Growing up with four brothers and no sisters, I naturally followed in many of their steps while also becoming my own independent young woman. One of the things I shared with my brothers, my dad, and my mom was a passion for sports. While I’ve never been as good at any sport as my brothers are, over the years, I’ve been stuffed in basketball, tackled in football, and hit in the face by a baseball more times than I can count.
My dad instilled a love for baseball in us all, and now that we’re older, it’s become the family sport. We live in and around Toronto, which holds Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays. The city, the country, and my family have rallied around them, and my dad has been a fan since their inception years and years ago. While I’ve never had the opportunity to go to a stadium outside of Toronto, there are many on my list for that authentic MLB experience.
Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO)
Busch Stadium screams traditional baseball to me. The St. Louis Cardinals are part of the National League, which intrigues me, as the Blue Jays are part of the American League, and there are some key differences between the two. The stadium is situated right downtown by the water, and there are many other things to do and see, as well as tons of popular St. Louis hotels available to make this trip more than just a one-day adventure!
Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
Who doesn’t want to see the Red Sox play and hit a homer over that famed Green Giant? The field feels like what a traditional MLB park should be, and its limited capacity makes every game intimate and cozy, placing you right in the middle of the action. Apparently, there’s even space where you can watch the game without a ticket. Call me sold.
A&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
Just looking at a photo of the park makes me want to jump on a plane and fly to San Francisco ASAP. This park has a great view of McCovey Cove and has a retro feel. Apparently, it’s got some great stadium food, and the baseball team ain’t too shabby, either.
PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA)
This made my list because of its proximity to Toronto. At just six hours away, it’s a great option for me if I want to check out another stadium when the Jays are in town. It’s also home to one of America’s best skylines, which I had no idea about and would like to check out ASAP.
Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON)
I can’t do a list about the MLB without including my beloved Rogers Centre, can I? While it’s not the most glamourous stadium, it’s huge. When it sells out, it’s loud, exciting, and energetic. The food options have improved in recent years, and you can easily include a game in a day trip to the Ripley’s Aquarium or the CN Tower. You can also grab a beer at Steamwhistle Brewery, making a Jays game just a portion of any trip. It doesn’t help that I live within five minutes’ walking distance, making games easy peasy to see!
What are your favourite MLB stadiums? Have you seen any sporting events on your travels?