Previously: 5 Stadiums I’m Most Looking Forward to Seeing
5. Rogers Center – Toronto Blue Jays
Last year I went to a Blue Jays-Tigers game at the Rogers Center in Toronto. It was the first time I had been to the Rogers Center and my expectations were pretty low. For most of my life, the Blue Jays had been an after thought in the AL East (I was just 6 when they won the World Series in 1993). The vision I had of the Rogers Center was an enormous stadium, generally empty. Add in Joey Bats, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki going up against Justin Verlander for the Tigers… 46,000 packed the place for a Thursday night game in early June. Toronto fans were electric. I’m looking forward to being there again and being able to enjoy, this time, a Blue Jays comeback.
4. Camden Yards – Baltimore Orioles
Camden is just stunning. This will be my third O’s game and there’s doubt as to why it makes many people’s top 5 lists. Especially since the Orioles have turned things around from abut a decade ago. Manny Machado is worth the price of admission himself, but Camden Yards with the Baltimore skyline as a back drop is one of the most scenic views in The Show.
3. Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs
I won’t lie… The cost of my Wrigley ticket is taking some shine off this game. However, it’s still the Fourth of July in Wrigleyville. It’s going to be fun. The last time I was in Wrigley it was pre-renovations, so I’m excited to see a bit of a new look. One thing I know will be reliable is the Old Style’s will be flowing. The Cubs are off to a lack-luster start, but they are still the defending champs and I’m excited to see what a much more pro-Cubs atmosphere feels like in Wrigley.
2. AT&T Park – San Francisco Giants
I made my first Giants game last summer, sitting out in the bleachers. It was a blast and it was cold. At the game with friends, I only explored the stadium a little, so I’m excited to go back and take in some of the sights in and around AT&T. It’s tough to imagine a more fun spot than the bleachers in SF, but it will be fun to have a slightly different experience.
1. Busch Stadium – St. Louis Cardinals
The last time I was at Busch Stadium it was a different stadium, so I technically have never been here. That time, I saw Mark McGuire hit two of his 70 home runs during the record-breaking year. While I don’t expect something that monumental to happen again, what I do expect is an electric atmosphere. The Cardinals fans are probably the best in all of baseball. A Saturday Night game against Bryce Harper and the Nationals??? This one is going to be fun.
I’ve visited four other Major League teams prior to this trip (Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago White Sox, Miami), but these are the five I’m most excited about seeing again.