Summer is just beginning, kids are out of school and families are planning vacations. Why not take a last-minute trip to watch your St. Louis Cardinals play some baseball outside of Busch Stadium? Sure, you’re homegrown from St. Louis, why would you want to watch a game anywhere else? Well, take a look at these top 5 ballparks that any baseball fan would be ecstatic to experience.
Wrigley Field – Chicago (July 25-27; Sept. 22-24)
Opened in 1914, there is plenty of history built within the ivy walls at Wrigley. From the view of Lake Michigan from the upper deck, to the closeness of the bullpen seats, to the social interaction in the bleachers, there’s nothing quite like the Friendly Confines. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time – before and after the game – to visit Wrigleyville’s fine establishments. You’ll be amongst friends, Cards and Cubs fans alike. You simply can’t find a better ballpark for the ultimate old-school baseball vibe.
PNC Park – Pittsburgh (Aug. 25-27)
The Pirates may not have the best recent history of winning baseball, but the beauty of PNC Park is enough to draw any baseball fan to Pittsburgh. The seats in the stadium are angled toward the field and boast the best skyline view in sports. While enjoying the game, gaze at the Roberto Clemente Bridge and the surrounding beautiful architecture.
Fenway Park – Boston
As a Cardinals fan, it’s rare to be able to travel to Boston and watch a Cards-Red Sox game, unless it’s in the World Series or the occasional interleague series. But we couldn’t leave this park off the list; being able to catch any game in the seats at Fenway is as good as it gets for baseball fans. If you want to talk history, look no further than the iconic Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole or the huge Citgo sign. Sure, the seats aren’t the most comfortable. But experience a game at Fenway and you’ll never want it any other way.
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles (June 26-29)
One of the classic ballparks — and one of the biggest — Dodger Stadium holds 56,000 fans in the heart of Los Angeles. Chavez Ravine is one of the great settings in sports, with the California sky and mountains in the distance. The celebrity-watching is always a lot of fun. Besides, you get to say you were in the same ballpark as legendary broadcaster Vin Scully. Come here during the postseason for some of the loudest crowds you’ll ever hear.
AT&T Park – San Francisco (July 1-3)
AT&T Park still has one of the best views to watch a baseball game than maybe anywhere else. As a fan, you feel close to the action; there’s really not a bad seat in the entire place. Giants fans enjoy THE best ballpark food around. Plus, how many other ballparks allow you to kayak in McCovey Cove, waiting for a home run ball to splash right next to you?