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(ESPN)   Beer, bratwurst and tailgating beat out rubber chickens and bad phone service. Miller Park wins ESPN's Battle of the Ballparks   (espn.go.com) divider line 72
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2012-06-23 08:11:58 AM  
Jim Caple is a douchebag
 
2012-06-23 09:03:38 AM  
This crap is lame, but it still offends me that people have no idea how awesome US Cellular is in Chicago. Tailgating (which, in my mind, if you don't allow it you don't deserve a sports stadium). Easy parking. Accessable by a subway system. Awesome ballpark food inside. Great selection of beers. Not cramped at all, even at full capacity.

Yeah, I'm a White Sox fan and biased... but it really is an awesome experience.
 
2012-06-23 10:19:23 AM  

downstairs: This crap is lame, but it still offends me that people have no idea how awesome US Cellular is in Chicago. Tailgating (which, in my mind, if you don't allow it you don't deserve a sports stadium). Easy parking. Accessable by a subway system. Awesome ballpark food inside. Great selection of beers. Not cramped at all, even at full capacity.

Yeah, I'm a White Sox fan and biased... but it really is an awesome experience.


Tailgating for baseball games just seems weird, and a great way to make yourself very fat. There's 82 of the damn things.
 
2012-06-23 10:30:10 AM  
The one time I went to Miller Park I felt like I was at an amusement park and there happened to be a baseball game going on.

And I have to agree with downstairs that the Cell doesn't get enough love. I'm a Chicagoan (and not a Cubs or a Sox fan, so therefore unbiased) and I've always enjoyed the place. My only complaint is that the stadium faces the wrong way. It'd be gorgeous (esp since the renovations) with a view of downtown in the outfield.

There's no way Miller Park is better than Oriole Park, AT&T Park or PNC Park.
 
2012-06-23 10:32:13 AM  

downstairs: This crap is lame, but it still offends me that people have no idea how awesome US Cellular is in Chicago. Tailgating (which, in my mind, if you don't allow it you don't deserve a sports stadium). Easy parking. Accessable by a subway system. Awesome ballpark food inside. Great selection of beers. Not cramped at all, even at full capacity.

Yeah, I'm a White Sox fan and biased... but it really is an awesome experience.


The absolute worst thing about US Cellular is that if you have tickets on the upper level, you're trapped up there and can't explore the rest of the stadium. I can get a $5 ticket at Miller Park and wander around anywhere I want. I spent $30 (IIRC) on a ticket at US Cellular that ended up being in the very last row and couldn't see any other part of the stadium. I've been to about a dozen ballparks and US Cellular is the only one I've seen that at. I'll never go back unless they change that policy. The food and beer selection there is definitely the best I've seen yet, and I've heard from many that it's the best of any ballpark. I don't find US Cellular to be visually appealing, either. If not for having been to the Metrodump, US Cellular would be my worst ballpark experience.

Personally, I think PNC is the best stadium. I got seats not too far behind home plate in the lower level for less than $30 and the view of the surroundings is amazing.
 
2012-06-23 10:34:31 AM  
There's no way Camden Yards beats out Citizens Bank Park.

Camden Yards was the trail blazer, but CBP perfected the scene. Better and more food options, better views, better seats, wayyy better tailgating, better beer.

I can't speak for more other than the old yankee stadium sucked and Fenway is pretty cool in an olde tymie way
 
2012-06-23 10:35:42 AM  
The facility where they never have to call a game due to weather, of course. Nobody cares about your hedges.

/hides tears
 
2012-06-23 10:48:20 AM  
Miller over AT&T.... oh pleeaaassseee!!! What a joke.
 
2012-06-23 10:52:49 AM  

Cereal Fetish: The absolute worst thing about US Cellular is that if you have tickets on the upper level, you're trapped up there and can't explore the rest of the stadium.


Totally agree with you there. Its a stupid policy that was brought about by a few idiots that stormed the field (they had upper deck tickets).

Its something all White Sox fans hate.

However, you can get pretty cheap lower-deck tickets nowadays.
 
2012-06-23 11:11:00 AM  
FTA: "The electoral college finally makes sense to me."

The majority is addicted to the tyranny of bratwurst?
 
2012-06-23 11:14:36 AM  

downstairs: This crap is lame,


Yeah, this is a December-there-no-baseball-to-write-about story, not a middle-of-the-season story.
 
2012-06-23 11:18:46 AM  
That sucks.
 
2012-06-23 11:29:27 AM  
Yet I'll never step foot in Miller Park until Bud Selig is buried beneath second base.
 
2012-06-23 11:38:48 AM  

MugzyBrown: There's no way Camden Yards beats out Citizens Bank Park.

Camden Yards was the trail blazer, but CBP perfected the scene. Better and more food options, better views, better seats, wayyy better tailgating, better beer.


You're ignoring the fact that at most games, there are no Phillies fans in Camden Yards.
/tailgating is for football
 
2012-06-23 11:50:39 AM  
US Cellular is very under appreciated, I really enjoy going. Camden Yards as the original "retro" park will always be a great place to see a game. I can see the love for Miller Park, but many of the great things (tailgating, brats, "stadium sauce", etc. were at County Stadium as well. As for bad parks, the Metrodome was the worst. Nothing like watching grown men play on plastic grass while drinking a 3.2 beer. Horrible. Least favorite now has to be Chavez Ravine. Between the beatings and the sausage equivalent of Corinthian leather that is the Dodger dog there is nothing to like.
 
2012-06-23 11:59:16 AM  
Fix!

/grumble
 
2012-06-23 12:14:54 PM  

downstairs: Tailgating (which, in my mind, if you don't allow it you don't deserve a sports stadium).


With minor league and college summer leagues, the stadiums need the revenue. Of course, beers are also $2-3, so I can watch a game, drink 3 or 4 beers, eat two hot dogs and a bag of peanuts, and spend about $20.
 
2012-06-23 12:19:14 PM  

UNC_Samurai: downstairs: Tailgating (which, in my mind, if you don't allow it you don't deserve a sports stadium).

With minor league and college summer leagues, the stadiums need the revenue. Of course, beers are also $2-3, so I can watch a game, drink 3 or 4 beers, eat two hot dogs and a bag of peanuts, and spend about $20.


Of course. I meant professional big-league sports.
 
2012-06-23 12:21:59 PM  

balki1867: My only complaint is that the stadium faces the wrong way. It'd be gorgeous (esp since the renovations) with a view of downtown in the outfield.


I've never been to the Cell, though I have been to old Comiskey. Too bad they didn't build Armour Field, since it would have incorporated the city's skyline in the background. But I've heard the renovations to the Cell have turned it from a plain ball park into a pretty decent place to catch a game.

/Cubs fan
//it's time to overhaul Wrigley
///or if they build a new park, I hope it faces downtown
 
2012-06-23 12:32:21 PM  
1. Behold the power of Cheese.

2. The real situation with that vote was that the guy running the poll, Jim Caple, was being an ass about the whole thing and basically told you for each matchup between ballparks just which one he thought was best and that you should vote for it or you were an idiot. Most of the vote for Miller Park at the end was because of all the biatching he did when it won in the early rounds. Combine that by some alert marketing folks with the Brewers who sent out Tweets all week pushing votes for Miller Park, and you have a landslide.

3. I'm from Wisconsin and Miller Park ain't bad, but no way is it number one, except in food both inside and outside the stadium.
 
2012-06-23 12:37:06 PM  
For my money you can't beat Royals Stadium. If it had a view of downtown Kansas City it would be, by far and away, the best stadium in the majors.

The product on the field on the other hand...
 
2012-06-23 12:37:23 PM  
I didn't vote in the "battle of the ballparks" but based on various twitter/facebook posts, my friends who cared about it were called to action by the perceived "coastie bias" whenever the author was comparing stadiums in the matchups.
 
2012-06-23 12:53:50 PM  
The Whatever-the-phone-company-is-calling-themselves-this-week Park is pretty good.
Oakland Coliseum is a shiathole the needs to be nuked from orbit.
 
2012-06-23 12:55:47 PM  

MugzyBrown: There's no way Camden Yards beats out Citizens Bank Park.

Camden Yards was the trail blazer, but CBP perfected the scene. Better and more food options, better views, better seats, wayyy better tailgating, better beer.

I can't speak for more other than the old yankee stadium sucked and Fenway is pretty cool in an olde tymie way


I completely agree. I still prefer Citizens Bank park to Camden Yards, PNC, and even AT&T for the overall experience. But where those stadiums do win hands down is their surroundings, which I think weighs heavily in a lot of these rankings. That's the biggest problem with CBP. It's a fantastic stadium, but with views of the Holiday Inn and downtown which is 3.5 miles away.
 
2012-06-23 01:10:07 PM  
this is b.s.. Coors all the way, with the only operational brewery inside any major sports stadium
 
2012-06-23 01:17:44 PM  
people.tamu.edu


/nuff said.
 
2012-06-23 01:24:46 PM  

buckeyebrain: The Whatever-the-phone-company-is-calling-themselves-this-week Park is pretty good.
Oakland Coliseum is a shiathole the needs to be nuked from orbit.


I want so bad to say yes, as long as Ryan Cook is on the mound, but I won't. He's actually been outstanding this season.

I thought it was bad two weeks ago standing the bleachers listening to the Diamondbacks fans cheer as their team came back from 6 runs down, to win the game on a walk-off homer. I cursed Brian Fuentes' parents that night. But last night, I almost cried in rage as the Giants (THE FARKIN' GIANTS!) scored four in the ninth to beat the A's.

Here's how the ninth inning went down: Strike one, to the leadoff hitter. Then EIGHT STRAIGHT BALLS, and a double, a single and a single.

I've been a fan of the Oakland A's for 43 years (since Kansas City, man!), and I've never been so down. I'm ready to give up on baseball (and therefore all sports, because I love baseball most), as it keeps tearing my goddamned heart out.

/bad teams can always find a way to lose
//I'm farkin' tired of it
///also, the coliseum sucks, thanks Al Davis
////you syphilitic demon
 
2012-06-23 01:26:32 PM  
PNC Park is amazing, and you can always get great seats for next to nothing
 
2012-06-23 01:28:01 PM  

downstairs: This crap is lame, but it still offends me that people have no idea how awesome US Cellular is in Chicago. Tailgating (which, in my mind, if you don't allow it you don't deserve a sports stadium). Easy parking. Accessable by a subway system. Awesome ballpark food inside. Great selection of beers. Not cramped at all, even at full capacity.

Yeah, I'm a White Sox fan and biased... but it really is an awesome experience.


... and not a single person who owns a shirt with sleeves anywhere to be found in the building....
 
2012-06-23 01:44:34 PM  
"Nuh-uh! The ballpark in my city is better than the ballpark in your city!"
 
2012-06-23 02:01:47 PM  

mitchcumstein1: For my money you can't beat Royals Stadium. If it had a view of downtown Kansas City it would be, by far and away, the best stadium in the majors.

The product on the field on the other hand...


I remember talking about this with someone. It's like Pittsburgh, they have some really good and young talent. It's just that when their contract is up, they'd rather just trade them instead of ponying up the big bucks to keep them. I mean you had guys like Carlos Beltran who was incredibly talented, and instead of keeping him around for a few more years, you traded him to the Astros.

It's basically a really good AAA team like the Pirates

/Disgruntled Pirates Fan
 
2012-06-23 02:10:02 PM  
Chase should have at least made it past Safeco solely for having the cheapest beer in the in majors. Whoever wrote the descriptions shat on Chase and Grudened on about how great Safeco is.
 
2012-06-23 02:17:59 PM  
I just flew over Minneapolis. They don't play baseball at the Metrodome anymore.

The result of this poll was a backlash to being seeded 24. Miller Park is a top 10 stadium.
 
2012-06-23 02:20:52 PM  

balki1867: The one time I went to Miller Park I felt like I was at an amusement park and there happened to be a baseball game going on.

And I have to agree with downstairs that the Cell doesn't get enough love. I'm a Chicagoan (and not a Cubs or a Sox fan, so therefore unbiased) and I've always enjoyed the place. My only complaint is that the stadium faces the wrong way. It'd be gorgeous (esp since the renovations) with a view of downtown in the outfield.

There's no way Miller Park is better than Oriole Park, AT&T Park or PNC Park.


I was a big baseball fan in the 90s growing up. Going to milwaukee county stadium etc.

I hate baseball now. Especially after the strike (94?).

I went to miller park a couple years ago. As i walked to my seats behind the first base dug out I saw the field for the first time and got the impression I was at the circus.
 
2012-06-23 02:21:57 PM  
I'm making my 2nd trip to US Cellular field tonight. Last time and this time it has been in the upper deck. I think it is a huge improvement over the past few years.

In the past 1.5 years I have been to the home field of:
Orioles (Camden yards)
Brewers (miller park) also a former season ticket holder
Nationals
Phillies
Braves
Astros(minute maid park)
Cubs(Wrigley Field)

Plus the last 2 spring training seasons in Arizona and a few minor league ballparks including Tulsa, Round Rock and Richmond. We'll hit some more parks throughout the summer. (ballpark in arlington, the 2 LA teams at the minimum)

My wife is a Cubs fan so she thinks Wrigley is the best ever. For me, it is a toss up between Washington with the amazing view of the mall in the background and a great deal on beers before the first pitch and Camden Yards. Something about Camden Yards that gives me an urge to go back.

I believe Miller Park is a great ballpark. Great seats throughout the stadium coupled with great food --yummy!

I always though it was funny that I got patted down for a Nationals game and yet when you go to Camden Yards you can just waltz right in (keep this in mind when sneaking in alcohol!). Not saying DC is safe but it is by far safer than anything Baltimore can offer.

I hope to never step foot in Minute Maid Park again. Their alcohol rules are the worst ever! They blame TABC but I never had issues walking around with beers at a RR Express game.
 
2012-06-23 02:23:02 PM  
all the kerfluffle about which ballpark is best is taking away from the relaxation that is baseball.
 
2012-06-23 02:27:47 PM  

mikaloyd: all the kerfluffle about which ballpark is best is taking away from the relaxation that is baseball.


Spoken like a true football fan.
 
2012-06-23 02:30:19 PM  

Mrtraveler01: I remember talking about this with someone. It's like Pittsburgh, they have some really good and young talent. It's just that when their contract is up, they'd rather just trade them instead of ponying up the big bucks to keep them. I mean you had guys like Carlos Beltran who was incredibly talented, and instead of keeping him around for a few more years, you traded him to the Astros.


Well, the contract the Mets ended up giving him was ludicrous, the Royals were never going to do that, but yes, in 2000 the Royals had Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye and Carlos Beltran in their outfield. With Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa on the corners. That's a pretty solid line up, I don't give a shiat what team you're talking about. Of course, like now, they had no pitching so they lost, but I digress. The Royals had to pick one or two of those guys to pay, they chose Sweeney, who had just come off a monster year, and Randa because they could get him on the cheap. They let the other three go because they couldn't afford to sign them, and they all went on to be all-stars.

It also doesn't help that the owner runs the team like Wal-Mart. He makes money, but the product is shiat.
 
2012-06-23 02:37:56 PM  

DrBear: 1. Behold the power of Cheese.

2. The real situation with that vote was that the guy running the poll, Jim Caple, was being an ass about the whole thing and basically told you for each matchup between ballparks just which one he thought was best and that you should vote for it or you were an idiot. Most of the vote for Miller Park at the end was because of all the biatching he did when it won in the early rounds. Combine that by some alert marketing folks with the Brewers who sent out Tweets all week pushing votes for Miller Park, and you have a landslide.

3. I'm from Wisconsin and Miller Park ain't bad, but no way is it number one, except in food both inside and outside the stadium.


Ditto to all of that. I've been to 8 games so far this year at Miller Park, and have at least 5 more to go to. And while nearly every seat in the house is great....I doubt it's the best.

Aside from that, Milwaukeeans are damn f*cking proud of the Brewers, and support them like crazy.

Lost Thought 00: Tailgating for baseball games just seems weird, and a great way to make yourself very fat. There's 82 of the damn things.


You've been to Milwaukee then, I see.

/81
 
2012-06-23 02:40:23 PM  

Mrtraveler01: /Disgruntled Pirates Fan


You think you're disgruntled? Almost every team in the other 4 major sports leagues as been to the playoffs since the Royals last went. Not won a championship, been to the playoffs. It's the Expos and and I can't remember the other team, that haven't been since 1985. There are people in this town who have no idea what playoff baseball is, they don't remember the great teams of the late 70s and early 80s. Still, people do show up, for a farking terrible team, year after farking year.

And yes, I know the Cubs had a long drought and haven't won a title in however long, blah, blah, blah. What's really astounding about the Royals drought is that they have played in a division in which every other franchise has had some truly shiatty teams at one time or another, the playoffs have been expanded, twice now, and they still have no chance to make the postseason for the foreseeable future.

In short, fark David Glass.
 
2012-06-23 03:16:52 PM  

mrmaster: I'm making my 2nd trip to US Cellular field tonight. Last time and this time it has been in the upper deck. I think it is a huge improvement over the past few years.

In the past 1.5 years I have been to the home field of:
Orioles (Camden yards)
Brewers (miller park) also a former season ticket holder
Nationals
Phillies
Braves
Astros(minute maid park)
Cubs(Wrigley Field)

Plus the last 2 spring training seasons in Arizona and a few minor league ballparks including Tulsa, Round Rock and Richmond. We'll hit some more parks throughout the summer. (ballpark in arlington, the 2 LA teams at the minimum)

My wife is a Cubs fan so she thinks Wrigley is the best ever. For me, it is a toss up between Washington with the amazing view of the mall in the background and a great deal on beers before the first pitch and Camden Yards. Something about Camden Yards that gives me an urge to go back.

I believe Miller Park is a great ballpark. Great seats throughout the stadium coupled with great food --yummy!

I always though it was funny that I got patted down for a Nationals game and yet when you go to Camden Yards you can just waltz right in (keep this in mind when sneaking in alcohol!). Not saying DC is safe but it is by far safer than anything Baltimore can offer.

I hope to never step foot in Minute Maid Park again. Their alcohol rules are the worst ever! They blame TABC but I never had issues walking around with beers at a RR Express game.


The inner-harbor in Baltimore is a much safer neighborhood than where the Nats play. MUCH.

And I'm surprised to see no love for Citi Field. Great design, you can walk the whole park, fantastic food, and it's right on the 7 line.
 
2012-06-23 03:19:38 PM  

mitchcumstein1: It's the Expos and and I can't remember the other team, that haven't been since 1985.


It's only the Expos/Nationals franchise that's had a longer drought.
 
2012-06-23 03:22:02 PM  

IHateLongIsland: mrmaster: I'm making my 2nd trip to US Cellular field tonight. Last time and this time it has been in the upper deck. I think it is a huge improvement over the past few years.

In the past 1.5 years I have been to the home field of:
Orioles (Camden yards)
Brewers (miller park) also a former season ticket holder
Nationals
Phillies
Braves
Astros(minute maid park)
Cubs(Wrigley Field)

Plus the last 2 spring training seasons in Arizona and a few minor league ballparks including Tulsa, Round Rock and Richmond. We'll hit some more parks throughout the summer. (ballpark in arlington, the 2 LA teams at the minimum)

My wife is a Cubs fan so she thinks Wrigley is the best ever. For me, it is a toss up between Washington with the amazing view of the mall in the background and a great deal on beers before the first pitch and Camden Yards. Something about Camden Yards that gives me an urge to go back.

I believe Miller Park is a great ballpark. Great seats throughout the stadium coupled with great food --yummy!

I always though it was funny that I got patted down for a Nationals game and yet when you go to Camden Yards you can just waltz right in (keep this in mind when sneaking in alcohol!). Not saying DC is safe but it is by far safer than anything Baltimore can offer.

I hope to never step foot in Minute Maid Park again. Their alcohol rules are the worst ever! They blame TABC but I never had issues walking around with beers at a RR Express game.

The inner-harbor in Baltimore is a much safer neighborhood than where the Nats play. MUCH.

And I'm surprised to see no love for Citi Field. Great design, you can walk the whole park, fantastic food, and it's right on the 7 line.


People are (were) insanely fond of Shea, even though it was a hilarious dump.

My vote would be for Fenway, followed by Coors Field.
 
2012-06-23 03:31:37 PM  

Lunchlady: My vote would be for Fenway, followed by Coors Field.


Huh? Have you ever actually been there? Its a cramped dump.

Heck, I got to roam the entire stadium (minus the infield) on an off day during a trade show. It sucked. Sat in what looked like the most comfortable section, and it was akin to my little league stadium from the 1970's.
 
2012-06-23 03:34:17 PM  

buckeyebrain: mitchcumstein1: It's the Expos and and I can't remember the other team, that haven't been since 1985.

It's only the Expos/Nationals franchise that's had a longer drought.


I thought there was an NHL team that had a longer streak too.

But that's my point, every team in every major sports league has at least been to the playoffs since the last time the Royals went. It's hard being a Royals fan.
 
2012-06-23 03:43:23 PM  

Lunchlady: IHateLongIsland: mrmaster: I'm making my 2nd trip to US Cellular field tonight. Last time and this time it has been in the upper deck. I think it is a huge improvement over the past few years.

In the past 1.5 years I have been to the home field of:
Orioles (Camden yards)
Brewers (miller park) also a former season ticket holder
Nationals
Phillies
Braves
Astros(minute maid park)
Cubs(Wrigley Field)

Plus the last 2 spring training seasons in Arizona and a few minor league ballparks including Tulsa, Round Rock and Richmond. We'll hit some more parks throughout the summer. (ballpark in arlington, the 2 LA teams at the minimum)

My wife is a Cubs fan so she thinks Wrigley is the best ever. For me, it is a toss up between Washington with the amazing view of the mall in the background and a great deal on beers before the first pitch and Camden Yards. Something about Camden Yards that gives me an urge to go back.

I believe Miller Park is a great ballpark. Great seats throughout the stadium coupled with great food --yummy!

I always though it was funny that I got patted down for a Nationals game and yet when you go to Camden Yards you can just waltz right in (keep this in mind when sneaking in alcohol!). Not saying DC is safe but it is by far safer than anything Baltimore can offer.

I hope to never step foot in Minute Maid Park again. Their alcohol rules are the worst ever! They blame TABC but I never had issues walking around with beers at a RR Express game.

The inner-harbor in Baltimore is a much safer neighborhood than where the Nats play. MUCH.

And I'm surprised to see no love for Citi Field. Great design, you can walk the whole park, fantastic food, and it's right on the 7 line.

People are (were) insanely fond of Shea, even though it was a hilarious dump.

My vote would be for Fenway, followed by Coors Field.


I too would have voted for Fenway as I grew up going to the park every other week or so. I've been to both Shea and Citi, and Citi is pretty awesome while Shea was disgusting. The first thing I'd do after going to a game at Shea was take a shower as soon as I got home.
 
das
2012-06-23 03:44:26 PM  

JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: [people.tamu.edu image 640x480]


/nuff said.


Yup.
 
2012-06-23 03:57:28 PM  
As a New Englander even Red Sox fans hate the seating in Fenway park. There's a ton of obstructed views and the seats are wide enough to accomodate your average sized 10 year old. The rooftop club seats are nice as you get your own beerstand and bathrooms though.
 
2012-06-23 03:58:38 PM  

laid back w/bud light: As a New Englander even Red Sox fans hate the seating in Fenway park. There's a ton of obstructed views and the seats are wide enough to accomodate your average sized 10 year old. The rooftop club seats are nice as you get your own beerstand and bathrooms though.


Yep. All this. Still love it.
 
2012-06-23 04:37:07 PM  
Everybody knows that the NL West has the best ballparks... the problem is the farking Doyers bringing down the average. Petco, of course, is the best park... unfortunately... the Padres play there... so... you know.... meh.
 
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