Former colleague Todd Deutsch sent me a link yesterday sending me to the Forbes’ baseball stadium rankings, which were published last week. According to its Web site, Forbes ranked the ballparks based on affordability, accessibility, fan participation and concession quality.
Here’s the top five stadiums, according to Forbes:
- AT&T Park in San Francisco
- Fenway Park in Boston
- PNC Park in Pittsburgh
- Wrigley Field in Chicago
- Oriole Park in Baltimore
And the bottom five (to no surprise, you might be pretty familiar with one of these):
30. Dolphin Stadium in Miami
29. Alameda County Stadium in Oakland
28. Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay
27. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis (Breakdown with grades for each: (Intangibles – C; Fan participation – C+; Accessiblity – B+; Affordability – B+; Food – C)
25 (tie): The Ballpark in Arlington; Chase Field in Phoenix
Here are a few of my thoughts on the rankings:
- I’m going to Wrigley Field this summer and can’t wait. There was a different feel walking into Fenway Park that you just don’t get at any other stadium, except for possibly Wrigley.
- PNC, in my opinion, is the most picturesque ballpark in baseball. Very underrated because, well, it’s in Pittsburgh.
- Oriole Park, along with Progressive Field in Cleveland, set the tone for the ballpark craze of the last 15 years, and it’s still going strong.
- I think the bottom five (six with the tie) really gives you a feel for the state of baseball stadiums. Arguing whether or not stadiums should be publicly funded is a discussion for another day. However, if Texas and Arizona host the fifth-worst ballparks in baseball, that’s a pretty good situation for Major League Baseball. The bottom four really stand out from the rest. And to no surprise, all four teams playing in those stadiums are either getting new ones or working feverishly to get new ones.