Check Out the Unique Features and Amenities at These Baseball Parks
Baseball, America’s pastime, is one way to spend the dog days of summer. Watching the local team hit home runs and take the bases is an exciting way to pass the time. No matter what your favorite team may be, Major League Baseball offers up some must-see ballparks, whether it is for its rich history or unique features.
You can create your own stuffed animals at Build-A-Bear Workshops at various stadiums (AT&T Park, Busch Stadium and Nationals Park), and you can also go swimming while watching the local nine take their at bats. Here are some of the cool features at five MLB ballparks.
Fenway Park, Boston
There is no denying the experience you’ll get at Fenway Park is unforgettable. It’s a must-see and must-experience ballpark for baseball fans, and its centralized location in historic Boston makes it even more appealing. One thing you should add to your baseball park bucket list is sitting atop the Green Monster in left field. It’s a 25-foot wall, and it offers unique views that you won’t get in any other sport. Tickets are hard to acquire, so buy them early.
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
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Coors Field, Denver
Two hours before the first pitch in Denver, stop by Blue Moon Brewery at the Sandlot in Coors Field to enjoy a cold, frosty brew alongside other Rockies fans. This in-stadium brewery serves up excellent food and unique microbrews. This award-winning brewery is located behind the right field stands, and it can also be accessed from Blake Street.
2001 Blake St., Denver, CO 80205
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Chase Field, Phoenix
Located in downtown Phoenix, Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Phoenix is not known for its breezy temperatures, and because of that came the retractable roof. The roof is opened or closed depending on the game-time temperature. It remains open to keep the grass alive, but it is closed three hours before game time. A massive HVAC system drops the temperature inside the park 30 degrees by the time the gates open. However, the roof is not the most interesting feature of Chase Field. The swimming pool located in right-center field is all the rage. It can be rented to patrons as a suite, and it holds 35 guests. Lounge poolside during the games, but be careful of the home runs that go “splash!”
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Minute Maid Park, Houston
Opened in 2000, Minute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros. The main entrance of the ballpark is inside what was once Houston’s Union Station. This has created one of the most iconic features of the ballpark: the steam locomotive above the left field fence. It’s an 800-foot railroad platform that pays homage to the site’s history. The train moves along the track whenever the home team hits a home run, or when the Astros win a game. Traditionally carrying coal, the engine’s tender today is filled with giant oranges in tribute to the ballpark’s namesake.
501 Crawford St., Houston, TX 77002
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Marlins Park, Miami
One of the newest ballparks in Major League Baseball, there is a lot to see and experience at Marlins Park in Miami. Behind home plate are bulletproof aquariums. Located behind the left field wall is Clevelander, a South Beach-themed nightclub. It comes equipped with dancers, body painting and DJs by the pool. There’s a poolside bar and grill, which is available on game days.
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
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