Ranking MLB's Best Ballpark Attractions

Mark MillerCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2013

Ranking MLB's Best Ballpark Attractions

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    New stadiums are taking shape in a number of different ways, continuing to evolve the game-day experience. Despite that, the older stadiums are in no way slighted, as they too have their own unique features that set them apart.

    Some of these features are the most longstanding and notable in baseball, while others are newer and represent the birth of tradition as stadiums are erected.

    Since there are many stadiums I haven't set foot in, feel free to chime in with anything I may not be aware of at stadiums across the league.

    At any rate, here are some of the best attractions in MLB stadiums near you.

10. Rangers Ballpark: Greene's Hill

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    There's no better feeling for a kid at a baseball game than to be able to head home with a souvenir baseball in his or her glove.

    At Rangers Ballpark, people have a unique opportunity to get their hands on one, as the grass beyond the center field fence often becomes the site of a wrestling match as fans do everything to get their hands on home run balls hit into the area.

9. Wrigley Field: Rooftop Seating

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    Just because you don't have a ticket to get into Wrigley Field doesn't mean you can't take in the game-day experience in person.

    The rooftops above the buildings surrounding the outfield walls of the home of the Chicago Cubs have become a haven for baseball fans from all over, offering an extensive array of amenities that make for a one-of-a-kind day "at" the ballpark.

8. Chase Field: Outfield Pool and Hot Tub

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    With the heat always prevalent in steamy Arizona, the Diamondbacks installed quite a unique feature.

    They installed a pool and hot tub in the outfield seating area of Chase Field, and while the rising temperatures may render the hot tub useless at times, it can't get much better than taking a dip in the outfield pool while catching a D-Backs game.

7. AT&T Park: McCovey Cove Kayaking

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    Since Barry Bonds took off the Giants uniform for the final time, there haven't been nearly as many balls making their way into McCovey Cove for a shot at a long ball.

    That sure hasn't stopped fans from making their way there on a nightly basis though.

    Don't have your own kayak? Don't worry—City Kayak will hook you up with everything you need to take in a ballpark atmosphere from the comforts of the harbor.

6. Safeco Field: Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest

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    The Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest in Safeco Field is one of the most elaborate of its kind.

    It provides a glimpse not only of the semi-professional teams that have played in the region, but also a great timeline for the history of the game itself.

5. Target Field: Town Ball Tavern

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    The Minnesota Twins did a great job at integrating the history of the franchise in every corner of Target Field when it was built a few years ago.

    They also added some historical touches of other local franchises, as seen in the Town Ball Tavern located inside the stadium, which showcases a floor made from the very same floor that the Minneapolis Lakers played on prior to moving to Los Angeles.

    Beckoning back to their days before calling the Metrodome home, the Metropolitan Club facade is made up of tiles resembling the exterior of Metropolitan Stadium—the Twins' first home.

4. Rogers Centre: Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel

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    Comfort is one of the most important aspects that stadium architects take into account when building the newest venues throughout the league, but a long-standing facility already took that into account.

    Should a fan taking in the Toronto Blue Jays wish to have the ultimate comfort and privacy, they need only move to the outfield, where the Marriott Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel is located.

3. Petco Park: Western Metal Supply Co.

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    It really is nice to see new stadiums integrate parts of the area's past during construction, and PETCO Park in San Diego certainly accomplished that when they left the old Western Metal Supply Company building in place.

    Slated for demolition when the stadium was to be built, it instead houses suites, stores, rooftop seating and a restaurant for fans to enjoy while they take in the Padres games.

2. Comerica Park: Amusement Park Rides

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    It's interesting to see new stadiums erected these days, as they've become far more than just a place to take in a baseball game. There are now numerous activities at fans' disposal should they wander away from their seats.

    Comerica Park is no exception, with a Ferris wheel and carousel among the options available for fans in attendance.

1. Yankee Stadium: Monument Park

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    The New York Yankees have a richer history than any other team in baseball, and Monument Park beyond center field provides fans with the opportunity to take in every step of the franchise's greatness.

    The plaques and monuments that call out the best players ever to don the pinstripes are remarkable—and while there has been some criticism of it compared to Monument Park in the previous stadium, it's still something worth seeing time and time again.