It’s defending champion PNC Park vs. Fenway Park in the finals of the 2021 MLB Best of the Ballparks fan vote, as modern retro takes on true retro to end the competition.
Both ballparks are well-loved both by locals and by general baseball fans across the country. As noted, PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is the defending champion, while this is the first time Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, has reached our finals.
By the way: more fans have voted in the course of this year’s competition than through all of the 2020 fan vote.
You’ll see some new seedings in the competition for 2021. PNC Park repeats as our top seed after winning the 2020 fan vote, but there have been some shifts and reseedings based on last year’s results and ballpark changes this season. However, our rankings are not the result of a formal pseudo-scientific grading system, but rather recommendations based on years of attending games, seeing how the ballparks function behind the scenes (we have seen plenty of ballpark cisterns while on visits in the past), how these ballparks have made an impact in their communities, and noting how ballparks are regarded within the industry.
The rankings are very loose, so please don’t take offense if your favorite has a low seeding in these brackets. Generally speaking, we divide these rankings into three tiers: elite (the top 10), outstanding (the middle 15) and in need of work (the bottom five). In the case of the bottom 5, it’s no secret that MLB teams are seeking replacements or drastic renovations.
Some things to note. First, you are allowed to vote multiple times, but you can only vote once per day. Second, you don’t need to fill out a full slate: partially filled lineups will count. A running tally of the vote will be presented at the bottom of this page in the form of brackets. Vote below: