Throughout the country, baseball fans celebrated Opening Day last week. Ballparks were packed, homeruns were hit, and batters were struck out. With close to 150 games still left in the season, fans have plenty of time to plan a trip to the nearest ballpark. But what about planning a trip to every ballpark? That’s 30 stadiums – from Fenway Park in Boston to PETCO Park in San Diego. Here are a few ways to break that trip up – after all, you don’t have to visit them all in one summer! (Although that would be a heck of a road trip!)
If you’re planning on visiting all of the ballparks in one spectacular road trip, the logical strategy would be to group them by location. In just a few days, you could easily work your way down the Eastern seaboard and hit up Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Citizens Bank Park, Camden Yards and Nationals Park.
By League / Division
Focus your travels on one specific division or league each month – or year. Watch the Arizona Diamondbacks battle the Colorado Rockies or the Detroit Tigers play the Cleveland Indians. By breaking the ballpark visits up into smaller chunks, it becomes a more manageable experience.
By Favorite Mascot
The home team’s mascot is central to any ballpark experience. Check out Ace, the Toronto Blue Jay, Lou Seal in San Francisco, Mr. Red in Cincinnati, and Southpaw in Chicago. Or, plan your trip based on on-field entertainment races, such as the Sausage Race in Milwaukee, the Presidents’ Race in Washington, D.C., and the Great Pierogi Race in Pittsburgh.
If you plan your by seating capacity, you’ll start you at the smallest ballpark, Tropicana Field (34,078) and end at the largest, Dodger Stadium (56,000). If you want to visit by distance to center field, you’ll start at Fenway Park (389 feet, 9 inches) and end at Minute Maid Park (435 feet). To plan a trip from the oldest park to the newest, you’ll start (again) at Fenway, which opened in 1912, and end at Marlin’s Park, which opened just last year.
Even if you’re planning on an alphabetical journey, there are several options: Alphabetical by ball park name? Angel Stadium of Anaheim to Yankee Stadium. Alphabetical by city? Anaheim to Washington, D.C., Alphabetical by team name (including location)? Arizona Diamondbacks to Washington Nationals. By team name (without location?) Again, Angels to Yankees.
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Finally, we’ve referenced almost all of the MLB teams in this one blog post. So to cover the remaining eight, here’s a shout out to St. Louis, Kansas City, Oakland, Texas, Seattle, Minnesota, Atlanta and the Chicago Cub. Go Teams!
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