April marks the beginning of the Major League Baseball season during which tens of millions of people will visit their local ballpark across the nation. The structures that serve as a home to these teams have become increasingly complex in recent years as organizations are focusing on attracting more and more fans to the stadiums. While some of these stadiums are clunky and generally attractive, quite a few are absolutely stunning. Here is a breakdown of some the best-designed stadiums on the continent. Even if you’re not a fan of the game, you’ll want to buy a ticket just to tour these ballparks.
AT&T Park: Home to the World Series Championship winning San Francisco Giants, this stadium is considered by many to be the paragon of stadium design. The park sits right on the bay, and is located right in the heart of San Francisco. Furthermore, it boasts its signature coca-cola bottle, and high wall in the right side of the outfield.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards: Nestled in the downtown of Baltimore, Maryland, this park offers absolutely stunning views of the city and the game alike. There is not a bad seat in the entire park. Built in 1992, Camden Yards is considered to be somewhat modern post with a traditional aesthetic. Many designers have tried to replicate the feel of this stadium, but few have succeeded.
PNC Park: Turner’s Ernie Johnson once said during a game that it seemed as if the city of Pittsburg was custom designed to be fitted around the ballpark itself. Few can disagree with him that PNC Park provides its visitors fantastic views of the city skyline. In order to reach the park, you have to cross Allegheny River on the famous Roberto Clemente Bridge.
Safeco Field: This stadium, which is home to the Mariners, is in many ways an embodiment of the city of Seattle. It was one of the first MLB stadiums to incorporate innovative technology, and did so in a manner does not interfere with the structures aesthetics. Constructed in 1999, Safeco features a retractable roof that is often in use given the region’s damp weather.