Marlins Park, the new stadium for the newly named Miami Marlins, is actually the smallest ball park in MLB. It is one of only three baseball stadiums in the league, along with Fenway Park (Red Sox) and PNC Park (Pirates) that has a total capacity of under 40,000.
The 2012 stadium is soon to arrive, with spring training in full swing mode. From Dodger stadium, the oldest among the ten biggest baseball stadiums in America, to the recently opened Yankee Stadium (2009), here are the top 10 biggest MLB Stadiums.
Number 10 – Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals, 47,399
Home of the St. Louis Cardinals since 2006, setting its capacity record just last fall, as the Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers win the 2011 World Series, the franchise’s 11th title. It replaced the Busch Memorial Stadium and is often known as the new Busch Stadium.
Number 9 – Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners, 48,052
The home of the Mariners since 1999, Safeco field, replaced the Kingdome. The record attendance in it isn’t for a Baseball game, but for Wrestlemania XIX in 2003, hosting over 54,000 fans. It’s one of the six stadiums in MLB with a retractable roof.
Number 8 – O.co Coliseum, Oakland Athletics, 48,219
Staying in the AL West, the Oakland A’s have been playing at the Coliseum since 1968. It’s also a football stadium for the Raiders and is currently the 4th oldest stadium in the league, undergoing its last major renovation in the mid 1990′s.
Number 7 – Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks, 49,707
Opened in 1998, Chase field has been the Arizona Diamondbacks’ only stadium, with the team joining the league that same year. It was the first stadium in the United Stated to be built with a retractable roof.
Number 6 – Coors Field, Colorado Rockies, 51,267
The stadium is owned by the city of Denver but is named after the Brewing company from Golden, Colorado. It opened in 1995, the first baseball-only park in the NL at the time since Dodger stadium in 1962.
Number 5 – Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees, 52,325
New Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 just across the street from the old stadium, making it the third youngest ballpark in the league after Target Field (Twins) and Marlins Park (Miami). Its price tag of $1.5 billion makes it the most expensive baseball stadium ever built, and third most expensive of any kind after Wembley and MetLife.
Number 4 – Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays, 52,383
Formerly known as the Skydome, the stadium is owned by Rogers Communications and opened in 1989. Besides the Blue Jays, the Buffalo Bills play a few home games there each year, and the Toronto Raptors began their NBA shelf life before moving. It was the first stadium to have a fully retractable roof.
Number 3 – Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas Rangers, 52,419
Replacing Arlington Stadium in 1994, the RBiA, owned by the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority is only used by the Texas Rangers, a rarity these days. The stadium underwent extensive renovations entering the 2011 season.
Number 2 – Turner Field, Atlanta Braves, 54,357
Home of the Brave(s) since 1996, Turner Field was originally bulit as the center piece of the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves have been using it since 1997, and it also hosts the Georgia Tech – Georgia College Baseball game each year since 2003.
Number 1 – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers, 57,099
Opened in 1962, only two stadiums (Wrigley and Fenway Park) are older than Dodger stadium, and has seen the LA Dodgers win four World Series, still waiting for another one since 1988, also the year of their last NL Pennant.