What is the best stadium in baseball? Major League Baseball is home to some of the best ballparks in sports, with venues offering beautiful views and a seat to witness America’s pastime. Sportsnaut’s MLB stadium rankings serve as a guide for the best and worst ballparks in MLB.
There are a lot of factors when determining how each stadium stacks up against one another. The location certainly plays a big part, with ease of travel and proximity to places to eat a huge part of the evaluation. However, specific spots like Oracle Park, PNC Park and Busch Stadium demonstrate how an incredible view strengthens the atmosphere.
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We also have to think about what each stadium offers once you step inside, with merchandise and food helping define the setting for your live baseball experience. Of course, the fans also play an influential part in defining a stadium’s ambiance.
How many MLB stadiums are there?
There are 30 MLB stadiums in 2023, with each team having its own ballpark. It’s quite the difference compared to the NFL and NBA. In the NFL, the Los Angels Chargers and Los Angeles Rams share SoFi Stadium and MetLife Stadium is home to the New York Jets and New York Giants. In the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers share Crypto.com arena.
Before diving into our 2023 MLB stadium rankings, let’s look at the biggest and smallest stadiums in MLB by capacity.
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MLB stadium capacity 2023 – Biggest MLB stadiums
The Oakland Coliseum is the largest stadium in MLB with a seating capacity of nearly 57,000. However, the Oakland Athletics are near the bottom in MLB attendance with fewer than 10,000 fans per home game (9,973) in 2022.
- Oakland Coliseum (Oakland A’s) – 56,782 capacity
- Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers) – 56,000 capacity
- Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) – 50,144 capacity
- Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays) – 49,282 capacity
- Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks) – 48,405 capacity
- T-Mobile Park (Seattle Mariners) – 47,929 capacity
- Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees) – 46,537 capacity
- Oriole Park (Baltimore Yards) – 45,971 capacity
- Angel Stadium (Los Angeles Angels) – 45,517 capacity
- Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals) – 45,494 capacity
Smallest MLB stadium capacity – What is the smallest stadium in MLB?
Progressive Field is the smallest MLB stadium, with the Cleveland Guardians the only MLB team playing in a stadium with fewer than 35,000 seats.
- Progressive Field (Cleveland Guardians) – 34,830 capacity
- LoanDepot Park (Miami Marlins) – 37,442 capacity
- Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) – 37,755 capacity
- Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals) – 37,903 capacity
- Target Field (Minnesota Twins) – 38,544 capacity
- PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates) – 38,747 capacity
- Petco Park (San Diego Padres) – 40,209 capacity
- Globe Life Field (Texas Rangers) – 40,300 capacity
- Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago White Sox) – 40,615 capacity
- Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers) – 41,083 capacity
Let’s get into our MLB stadium rankings, from worst to first.
MLB stadium rankings – Worst stadiums in baseball
30. RingCentral Coliseum – Oakland Athletics
- RingCentral Stadium dimensions: 330 ft. (RF foul line), 330 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- RingCentral Stadium capacity: 56,782
- Guide to RingCentral Stadium
BIGGEST MLB STADIUM: There are a variety of things that make RingCentral Coliseum the worst stadium in MLB. Formerly known as the Oakland Coliseum, players and fans have dealt with a variety of plumbing issues for years, the stadium is a literal waste bucket at times. There are feral cats and moths everywhere, it’s almost like the franchise doesn’t want fans inside. Incredibly, we didn’t even factor in the bad product on the field which is a result of the lowest payroll in MLB.
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29. Tropicana Field – Tampa Bay Rays
- Tropicana Field dimensions: 322 ft. (RF foul line), 315 ft. (LF foul line), 404 ft. (center)
- Tropicana Field capacity: 42,735
- Tropicana Field guide
A new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays can’t come soon enough. The old idea of the Rays splitting home games in Tampa and Montreal seemed absurd until you see Tropicana Field. It’s a 30-minute drive with traffic from Tampa to St. Petersburg, where the Rays play. Inside the stadium, the artificial turf is an issue for players, the railings interfere with fly balls and not a single element of the in-stadium experience is memorable for a positive reason. At least the team is good.
28. Guaranteed Rate Field – Chicago White Sox
- Guaranteed Rate Field dimensions: 335 ft. (RF foul line), 330 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- Guaranteed Rate Field capacity: 40,615
- Guide to Guaranteed Rate Field
Improvements have been made to Guaranteed Rate Field over the years, slightly improving the experience for fans. Yet, the original construction never seemed to take into consideration the visual aesthetic of having the Chicago skyline behind the outfield seats. Instead, fans must settle for unappealing video board displays, a forgettable fan experience, a complicated parking situation and you’ve got a far better chance of getting a parking ticket than a free baseball.
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27. Chase Field – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Chase Field dimensions: 334 ft. (RF foul line), 330 ft. (LF foul line), 4047 ft. (center)
- Chase Field capacity: 48,519
- Chase Field ballpark guide
A state-of-the-art ballpark when it opened in 1998, Chase Field has slipped rapidly down MLB stadium rankings in the years since. It looks more like an airline’s hangar than a ballpark. It’s not located in an ideal location and the interior is just as off-putting as the view from a few miles away. Chase Field shouldn’t be on anyone’s bucket list because it’s one of the last places you would want to watch a baseball game.
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26. Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Los Angeles Angels
- Angel Stadium dimensions: 350 ft. (RF foul line), 347 ft. (LF foul line, 370 ft. (center)
- Angel Stadium capacity: 45,050
- Guide to Angel Stadium
One of the oldest MLB stadiums around, Angel Stadium of Anaheim reflects the $24 million investment ($221 million today) put into its construction. While its location provides some convenience, there is very little to brag about once fans get inside. Walk a few minutes and it becomes evident, in the worst ways, that this ballpark is nearly 60 years old. Fans hoping that new ownership would lead to a future stadium were certainly crushed when Arte Moreno kept the club.
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25. Rogers Centre – Toronto Blue Jays
- Rogers Centre dimensions: 328 ft. (RF foul line), 328 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- Rogers Centre capacity: 53,506
- Guide to Rogers Centre
Considering the Toronto Blue Jays are the only MLB team in Canada, you’d expect better from the Rogers Centre. However, it opened in 1985 and renovation plans are still being worked on. For now, we’re judging the home of the Blue Jays on the current set-up. While the location in downtown Toronto is a huge plus for convenience, the atmosphere, food variety and overall visual appeal are lackluster. We’ll revisit Toronto’s ranking at the end of the 2023 season.
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24. American Family Field – Milwaukee Brewers
- American Family Field dimensions: 337 ft. (RF foul line), 342 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- American Family Field capacity: 41,900
- Guide to American Family Field
When a state is willing to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into ballpark renovations, that should tell you about the current state of the Milwaukee Brewers ballpark. Formerly known as Miller Park, the entire bowl of seating and scoreboard need to be replaced. We still love the yellow slide and you can’t go wrong with the beer options, but the aforementioned renovation plans for the stadium should tell you why American Family Field is so low in the MLB stadium rankings.
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23. Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati Reds
- Great American Ballpark dimensions: 325 ft. (RF foul line), 328 ft. (LF foul line), 404 ft. (center)
- Great American Ballpark capacity: 42,319
- Great American Ballpark guide
Great American Ballpark is one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums in MLB, so fans in attendance can just about guarantee they’ll see a home run in person. Opened in 2003, GAB today offers excellent seating options with the view from just about any spot worth the price of admission. However, the cost of food is abnormally high for one of the worst teams in baseball. We also have to knock the ballpark design, with the tall bleachers hiding the Ohio river and the Cincinnati skyline on the other side of home plate.
22. Globe Life Field – Texas Rangers
- Globe Life Field dimensions: 326 ft. (RF foul line), 329 ft. (LF foul line), 407 ft. (center)
- Globe Life Field capacity: 40,300
- Guide to Globe Life Field
Opened in 2020, Globe Life Field is the newest baseball stadium. However, the home of the Texas Rangers can’t even crack the top 20 in our MLB stadium rankings. It cost $1.1 billion to build this ballpark, which looks like a warehouse from the outside. We’d be willing to look past the underwhelming atmosphere because of the Rangers’ struggles in recent years. However, the food options will leave most fans in Texas disappointed, the lighting is subpar and getting inside does little to erase the impression that you’re inside a warehouse.
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21. Comerica Park – Detroit Tigers
- Comerica Park dimensions: 330 ft. (RF foul line), 342 ft. (LF foul line), 412 ft. (center)
- Comerica Park capacity: 41,083
- Comerica Park visitors guide
Comerica Park opened in 2000 and is located in downtown Detroit. Home of the Tigers, Detroit’s LB stadium offers a nice background view of the city skyline. Fans certainly preferred the old Tiger Stadium, which provided a better aesthetic and fat atmosphere. While the costs are a bit on the high side, Comerica Park ranks about average compared to its peers.
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20. Nationals Park – Washington Nationals
- Nationals Park dimensions: 335 ft. (RF foul line), 337 ft. (LF foul line), 402 ft. (center)
- Nationals Stadium capacity: 41,313
- Nationals Park guide
The experience inside Nationals Park is an enjoyable one for fans of all ages. Spectators can sit just about anywhere and have a great sightline, tickets are reasonably affordable and the vendor options are solid. Outside the ballpark, there were multiple shootings and a carjacking in 2022, an element that must be accounted for in MLB stadium rankings.
19. Minute Maid Park – Houston Astros
- Minute Maid Park dimensions: 326 ft. (RF foul lien), 315 ft. (LF foul line), 409 ft. (center)
- Minute Maid Park capacity: 41,168
- Guide to Minute Maid Park
The Houston Astros might be the newest dynasty in baseball, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement in their ballpark. Minute Maid Park is certainly better now that Tal’s Hill is gone, but there are a lot of complaints about the food (quality and cost) and parking. The view inside the Astros’ home provides an up-close feeling, but it’s the little things and the lack of the aesthetic background view that prevent this from being one of the best MLB stadiums.
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18. Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City Royals
- Kauffman Stadium dimensions: 387 ft. (RF foul line), 330 ft. (LF foul line), 410 ft. (center)
- Kauffman Stadium capacity: 37,903
- Kauffman Stadium Guide
Kauffman Stadium is 50 years old and the Kansas City Royals are looking everywhere for new locations to replace it. While that opener might lead you to believe the Royals’ ballpark is one of the worst MLB stadiums, that’s simply not the case. There’s a bit of a rustic feel to it, but the open concept helps make the experience at Kauffman Stadium more delightful and the renovations went a long way toward improving the fan experience. As long as it’s around, it’s loved.
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17. Progressive Field – Cleveland Guardians – Smallest MLB stadium
- Progressive Field dimensions: 325 ft. (RF foul line), 325 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- Progressive Field capacity: 35,041
- Progressive Field vistors guide
One of the best MLB stadiums when it opened in the 1990s, Progressive Field has fallen far behind the times in the two decades since. It’s also one of the smallest MLB stadiums, but in many ways that provide a more intimate setting in the lower bowl. We like seeing the view of downtown Cleveland, even if it isn’t a spectacular one. Overall, this is a quality ballpark that just falls short of some of the other venues in our rankings.
16. Truist Park – Atlanta Braves
- Truist Park dimensions: 325 ft. (RF foul line), 335 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- Truist Park capacity: 41,084
- Truist Part guide
One of the newest MLB stadiums, Truist Park opened in 2017. We do have to knock the Atlanta Braves for taking the team out of Atlanta, with the ballpark located in Cobb County. The relocation took away the opportunity for a gorgeous skyline in the background. It offers a positive experience for fans with new amenities and a clean feel, but nothing stands out about Truist Park and the absence of personality drops it in the MLB stadium rankings.
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15. LoanDepot Park – Miami Marlins
- LoanDepot Park dimensions: 335 ft. (RF foule line), 344 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- LoanDepot Park capacity: 36,742
- Guide to LoanDepot Park
We’ll start with the obvious, the name of the Miami Marlins Stadium doesn’t do it any favors but at least the organization removed the “sculpture” that stuck out like an eyesore. The architecture and visual appeal of LoanDepot Park are factors in its favor, but there is very little inside outside of the club and music that reminds you you’re in an incredible city. We also have to knock the Marlins’ home because it often lacks an exciting atmosphere and that’s on the rare occasion there is a pulse at all. Of course, that’s a reflection on the organization itself.
14. Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia Phillies
- Citizens Bank Park dimensions: 330 ft. (RF foul line), 329 ft. (LF foul line), 401 ft. (center)
- Citizens Ban Park capacity: 42,492
- Guide to Citizens Bank Park
We’ve got to give it to the fans in Philadelphia, they play a huge part in Citizens Bank Park even making it this high in the MLB stadium rankings. Roughly 15 minutes away from downtown Philadelphia, CBP misses out on the skyline background and falls short a bit in terms of convenience. It also lacks any distinct features that would make it one of the best MLB stadiums. It’s still a good place to attend a ballgame, just don’t expect to be amazed when you’re inside.
13. Yankee Stadium – New York Yankees
- Yankee Stadium dimensions: 314 ft. (RF foul lne), 318 ft. (LF foul line), 408 ft. (center)
- Yankee Stadium capacity: 46,537
- Guide to Yankee Stadium
We’ll say what everyone else is thinking, old Yankee Stadium is missed. Watching the New York Yankees in their current ballpark feels like you’re in proximity of a corporate retreat. While that might be great for the club financially, it does diminish a trip to Yankee Stadium for the average fan. Speaking of the die-hard fans, they play a crucial role in creating an intoxicating atmosphere and that almost makes up for the extreme costs to attend a game here.
12. Citi Field – New York Mets
- Citi Field dimensions: 330 ft. (RF foul line), 335 ft. (LF foul line), 408 ft. (center)
- Citi Field capacity: 41,800
- Citi Field ballpark guide
The fact that Citi Field misses the top 10 in our MLB stadium rankings should simply tell you about the quality of ballparks around the country. Opened in 2009, risks were taken by implementing a more classic feel to the stadium but there is still an abundance of modern amenities that balance things out. Citi Field is the best MLB stadium in New York, with the emphasis on fans over companies just putting it over the top even if it’s not as modern in feel as the new Yankee Stadium.
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11. Busch Stadium – St. Louis Cardinals
- Busch Stadium dimensions: 335 ft. (RF foul line), 336 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- Busch Stadium capacity: 45,494
- Busch Stadium travel guide
Opened in 2006 and built for $365 million, Busch Stadium immediately grabs the attention with the view of the Gateway Arch and skyscrapers. St. Louis Cardinals fans create the ambiance that truly complements the environment so well and the color design, statue and brick all make this one of the most beautiful parks in MLB.
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10. Target Field – Minnesota Twins
- Target Field dimensions: 328 ft. (RF foul line), 339 ft. (LF foul line), 411 ft. (center right)
- Target Field capacity: 39,504
- Guide to Target Field
While the Minnesota Twins might not be one of the most popular teams in MLB, Target Field is a stop every baseball fan can love. From a design standpoint, it’s all relatively simple, but the execution should be a guideline for future MLB stadiums. There isn’t a bad spot to sit, you can get season tickets and never get tired of the food, it’s travel friendly in and around the stadium, there are different spots honoring the Twins’ history and we must appreciate the Budweiser Roof Deck.
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9. T-Mobile Park – Minnesota Twins
- T-Mobile Park dimensions: 326 ft. (RF foul line), 331. ft (LF foul line), 401 ft. (center)
- T-Mobile Park capacity: 47,943
- T-Mobile Park Guide
T-Mobile Park is hosting the 2023 MLB All-Star Game and it’s so easy to understand why. Formerly known as Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners’ humble abode is one of the biggest stadiums in MLB. When it’s raining, the retractable roof provides shelter for fans so they can escape the water. T-Mobile Park offers some of the best food and beer selections in all of baseball and a day of perfect weather only amplifies the glorious views from all around the park. Plus, you’re walking distance from downtown Seattle and everything it has to offer.
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8. Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore Orioles
- Oriole Park dimensions: 318 ft. (RF foul line), 333 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- Oriole Park capacity: 45,971
- Guide to Oriole Park
Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened in 1992 and to this day it remains a spectacular place to visit. Found in downtown Baltimore, the Orioles’ home takes full advantage of the local food scene and still ties in some of the comfort bites for visitors. Oriole Park at Camden Yards broke through walls as an innovator, laying the groundwork for ideas that some of the best MLB ballparks adopted decades later. The Ringer’s Dan Moore captured why Oriole Park holds a place in history and whatever eventually replaces it years from now must honor its predecessor.
7. Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Dodger Stadium dimensions: 330 ft. (RF foul line), 330 ft. (LF foul line), 395 ft. (center)
- Dodger Stadium capacity: 56,000
- Dodger Stadium guide
While the classic ballparks all fall a bit short of the elite tier in our MLB stadium rankings, it says something that places like Dodger Stadium continue to stand the test of time. Built at the start of the 1960s for $23 million, less than Mookie Betts makes this season ($25 million), Dodger Stadium is a gem. We’re not going to blame fans for showing up late, that’s Los Angeles traffic, but Dodger Dogs, the Chavez Raigne, the open layout, carne asada nachos and the raucous vibes help cement this old relic among the greatest MLB ballparks of all time.
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6. Fenway Park – Boston Red Sox
- Fenway Park dimensions: 302 ft. (RF foul line), 310 ft. (LF foul line), 389 ft. (center)
- Fenway Park capacity: 37,731
- Guide to Fenway Park
OLDEST MLB STADIUM: Opened in 1912, Fenway Park is a place on the bucket list for every sports fan. Whether you snag a seat on the Green Monster, are sitting high in the upper decks or just walking through the equivalent of baseball’s cathedral, it will stick with you forever. While so much of what makes this park great is the nostalgia and the atmosphere, with the Boston Red Sox influencing that in so many ways, Fenway Park is truly one of the best MLB stadiums ever.
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5. Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs
- Wrigley Field dimensions: 353 ft. (RF foul line), 355 ft. (LF foul line), 400 ft. (center)
- Wrigley Field capacity: 41,649
- Wrigley Field guide
TOP 5 MLB stadiums: Wrigley Field takes you into a time machine, making fans feel for a moment like they traveled back in MLB history. One of the oldest MLB stadiums opened in 1914, with the Chicago Cubs’ home base providing the unmatchable ivy wall and a vibe that takes you back to classic moments in baseball. Fans are sacrificing a few modern conveniences at Wrigley Field, but that’s a price just about everyone is willing to pay and the renovations have certainly improved a structure that started to show its age years ago.
4. Coors Field – Colorado Rockies
- Coors Field dimensions: 350 ft. (RF foul line), 347 ft. (LF foul line), 415 ft. (center)
- Coors Field capacity: 46.897
- Guide to Coors Field
If you thought Coors Field is friendly to the hitters who step foot inside, just wait until you experience it as a baseball fan. Few ballparks do a better job of capturing the natural environment encompassing it. There’s a touch of creativity with the mountain-themed scoreboard, a solid list of food vendors to choose from and the people inside only amplify the experience. Coors Field captures Denver perfectly. There are small areas for improvement – specialty foods and atmosphere – but it’s still a must for all baseball fans with an itch for travel.
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3. Petco Park – San Diego Padres
- Petco Park dimensions: 322 ft. (RF foul line), 336 ft. (LF foul line), 396 ft. (center)
- Petco Park capacity: 42,445
- Petco Park Guide
Based near the heart of downtown San Diego, Petco Park checks off so many boxes and is based in one of the best cities in the United States. The San Diego Padres’ home offers arguably the best food in all of baseball. It’s based in the perfect spot downtown, the weather is universally fantastic and the fans have now created a stimulating vibe inside. Credit to the NL West, the division home so so many of the best MLB stadiums.
2. PNC Park – Pittsburgh Pirates
- PNC Park dimensions: 375 ft. (RF foul line), 325 ft. (LF foul line), 399 ft. (center)
- PNC Park capacity: 38,362
- Guide to PNC Park
It says something about a stadium when its occupant can finish near the bottom of the MLB standings every year and it doesn’t diminish the ballpark experience. PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is truly a must-see setting. You’ve got the Pittsburgh skyline, a walk along the Allegheny River, the Roberto Clemente bridge, stunning architectural designs, great food and an overall atmosphere that represents its city so well. It’s truly neck-and-neck with No. 1 in our 2023 MLB stadium rankings.
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1. Oracle Park – San Francisco Giants – Best MLB stadium
- Oracle Park dimensions: 309 ft. (RF foul line), 339 ft. (LF foul line), 404 ft. (center)
- Oracle Park capacity: 41,915
- Guide to Oracle Park
Nicest MLB stadium: Oracle Park is the best MLB stadium in 2023. While you don’t get to see a view of the San Francisco skyline, being right next to the water more than makes up for it. There isn’t a single bad seat in the house, there are a lot of fun things to do for families and the food variety is outstanding. If you have a bucket list of MLB stadiums to visit, Oracle Park must be on it.