May 2, 2017 by salucco
PNC Park opened on Mar. 31, 2001. (Courtesy of si.com)
Written by Ryan Delaney
#5 AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)
This always seems to be the consensus number one, but I don’t believe it deserves that spot. I think the reason is because of the backdrop of the bay behind the outfield seats, but as you could probably tell, I’m more of a fan of skylines. I need some substance to the backdrop of my ballpark, not just water.
There are a lot of nice touches to this park though, like the coke bottle and glove and left, the good amount of outfield seats and the brick wall in left field.
Not a huge fan of the shape because of triples alley in right center, but it really doesn’t matter when you have a masterpiece like this ballpark.
#4 Orioles Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
Of all the parks that I’ve been to, I think this one is my favorite. I really like the park design, as well as the backdrop with the city in center, and the warehouse in right. Although you can’t see Eutaw Street from the field, I think that also an enhance the experience of the park and I would strongly success checking out what’s going on over there during the game.
The one drawback is the atmosphere of the park. Orioles fans never really seem to show up at the place, which is surprising to me, especially with the success they’ve had in recent years. Even that though, can’t knock the beauty of this park and I really think this is one of the best stadiums in all of pro-sports.
#3 Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
There’s no place I love going to as a Boston sports fan more than Fenway. The atmosphere and the personality of the park is better than anything I’ve seen at any other stadium. Just walking over the bridge and seeing the lights up above the green walls just makes me feel like I’m at home.
This may be somewhat biased because I am from Boston, but I think most people would agree. It isn’t the nicest park, but for as old as it is, it is very well kept, and has more history than any other ballpark.
The Citgo sign, the Boston skyline and the monster in left all add to the experience of Fenway and I love it. Definitely among the best stadiums in all of sports, and probably the most famous, and I hope the Red Sox stay there as long as the possibly can.
#2 Busch Stadium (Saint Louis Cardinals)
Beautiful stadium, great shape and one of the best backdrops you’ll ever see. The city has one of the best skylines and it is displayed perfectly behind the outfield seats.
The stadium isn’t too big and isn’t too small. Everything about this park is just right and I love it. I don’t love the Cardinals fan base as they almost seem like they’re trying to be too nice, but I can’t lie, they do pack the place and it can get loud.
The atmosphere and the fan experience is fantastic and I love that the arch is also etched into the grass in the outfield. Truly one of the greatest stadiums you will ever find.
#1 PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
It’s not usual that the stars will align and all pieces seem to fall into the place, but that is what happened here with the Pirates.
I have always loved this stadium and almost everything about it. The shape of the stadium is really solid, and the backdrop is my favorite in the entire MLB. The city along with the gold bridge just personifies the city of Pittsburgh.
The Pirates had many years where they struggled, but the fans continued to stay loyal. The experience of going to this park seems incredible and I hope I get the chance to see it soon.
Of all pro-sports stadiums, this one takes the cake and is located in one of the best sports cities. The absolute gold standard of ballparks.