Photo of the field at Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics. 

Attending a Major League Baseball game is one of the most wonderful experiences that living in the United States provides us. Every Major League ballpark is different in it's own way when it comes to dimensions, sight lines, history, weather, food and drink, etc. Some would say that what really makes the baseball experience special is the slow pace of the game which encourages conversations with strangers in the stands. Unfortunately, not all MLB ballparks were created equally. Our staff has compiled a list of Major League Baseball's three worst stadiums. 

3. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

Photo of the playing field at the Rogers Centre during a Toronto Blue Jays game.

The Rogers Centre, formerly called the SkyDome, has been home to the Toronto Blue Jays since 1989. The ballpark has been known as the Rogers Centre since 2005 and is one of the largest stadiums in Major League Baseball. The Rogers Centre was a breakthrough ballpark in the beginning as one of the first ballparks with a retractable roof. Visually, the Rogers Centre is very eye-catching and has a great location in downtown Toronto. The concourses, on the other hand, are very dull. The seats need to be replaced and don't offer much comfort. If your ticket is on the upper level, you'll need to travel up traditional stadium ramps since there are no escalators inside the Rogers Centre. This stadium has some neat features but needs some updating.

 

 

2. Oakland Coliseum, Oakland Athletics

Photo of the field at Oakland Coliseum during an Oakland Athletics game.

Our staff had made a similar list with the worst stadiums in the National Football League. Oakland Coliseum made that list as well. Although the venue seats more than 60K fans, it is compressed to 3K fans for Oakland Athletics games. As an Oakland sports fan, it must always feel funny looking at all of those empty seats. To sum Oakland Coliseum up, it has little history and little identity. Since 1997, the venue has experienced 5 or 6 name changes which has caused plenty of confusion among Bay area sports fans.

There are virtually no bars or restaurants near the stadium although, Oracle Arena sits next door (home of the Golden State Warriors). The surrounding neighborhood isn't the best or the safest for fans, in fact, we would recommend that Oakland A's fans don't take the BART to Oakland Coliseum. Drive and park at the stadium or take an Uber to the game. The concourses at Oakland Coliseum are narrow and plain. The food is bland and the fans tend to be on the fair weather side. Perhaps the most recognizable feature of the venue is 'Mount Davis', the massive upper deck that sits above the club suites. What scenery this ballpark once displayed of the Oakland Hills is now gone after 'Mount Davis' was built in 1996. 

 

 

1. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays

 

Major League Baseball in Tampa, Florida. How bad could it be, right? Tampa is a popular off-season residence for many MLB players and has produced more Major Leaguers per capita than any other city in the United States. Well for starters, a baseball stadium should never stand 45 minutes from the city's central business district. As it turns out, Tropicana Field isn't even in Tampa Bay; it's in St. Petersburg. Baseball stadiums also shouldn't have ringed catwalks at the top. There have been many controversial calls by umpires over the years concerning balls that have hit rings A thru D. Many Major League baseball players will also tell you how terrible the playing surface is at Tropicana Field.

Unlike most Major League ballparks, Tropicana Field's bullpens are located down the 1st and 3rd baselines and there is nothing to separate the bullpens from the rest of the field. As a result, players are forced to dodge foul balls and other players when they enter foul territory which doesn't make for good quality of play. Tropicana Field is also the only MLB ballpark with a roof that doesn't open. Enjoying beautiful weather is part of what makes attending baseball games so fun. Sadly, you won't be enjoying the beautiful Tampa weather at Tropicana Field which leads you to believe that the ballpark's name is very unfitting.

When you consider what makes other MLB ballparks like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium so unique; it's their history. There are a number of teams scrambling for public financing to build new stadiums. When those organizations upgrade their digs, which stadiums will replace these three?

  

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