Camden Yards

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See how much money was spent on constructing your favorite Major League Ballpark. 

 

1. Yankee Stadium - $1.5 (B)

2. Citi Field - $900 (M)

3. Nationals Park - $611 (M)

4. Rogers Centre - $570 (M)

5. Marlins Park - $550 (M)

6. Target Field - $545 (M)

7. Safeco Field - $518 (M)

8. Citizens Bank Park - $458 (M)

9. Petco Park -$450 (M)

10. Miller Park - $400 (M)

11. Busch Stadium - $365 (M)

12. AT&T Park - $357 (M)

13. Chase Field - $354 (M) 

14. Coors Field - $300 (M)

15. Comerica Park - $300 (M)

16. Great American Ballpark - $290 (M)

17. Minute Maid Park - $250 (M)

18. PNC Park - $216 (M)

19. Turner Field - $209 (M)

20. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington - $191 (M)

21. Progressive Field - $175 (M)

22. U.S. Cellular Field - $167 (M)

23. Tropicana Field - $130 (M)

24. Camden Yards - $110 (M)

25. Kauffman Stadium - $70 (M)

26. O.co Coliseum - $25.5 (M)

27. Angel Stadium - $24 (M)

28. Dodger Stadium - $23 (M)

29. Fenway Park - $650 (K)

30. Wrigley Field - $250 (K)

 

Summary

Of the 30 MLB ballparks, the two oldest ballparks boast the lowest construction costs; Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Both ironically opened during the 1912 baseball season. It's no secret that these two ballparks are perhaps the most popular in the league due to their history, unique dimensions and surrounding neighborhoods. If Wrigley Field were constructed with 2012 dollars, it would cost a sum of $5.8 million dollars to erect. If Fenway Park were constructed with 2012 dollars, it would cost just over $15 million dollars to erect.

Angel Stadium in Anaheim was constructed with only $24 million dollars but also had more than $100 million dollars in renovations conducted during the 1990's. There are 12 MLB ballparks that operate without corporate naming rights which is going against the overall trend of stadiums and arenas all over the country.

The two most expensive Major League ballparks to erect are both located in New York City and rightly so. Yankee Stadium is the only MLB ballpark to boast a construction bill of $1 billion dollars. I think it is more than ironic that both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium both opened during the 2009 season as both franchises compete for fans in the massive New York sports market. You know what they say about keeping up with the Jones'.

If you notice, the top 10 most expensively built ballparks are home to teams that have had little success on the field. It's obvious that Major League Baseball owners feel that a new ballpark will likely give fans an incentive to attend games on a regular basis. As we all know, nothing fills the stadium quite like a winning team.

 

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