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SunLife Stadium / Florida Marlins

SunLife Stadium is a great place to catch a football game, but so far unsuccessful in sustaining any kind of fan base for baseball. This will be the final season there for the Florida Marlins. FAST FACTS Year Opened: 1987 Capacity: 47,622 Architect: Populous Dimensions: 330L, 385LC, 434LC, 404C, 385RC, 345R Playing Surface: Grass Website: […]

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Dodger Stadium / Los Angeles Dodgers

When you talk about venerable major-league ballparks, a short list must contain Dodger Stadium. Built in 1962 by the O’Malley family and designed by Emil Praeger on the hillside of Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium for many years was the gold standard in ballparks, the facility by which all other ballparks were compared. FACT FACTS Year […]

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Champion Stadium / Atlanta Braves

The spring-training home of the Atlanta Braves, Champion Stadium (formerly known as Disney Field, Disney’s Wide World of Sports, Cracker Jack Stadium and The Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex) is architecturally one of the flashier venues for spring training.It’s also one of the largest: with 9,500 seats (80 percent between the first […]

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Coors Field / Colorado Rockies

Spend some time in Denver’s LoDo District and you’ll soon realize how homogenous the area is: the former warehouse area surrounding the train station is on a human scale (most buildings are three or four stories high), with darker brickwork the dominant architectural element. So the challenge facing the designers of Coors Field, the home […]

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Busch Stadium / St. Louis Cardinals

We really wanted to like Busch Stadium. It is, without a doubt, an improvement over the previous Busch Stadium. But despite a solid location and some nice amenities, too much value engineering and too little charm make it a nice, but not great, ballpark. FACT FACTS Year Opened: 2006 Capacity: 46,861 (includes suites and standing […]

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Rangers Ballpark in Arlington / Texas Rangers

Rangers Stadium in Arlington is a sprawling, retro facility that feels more like a downtown ballpark than what it is: a surbuban facility. Year Opened: 1994 Capacity: 49,288 Architect: Design Architect, David M. Schwarz Architectural Services of Washington, D.C.; Architect of Record, HKS Dimensions: 332LL, 390LC, 400C, 407RC, 381RC, 377R, 325RL Playing Surface: Grass Website: […]

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