Major League Baseball Stadium Tour

Major League Baseball Stadium TourA 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. I want to give a little more detail on why I went to New York.

I graduated from college 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.

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 Braves play and the idea hit me like a Chipper Jones three-run homer. As a gift to myself, I should 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 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 90’s. They are my hometown team. I couldn’t 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.

I flew up to NY the 1st weekend in August. I stayed with a friend in Brooklyn to save money. 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. I was lucky as hell.

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

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Since that time I have had the opportunity to visit at least one stadium each yr.

2009 – Wrigley Field; Chicago Cubs

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Wrigley Field

2010 – Miller Park; Milwaukee Brewers

2011 – Nationals Park; Washington Nationals

2012 – US Cellular Field; Chicago White Sox

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

2014 – Nationals Park;  (Wasn’t able to see a new one that year)

2015 – Progressive Field; Cleveland Indians

2016 – Camden Yards; Baltimore Orioles, Petco Park; San Diego Padres

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




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

    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.
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  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.
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    • 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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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!
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  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.
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  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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