One thing that separates baseball from nearly any other sport, golf being the most notable exception, is the wide variety in the playing fields from stadium to stadium. Though every football stadium has a different atmosphere, noise levels and weather, every field is still 120 yards long and 160 feet wide. Not so in baseball, where, with the exception of the precise required measurements of the infield, the rest of the stadium operates only under often-ignored regulations.
This quirkiness allows for each stadium to have its own unique character.
Sometimes, stadium designers use this to wonderful effect, such as setting the right field fence in AT&T Park in San Francisco based on the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay, or incorporating a historic building into the design of San Diego’s PETCO Park. Other times, however, the quirkiness becomes little more than a gimmick, negatively affecting game play, distracting attendees from the game or, worst of all, endangering the players.
Here, we take a look at the worst gimmicks in Major League Baseball stadiums.