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Olympic Stadium / Montreal Expos

We dig into the archives for a look back at Olympic Stadium when it hosted the Montreal Expos. Year Built: 1976 Capacity: 46,500 Dimensions: 325L, 404C, 325R Ticket Prices: VIP, $40; box seats, $30; terrace, $20; general admission, $15; bleachers, $10 (all prices CDN) Parking: There are several public parking lots within a block of […]

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Shea Stadium / New York Mets

By any measure, Shea Stadium is the ultimate testament to 1960s stadium architecture. Its unyielding symmetry elevates form over function. The outside view of Shea Stadium is very attractive with a circular layout and an open center field: it does look better from a distance as an abstract sculpture, as anyone who has flown in […]

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Petco Park / San Diego Padres

Petco Park is large scale in a number of ways. Padres sluggers are not  especially enamored with the ballpark’s dimensions, especially when they  glance at the extreme power allies. While straightaway center is a  reachable 396 feet, the power allies extend to 402 in left and a  whopping 411 in right. These are especially challenging […]

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Holman Stadium / Dodgertown

A look back at Holman Stadium and Dodgertown when they served as the spring-training home of the Brooklyn Dodgers/Los Angeles Dodgers. Year Opened: 1953 Capacity: 6,474 Architect: Designed by Norman Bel Geddes (famous theatrical designer and architect of the Futurama building at the 1964 New York World’s Fair); engineered by Captain Emil Praeger Dimensions: 340L, […]

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U.S. Cellular Field / Chicago White Sox

Commonly referred to as Chicago’s other baseball team, the American League White Sox reside at 35th Street and Shields and play at U.S. Cellular Field (Comiskey Park until 2003). While “The Cell” does not have nearly the romantic history of its rival in Wrigleyville or the “Old” Comiskey Park, it’s a vastly underrated ballpark. FACT […]

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Goodyear Ballpark / Cleveland Indians

Goodyear, located on the far western edge of the greater Phoenix area, isn’t the first place to come to mind when brainstorming for the ideal spring-training locale. But the new spring home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds combines state-of-the-art training complexes with one of the more pleasant ballparks in the Cactus League, in […]

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Fenway Park / Boston Red Sox

It’s not every day when an icon manages to meet your expectations, never mind exceed them. But Fenway Park, the Mecca for everyone interested in balkparks on any level, not only meets expectations but shatters them. It is true that at Fenway the grass is greener, the hot dogs are tastier, and the fans more […]

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Tropicana Field / Tampa Bay Rays

Let’s get this right out of the way: Tropicana Field is not the worst facility in the major leagues. The Metrodome clearly is. By far. Now, having said that, it’s also clear that Tropicana Field is the second-worst facility in the majors. In many ways it’s directly comparable to the Metrodome, as both hated domes […]

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