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Baseball | Under the Sun Sports to get a Suntan | Baseball Parks and Stadiums




Some of the stadiums and parks of the major league have opted for a closed venue but most still offer their fans the pleasure of a day in the sun watching the Great American Pastime. With some wonderful amenities to make a day at the ballpark even more memorable maybe baseball fans should follow this list and visit every park. What a fun way to spend the long sunny days of summer!



AMERICAN LEAGUE PARKS/STADIUMS



Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels) is home to the team founded by Gene Autry in 1960. In 1964 the stadium construction began in Anaheim with a major renovation in the late 1990’s. Two huge Angel’s baseball caps mark the entrance to this stadium. The stadium was nicknamed the “Big A” for its 230’ A shaped scoreboard crowned by a halo. In 1979 it was moved to the parking lot marking the site of the stadium. Sun protection is a necessity in this “sunny Southern California” stadium.



Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles) was built on the site of a saloon once owned by Babe Ruth’s father. When built in 1992 it reverted to the design and use of building materials from the early 1900’s. This means brick walls with beams and trusses rather than concrete and steel. Ivy and a picnic area give it a nostalgic feel with an 8 story 1898 B&O warehouse standing as a backdrop down one whole side. This stadium has remained open to the sun and views of the city that loves it.



Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers) replaced the well loved Tiger Stadium on April 11, 2000. The field is made of concrete and steel with a brick façade and enormous tigers marking the entrances so it is hard to miss. There is seating for over 40,000 fans in this ‘open to the sun’ park which makes a real grass playing field possible. If you remember a good tanning oil you can work on the beautiful dark tan you desire.



Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) has been around since 1912 and is the oldest major league park still in use. It replaced the wooden Huntington Avenue Grounds the Red Sox used from their creation in 1901. It was revolutionary for the times being constructed of concrete and steel with a brick façade. The Green Monster seats are 250 bar stool style seats that give lucky fans a unique view of the park and the game. This is another park that is not enclosed so watching a fun game and getting a tan is possible. Use zinc oxide in team colors to protect your face from the sun’s tanning rays.



Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals) has a 150’ by 40’ high definition video/scoreboard topped with a crown making it a highly visible landmark. This was the first ballpark in the league to use Astroturf. Fountains beyond the outfield fence have significance since Kansas City is called the ”City of Fountains”. The tiered seats make tanning another activity for the 30,000 plus fans watching the game. Those sunglasses, brimmed sunhats and sunscreen will make the game more pleasant.



Metrodome (Minnesota Twins) has a unique roofing system, a fiberglass fabric roof is held up by air pressure generated fans and steel cables. Considered the worst stadium in baseball a new stadium will open in April 2010. Getting a suntan while watching your favorite pastime is not an option in this stadium.



Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland A's) has been home to the A’s for over 40 years. The stadium is built deep in the ground so you enter on the upper level. Originally there were 60,000 seats but there are now 34,000 seats, giving a more intimate feel with some in an “all you can eat” section. Sun, food and a good game, can’t be beat!



Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians), originally called Jacobs Field, is called “The Jake” by fans. The exposed steel architecture and vertical light towers mimic the bridges and buildings of Cleveland. The city skyline can be enjoyed from this beautiful stadium which was built as part of an urban renewal project. Behind the left field is seating behind a green wall called the mini Green Monster. This is another baseball field open to the sun and air making it a fun way to spend a day.



Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers) has a red brick façade and arches enclosing a 4 story office complex, 120 luxury suites and over 48,000 seats with great views from just about every seat. There is a brick Walk of Fame commemorating every Rangers team over the history of the team, as well as, a Legends Museum and the Coca-Cola Sports Park featuring games, activities and special events. Enjoy the sun while watching the game in this beautiful stadium set on lovely landscaped grounds.



Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays) was the first ball park with a retractable roof making it possible to play in the sun or rain. This park is used for either baseball or football due to moveable seats. The 350 room Rogers Centre Hotel is part of the stadium with 70 of them overlooking the playing field. Imagine watching a live game from the privacy of your hotel room!



Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners) opened in 1999 replaced the deteriorating Kingdome. This is another stadium with a retractable roof, real grass and a brick façade combining the nostalgia of the past with the technology of the present. Since rain is more the norm than sun in Seattle the retractable roof was a must.



Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays) was originally named the Florida Suncoast Dome and it is one of the last domed ballparks, not to be confused with retractable roofs. This is another park where you can forget about getting a tan while watching the game. The texture of the outfield wall makes for some interesting bounces that can really challenge the skill of the outfielders. Being domed, it is possible to have many different events within this venue.



U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox) is the “new” stadium which opened in 1991 replacing the well loved Comiskey Park. One of the most interesting features is the “Rain Room” where fans can come in from the blazing sun and heat to enjoy a cooling mist. Dirt from the infield of the old Comiskey Park was transferred to the new park, sentimental?



Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)
was opened in 1923 as the largest and grandest baseball stadium ever. In 2009 the team moved across the street to a new Yankee Stadium and proceeded to win the 2009 World Series, their 27th World Championship. When the original stadium opened in 1923, the Yankees won the World Series that year also. Déjà vu.



NATIONAL LEAGUE PARKS/STADIUMS



AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants) has breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and as with so many of the parks it replaced the well loved, Candlestick Park. An 80 foot high Coca Cola bottle erupts with internal strobe lights, green and white neon lights run up and down the ribs and bubbles come from the mouth, whenever a Giant hits a homerun. You can also check out the world’s largest baseball glove! Sunshine is in abundance here so be sure to come prepared with sunglasses, tanning lotion, sunscreen and enthusiasm.



Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals) was opened in 2006 in downtown St. Louis adjacent to the old stadium. This park actually belongs to the team not the city or state. The area around the stadium is to be the crown jewel in a development project which includes offices, residential area, aquarium and a Cardinals Museum. Love these magnificent parks open to the health giving sun and fun!



Chase Field (Arizona Diamond Backs) built the first retractable roof which makes the team able to play in the blistering heat yet have the desired real grass field. The roof can be opened or closed in 5 minutes. This makes tanning difficult but heatstroke is a real concern in this ‘sun spot’.



Citi Field (New York Mets) evokes in older fans, memories of Ebbets field the one time home to the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 2009 the team christened this new stadium with its impressive brick and limestone façade and arches that are just a hint to the equally impressive rotunda which acts as a memorial to the great Jackie Robinson. The famous ‘big apple’ from the old Shea Stadium sits behind the centerfield fence and rises whenever a Mets player hits a home run. This stadium is open to the sun and sky so you need to choose, suntan or sunburn, best come prepared.



Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies) is another new park, christened in 2004 in downtown Philadelphia it seats nearly 44,000 fans. Whenever a Philly hits a home run a neon edged 50’ x 30’ Liberty Bell lights up and the lit clapper rings out the good news. Just as all good ball parks this is open to the sun and views of the surrounding city.



Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) has been the league leader in attendance since it opened in 1995. With seating for 50,000 fans, this lovely stadium has a brick and steel façade with a wonderful clock tower marking the main entrance. It successfully combines the feel of a 1920’s park with modern technology. The “Rockpile” is a section of 2,300 seats behind the centerfield backdrop. A row of purple seats that extends around the entire upper deck marks one mile above sea level. Nosebleed section, anyone? Down the right field line is the Mountain Ranch Club, six tiers of fine dining. Yum. The park sits 21 feet below street level so as not to overpower neighboring buildings. Remember at higher altitudes sunscreen takes on even more importance.



Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers) had its opening day on April 10, 1962 and is built in a hillside in Chavez Ravine. It is considered one of the cleanest and nicest stadiums in the country and is wide open to that wonderful SoCal sun. Since 1999, nearly every year, some major renovation or improvement has been done and every year in the off season it is repainted. There are plenty of boxes, suites and special areas to satisfy those who want to make it a special time.

 


Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds) opened on March 31, 2003 and sits on the banks of the Ohio River. Open to the sun with views of the river and city, getting a good tan while watching the game is not a problem. Many past Reds players are commemorated in and around the park. There are plenty of places to party while watching the game making this is a fun stadium.



Land Shark Stadium (Florida Marlins) was called the Joe Robbie Stadium and was originally built for the Miami Dolphins football team but baseball was always in the back of Joe Robbie’s mind. The dimensions made it possible to adapt when the Marlins were franchised in 1991. This stadium seats 75,000 fans! Eventually this will have a retractable roof because afternoon rain is a big factor in summertime. Wintertime is sun time in Miami!



Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers) opened on April 6, 2001 has a red brick façade, arched windows with a clock tower and statues of past Brewer heroes at the entrance. It is another new park created to offer more than just seats, hot dogs and beer to the fans. With the new park came new amenities, such as, Brewer’s Hall of Fame, restaurants, a children’s area and a home for the team mascot, Bernie the Brewer. Also new was a retractable roof, consisting of 7 panels and opens in 10 minutes. Open it provides sunlight for the field and fans, closed it keeps out the rain and heat.



Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros) has a retractable roof so no ‘rained out’ games. The original Union Station in Houston acts as the lobby to the field and is where tours originate, contains the team store, a café, team offices and the Roof Deck/Clubhouse. Sun and rain are both part of what fans expect when they come watch their team play.



Nationals Park (Washington Nationals) is built along the Anacostia River and opened March 30, 2008. This is a sleek glass and steel park which can be easily accessed through the outfield entrance from the Navy Yard Metro Station. One of the loveliest attractions is 14 Kwanzan Japanese Cherry trees located in the centerfield plaza and the leftfield concourse. Several restaurants and bars exist including one which pays tribute to the old Washington Negro League. It is wide open to the sun with views of the Capitol from the upper decks. These open stadiums are great for tanning but be sure to be prepared against sunburn.



PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates) was opened on April 9, 2001 and is a brick and steel structure with terra cotta tiled pilasters and impressive masonry arches. Large statues of baseball greats Roberto Clemente and Honus Wagner grace the entrance. You can access the park via the Roberto Clemente Bridge or dock your boat and walk on in. The River Walk is one of the highlights of the site of this stadium. This park is also open to the sun and with the river nearby many people will definitely have plenty of suntan time.



Petco Park (San Diego Padres)
is a beautiful park with the skyline of San Diego as a backdrop. This sunny Southern California park was opened on April 8, 2004 to the joy of players and fans alike. With a white steel and sandstone façade and palm and jacaranda trees it has a pure Southern California feel. The Park in the Park is a raised grassy area where fans can spread a blanket and watch the game for $5.00 each. Perfect for those who want to lay out tanning while watching their favorite team take on the opposition.



Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)
was first used for the 1996 Olympics and then became home to the beloved Atlanta Braves. With the brick and limestone façade so reminiscent of the old baseball stadiums this park chose not to have the retractable roof and is open to the sun and stars. Prepare for the hot Georgia sun of summer when you come to this park. Sunglasses, big brim hat, sunscreen and/or tanning lotion are all a must to avoid a sunburn.



Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) is a 96 year old stadium nicknamed the “Friendly Confines” that opened on March 14, 1914 and has been the home of the Cubs for 94 years! The Chicagoans love their “Cubbies” and Wrigley Field and there are no plans to replace it. Boston’s Fenway Park is the only other park that has not been replaced and is older than Wrigley by 2 years. There have been many renovations and improvements but the scoreboard is the original and has been witness to much baseball history. Most famous is Babe Ruth’s “called shot” when he pointed to a bleacher area in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series and on the next pitch hit a home run to that spot. It is an historic spot open to the sun and magnificent views of the Chicago skyline. A great place for a day of sun and the Great American Pastime……BASEBALL!



Don’t let sunburn spoil your enjoyment of baseball, no matter where your loyalties lie. Based on your skin type make sure you arrive at each game prepared with tanning lotion, sunscreen, sunglasses, a brimmed sunhat and UV protective clothing. Also make sure to drink lots of liquids to avoid dehydration. Now go have FUN, FUN, FUN in the SUN, SUN, SUN!



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