Forbes Issues Baseball Stadium Rankings

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:

  1. AT&T Park in San Francisco
  2. Fenway Park in Boston
  3. PNC Park in Pittsburgh
  4. Wrigley Field in Chicago
  5. 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.

3 Responses

  1. Walmart Park

    hopefully this list means good things for Target Field. People say it will most resemble AT&T Park and PNC Park.

  2. Goethe

    I’ve heard that too. The Twins can’t go wrong with that.

    I drove by Target Park a couple weeks back on the way to the Opening Day game. It’s really a tight squeeze in its current location. Kind of reminds you of some of the older parks like Fenway just in the fact that if you’re not looking for it, you don’t really notice it.

  3. bisonaudit

    So pumped for Target Field. I was a little worried about the small footprint until I visited Progressive in Cleveland, but that place is great and it sits on a pretty small piece of land and they did a decent job disguising the parking ramp in the outfield (better than Washington DC). With the public art they’ve anounced it looks like the Twins will do better yet. Also, access to mass transit will be unpresidented.

    That list looks pretty good to me. PNC and Camden are hands down the two best ball parks I’ve been in. Wrigley wouldn’t make my top 5. It’s worth the experience and I value the history but that only gets you so far in my book. I’m looking forward to Fenway, but haven’t been there yet. They’ve spent zillions on upgrades while retaining much of the old ballpark charm.

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