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Bipartisanship seems incredibly rare in the United States Congress today, and individual members of Congress often spend little time with those in a different party. However, there are some notable exceptions to this generalization, and some parts of Washington DC have become hotspots for bipartisanship. Nationals Stadium, in particular, has become a popular destination for those looking for rare examples of bipartisan mingling.
Baseball is a popular sport among members of Congress. Most members of Congress tend to be in their 50s or older, and many were born at Read the rest of this entry »
Target Field is the home of the Minnesota Twins, the Major League Baseball franchise of Minneapolis. After playing at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for 28 seasons, the team moved to Target Field in 2010. The facility is the first one specifically created for the Twins, and the first regular season game there was played between the Twins and the Boston Red Sox on April 12, 2010.
That same year, the field was ranked the best baseball stadium experience in the continent Read the rest of this entry »
San Diegoâ€™s PETCO park is located in downtown San Diego. Many hotels are located in the same area making access to the ballpark very easy. In fact, one hotel even has a walkway that leads directly into the park. It is recommended to get to PETCO early and spend some time in the adjacent park. If you have children, then head to the sand pit. At the sand pit, children are allowed to catch balls thrown over the fence by the players Read the rest of this entry »
St. Louis’ Busch Stadium is home to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are one of the most storied franchises in baseball history and Busch Stadium is one of the great stadiums in all of baseball. The Cardinals have a huge advantage every time they play there in front of a racous home crowd.
Busch Stadium is home to Mark McGwire’s legendary 61 home run. This home run, tying him with then single season home run king Roger Maris, marked one Read the rest of this entry »
Rangers Ballpark, located in Arlington, Texas, opened for business on April 1st, 1994. Baseball fans in Texas were
enthusiastic about the new hi-tech ballpark. In fact, Rangers Ballpark is the beautiful focal point and crown jewel in a 270 acre sports and entertainment complex in Arlington, Texas. The complex includes office buildings, parks and recreation space, a 12 acre lake, and youth baseball fields. The stadium and complex is reported to have cost around 190 million dollars.
The entire sports and recreation complex in Arlington is large and sprawling. Texans like their open space, after all. The Read the rest of this entry »
Kaufman Stadium is located in Kansas City, Missouri. The stadium can seat 37,903 fans with three levels of seating. In 2012, the stadium will be celebrating being the home stadium of the Kansas City Royals for 40 years. The first game played there was in 1973.
In 2009, the stadium underwent a multi million dollar renovation with their Crown vision high definition score board being the center attraction. Along with that, they renovated concessions, added restrooms and built a concourse that allows fans to see the game from all angles. They added seating in Read the rest of this entry »
Whether it’s packing up the kids in the station wagon, or teaming up with some friends for a little time away, ballpark tours are a time-honored American tradition. Baseball stadiums are uniquely American structures, and provide a uniquely American experience. In many places, the parks have become as famous as the teams themselves or the action on the field. Direct television services are a great way to enjoy the ball game, but nothing beats visiting the park yourself.
Each can offer their own experience, tied to an intense match-up between rivals, a particularly beloved concession stand treat, a spectacular view of the landscape from the stands, or just a breathtaking physical structure that stands to be admired. Touring baseball stadiums is something you can only do in America, and some stadiums offer a special connection to America’s past.
There’s something about approaching a stadium from afar, seeing the parking lot, and then walking through the turnstiles and up the tunnel to see the beautiful grass in the warm evening sunlight. Rock and roll on the P.A. system, fans streaming in from areas far and wide to watch the local team take on the visitors.
Our ballparks provide the backdrop for this unique and time-tested experience, and seeing as many parks as possible is a constant source of new fun.
Must See Status: 6/10Threat Level: Green (Renovated in 2009)Home of: Kansas City RoyalsThe bad news first, in order to enjoy this classic gem of baseball stadium design, you will have to endure the atrocious product the Royals regularly deliver on the field. Assuming the usual early-season cellar dive holds true for foreseeable seasons in the future, Kauffman Stadium can only be recommended to fans who are able to appreciate baseball architecture, even at the expense of actual baseball. With that said, Kauffman Stadium is a true diamond in the rough as far as stadiums built in the 70′s are concerned. In an era when uninspired construction plans dominated the Major League Baseball landscape, Kauffman stadium brought a fresh dose of fresh creativity and imagination. With its trademark outfield fountains, representing Kansas City‘s famous moniker, “The City of Fountains,” beyond the Kauffman wall is a sight that can’t be replaced or replicated anywhere in the game today. Recent renovations have taken a ballpark that was once on the verge of antiquation and revived it with state of the art amenities, all while tastefully preserving the spirit of the stadium, adding a gargantuan HD scoreboard, fine dining and updated concession establishments, a right field sports bar, revamped bathrooms, an improved kids area, an impressive outfield concourse and a left field Hall of Fame/conference center. Read the rest of this entry »
Must See Status: 7/10Threat Level: Green (constructed in 1996)Home of: Atlanta BravesWhile the Braves are one of the winningest franchise in the past two decades, their legendary 14 straight division title streak began in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, including their only World Series title while in Atlanta (1995). During its latter years, Fulton County Stadium was simply shoddy and out-of-date, albeit historic, now existing only a parking lot across from The Ted. Fortunately for those who would like to re-visit Braves memories of yesteryear, demolitionists preserved the stretch of wall and backdrop where Hank Aaron’s famous 715th home run landed. Also, a large amount of Braves lore has been preserved at Turner, including the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, full of history dating all the way back to the teams inaugural days in Boston. Read the rest of this entry »
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Must See Status: 10/10Threat Level: Yellow (Constructed in 1916)Home of: Chicago CubsIf there’s one destination on the baseball map truly worth a visit, no inhabitants have a better argument than Chicago Cubs fans. Though Wrigley Field is certainly in no danger of being torn down (putting your mind at ease about the Yellow threat level), the chances Wrigley Field undergoes substantial renovations down the line is significant. Yes, in many cases renovations are a good thing, but after seeing the spaceship re-designers dropped on the Chicago Bear’s Soldier Field, any talk of touching this quintessential baseball classic is sure to make locals nervous. Wrigley’s charm is largely dependent on its old-timey feel, something any sort of wide sweeping “upgrade” could very well compromise. As it currently stands, Wrigley is one of the few remaining portals to baseball’s past, something well worth enduring less than pristine amenities. Certainly some refurbishing is good for public health and keeping up with the times, as seen in the offseason prior to the 2010 season, when bathrooms were redone, the scoreboard was restored, along with player clubhouse improvements and press box expansions. What worries Cubs fans and fans of baseball in general are larger scale structural changes. Read the rest of this entry »