One of the most quintessential elements of American culture is the game of baseball. If you’re a sports fan, one of the coolest travel experiences you can have is a visit to one of Major League Baseball’s most iconic stadiums. Where are you headed this year? See if one these 10 iconic baseball stadiums can fit into your travel plans!
1 Wrigley Field
Built in 1914, this is one of America’s oldest and most beloved baseball fields. If you have to pick one stadium to visit this year, make it Wrigley Field. Since 1916, the Chicago Cubs have been hitting homers over the fence and delighting crowds through the generations. This park still has an old fashioned charm about it, featuring ivy-covered walls and a hand-turned scoreboard.
2 Yankee Stadium
Located in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium has been the home field of the New York Yankees since 2006. Although Yankees fans were sad to see the former stadium (now known as Heritage Field) lose its place as their team’s field, the new field is pretty spectacular and does retain architectural elements from the old field. The field is the most expensive MLB stadium ever built, and is one of the most controversial. If you’re itching to see the old stadium, the field’s remains are still left next door to the new Yankee Stadium.
3 Fenway Park
This is the oldest baseball park in Major League Baseball, and it has a fan following almost as passionate as that of its team, the Boston Red Sox. It’s also one of the smallest parks, and it has some strange architectural elements that have appeared as a result of renovations and an ongoing commitment to preserving as much as possible of the historic park. Make sure that you visit this park at least once in your lifetime! If it’s cool enough to be on the National Register of Historic Places, then it definitely belongs on your bucket list.
4 Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore’s MLB stadium is known as either Camden Yards or Oriole Park. This park is constructed in a retro style, a 1990s throwback to the architecture of historic parks. The coolest part of this park is the B&O Warehouse, an 1899 building that is now a part of the stadium.
5 Angel Stadium of Anaheim
This stadium was built in 1966. This is the home field of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and it has served as the home of the Los Angeles Rams football team as well. Dubbed The Big A, this awesome old field has some interesting unique elements. Most notably, it has a gigantic halo on top of the old scoreboard that lights up every time the Angels win a game.
6 Busch Stadium
Not to be confused with Busch Memorial Stadium, this iconic baseball field is a wonderful destination for an afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri. Although Busch Stadium is not the same venue that served as the Cardinals’ home field from 1966 to 1987, it is built on a portion of the old stadium’s foundation. This stadium is actually the third to be called Busch Stadium; as local grandfathers now tell their grandkids stories of visiting the original ballpark, you may have the chance to tell yours that you saw Busch Stadium Number Three. Oddly enough, the original Busch Stadium was named after the team owner, while the current one is named after the beer!
7 Dodger Stadium
The Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t the only Californian team, but it is arguably the most iconic. Dodger Stadium is one of the few to have kept naming rights for the team rather than selling them to a corporation. This stadium is the Western United States’ oldest stadium, and it has hosted a whopping eight World Series and even the 1984 Summer Olympics baseball game.
8 Rogers Centre
Roger’s Center is Canada’s only Major League Baseball stadium. It’s been the home of several Toronto teams, and is currently the stadium of the Toronto Blue Jays. Located conveniently in the center of the bustling downtown area near the historic train station, the CN Tower, and the aquarium, the Rogers Center is a can’t-miss Toronto attraction.
9 Coors Field
Another baseball stadium bearing the name of a beer company is Coors Field. The Colorado Rockies have been playing here since 1995, right in the middle of downtown Denver. The seats in Coors Field are mostly green, but some in the upper level are purple. If you sit in this row, you can enjoy the fact that you’re sitting exactly a mile above sea level! In fact, this field is the highest field in major league baseball. For a scientific reason unknown to us, this means that it also has an extremely high number of home runs.
10 Chase Field
Back in the days before Chase bought out Bank One, this field was affectionately called “BOB” by local fans. Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, this field hasn’t had too much attention since the D-Backs won the World Series back in 2001. Still, this it is a great place to see one of baseball’s best stadium designs. Built to welcome the warm springtime air while keeping out Arizona’s summer heat, Chase Field was the first in the US to have a retractable roof over natural grass. Maybe coolest of all is the swimming pool in right center field that is rented as a suite!
Add a visit to any of these iconic baseball stadiums to your summer vacation or plan a baseball road trip around them. Even if you can’t catch a game, a tour offers a fascinating behind the scenes view. Fans (and non-fans) can appreciate the rich history of America’s favorite past time inside these famous ball parks.