Ranking baseball’s best stadiums: 30-26

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April 26, 2017 by salucco

The Rogers Centre opened it’s doors on June 3, 1989. (Courtesy of AP)

Written by Ryan Delaney

#30 Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)

Tropicana has the league-wide reputation for being one of the worst stadiums, not just in baseball, but in all of sports. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it is overall just a dump or that about 80% of the stadium is left empty on any given game day.

The only time you see a somewhat reasonable amount of fans in this stadium is when an away team travels well, but I really don’t blame Rays fans for not showing up because I don’t know what’s worse; the product of play on the field or the product of the field itself.

#29 O.Co Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)

Here is another stadium that isn’t very well liked around the league. The problem with it is that it is way too big for baseball. Oakland really did a great job of making a combined baseball-football stadium that is too big for baseball and shaped so badly for football.

It’s a good thing that Owner John Fisher will be investing millions of dollars to build a new park soon.

#28 Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)

I’m not sure this really counts considering the Braves have already played their last game in this park and when I wrote this they had yet to play in SunTrust Park, but I’m going to use Turner.

There’s really not much to say about this park. It was overall not very well liked by Braves fans, wasn’t in a very great area and never really came anywhere close to selling out. The fact that the park only lasted 20 years shows really how bad it must have been.

#27 Great America Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds)

Don’t let the name of this park fool you, it is one of the least excited places to watch a baseball game. If you didn’t recognize it by the name it is probably because the park is almost as irrelevant as the entire Reds franchise. Just a boring stadium for a boring franchise that no one really cares about.

#26 Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)

A lot of people would probably have this higher on their list, but I hate the Rogers Centre. It might be just the terrible fans of the Toronto Blue Jays, but for some reason I just never liked this park.

The shape just doesn’t seem right, the roof is on backwards and there is just too much going on with the walls, roof and the glass for this to be a good ballpark. I really don’t understand why the roof is blocking the view of the skyline because I think this could’ve been a great touch to enhancing the stadium, but it’s too late now.

Also, I can’t stand the netting for the foul poles instead of the traditional gold metal.

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