The 7 Best Places to Watch a Ballgame on a Hot Summer Day

Zak SchmollAnalyst IJune 22, 2013

The 7 Best Places to Watch a Ballgame on a Hot Summer Day

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    There is really no better way to spend a summer night than sitting at the ballpark. I have always loved sitting at anything from Little League baseball in my hometown of Barre, Vermont all the way up to my beloved Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

    This article is kind of a testimony to that.

    These are purely my opinions on the seven best places to watch a baseball game in the United States. Honestly, I am not sure if there is anywhere I wouldn’t like to watch a baseball game, but these are my top seven.

7. AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

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    On a hot summer day, sitting by McCovey Cove is a great place to be. The stadium is relatively modern, but it has some nice charm with the brick façade in right field.

    Although you can’t really watch while you are sitting in a kayak in the middle of the water, you still get to be a part of the action as you hope for a ball to come flying your way.

    Overall, this stadium is beautiful, and the location is perfect for a summer day.

6. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    That is a great baseball stadium. Philadelphia fans are noted for their hostility, but I have to admit that it makes the game that much more entertaining.

    On top of that, until this season, the Phillies have been a very competitive unit every season that they have played in the Bank.

    All of these factors add up to a great baseball experience especially when you can add a delicious cheesesteak to the mix.

5. Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

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    I personally really find Minute Maid Park visually attractive. Having the sun pouring through the gaps under the railroad track creates an interesting visual effect in the twilight.

    On top of that, this ballpark is somewhat unpredictable because of the hill in center field. It is a one-of-a-kind ballpark feature that creates interesting and quirky plays.

    Even though the Astros are terrible, I have to admit I really do like their baseball park, and the retractable roof ensures that the game will always be on.

4. Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

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    Until recently, the Baltimore Orioles had been in a little bit of a drought. However, you would not have known it by the atmosphere in their ballpark.

    The fans are generally enthusiastic, and the stadium itself is one of my favorite in terms of aesthetics and architecture.

    It is good to see the Orioles finally put a team on the field that fits the stadium in terms of overall quality.

3. Lamade Field, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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    Even though I am well beyond the age of Little League, I still get so excited while watching the Little League World Series. Many of these kids will never play on this type of stage ever again, but for one night they are on ESPN just like their favorite players.

    This is one pilgrimage I would love to make. It is fun to watch dreams being fulfilled.

2. Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

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    There is something lovable about a team that can never make it to the big game. The Chicago Cubs continually bring in huge crowds to one of the few old gems that remain around Major League Baseball.

    Wrigley Field is famous for its bleachers that have a reputation as some of the wildest and most passionate cheering sections in baseball.

    I thought about putting Chicago on top of this list, but I had one other ballpark that needed to go on top.

1. Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

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    I am from New England, so I am probably biased. However, history is a huge part of baseball, and Boston has a ton of it. The weather in the summer is beautiful, and the fans are passionate.

    The Boston Red Sox have generally put a pretty competitive team on the diamond in recent years, so that also helps makes for a great day of baseball.

    Overall, if you need to pick a place to go for a summer baseball game, head up to Boston.

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