For Ballpark Geeks

Hey all you ballpark geeks. On Friday, the Boston Red Sox will open the regular season at Fenway Park. It is the famed ballpark’s 100th anniversary (the official anniversary is on April 20th). But Fenway is not the only ballpark to be celebrating an anniversary this season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Dodger Stadium this season, now the third oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues.  Tuesday’s opening day marked fifty years to the day that Dodger Stadium first opened. Dodger Stadium was revolutionary in that it was the first ballpark with no obstructing columns.

Another team celebrating their ballpark is the Orioles. Believe it or not, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is now 20 years old. Where has the time gone? Oriole Park revolutionized ballpark design and sparked a revolution in baseball stadium construction.  Since Oriole Park was built, 20 brand new Major League ballparks have been constructed.

Below are websites commemorating the three ballpark anniversaries…

Fenway Park
Dodger Stadium
Oriole Park

The 30 current Major League parks and the years they opened…

Fenway Park, Red Sox – 1912
Wrigley Field, Cubs – 1913
Dodger Stadium, Dodgers, – 1962
Angel Stadium, Angels – 1966
Oakland-Alameda County Colosseum, Athletics -1968  (opened for football in 1966)
Kauffman Stadium, Royals – 1973
Rogers Centre, Blue Jays – 1989
US Cellular Field, White Sox – 1991
Oriole Park, Orioles – 1992
Progressive Field, Indians – 1994
Rangers Ballpark, Rangers -1994
Coors Field, Rockies – 1995
Turner Field, Braves – 1997
Chase Field, Diamondbacks – 1998
Tropicana Field, Rays – 1998  (renovated for baseball for 1998, original construction completed in 1990)
Safeco Field, Mariners – 1999
AT&T Park, Giants – 2000
Comerica Park, Tigers – 2000
Minute Maid Park, Astros – 2000
Miller Park, Brewers – 2001
PNC Park, Pirates – 2001
Great American Ballpark, Reds – 2003
Citizens Bank Park, Phillies – 2004
Petco Park, Padres – 2004
Busch Stadium III, Cardinals – 2006
Nationals Park, Nationals – 2008
Citi Field, Mets – 2009
Yankee Stadium II, Yankees – 2009
Target Field, Twins – 2010
Marlins Park, Marlins – 2012

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