I was floored when I saw Chase Field near the bottom of the list: REALLY?!? It’s got a state of the art retractable roof, it’s airconditioned, it’s clean, bathrooms (women’s; can’t speak for men’s) are remodeled. So why such a low score? I guess it’s lacking the “old world charm” that Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and the other top spot holders possess…but haven’t they recently had some major renovations? (plus they used a bracket type of scoring!)
BEST BALLPARKS IN THE MAJORS
There are 30 ballparks in Major League Baseball, all with their own unique look, concessions and amenities. But some are just better than others, and readers of Ballpark Digest recently voted and named PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the best ballpark in America.
91,000 votes were counted and the 14-year-old stadium topped the list. According to Ballpark Digest, “With a lovely Allegheny River location and the ultimate site in downtown Pittsburgh, PNC Park combines a timeless design with everything fans expect in a modern ballpark.”
PNC Park beat out all other parks in the March Madness-style bracket competition. Chicago’s Wrigley Field was the runner-up, followed by Boston’s Fenway Park and San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
Tampa’s Tropicana Field, the Oakland Coliseum, Atlanta’s Turner Field and Chase Field in Phoenix received the lowest scores.