MLB Power Rankings: The 13 Best Stadiums to Party at in Major League Baseball
While it's fun to go to a baseball game and enjoy the show, it can be more fun when you are partying at the stadium.
Stadiums are built for the enjoyment of the fans, and every stadium has something unique about it. Whether it's a restaurant built inside the stadium, or even just a unique food that has become a fan favorite, each stadium is built with the intention of it being the best and attracting fans.
The following list is ranking the 13 best stadiums to party at in Major League Baseball. This is based on the quality and price of beer, the foods that are available, the price of tickets and other expenses, and a number of other factors.
Also, public transportation is a big factor because no stadium is worth partying at if you have to drive home drunk.
NOTE: Drunk-driving is extremely dangerous both for yourself and others. Make sure you designate a driver or take public transportation home. There is no circumstance when driving drunk is acceptable. It is also illegal, so don't try it.
With that in mind, let's count down the top 13 stadiums to party at in the MLB.
13. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)
Let's get this list kicked off with a stadium named after a brewing company, shall we?
Located in Milwaukee, Wisc., Miller Park is home of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Park has a retractable roof which can close in as little as 10 minutes, and it also has a slide in the outfield. That's pretty cool.
Wisconsin is known for their tailgating parties, and with spacious parking lots (some of which contain their own concession stands) surrounding the stadium, Miller Park is no exception.
When you actually get into the park, the architecture might not blow you away, but it is still pretty nice. The food in the park is excellent, and they have four different types of sausages (the bratwurst, the Italian sausage, the Polish sausage and the hot dog).
What else is there in Miller Park? Oh yeah, beer.
In a park named after a brewing company, and with the team's name being the Brewers, you would expect there to be a lot of great beer. Well you're half right. There is a lot of beer, but it is not all that great.
Being in a city is helpful when it comes to public transportation, and there is an easy enough way to get around, but the fact that they support driving to the game yourself with their parking lots bears heavily on my mind. If you are going to party here, designate a driver before the game.
Overall, the park is very nice, but high prices for the good seats, and poor quality of beer brings them down to No. 13 on this list.
12. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
Wrigley Field is a great stadium, full of rich history, and it cracks the list at No. 12.
Wrigley Field is pretty easy to get to, being in the city, and fans are strongly urged to take public transportation to and from the game.
When you get to the stadium, the ticket prices vary so much that you should probably get them online before the game. Prices depend on where the seat is and sometimes on the day like any other stadium, but they can also matter on the month, if it's a weekend even in summer, and if it's a Prime date or not.
With Chicago fans loving their beer so much, you would expect it to be both expensive and plentiful (despite that being against economic principles), but neither is the case.
The beer is reasonably priced, but some places have run out of beer before the seventh inning. If that is the case in a game that you go to, you can always snag a hard lemonade too.
The Cubs might not have a singular specialty food, but they have good food at cheap prices throughout the stadium.
One of the bad things about Wrigley being so old is that there are still poles obstructing the view of a few thousand fans at every game. Unfortunately, even seats that would be great at other stadiums are bad here, but that's just a minor factor.
Overall, the stadium itself is good, and the food is cheap, but the river beer can run dry early, and not every seat is so great. Still, if it's history you're looking for, and a place that represents America, Wrigley is great...too bad that's not what makes this list.
11. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)
This is our second stadium named after a brewing company, and with the St. Louis Arch seen in the outfield, this stadium is the jewel of St. Louis.
Busch Stadium has some nice architecture, but it's the fans that make this ballpark special. If you're going to party, it may as well be with 50,000+ of your closest friends.
The signature item of the ballpark: beer. The most variety of any drink: beer. The one thing that almost every fan has besides red on: beer. Busch Stadium has a lot of beer, priced slightly higher than average, and they sell a lot of salty snacks to sell more beer.
Unlike Wrigley, Busch Stadium has so much beer in it that the fans can't drink it all before the seventh inning, and that's saying something considering how much they sell.
These are some of he most dedicated fans in baseball, and there are a few other things to do around the stadium (including "Ballpark Village").
Overall, the stadium is great, and their public transportation system is one of the best, but it's expensive, and if Cardinals lose, you are not looking at a party in the future; the Cardinals fans are serious.
10. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
Our third stadium named after a brewing company is bound to be good, too, right?
When it comes to Coors Field, architecture is great both inside and out, and tickets are readily available.
The food in Colorado is amazing, with the best pizza in baseball, and grilled hot dogs both being very cheap. If you're there in the middle of summer, they have cheap ice cream and ice-cold drinks, too.
The beer is reasonably priced and is very good (surprisingly better than in Milwaukee), and you can enjoy them in the Clocktower bar right in the stadium.
When the game is over, there are quite a few places to go party after the fact, and there is some decent public transportation.
Overall, the stadium is nice, but it's more expensive than you might think for tickets, and public transportation can get crowded quickly.
9. Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)
Safeco is boasted as one of the best stadiums in the history of man, but it is only No. 9 on this list.
Safeco is a great ballpark, but it is not the best place to party. You used to be able to get into the stadium for practically nothing, but now games are selling out, and you pretty much need to work over the scalpers to save money...and trust me, you'll need it here.
Food in Safeco is excellent, and there is a great variety. From regular ballpark food like hot dogs and nachos, to salmon sandwiches, sushi, kettle korn, clam chowder and garlic fries.
While the food is all excellent, it is also very pricy. You'd better eat before the game because food here can get up to around $10 for an Ichiroll (sushi). It can also get very high when it comes to the salmon sandwiches, garlic fries, and other specialty foods.
We know that if food is expensive, then beer has to be, too. Beer can range from about six to eight bucks per bottle here, and you'll need to go back for more, too.
Inside the stadium there are a lot of plazas, concourses, etc. that you can go to, and you can roam around the stadium freely when you're inside.
Public transportation here is pretty good, but you definitely need to plan ahead if you want it to really work for you.
Overall, this stadium is one of the most expensive to get into and eat at in baseball, but it makes up for it with all of the attractions.
The stadium is great and one of the best, but if you're looking solely to party and you don't have a lot of money, this is not the best place to be.
8. Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
Orioles Park at Camden Yards is one of the best stadiums in all of baseball, and it is No. 8 on this list of where to party.
Camden Yards boasts some of the cheapest tickets in the MLB, with a ticket for around $10 giving you good seats and the ability to roam the ballpark freely.
Camden Yards has some interesting cuisine available. The hot dog, considered a staple in most ballparks, is not eaten as frequently here. Instead, fans enjoy Boog's Barbecue, frozen yogurt, and a plethora of kosher foods.
Despite having usual ballpark foods, the fans choose to eat other things, showing just how good the other options are.
When you are looking for beer, you can get any of eight varieties of beer at the Baltimore Brew Pub stands in the stadium. The beer is decently priced, and you can get a brew that fulfills your every need.
Camden Yards is in the heart of Baltimore, and as such, it has amazing public transportation to get you home if you tried all eight types of beer at the Pub.
Overall, the stadium is very nice, but what really sets it apart is the price. Camden Yards is one of the cheapest places to see a game, and it is a great place to party.
7. Angel Stadium (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Anaheim Stadium, Edison International Field, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Angel Stadium. They're all the same thing, but the name of the stadium has been changed three times since it opened in 1966.
Prices of tickets to a game at Angel Stadium have been dropping for a while now, and they are at a very low price now. Tickets to an Angels game had one of the biggest decreases among all tickets from 2010 to 2011.
The stadium has regular dogs, bratwurst, and hot dog links, all at low prices, and all of which are great. There may not be a "signature food" for Angel Stadium, but there is a great variety of low-priced cuisine, including a Panda Express.
The owner of the Angels, Arte Moreno, is to thank for the lowered beer prices. He has lowered the prices greatly, and he has also added a much better selection. There is beer for everyone in Angel Stadium, and prices continue to drop.
One of the biggest attractions for Angel fans is their circus-like area, filled with games and activities if the team is losing. Also, public transportation is pretty good, although it is not one of the best options.
Overall, the Stadium is great considering that it was built in 1966, and it is amazingly cheap.
6. Rangers Ballpark (Texas Rangers)
Located in Arlington, Rangers Ballpark opened in 1994.
Ticket prices used to be a lot higher, but they had the largest decrease on prices in the MLB over the past few years. Seats are great, and you can get bleacher seats if you really want to party.
Rangers Ballpark now has a screen so big that it more than triples the size of the old screen. It also has a state-of-the-art audio system if you party so much that your vision gets blurred or you can't focus on what you're being told (both of which are inadvisable).
One of the best parts about the stadium is the fact that once you buy a ticket, you can go to the air-conditioned Diamond Club whenever you like (don't underestimate the value of air-conditioning in Texas in summer).
The Diamond Club and Bullpen Grill are some big attractions, and the Grill serves up delicious food for a low price.
All food and drinks are cheap here, and the beer's price is a lot lower than you are willing to pay in 100+ degree weather.
The stadium is very accessible, and public transportation is pretty good, but there are not a lot of places to go after the game ends compared to other stadiums on this list.
Overall, the stadium is good, the food is good, the beer is cheap, and you can find a ride home. The only lacking parts of this stadium are the "signature" places and activities.
5. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Located in Phoenix, Ariz., Chase Field is the place to be at game time.
Chase Field is a nice air-conditioned oasis for fans who live in the 113-degree heat of Arizona in the summer. Chase Field also has a retractable roof, not for rain outs, but for the unbearable heat of Arizona from April until September.
Tickets to the game were already cheap in the 2010 season, but now that Mark Reynolds has departed, the surprising Diamondbacks are selling tickets at very cheap prices.
Inside Chase Stadium, there is a lot of the main staple for parties: beer. There is a wide variety of beers to choose from in Arizona, and they are all sold at one of the cheapest prices in the MLB.
The food in the stadium is great, and I can tell you from experience that you don't want to eat ahead of time. If you do eat before the game, you will probably just eat more like I did because the food is excellent, and it is very cheap.
Being in Arizona, the public transportation home is good, and if you aren't done after the game, there are about 10 or so bars and restaurants to go to after the game.
Overall, the stadium is good, the food is good, and it's all cheap.
4. Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
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Fenway Park is one of the most history-rich stadiums in baseball, and it boasts the most famous wall in baseball in the Green Monster.
Tickets for these games sell out like crazy, and if you aren't getting a ticket online about a week-and-a-half beforehand, you should probably pay a scalper for a ticket. They are expensive if you want good seats, but otherwise, you won't see any of the game.
The food at the stadium is great, and if you're looking for a signature, get a few Fenway Franks...maybe about 10? The Fenway Franks are delicious, and they aren't expensive.
Another popular item at the stadium is Papa Gino's Pizza, which is about five dollars according to ESPN, and you might want to try the Clam Chowder.
The beer at Fenway one of the most expensive in baseball nowadays, and there are some pretty long lines. When you get to the front of the line, however, there are quite a few choices in Fenway's selection, and you should probably try a few.
Besides the game, there are a few attractions around the stadium, and the Red Sox provide some of the best between-inning entertainment in baseball.
After the game there are a few bars and taverns around, or if you've had enough, they have excellent public transportation (which is a huge plus).
Overall, Fenway Park has an atmosphere that cannot be described, and it is what really makes the stadium special. This atmosphere, along with some Fenway Franks and nightlife, puts Fenway Park at the No. 4 spot on this list.
3. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)
Probably the most famous stadium in all of baseball, if you have money, then you need to party here, with the rich and famous.
The new Yankee Stadium is completely up-to-date, and it features a number of attractions. I recently took a tour of the stadium, and it is one stadium that you need to arrive at a few hours early just to take it all in.
Yankee Stadium has some expensive tickets, and if you want to sit close to the field, it will cost you an arm and a leg, but when you get there, it's worth it.
Food is expensive, too, but there are so many options to choose from. The stadium has all of the staples of a good ballpark, to a Hard Rock Cafe, a Johnny Rockets, and a few other restaurants.
Beer is also very expensive, but there is a wide variety to choose from, and it's considered some of the best in baseball by fans at the park (and by tour guides).
Yankee Stadium is essentially one big party. There is so much to do (I would recommend working your way to center field), and so many places to go that it is arguably the best stadium in baseball.
There is excellent public transportation, and it is the best stadium of the 10 or so (including the No. 1 stadium on this list) that I have been to, hands down.
The only thing that keeps Yankee Stadium from the No. 1 spot on this list is the price. If you don't have a few hundred dollars to burn then it's not worth it, and most people don't have that kind of money for a baseball game that can cost less than $40, including food, at other parks.
2. PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
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The Pirates? Yeah, the Pirates.
PNC Park is a great place to party at a Major League Baseball game, and that's probably because fans need something to distract them.
The tickets are in the middle range for MLB parks at around $15, and they are good seats.
The food there is great. There are good hot dogs and peanuts and ballpark foods, and there are also pierogies, Primanti Brothers sandwiches, and other cuisines unique to Pittsburgh. The best part is: almost everything they have is incredibly cheap.
The beer in Pittsburgh is also great, with a good selection, and very cheap prices (some of the cheapest in the MLB). You can easily go to a game just for a meal and a few beers, and have the baseball game be a bonus.
After the game there are a lot of places to go, being in Pittsburgh and all. There are a ton of bars, there's beach volleyball outside, and there a ton of other attractions inside.
Being in a major city like Pittsburgh means that there is always excellent public transportation, and considering that the Pirates lose a lot and some fans go home (I don't know why you would in this stadium, though) there are usually seats on the bus, or you can call a cab.
Overall, the stadium is very nice, there is a lot to do, everything is cheap, and this is the place you want to be if you're going to the game with about 25 others.
1. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
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It's only fitting to have a picture with an American flag for the stadium that chanted "U-S-A" on national television when they heard the news that we killed Osama Bin Laden.
The Phillies boast the best park to party at in all of baseball, and with good reason.
Considering that the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, and they have a legitimate ace pitching four-out-of-every-five days, the tickets to the game are very cheap and readily available online.
I have literally gone to a weekday game, bought tickets four hours before game time, had great seats, and only paid about $15 for each seat.
The food at Citizens Bank Park is definitely some of the best in baseball. We all know about the cheesesteak rivalry between Pat's and Gino's in Philly, but there is another one inside the ballpark.
Two different cheese steak places are out in center field, and it's definitely worth the walk and the wait to get one (I recommend the pizza steaks with spicy cheese whiz and fried onions).
There are also Dollar Dog Nights at times, and of course there are ballpark foods all around. You never have to wait very long in line.
The beer at Citizens Bank is one of, if not the best in all of baseball. The beer there flows freely at good prices, and it is a fan favorite for a reason.
The pubic transportation to the game is great, with buses and cabs all around the stadium, and if you designated a driver there, is a ton of parking because the Stadium's is one of three within walking distance.
After the game (or before, whichever you prefer) there is an outdoor bar right in front of the stadium with live music, or you could easily walk to another bar. There are also two other stadiums nearby that you can go to if there is another game later in the day.
Overall, Citizens Bank Ballpark is one of the best stadiums in baseball, and there is enough entertainment and such to keep you around for the entire day.
The cheap prices for great concessions and an even better team really set them apart from the rest, and if you're looking to party, head to Philadelphia.