Oldest MLB Parks
Below is the list of the oldest MLB stadiums in the United States to the newest ones in 2019. This list of the oldest MLB parks will continue to change after the Texas Rangers move into their new ballpark in 2020. The Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays are itching for a new ballpark, so be sure to come back and check this list of MLB Stadiums out to see what has changed. If you’ve be asking what is the oldest baseball stadium still standing, I have that below. Here is the list of oldest baseball parks from oldest to newest in the American League and National League.
Fenway Park (1912)
What is the oldest baseball stadium still standing in the game? The answer is Fenway Park. Fenway Park (opened in 1912) is the oldest ballpark and oldest stadoim in the game. New upgrades live at the stadium today, but the core field the green monster, and scoreboard remains similar to 1912.
In the late ’90s, the former Boston Red Sox ownership was considering moving to a new facility and location. One location was in the seaport district of Boston, but a new owner came in and kept Fenway where it was already. Since the early 2000’s, Fenway Park and the surrounding area are now top destinations year around in Boston.
Wrigley Field (1914)
What is the second oldest baseball stadium in the game? The answer to that question belongs to Wrigley Field. Wrigley field (Home of the Chicago Cubs) is the second oldest ballpark in MLB. Current management has made improvements to the park by implementing HD replay screens and expanding the bleachers, but the park remains pretty consistent with its opening. One element that was not part of the original design was the ivy wall, but that has been in place since 1934 to present day.
Dodger Stadium (1962)
Dodger Stadium (home of the Los Angeles Dodgers) is the third oldest baseball stadium in the game which may surprise a lot of people. You will see the gap between Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium regarding its opening, but Dodger Stadium is the third oldest ballpark in the game. Dodger Stadium is one of the largest seating capacity arenas in the game today at over 56,000 seats.
Angel Stadium (1966)
Just down the street from Dodger Stadium, you’ve got Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Angel Stadium of Anaheim has initially been a baseball-only arena, but then also became home of the NFL LA Rams for 14 seasons. Anaheim Stadium is now back to being a baseball-only facility from 1996 to the present day.
RingCentral Coliseum (1966)
Staying in the west coast, you got the Oakland Coliseum which is home to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Coliseum has seen better days in the past, so current ownership is looking to leave the facility for a new arena. Just like Angels Stadium, the Oakland Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium, so the field is not ideal for Baseball as it was designed for the NFL first with the Oakland Raiders.
Kauffman Stadium (1973)
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 past the seating area. Kauffman Stadium may surprise people seeing how old it is, but recent improvements have brought new life into this arena in Kansas City.
Rogers Centre (1989)
Rogers Centre is the only current MLB team and stadium to be in Canada. This park for the Toronto Blue Jays was the first MLB stadium to have a fully functional retractable roof. Another neat feature of the facility is the built-in hotel out in center field where fans can catch the action from the comfort of their hotel room.
Tropicana Field (1990)
Here is where things become interesting. Tropicana Field technically opened up in 1990 but did not have it’s first MLB game until 1998. For the sake of keeping things consistent, I’m going to say that this facility has been around since 1990 regardless if the Rays played there or not. Tropicana Field, unfortunately, has a bad reputation by having a white dome for a ceiling, catwalks that balls hit during the game, and is in a terrible location which makes fans stay away from the field. The Rays are desperate to move out of this facility to a new park.
Guaranteed Rate Field (1991)
The Chicago White Sox have been calling Guaranteed Rate Field home since 1991. The White Sox have made many improvements to their facility since the first game including removing seating, poles in the upper deck and creating more family-friendly sections in the facility. The Orioles Park (Camden Yards) opened a year after Guaranteed Rate Field which quickly exposed all the short-comings of the park, so management has been working on improvements ever since it’s opening.
Camden Yards (1992)
Camden Yards is famously known for creating a new era of baseball stadiums in the game in Baltimore. Modern amenities like more extensive food choices, standing room sections, large concourses, and more were all part of Camden Yards. Cookie Cutter stadiums were typical before Camden Yards, but now new stadiums are replicating the success or Oriole Park.
Globe Life Field (1994)
2019 will mark the final season at Globe Life Field for the Texas Rangers. The Rangers continued the tradition that was set by the Orioles at Camden Yards by having a retro feel to the game. There are many excellent food menus, meeting spots for fans, large concourses, and more, but the issue with the facility is that there is no roof. Without a roof, playing games in the summer are brutal for fans and players, so that has been addressed with their new park opening in 2020 with a retractable roof.
Progressive Field (1994)
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 feel like the 1994’s design. Modern amenities, great downtown location in Cleveland, and more make this arena one of the best in the game.
Coors Field (1995)
Denver baseball had high demand from the population, so the original stadium was much more significant in seating capacity than it is today. Coors field (like Progressive Field) removed thousands of seats up in the upper deck in right field to add more standing room section for fans. The modern amenities plus the new renovations have made this park incredibly popular for fans to come to and watch their Rockies play.
Chase Field (1998)
Chase Field (out in Arizona) was the first stadium to have natural grass in a retractable roof arena. The hot summer days made having this feature a must for their players and their fans, but they have achieved something spectacular by keeping real grass on the field. The facility is large, the concourses are massive, and the food selection is immense. Plus, the Diamondbacks have a pool out in right field for fans with those tickets to use, so that’s remarkable.
T-Mobile Park (1999)
Keeping with the tradition of the retro park built, T-Mobile Park has all the amenities that new parks have with the retractable roof option for gameday. Having a retractable roof allows games to be played during rainstorms that frequently happen out in Seattle. Fans enjoy coming to this arena due to all the incredible fan amenities, the downtown accessibility to Seattle, and the ability to watch their Mariners play without the fear of the game being rained out.
Oracle Park (2000)
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 right on the water, so fans can drive their boat to the game, or hang out in a kayak to catch a home run. 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 is the home of the Houston Astros. The arena has a retractable roof along with real grass, so the credit goes to Chase Field for ushering that feature into the game. Fans come out in packs to see their Astros play, so Minute Maid Park is perfect for having a comfortable arena to play in.
Comerica Park (2000)
Comerica Park is home to the Detroit Tigers. The stadium is relatively new and has all the modern bells and whistles that modern arenas have today. Fans coming to the park in 2019 will see more family-friendly sections throughout the venue. The location of the park is in downtown Detroit, so you get the beautiful skyline behind center field.
PNC Park (2001)
PNC Park is known as one of the top parks in the game today. The capacity is small, the seats are comfortable, the amenities are endless, and you get a picture perfect view of downtown Pittsburgh right behind the park. PNC Park’s location and facilities for their fans make this one of the best places to catch a game today. It only took two years for this stadium to be built which normally take about three.
Miller Park (2001)
Miller Park has a retractable roof that can be open or close whenever the Brewers want. Fans can expect many modern amenities in the park, the running of the sausages during the game, and tons of tailgating before first pitch. There is something for everyone in this park which makes it one of the best in the game today.
Great American Ball Park (2003)
The Great American Ball Park for the Cincinnati Reds is best known for two if it’s more distinct features in the arena. The first feature is a gap in the upper deck stands that allows fans and players to see the city skyline. The second feature is the nod to the steamboat age that would run on the Ohio River behind the stadium. Like most modern ballparks, the design was to pay homage to the city and the team who play in the facility.
Citizens Bank Park (2004)
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 the game. Citizens Bank Park has a beautiful view of downtown Philidelphia out in the distance behind center field.
Petco Park (2004)
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 making it ideal for fans. The city of San Diego has been developing new buildings all around the stadium, so the skyline has changed with the favorite arena.
Busch Stadium (2006)
Busch Stadium 3 is home to the St. Louis Cardinals. The stadium has all the modern amenities that fans have come to expect while taking in a game. Ballpark Village lives out in left field which is a popular section before and after games.
Nationals Park (2008)
National Park was a welcomed addition to the Nationals franchise by moving away from RFK Stadium. RFK Stadium was an old arena, so Nationals Park has all the modern amenities you expect when catching a game. The ballpark is best known for the views of U.S Capitol out in left field since it’s in Washington DC.
Citi Field (2009)
Citi Field is the new home of the New York Mets. The ballpark plays homage to Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. The design of the facility plays homage to both parks inside and outside the park. Inside the stadium, you will see history of the Mets, new york city, and famous baseball players.
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 that first year in the venue. There are more fan-friendly sections in the facility today as ownership adds more to the stadium.
Target Field (2010)
After spending 28 years in a dome stadium, the Twins moved into an open-air concept stadium. The field has all the modern amenities of new ballparks, but the outdoor elements are unique for their fans. Heated concourses keep the fans warm during the cold months of baseball.
Marlins Park (2012)
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. The Marlins have a hard time selling tickets, but the stadium is a significant upgrade over their previous home. The previous home of the Marlins was Dolphins Stadium which was a football field.
SunTrust Park (2017)
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 more for the Olympics. The area has massive economic growth around the park, so you will see this area expand over the years.
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.