The biggest MLB stadiums all have one thing in common: they want to serve as many fans as possible at every game. And, while they may not be as intimate as the smallest MLB stadiums, these more cavernous ballparks are still a sight to behold.
Without further adieu, then, here are the ten biggest MLB stadiums…
1. Oakland Coliseum
With a 1966 opening, the Coliseum predates the A’s in Oakland by two years (the Athletics played in Kansas City at the time). It’s one of the few dinosaurs remaining, those stadiums built after World War II but before the 1990s, and it’s absolutely massive — with a seating capacity of 56,782, the yawning Coliseum makes the tiny Athletics’ crowds look even more paltry than they really are.
2. Dodger Stadium
Hailing from the same era as the Coliseum, Dodger Stadium is a jewel that stands in stark contrast to Oakland’s albatross. After the Dodgers spent their first four seasons in California playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dodger Stadium opened for business in 1962 and became an instant classic. The grand old ballpark seats 56,000 fans.
3. Yankee Stadium
You can’t very well serve fans in the largest city in America with a tiny ballpark, right? So, when the new Yankee Stadium replaced the original Yankee Stadium in 2009, it had to have enough capacity to keep the turnstiles hopping. At 54,251 seats, the current ballpark has room for plenty of pinstriped fannies at each game.
4. Coors Field
When the expansion Colorado Rockies sprang into existence in 1993, they became an immediate sensation in the Denver area. After three seasons in Mile High Stadium, the Rox moved out of the Broncos’ home and christened their own baseball cathedral. Coors Field has been famous as a launching pad ever since, which helps put its 50,144-fan capacity to good use.
5. Rogers Centre
As Canada’s only team since the Expos left Montreal after the 2004 season, the Toronto Blue Jays draw big numbers of fans year after year. Good thing they built the SkyDome with plenty of capacity, even if the current Rogers Centre has a less catchy name. Today, the retractable-roof stadium holds 49,282.
6. Chase Field
The expansion Arizona Diamondbacks hit the ground running with a brand new stadium for their first season in 1998. Bank One Ballpark is now Chase Field, but it’s still big and popular, accommodating 48,686 fans at a pop.
7. T-Mobile Park
This is the House That Griffey Built! Indeed, the Mariners were on the verge of leaving Seattle before the 1995 team pulled off a miracle run into the playoffs — their first-ever postseason appearance. It culminated with Griffey sprinting home against the Yankees and helped spur the imagination of fans and the effort to build a new stadium. Originally Safeco Field, T-Mobile Park today has a capacity of 47,929.
8. Angel Stadium
After playing at Wrigley Field (not that one!) in their first year as an expansion team in 1961 and at Dodger Stadium from 1962 through 1965, the California Angels moved into their own ballpark — Angel Stadium — in 1966. All these years later, the Angels are still in their “new” home, serving up to 45,517 fans per game.
9. Busch Stadium
The current Busch Stadium replace Busch Memorial Stadium in 2006, leaving it to fill some mighty big shoes. After all, that older ballpark witnessed a lot of glory from 1966 through 2005, and itself replaced the storied Sportsman’s Park. Today’s rendition of Busch Stadium boasts a capacity of 45,494.
10. Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Camden Yards was the first of the new “retro” ballparks to be built, opening in 1992 to much fanfare. It was and is a beautiful place to play and catch a game, and it remains one of the gems of the sports more than 30 years after its debut. Today, Oriole Park has a seating capacity of 44,970.
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