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Visiting All of The MLB Stadiums

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*This post is updated every year when I visit a new stadium.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled “10 Things New College Grads Should Know“. The last item on that list was “Enjoy the moment”. I stated that I went to Las Vegas, Florida, and New York City the summer after I graduated. In this post, I’ll be giving a little more detail on why I went to New York. It had something to do with MLB stadiums.

I graduated from college on May 10th, 2008. I was there for 5.5 years and honestly, there were times when it seemed like I would never graduate. After graduation, I knew that I wanted to do something special for myself. I could have bought myself the latest pair of Jordan’s or some speakers to go in my Malibu which was the car I was driving at the time.

The Idea

Those things weren’t special enough to me. I realized that this gift had to be an experience and it had to be something unique. One day I was watching the Atlanta Braves play and the idea hit me like a Chipper Jones three-run homer. As a gift to myself, I decided to go to at least one new Major League baseball game in a different city each summer.  I figured that I could manage at least one new MLB stadium each year. The next thing I had to do was figure out what city I should start this baseball stadium tour in.

I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Braves since I started watching sports in the early ’90s. They are my hometown team. There is no way that I could cheer for anyone but them. I had already been to numerous games at Turner Field so I couldn’t start the stadium tour there. I thought again and a couple of vivid memories came to me. There is a team that kicked our ass in the 1996 and the 1999 Fall Classic. Their stadium was closing after the 2008 season so I figured the time to visit was now.

Just like that, I had made my choice. Yankee Stadium was the place where I wanted to start the tour at. I HATE the New York Yankees but I am a huge fan of nostalgia, so I wanted it to be the 1st one on the MLB stadium list to visit.

I flew up to NY the 1st weekend in August. To save money, I stayed with a friend in Brooklyn. I didn’t have a ticket, though. To this day, I don’t know why I didn’t use StubHub. They were in business, but maybe I forgot about them or something. I rode the train to the stadium solo and made it to the ballpark about 10 minutes before the 1st pitch. I made my way to the ticket booth and scored the very last bleacher seat ticket. Man, I was lucky as hell.

The rest you can say is history. Here are a few shots from Yankee Stadium.

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I wish I would have taken more pictures, but it is what it is. Since that time I have had the opportunity to visit at least one stadium each year.

2009

Wrigley Field; Chicago Cubs

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Wrigley Field

Wrigley is my favorite park to date. It has that old nostalgia feel to it. I have to visit this stadium again. I love the whole atmosphere of Wrigley and Wrigleyville.

2010

Miller Park; Milwaukee Brewers

2011

Nationals Park; Washington Nationals

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2012

US Cellular Field; Chicago White Sox

This park was different than Wrigley. I had a good time though.

2013

Minute Maid Park; Houston Astros, Chase Field; Arizona Diamondbacks, Dodger Stadium; Los Angeles Dodgers

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Houston Astros
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Dodger Stadium
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Dodger Stadium

I was able to see those stadiums on my Interstate 10 Cross Country trip. It was a heck of an experience. Out of the three stadiums that I saw on this trip, Dodger Stadium was my favorite. It’s probably third on my list.

2014

Nationals Park

2014 was a weird year for me. I didn’t work a full-time job for most of the year. I did work part-time, but I was focusing on saving instead of trying to see new stadiums. I was able to go to DC during the summer and see a game at Nationals Park.

2015

Progressive Field; Cleveland Indians

Progressive Field was cool. I’d visit it again.

2016

Camden Yards; Baltimore Orioles, Petco Park; San Diego Padres

I was able to visit two MLB Stadiums outside of Atlanta in 2016. Both stadiums were nice. Camden Yards is #2 on my favorite list after Wrigley. That park is so nice.

2017

Marlins Park; Miami Marlins, Comerica Park; Detroit Tigers

The next two MLB stadiums that I visited were Marlins Park and Comerica Park.

2018

Yankee Stadium (New); NY Yankees, Citi-Field; NY Mets, Tropicana Field; Tampa Bay Rays

I visited three MLB stadiums in 2018. Yankee Stadium was nice, but it didn’t have the allure of the old Yankee Stadium. Citi-Field was nice. I think it was better than Shea. Believe it or not, Tropicana Field wasn’t as bad as some people make it out to be.

2019

Citizens Bank Stadium; Philadelphia Phillies

2020

None due to COVID (smh)

Do you have a “gift” to yourself that you do each year? What is your favorite MLB Stadium?

Resources That I Use

StubHub

This is my go-to site for getting tickets. In most cases, the prices are cheaper here than they are on Ticketmaster. Check them out here today.

MLB Jersey

If you’re going to a game, you have to represent your team. I wear my Braves gear to the MLB stadiums even if they aren’t playing. To get your team gear, go here.

Airbnb

If I can’t find a hotel deal when I’m traveling, I use Airbnb. I’ve used it in cities like Havana, Cuba, and Miami, Florida. Both of the homes that I stayed in were nice. Use this coupon the first time you book a stay with Airbnb, and you can save $40.

Priceline

I’ve been using Priceline since college to book hotels and rental cars. They are one of my favorite travel websites to use. If you need a hotel room or rental car, check them out here.

TripAdvisor

If you want to spend a few days in the city that the MLB stadium is in, you should check out TripAdvisor. You can find things to do. I use TripAdvisor to help me when I’m making my itineraries for my trips. Get more information about TripAdvisor here.

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19 Comments

  1. Love this! Personally, I think it a worthy goal…to visit at least one stadium a year! Very cool:)

  2. That’s cool. I’m going to plan a trip to see the Pittsburgh Steelers play a home game. Great idea!

  3. What a very cool thing to do! I love the idea of creating your own tour and visiting the next stop on the tour each year! I wouldn’t do it with baseball diamonds, but I have been doing it with chocolate festivals and that is just as good! Great post, Jason.

  4. Great idea Jason! I do not give myself a “gift” each year but I do like to travel in and outside the UK. Experiencing different cultures, eating a variety of foods and the change of scenery does me the world of good!

    Experiences are just as important as possessions as they help to broaden you horizons. The memories really do stay with you forever.

    1. In my opinion experiences are better than possessions. I love going to new places. I can’t until I’m able to travel even more.

  5. How cool to visit a new stadium each year. I also think it is cool that you choose Yankee Stadium for your first year before they closed, even though you don’t like the New York Yankees. Wishing you lots of fun at future stadiums.

  6. Very cool Jason. I always try to catch a game when I’m on a road trip but usually the AA or AAA. Always a good time.

    1. I’ve been to a few minor league games. I have to attend more.

  7. Even though I live in the New York area I hadn’t been to the new Yankee Stadium until this year. As a Mets fan it’s enemy territory. It’s okay but lacks the aura of the stadium it replaced. I haven’t been to that many MLB stadiums but of the ones I’ve seen, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are my favorites.

    1. I’ve heard that it lacks the aura. I’ve heard that the Pirates stadium is very nice.

  8. What a super idea. I used to go to conferences in Toronto and always took time out to go see the Blue Jays play. Those ‘in person’ games are tremendously exciting, aren’t they? I can well imagine that you’ve gotten more out of these games that you would have out of sneakers or speakers – both of those would probably have been worn out by now but your memories will last forever. Way to go Jason.

  9. I am not a sports fan. Like, at all. That said, I’ve been to one game at the Pirates new park and one game at the Steelers new park. They are beautiful. I was spoiled at the Pirates because I went with a friend with a box–holy heck was that great.
    I recommend putting Pburgh on your list, but make sure you get there on a night when they are doing the fireworks. It’s fantastic.

    Good luck!

    1. Pittsburgh is on the list. Hopefully I will be able to check that one out in a year or 2.

  10. Don’t forget to pencil in a visit to my hometown stadium, San Diego’s Petco Park. Come early in the season if possible: September is SoCal’s hottest month.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I will try to get there early in the season.

  11. Such a cool post.
    Stadiums now are like little cities. Each is unique and has tons of stores and sights inside of them, besides the sports. Thanks for sharing.

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