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Petco Park

| April 24, 2014

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Petco Park is an open-air ballpark in downtown San Diego, California, USA. It opened in 2004, replacing Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium as the home park of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres. Before then, the Padres shared Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium with The National Football League’s San Diego Chargers. Petco Park is named after the pet supplies retailer Petco, which is based in San Diego and paid for the naming rights.

The ballpark is located between 7th and 10th avenues, South of J Street. The southern side of the stadium is bounded by San Diego Trolley light rail tracks along the north side of Harbor Drive (which serve the adjacent San Diego Convention Center). The portion of K Street between 7th and 10th is now closed to automobiles and serves as a pedestrian promenade along the back of the left and center field outfield seating (and also provides access to the “Park At The Park” behind center field). Two of the stadium’s outfield entrance areas are located at K Street’s intersections with 7th and 10th Avenues. The main entrance, behind home plate, is at the south end of Park Boulevard (at Imperial) and faces the San Diego Trolley station 12th & Imperial Transit Center.

Location 19 Tony Gwynn Drive
San Diego, California
United States Of America
Coordinates 32.7073°N 117.1566°W Coordinates: 32.7073°N 117.1566°W
Broke ground May 3, 2000
Opened April 8, 2004
Owner City Of San Diego: 70%
Padres LP: 30%
Operator Padres LP
Surface BullsEye Bermuda (Grass)
Construction cost $450 million
($562 million in 2014 Dollars)
Architect Populous (then HOK Sport)
Antonie Predock (design)
Spurlock Poirier (landscape)
ROMA (urban planning)
Project manager JMI Sports, LLC.
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer ME Engineers, Inc.
General contractor San Diego BallPark Builders (a joint venture of Clark Construction Group Inc., Nielsen Dillingham Builders Inc. And Douglas E. Barnhart Inc.)
Capacity 42,302 (2014–present)
42,524 (2013)
42,691 (2008–2012)
42,445 (2004–2007)
Record attendance 45,567
Field dimensions Left field Line - 334 feet (102 m)
Left field - 367 feet (112 m)
Left field alley - 390 feet (119 m)
Center field - 396 feet (121 m)
Right field alley - 391 feet (119 m)
Right field - 382 feet (116 m)
Right field line - 322 feet (98 m)
Public transit access 12th & Imperial Transit Center(Blue and Orange Lines)
Gaslamp Quarter (Green Line)
Tenants
San Diego Padres (MLB) (2004-Present)
USA Sevens (IRB) (2007–2009)
Comic-Con International (2010-Present)

Citizens Bank Park

| April 24, 2014

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Citizens Bank Park is a 43,651-seat baseball park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, and home of the Philadelphia Phillies. It is commonly referred to by locals simply as “The Bank” or “CBP”. Citizens Bank Park opened on April 3, 2004, and hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 12 of the same year, with the Phillies losing to the Cincinnati Reds, 4–1. The ballpark was built to replace the now-demolished Veterans Stadium (afootball/baseball multipurpose facility), and features natural grass and dirt playing field and also features a number of Philadelphia-style food stands, including several which serve cheesesteaks, hoagies, and other regional specialties.

Location One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,United States 19148
Coordinates 39°54′21″N 75°9′59″W Coordinates: 39°54′21″N 75°9′59″W
Broke ground June 28, 2002
Opened April 3, 2004
Owner City of Philadelphia
Operator Global Spectrum
Surface Kentucky Blue Grass
Scoreboard Left Field HD display Board, 76 feet 0 inches (23.16 m) x 97 feet 0 inches (29.57 m), 7,372 square feet (680 m2)
Daktronics left field scoreboard message board, baseline message boards, HD displays and out-of-town scoreboards
Construction cost $458 million
($572 million in 2014 dollars)
Architect EwingCole (formerly Ewing Cole Cherry Brott, Philadelphia)
Populous (formerly HOK Sport,Kansas City)
Agoos Lovera Architects (Philadelphia)
Project manager Stranix Associates
General contractor L. F. Driscoll/Hunt
Main contractors Synterra, Ltd.
Don Todd Associates, Inc.
Capacity 43,651 (2011–present)
43,647 (2007-2010)
43,308 (2006)
43,500 (2004–2005)
Record attendance 46,967 (January 2, 2012) 2012 NHL Winter Classic
Baseball: 46,528 (October 8, 2009)
Field dimensions Left field foul pole
329 feet (100 m)
Left field power alley
374 feet (114 m)
The “Angle” (left of CF to LCF)
409 feet (125 m) – 381 feet (116 m) – 387 feet (118 m)
Center field, straightaway
401 feet (122 m)
Right field power alley
369 feet (112 m)
Right field foul pole
330 feet (101 m)
Public transit access AT&T Station
Tenants
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (2004–present)

Busch Stadium

| April 20, 2014

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Busch Stadium (also referred to informally as “New Busch Stadium” or “Busch Stadium III“) is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, of MLB. The stadium has a seating capacity of 43,975, and contains 3,706 club seats and 61 luxury suites. It replaced Busch Memorial Stadium and occupies a portion of that stadium’s former footprint. A commercial area, dubbedBallpark Village, was built adjacent to the stadium over the remainder of the former stadium’s footprint.

The ballpark opened on April 4, 2006 with an exhibition between the minor league Memphis Redbirds and Springfield Cardinals, both affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals, which Springfield won 5-3 with right-hander Mike Parisi recording the first win. The first official major league game occurred on April 10, 2006 as the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6–4 behind an Albert Pujols home run and winning pitcher Mark Mulder.

The highest attendance for a sports event was on May 23, 2013 when 48,263 people watched Chelsea Football Club andManchester City Football Club play a friendly match.[

The stadium is the third stadium in St. Louis to carry the name Busch Stadium. Sportsman’s Park was renamed Busch Stadium in 1953, after team owner Gussie Busch. The first Busch closed in 1966, and both the baseball Cardinals, and the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals moved to a new multi-purpose stadium, named Busch Memorial Stadium. However, the current stadium is actually a corporate name and named after Anheuser-Busch, not Gussie Busch. The naming rights deal was signed in 2004 and would extend from the stadium’s opening in 2006 until 2026.

Location 700 Clark Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
Coordinates 38°37′21″N 90°11′35″W Coordinates: 38°37′21″N 90°11′35″W
Broke ground January 17, 2004
Opened April 4, 2006 (MLB exhibition)
April 10, 2006 (MLB)
Owner St. Louis National Baseball Club Inc.
Operator St. Louis National Baseball Club Inc.
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction cost $365 million
($427 million in 2014 dollars)
Architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
Kennedy Associates/Architects Inc.
Project manager Clayco Corp.
Structural engineer Bliss and Nyitray, Inc.
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.
General contractor Hunt/Kwame
Capacity 43,975
46,861 (with standing room)
Record attendance 48,263 Chelsea F.C. vsManchester City F.C. (3-4)
Baseball: 47,492 (April 7, 2014) Cardinals vs Reds
Field dimensions Left Field — 336 feet (102 m)
Left Center Field — 375 feet (114 m)
Center Field — 400 feet (122 m)
Right Center Field — 375 feet (114 m)
Right Field — 335 feet (102 m)
Public transit access Metrolink: Stadium
Tenants
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) (2006–present)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

| April 20, 2014

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Angel Stadium of Anaheim (originally Anaheim Stadium and later Edison International Field of Anaheim) is a modern-styleballpark located in Anaheim, California. It is the home ballpark to Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of theAmerican League, and was previously home to the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams (now St. Louis Rams). The stadium is often referred to by its unofficial nickname The Big A. It is the fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. It opened in 1966. It hosted the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Former names Anaheim Stadium (1964–1997)
Edison International Field of Anaheim (1998–2003)
Location 2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, California, United States92806
Coordinates 33°48′1″N 117°52′58″W Coordinates: 33°48′1″N 117°52′58″W
Broke ground August 31, 1964
Opened April 19, 1966
April 1, 1998 (renovations)
Owner City of Anaheim
Operator Angels Baseball LP
Surface Grass
Construction cost $24 million
($174 million in 2014 dollars)

$118 million (1997–1999 renovations)
($171 million in 2014 dollars)

Architect Noble W. Herzberg and Associates (1966)[3]
HOK Sport,
Robert A. M. Stern, and
Walt Disney Imagineering(Renovations)
General contractor Del E. Webb Company (1966)
Turner Construction Company(Renovations)
Capacity 43,250 (1966)
64,593 (Baseball—1979)
69,008 (Football—1979)
45,483 (2013)
Field dimensions Left Field – 330 ft (100.5 m)
Left-Center – 387 ft (118.0 m)
Center Field – 400 ft (121.9 m)
Right-Center – 370 ft (112.8 m)
Right-Center (shallow) – 365 ft (111.3 m)
Right Field – 330 ft (100.5 m)
Backstop – 60.5 ft (18.4 m)
Public transit access Anaheim
Tenants
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB) (1966–present)
Southern California Sun (WFL) (1974–1975)
Los Angeles Rams (NFL) (1980–1994)
Freedom Bowl (NCAA) (1984–1994)
California Surf (NASL) (1978–1981)
Rugby Flock RFC (Castrol Super Rugby) (2013-present)

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

| April 20, 2014

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, often referred to simply as Camden Yards, is a Major League Baseball (MLB) ballparklocated in Baltimore, Maryland. Home to the Baltimore Orioles, it is the first of the ”retro” major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s, and remains one of the most highly praised.  It was completed in 1992 to replace Memorial Stadium.

The park is situated in downtown Baltimore, a few blocks west of the Inner Harbor in the Camden Yards Sports Complex. The Orioles celebrated the ballpark’s 20th anniversary during the 2012 season and launched the website CamdenYards20.com as part of the celebration.  Historically, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is one of several venues that have carried the “Oriole Park” name for various Baltimore franchises over the years.

Location 333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Coordinates 39°17′2″N 76°37′18″W Coordinates: 39°17′2″N 76°37′18″W
Broke ground June 28, 1989
Opened April 6, 1992
Owner Maryland Stadium Authority
Operator Maryland Stadium Authority
Surface Kentucky Blue Grass
Construction cost $110 million
($185 million in 2014 dollars)
Architect Populous
Project manager International Facilities Group, LLC.
Structural engineer Bliss and Nyitray, Inc.
Services engineer Kidde Consultants Inc.
General contractor Barton Malow/Sverdrup/Danobe
Capacity 48,876 (1992–2010)
45,971 (2011–present) with standing room at least 48,187
Record attendance 49,828 (July 10, 2005)
Field dimensions Left Field Line – 333 feet (101.5 m)
Left Center – 364 feet (110.9 m)
Deep Left Center – 410 feet (125 m)
Center Field – 400 feet (121.9 m) (Not posted)
Right Center – 373 feet (113.7 m)
Right Field Line – 318 feet (96.9 m)
Public transit access Convention Center (Baltimore Light Rail station)
Tenants
Baltimore Orioles (MLB) (1992–present)

Safeco Field

| April 18, 2014

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Safeco Field (originally rendered SAFECO Field and sometimes referred to as Safeco) is a retractable roof baseball stadiumlocated in Seattle, Washington. The stadium, owned and operated by the Washington-King County Stadium Authority, is the home stadium of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) and has a seating capacity of 47,476 for baseball. It is located in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood near the western terminus of Interstate 90.

During the 1990s, the suitability of the Mariners’ previous stadium—the Kingdome—as an MLB facility came under doubt, and the team’s ownership group threatened to relocate the team. In September 1995, King County voters defeated a ballot measure to secure public funding for a new baseball stadium. Shortly thereafter, the Mariners’ first appearance in the MLB postseason and their victory in the 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS) renewed a public desire to keep the team in town. As a result, the Washington State Legislature approved an alternate means of funding for the stadium with public money. The site for the stadium—just south of the Kingdome—was selected in September 1996, and construction began in March 1997. Construction lasted until July 1999, and the stadium hosted its first game on July 15, 1999.

Location 1516 First Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98134
Coordinates 47°35′29″N 122°19′57″W Coordinates: 47°35′29″N 122°19′57″W
Broke ground March 8, 1997
Opened July 15, 1999
Owner Washington-King County Stadium Authority
Operator Baseball Club of Seattle LP
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass / Perennial Ryegrass blend
Construction cost $517.6 million
($733 million in 2014 dollars)
Architect NBBJ
360 Architecture
Project manager The Vosk Group LLP[2]
Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates (Roof)
Sephen Tipping + Associates (Bowl)
Services engineer Flack + Kurtz Inc.
General contractor Hunt-Kiewit
Main contractors The Erection Company Inc.
Capacity Baseball: 47,476
Football: 30,144
Record attendance Wrestlemania XIX 54,097
Field dimensions Left Field - 331ft (101m)
Left-Center - 378ft (115m)
Center Field - 401ft (122m)
Right-Center - 381ft (116m)
Right Field - 326ft (99m)
Backstop - 55ft (17m)
Tenants
Seattle Mariners (MLB) (1999–present)
Seattle Bowl (NCAA) (2001)
WrestleMania XIX (WWE) (2003)

Globe Life Park in Arlington

| April 18, 2014

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Globe Life Park in Arlington is a ballpark in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. It is home to the American League’s Texas Rangers, and the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame. The stadium was constructed as a replacement for nearby Arlington Stadium. It was known as The Ballpark in Arlington until May 7, 2004, when Ameriquestbought the naming rights to the ballpark and renamed it Ameriquest Field in Arlington. On March 19, 2007, the Texas Rangers severed their relationship with Ameriquest and announced that the stadium would be named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. On February 5, 2014, Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company bought the naming rights to the stadium. Globe Life is owned by Torchmark Corporation, which is based in McKinney, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas.

Former names The Ballpark in Arlington (1994–2004)
Ameriquest Field in Arlington (2004–2006)
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (2007–2013)
Globe Life Park in Arlington (2014–)
Location 1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas 76011
Coordinates 32°45′5″N 97°4′58″W Coordinates: 32°45′5″N 97°4′58″W
Broke ground April 2, 1992
Opened April 1, 1994
Owner Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority
Operator Rangers Baseball Express
Surface Infield: Y2 Zoysiagrass
Outfield: Tifway 419 Bermudagrass
Construction cost $191 million
($304 million in 2014 dollars)
Architect David M. Schwarz Architectural Services, Inc.
HKS, Inc. (architect of record)
Structural engineer Walter P Moore/Datum
Services engineer M–E Engineers, Inc./Dunn Consulting
General contractor Manhattan Construction Company
Capacity 48,114
Record attendance 52,419
Field dimensions Left Field Line – 332 feet (101 m)
Left Center – 390 feet (119 m)
Deep Left Center – 404 feet (123 m)
Center Field – 400 feet (122 m)
Deep Right Center – 407 feet (124 m)
Right Center – 377 feet (115 m)
Right Field Line – 325 feet (99 m)
Backstop – 60 feet (18 m)
Public transit access Collins Street @ Andrews Street
Tenants
Texas Rangers (MLB) (1994–present)

Chase Field

| April 17, 2014

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Chase Field is a stadium located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and is the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. It opened in 1998, in time for the Diamondbacks’ first game as an expansion team. Chase Field was also the first stadium built in the United States with a retractable roof.

Former names “Bank One Ballpark” (1998–2005)
Location 401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Coordinates 33°26′43″N 112°4′1″W Coordinates: 33°26′43″N 112°4′1″W
Broke ground November 16, 1995
Opened March 31, 1998
Owner Maricopa County Stadium District
Operator SMG
Surface Bull’s Eye Bermuda
Construction cost $354 million
($512 million in 2014 dollars)
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Wyatt/Rhodes
Castillo Company
Cox James
Project manager Huber, Hunt & Nichols Inc.
Structural engineer Hatch Associates Ltd.
Martin/Martin
Services engineer M-E Engineers Inc.
General contractor Perini/McCarthy
Main contractors Schuff Steel Company
Capacity 48,633 (2011-present)
48,652 (2009-2010)
48,711 (2008)
49,033 (2002-2007)
48,500 (1998-2001)
Record attendance 49,826 (June 9, 2007)
Field dimensions Left Field – 330 ft / 101 m
Left-Center – 374 ft / 114 m
Left-Center (deep) – 413 ft / 126 m
Center Field – 407 ft / 124 m
Right-Center (deep) – 413 ft / 126 m
Right-Center – 374 ft / 114 m
Right Field – 334 ft / 102 m
Public transit access Convention Center
Tenants
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) (1998–present)
Insight Bowl (NCAA) (2000–2005)

Yankee Stadium

| April 17, 2014

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Yankee Stadium is a stadium located in the South Bronx in New York City. It is the home ballpark for the New York Yankees, one of the city’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises. It opened at the beginning of the 2009 MLB season as a replacement for the team’s previous home, the original Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923 and closed in 2008. The new ballpark was constructed across the street, north-northeast of the 1923 Yankee Stadium, on the former site of Macombs Dam Park. The ballpark opened April 2, 2009, when the Yankees hosted a workout day in front of fans from the Bronx community. The first game at the new Yankee Stadium was a pre-season exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs played on April 3, 2009, which the Yankees won 7–4. The first regular season game was played on April 16, a 10–2 Yankee loss to theCleveland Indians.

Much of the stadium incorporates design elements from the previous Yankee Stadium, thus paying homage to Yankee history. Although stadium construction began in August 2006, the project of building a new stadium for the Yankees is one that spanned many years and faced many controversies. The stadium was built on what had been 24 acres (97,000 m2) of public parkland. Replacement baseball fields opened in April 2012. Also controversial was the price tag of $1.5 billion, which makes it not only the most expensive baseball stadium ever built, but the second-most expensive stadium of any kind (afterMetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey).

Location One East 161st Street
South Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Coordinates 40°49′45″N 73°55′35″W Coordinates: 40°49′45″N 73°55′35″W
Broke ground August 19, 2006
Opened April 2, 2009 (workout day)
April 3, 2009 (exhibition game)
April 16, 2009 (regular season)
Owner New York Yankees
Operator New York Yankees
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction cost $1.5 billion
($1.65 billion in 2014 dollars)
Architect Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
Project manager Tishman Speyer/International Facilities Group, LLC.
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.
General contractor Turner Construction
Capacity Baseball: 49,642 (2014–present), 50,291 (2010–2013), 50,287 (2009)
Football: 54,251
Record attendance Baseball: 50,960
Field dimensions Left Field Line – 318 feet (97 m)
Left Field – 379 feet (116 m)
Left-Center – 399 feet (122 m)
Center Field – 408 feet (124 m)
Right-Center – 385 feet (117 m)
Right Field – 353 feet (108 m)
Right Field Line – 314 feet (96 m)
Backstop – 52 feet (16 m)
Public transit access 161st Street – Yankee Stadium (New York City Subway)
Yankees – East 153rd Street (Metro-North station)
Tenants
New York Yankees (MLB) (2009–present)
Pinstripe Bowl (NCAA) (2010–present)
New York City FC (MLS) (2015–future)

 

Turner Field

| April 17, 2014

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Turner Field is a baseball park located in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1997, it has served as the home ballpark to the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Originally built as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 to serve as the centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the stadium was converted into a baseball park to serve as the new home of the franchise. The Braves moved less than one block from Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, their home ballpark from 1966–1996.

Opening during the Braves’ “division dominance” years, Turner Field has hosted the National League Division Series a total of eleven times (1997–2005, 2010, 2013); it has also hosted the National League Championship Series four times (1997–1999, 2001), as well as one World Series (1999), one NL Wild Card Game (2012), and the 2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

On November 11, 2013, the Braves announced that they would vacate Turner Field for a new stadium in Cobb County, in the northwest suburbs outside of Atlanta. This was prompted by the expiration of the lease (in 2016) allowing the Braves to play in Turner Field. The new stadium will be constructed in a public/private partnership.  Turner Field will be demolished after the Braves vacate the facility.

Former names Centennial Olympic Stadium(1996)
Location 755 Hank Aaron Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Coordinates 33°44′7″N 84°23′22″W Coordinates: 33°44′7″N 84°23′22″W
Broke ground July 10, 1993 (for Centennial Olympic Stadium)
Opened March 29, 1997 (baseball)
Owner Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority
Operator Atlanta National League Baseball Club Inc.
Surface GN-1 Bermuda Grass
Construction cost $209 Million
($314 million in 2014 dollars)
Architect Atlanta Stadium Design Team (a joint venture of Heery International, Inc., Rosser International, Inc., Williams-Russell and Johnson, Inc. andEllerbe Becket, Inc.)
Project manager Barton Malow
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
General contractor Atlanta Stadium Constructors (a joint venture of Beers Construction Co., HJ Russell Construction Co. and CD Moody Construction Co.)
Capacity 49,586
Record attendance 54,357
Field dimensions Left Field – 335 ft (102 m)
Left-Center – 380 ft (116 m)
Center Field – 401 ft (122 m)
Right-Center – 390 ft (119 m)
Right Field – 330 ft (100.5 m)
Backstop – 43 ft (13 m)
Public transit access Hank Aaron Drive @ Ralph D Abernathy Boulevard
Tenants
Atlanta Braves (MLB) (1997–present)