Welcome to part 2 of the Bucket List Series! This time I'm inspired by Spring Training and the upcoming MLB season, SO I decided to tell y'all my top 10 stadiums on my bucket list! If this is your first time reading my Bucket List Series you can click here to find part 1, My Bucket List of Sporting Events!
10. Marlin's Park - Miami Marlins
- Marlin's Park makes #10 only because it is so obnoxious that I think all should see it. The big fish thing in the outfield.. what? I don't think it is the best stadium in the MLB and definitely not the best fan base, but it's a new stadium that just has a lot going on. I want to see it first hand. Plus you can probably get cheap tickets since they like never sell out..
9. Chase Field - Arizona Diamondbacks
- They have a swimming pool. Uh, yes please! You have to admit that is a unique feature for a baseball stadium. If I'm going to Arizona, I'm at least going to check out the price for a ticket in the pool area. Wouldn't you?
8. Nationals Park - Washington Nationals
- I honestly don't have a specific, justifiable reason for Nationals Park being on my list.. I just think it's pretty! Plus I've always wanted to go to D.C., why not catch a game while I'm there?!
7. Yankee Stadium - New York Yankees
- Well I really dropped the ball by not making it to the original Yankee Stadium before it closed, BUT the history and stories live on for me to enjoy! No matter how much you love or hate the Yankees, if you're a baseball fan, you probably have attending a Yankees game in New York on your list.
6. Camden Yards - Baltimore Orioles
- To be quite honest, I don't watch the American League all that much and Camden Yards wasn't an immediate ballpark that came to my mind. So why is it #6? Because any time I DO watch an Orioles game, or see pictures of Camden Yards it reminds me of how much I'd like to head to Baltimore and catch a game. I hear they serve crab cakes in the park too, which may or may not have made it move up a couple spots..
5. AT&T Park - San Francisco Giants
- I may not have liked it (still don't), but I grew up in the era of watching Barry Bonds hit homerun after homerun into McCovey Cove. It is, and will always be, an image that I associate with baseball. The stadium itself looks very nice with the brick wall in right field and being open to the Bay. I'm not a Giants fan, definitely not a Bonds fan, but AT&T park makes #5 on my bucket list of Stadiums. - Maybe I'll bring back the Hunter Pence signs if I get the chance to go!
4. Wrigley Field* - Chicago Cubs
- Let me tell y'all a story - this past year I traveled with a group of students to Chicago on a networking trip. I decided (as the group leader) that we were going to a game at Wrigley. - I'd never been to Chicago in my 21 years of life and who knows when I'd be back right? - But before we left I had my mind made up that I would HATE Chicago. Let's be honest, if you are a St. Louis sports fan, Chicago sports fans aren't your favorite people (and yes, it goes both ways!). When you have your mind made up on something, it is REALLY hard to change it. BUT, I fell in love with Chicago and with Wrigley Field.
Wrigley remains on my bucket list because I can't wait to go back! I also got to experience it with friends, which was great, but I want to go with my family. Even though we are Cardinals fans I think that we would all enjoy Wrigley and it's a stadium I want to share with them, especially for a Cards vs Cubs game! Oh, and do a little day drinking.. :)
3. PNC Park - Pittsburgh Pirates
- That. Bridge. You know the one. The Roberto Clemente Bridge outside of PNC Park. It makes the backdrop so incredibly beautiful! As a Cards fan I've watched plenty of baseball games on tv played at PNC and every time I say, "I want to watch a game in that stadium!" - As a bonus, David Freese would be there :)
Busch is special to this list because I've obviously been there before (just once or twice.. or way more than that..), but it is still a stadium I would choose over nearly all others any day of the week. I've watched playoff wins, heartbreak losses, and stayed until 2am due to a rain delay and every single time it's over I'm ready to go back again! So, it might not be a traditional bucket list item, but I'm leaving it here. Deal with it. ;P
1. Fenway Park - Boston Red Sox
- The history, the Green Monster, the accents. What else could you ask for?! Okay, there might be more that you could ask for, but Fenway is #1 on my bucket list of MLB Stadiums! I've always liked the Red Sox, probably because I really dislike the Yankees.. but historic stadiums are my favorite. Going to Wrigley this past year really made me realize how the new technology and designs look cool and are more functional, but you can't beat history and old ball parks.
So, if I had an unlimited budget and a plane ticket to anywhere for a ball game, I would choose Boston. Bring all the Yankee haters, Sweet Caroline singers, and Big Papi worshipers on!
*Dodger Stadium - It is historic, but it is the Dodgers. I just can't. - Plus people don't show up until like the 3rd inning and leave in the 7th. I cannot respect a fan base or stadium that allows this to happen.. I don't care how bad traffic is. Watch the game!
*Kauffman Stadium - I grew up going to this park fairly frequently.. when they were bad.. You couldn't beat $1 night AND fireworks on a Friday even if the product on the field wasn't something to brag about. However, Kauffman is a beautiful stadium and I do think everyone should visit it! The new renovations have made it even prettier! - S/O to whoever had the idea of the fountains!
*SunTrust Park - The plans for it look beautiful! And I'd love to spend some time in Atlanta (soon!), so I'm keeping my eye on this one!
What MLB Stadiums are on your bucket list?! Any that you think I'm crazy for including or not including?! Leave your feedback below!
If you liked this Bucket List Series post, check out the first post here!