A list of the baseball stadiums I’ve been to that was fun to put together but no one ever asked for. (Fun fact: I’ve been to only two MLB stadiums but I’ve never been to an NFL game.)
I’ve been to five Red Sox games (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019), six if the one I was supposed to go to this year didn’t get cancelled. I know, you’d think I would have been to more but Sox tickets are expensive, folks. I think I’m biased but it’s my favorite stadium to go to.
There’s just something about when you walk up from the concourse and the stadium just opens up in front of you. I still get so excited to go to a game, and I was really disappointed we didn’t get to go this year.
Yeah, I’ve been to the new Yankee Stadium. I went with my now ex-boyfriend in June of 2015 because he had found a Groupon deal for tickets. We saw the Yanks play the Philadelphia Phillies. Our seats weren’t that bad at all, and luckily he lived down in southern Connecticut, so we took the train into Grand Central and then the subway out to the Bronx. Prior to the game, we walked through the Yankee Stadium Museum, which was cool, even though I hate the Yankees. (My ex was a “Yankees” fan in that he knew they were a baseball team.)
The weirdest thing that’s ever happened in my life happened here: we won some Lays chips giveaway because of where our seats were, so we got to be on the jumbotron in the third inning and left with three family-sized bags of chips. Legit so weird.
At least I had my first ballpark beer there.
I’ve been to (I think) three or four Pawtucket Red Sox games. My dad and one of his friends and me would go out to a game during the summer, and I really enjoyed going out to Pawtucket. We would stop in Providence before the game and get something to eat in Federal Hill. I remember one game we went to was when Jacoby Ellsbury was rehabbing, and I was so excited. Like fan-girl excited. I always seem to know a bunch of random farm system players, so it was fun to go to the triple A games and see guys that I knew.
Now that the Paw Sox are moving to Worcester, which is about an hour from my house, I’m hoping we’ll be able to go to a game there during the summer.
New Britain Rock Cats
The Rock Cats used to be the double A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins before they moved to Hartford to become the Hartford Yard Goats and become the double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. My parents and I would always go to two games a season; we had family friends who lived in the southern part of the state who we’d meet at the games. It was great to be able to meet halfway and see them over the summer. (They moved out to Illinois like five years ago, so we only see them at Christmas time now when they come back to CT and we meet for dinner.)
This is where I learned to keep score, and I always looked forward to going to the games. My dad would try to get tickets for games when the Rock Cats were playing the Portland Sea Dogs, the double A team of the Red Sox, so I could see some of the young Sox players.
My parents and I started going to Hatford Yard Goats games in 2017. We normally try to go once a summer, and the last two summers I’ve gone with girls from the ice cream shop. It’s such a nice ballpark, and there’s no bad seat. We usually sit on the first base side behind the dugout. I was lucky enough in 2018 to see Tate Matheny and Nick Lovullo and Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio all play.
My favorite part about the park is that there’s a Bear’s BBQ out in left field. They have a Mac Attack that’s pulled pork on top of mac and cheese and it’s amazing. And the park has a pretty good selection of local craft beers.
These are less “stadiums” and more “fields”:
- My high school’s baseball field: I managed my high school’s varsity baseball team during my junior and senior years. It was awesome. I’d also go to summer legion games (since a lot of the guys played legion) and they played on the same field.
- My University’s baseball stadium: I went to a few games when I was a student and went to one last year as an employee.
- Local summer collegiate college team: I interned with the team during the summer of 2014 (the summer where I ripped tickets and poured beers) and have gone back twice to games. The tickets are cheap and the games are fun to go to.
What are some of your favorite baseball stadiums you’ve been to?