiences.
- Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox – Jacob and I flew into Boston to celebrate his 13th birthday with a walk along the Freedom Trail and a game at Fenway.
- Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees – The next day, Jacob and I took a train to NYC and then grabbed a subway to the Bronx to watch the Yankees.
- Coors Field, Colorado Rockies – Missed the first five runs of the game standing in line for a burger. Won the award for best beer. :-)
- Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies – Enjoyed the game with a pastor/friend even though it rained the entire evening.
- Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays – Tampa needs a new ballpark, and they need to ditch the cowbells–most annoying game ever!
- Petco Park, San Diego Padres – Our family enjoyed the baseball, but we had more fun in “The Park at the Park” before the game.
- Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers – Jacob and I caught the game the day they previewed the movie “42” based on Jackie Robinson’s story.
- Nationals Park, Washington Nationals – The ballpark is beautiful, but we really enjoyed the Racing Presidents mascots.
- Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels – The “Big A” in the parking lot is striking, and you really can’t beat watching a baseball game in Southern California.
- Target Field, Minnesota Twins – It’s a big upgrade from the Metrodome, but this late-April game was by far the coldest I’ve ever experienced.
Still need to visit Arizona, Oakland, Seattle, St. Louis, Kansas City, Houston, New York (Mets) and then hit the new ballpark in Miami.
fyi… I’m always looking for an excuse to add to the list. (Hint. Hint.)