Oldest Baseball Stadiums

Oldest MLB Parks

Below is the list of the oldest MLB stadiums in the United States as of 2019. This order of the oldest MLB parks will change when the Texas Rangers move into their new ballpark in 2020. If you’ve be asking what is the oldest baseball stadium still standing, I have that answer below. Here is the list of oldest baseball parks from oldest to newest in the American League and National League.

 

Fenway Park (1912)

Behind Home Plate at Fenway Park

Fenway Park (opened in 1912) is the oldest ballpark and oldest stadium in baseball. New upgrades were added to the venue over the years, but the green monster, scoreboard, and Pesky Pole remains similar to 1912.

 

Wrigley Field (1914)

Wrigley field (Home of the Chicago Cubs)  is the second oldest ballpark in MLB. The Ivy wall was never part of the original design, but has become a fan favorite today.  The Ivy wall has been in play since 1934, and continues to create havoc for players when they lose the ball in the weeds.

 

Dodger Stadium (1962)
Dodger Stadium Press Box

Dodger Stadium (home of the Los Angeles Dodgers) is the third oldest baseball stadium in the game. The stadium is one of the largest seating capacity arenas in the game today with over 56,000 seats. 2020 will see numerous improvements to the venue, but the stadium will look virtually the same.

 

Angel Stadium (1966)

Just down the street from Dodger Stadium, you’ve got Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Angel Stadium of Anaheim was home of the NFL LA Rams for 14 seasons as well. Anaheim Stadium is now a baseball-only facility as of 1996 to the present day.

 

RingCentral Coliseum (1966)

Oakland Athletics Stadium Day Game

Staying in the west coast, you got RingCentral which is home to the Oakland Athletics. Just like Angels Stadium, the Oakland Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium, so the field was not ideal for baseball. With the Raiders

 

Kauffman Stadium (1973)
Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals

Kauffman Stadium has seen many recent improvements to their facility for the Kansas City Royals. Seating has been added to the outfield where the water fountains are, there is a hall of fame out in left field, and there is a family section out in right field.

 

Rogers Centre (1989)
Rogers Centre Aerial View

Rogers Centre is the only current MLB team and stadium in Canada. This park for the Toronto Blue Jays was the first MLB stadium to have a fully functional retractable roof in the game. The facility has a built-in hotel out in center field r, and has been a fan-favorite destination ever since

 

Tropicana Field (1990)

Game at Tampa Bay Rays Stadium

The Rays home technically opened up in 1990 but did not have it’s first MLB game until 1998. Tropicana Field, unfortunately, has a bad reputation for baseball with a white dome for a ceiling, catwalks that balls hit during the game, and sits in a terrible location of Florida. With the issues present, Tropicana Field has added many fan favorite spots to improve the fan experience.

 

Guaranteed Rate Field (1991)

Guaranteed Rate Field Behind Home Plate

Unfortunately for the White Sox, they opened their ballpark before Camden Yards. While not an old park, Guaranteed Rate Field has had numerous updates over the years to improve everything about the park. While new additions are welcome from the fans, Camden Yards changed the way all future parks have been built, and makes the White Sox Stadium look old.

 

Camden Yards (1992)

Camden Yards Behind Home Plate

Camden Yards created the modern era look for baseball stadiums. Modern amenities like extensive food choices, , large concourses, and unique wall angels transformed this ballpark and baseball. Most ballparks used a cookie cutter approach that made baseball bland, so Camden Yards broke new ground with their design in 1992.

 

Globe Life Field (1994)
Texas Rangers Ballpark Globe Life Park

Globe Life Field officially closed it’s doors after the 2019 season. While the ballpark for the Texas Rangers was new, they suffered without a retractable roof. Their new park, Globe Life Park, will open in 2020 with a retractable roof.

 

Progressive Field (1994)

Panoramic View of Progressive Field

Progressive Field is known as one of the greatest fields in the game today. The Indians have made noticeable changes in the upper deck in right field, but the rest of the stadium still looks and feels like the 1994’s design. With modern amenities, great downtown location in Cleveland, awesome food choice, and more, you won’t find many parks better than this place.

 

Coors Field (1995)
Coors Field Review

Coors field (like Progressive Field) removed thousands of seats in the upper deck in right field to create a more intimate feel and design. The venue continues to add new experiences and amenities to improve the fan experience. The Colorado Rockies benefit from their venue by playing so high above sea level that the ball travels further than most stadium.

 

Chase Field (1998)
A Diamondbacks Giants Game at Chase Field

Chase Field (out in Arizona) was the first stadium to have natural grass in a retractable roof arena. The hot summer days are brutal for players and fans, so the roof was a celebrated feature. The facility is large, the concourses are massive, and the food selection is immense for Diamonback baseball games.

 

T-Mobile Park (1999)
Safeco Field (T-Mobile Park) Aerial View

T-Mobile is a gorgeous ballpark in downtown Seattle. The ballpark has incredible fan amenities, family-friendly sections, and a retractable roof that allows baseball to be played whenever. T-Mobile Park continues to be one of the best baseball stadiums in the game.

 

Oracle Park (2000)

Aerial View of Oracle Park S.F Giants

Oracle Park is known as the best MLB stadium in the game, and it’s not hard to see why. The park for the San Francisco Giants is next to the water, so fans can drive their boat to the game.  The stadium is modern, has family-friendly sections, and has a loyal fan base that shows up for the team consistently.

 

Minute Maid Park (2000)
Minute Maid Park

Minute Maid Park is the home of the Houston Astros baseball team. The arena has a retractable roof along with real grass, so similar to Chase Field. The venue sits out in downtown Houston, so there are plenty of bars to check out before or after a baseball game.

 

Comerica Park (2000)

Upper Devk View of Comerica Park

Comerica Park is home to the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The Tigers have added more family-friendly sections throughout the venue as the years have gone by.  The location of the park is in downtown Detroit, so you get the beautiful skyline of the city behind center field.

 

PNC Park (2001)
PNC Park Upper Deck Aerial View

PNC Park is known as one of the top parks in the game today. The seat capacity is small, the seats are comfortable, the amenities are endless. In addition to great fan-favorite features, you also have the best backdrop in baseball with city skyline and water in the outfield.

 

Miller Park (2001)
Miller Park - Milwaukee Brewers

Miller Park has a retractable roof that can be open or closed whenever the Brewers want. The Milwaukee Brewers have added many unique amenities to their venue over the years. One fan favorite is the slide that the mascot slides down after a Brewer’s home run.

 

Great American Ball Park (2003)
Great American Ball Park Home of the Reds

The Great American Ball Park for the Cincinnati Reds is one of the best new venues in the game. Two features that separate this venue from other is the gap in the upper deck, and the smokestacks that represent the steamboat age on the Ohio River. Like most modern ballparks, the design played homage to the city and the team who played in Ohio.

 

Citizens Bank Park (2004)
Aerial View of Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park is in the same sports complex as their NFL, NBA and NHL teams. The park is known as a hitter’s ballpark due to the number of home runs hit during games. Citizens Bank Park has a beautiful view of downtown Philidelphia out in center field, and serves some of the best food in the game.

 

Petco Park (2004)
Petco Park home of the Padres

Petco Park is known as one of the better facilities in the game. Gorgeous views, fan-friendly sections out in center field, and minutes from the water make the baseball location ideal. The city of San Diego has developed new buildings all around the stadium, so the skyline has changed over the years for baseball games.

 

Busch Stadium (2006)
Busch Stadium During Batting Practice

Busch Stadium 3 is home to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. The stadium has all the modern amenities that fans have come to expect while taking in a game. Ballpark Village has added new life to the venue with new fan amenities, and is now the top spot to visit for a game.

 

Nationals Park (2008)
Nationals Park Looking from the Upper Deck

National Park was a welcomed addition to the Nationals franchise after the team played in RFK Stadium. RFK Stadium was an old and outdated arena, so Nationals Park has all the amenities in the game today. A unique addition feature of the venue is the gap where you can see the state capitol off in left field.

 

Citi Field (2009)

Citi Field - New York Mets

Citi Field is the new home of the New York Mets baseball team. The ballpark played homage to Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds with many design features and color choices. In addition to those old venue designs, Citi Field incorporated many signature NYC looks into their venue as well.

 

New Yankee Stadium (2009)

 

The New Yankee Stadium carried over the original design of the Old Yankee Stadium but gave it a modern take. The New York Yankees won the World Series in 2009 in their new venue in front of their fans. There are more fan-friendly sections in the facility today as the years have gone by since 2009.

 

Target Field (2010)

Target Field Inside the Stadium

After 28 years in the a domed stadium, the Twins moved into an open-air concept stadium for the first time. The field has all modern amenities of new ballparks, but the outdoor elements are unique for their fans now. Heated concourses, plenty of fan amenities, and a downtown vibe has changed baseball in Minnesota forever.

 

Marlins Park (2012)

Marlins Park Behind the Home Plate

Marlins Park comes with a retractable roof which was ideal for fans and players. With the rain and the hot summer months, a retractable roof was a welcome addition.T he previous home of the Marlins was Dolphins Stadium which was a football field.

 

SunTrust Park (2017)

SunTrust Park

SunTrust Park is the new home to the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team. The ballpark is a real baseball stadium as their previous home, Turner Field, was built for the Olympics. The area has massive economic growth around the park, so you will see this area expand as the years go by.

 

Conclusion

Above is the full list of Major League Ballparks in the game from oldest stadiums to newest. Each park has unique features like different outfield wall heights, seating capacity, and amenities. When the Rangers and Athletics get new parks, I’ll update this list again.