10. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
If circus performers took acid and designed a ballpark, it would be the home of the Houston Astros. Minute Maid Park is not horrible by any stretch of the imagination, and the viewing experience can be quite spectacular. The problem is, the outfield is bizarre and the dimensions make this place a nightmare for outfielders.
9. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)
What was supposed to be a start of the art facility turned into a massive dud. The retractable roof is nice, but the stadium is in the middle of nowhere, so it really has no purpose. The lighting is also quite terrible.
8. Citi Field (New York Mets)
Sure it’s better than Shea Stadium, but that’s not saying much at all. Citi Field is way, way too big. In an era when intimacy in ballpark design is emphasized, Citi Field defies all logic and seems to revert back to 1970’s stadium construction. Similar to MetLife Stadium, the seating is too far from the action.
7. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
What was originally a much ballyhooed park, mainly because of the swimming pool in right field, is now very outdated. Chase Field’s critics often refer to it as the world’s most famous airplane hanger. Frankly, the ballpark has not aged well and looks even worse when crowds are sparse.
6. Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)
Turner Field suffers greatly from being a dual purpose park, servicing both the Braves and the 1996 Summer Olympics. Because of this, Turner Field is a cavernous mess. So much so, that the team is looking to build another stadium less than 20 years after Turner Field opened.
5. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)
When it was built, the Rogers Centre (previously Skydome) was a state of the art facility that even boasted a hotel inside. Times changed though, for both the Blue Jays and ballpark design. This monster was never the picture of viewing intimacy and with recent team struggles, is like a giant empty Costco. The Jays need a new park desperately.
4. Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)
Easily the most disappointing, as this is the newest ballpark on the list and one of the youngest parks in all the MLB. That being said, Marlins park is an absolute mess that looks more like something from a demented carnival than America’s pastime. Pretty weak effort.
3. U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox)
While the Cubs have one of the best and most historic ballparks in Wrigley Field, the White Sox have this…well ballpark. U.S. Cellular Field is not terrible, but it’s nothing special either. In the mid-1990’s this would have been a decent park, but now U.S. Cellular is utterly generic and underwhelming.
2. O.co Coliseum (Oakland A’s)
The only ballpark left in the US that it is home to both baseball and football tenants. This means that sight lines can be pretty bad and the highest seats are seemingly miles from the field. The surrounding area is actually quite beautiful, but the ballpark is as antiquated as the empty upper decks in center field.
1. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)
It’s like a giant freaking bubble. It has no character, no defining features. Tropicana Field looks like it was made on the cheap. Honestly, some college teams have better stadiums. Actually, most do.