Best Baseball Stadiums on the Water
Enjoy a sunny day, a baseball game, and beautiful water views with these amazing waterside MLB stadiums. While many parks include water features, these three sit right on the shores. Boaters get to watch their favorite teams play at these top waterside MLB stadiums.
1. Oracle Park in San Francisco, California
Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, is the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. The park stands on the waterfront in San Francisco’s South of Market district and opened in 2000. It was originally named Pacific Bell Park but was renamed AT&T Park in 2006 after SBC Communications acquired Pacific Bell.
AT&T Park has also been host to two World Series (in 2010 and 2012), four National League Championship Series (in 2002, 2010, 2012, and 2014), and one Major League Baseball All-Star Game (in 2007). The ground was broken for the ballpark on February 9, 1997, and it cost $357 million to build.
It is one of the best in the Major League and has seats for more than 41,000. Oracle Park borders the San Francisco Bay, offering amazing views. Many home runs have landed in the water, and fans wait in kayaks near the right-field wall to hopefully catch a ball. These “Splash Hits” that land in McCovey Cov (official name China Basin) are a fan favorite. Oracle Park was awarded a LEED Silver Certification, which makes it “the greenest ballpark in the United States.”
Small children can enjoy the “Little Giants” stadium, where they can hit balls inside the fan lot. The Coca-Cola bottle also has a slide that visitors can use as long as they are under 14 and meet the height requirement. There is also a photo booth open for use on game days.
2. T-Mobile Park, Seattle, WA
T-Mobile Park, previously known as Safeco Field, is a baseball park located in Seattle; the cost to build T-Mobile park was $517 million. The construction of the stadium began in 1997 and was completed in 1999.
Washington. The ballpark opened in 1999 and is the home field of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). The ballpark was also the former home of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) from 2002 to 2013.
T-Mobile Park has a seating capacity of 47,715. The ballpark features a retractable roof that can be opened or closed depending on weather conditions. The ballpark also has a natural grass playing surface.
The ballpark is located in Downtown Seattle, just south of Elliott Bay. The area around the ballpark is filled with restaurants and bars, making it a popular destination for fans before and after the game.
T-Mobile Park is accessible by multiple forms of transportation, including ferry and water taxi. The stadium is also served by multiple bus routes and is just a short walk from two light rail stations.
3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PABA
Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, this stadium–opened in 2001– borders the Allegheny River. The stadium seats up to 38,000 people, making it one of the smaller parks. Fans can see the downtown Pittsburgh skyline and the Roberto Clemente bridge that connects downtown to the North Shore.
The stadium has restaurants, two elaborate food courts, and a bar with views of the game and the city. It offers clear views of the field from every seat in the stadium.
PNC Park cost $262 million to build. The stadium was originally named after Pittsburgh-based Mellon Financial, which paid $20 million for the 20-year naming rights deal. In 2010, PNC Financial purchased Mellon Financial for $2.3 billion and took over the naming rights agreement.
It also has one of the best beer selections of any ballpark in America. More than 60 different types of beer are available at PNC Park, including local favorites like Yuengling and Rolling Rock.
If you’re a fan of craft beer, you’ll be happy to know that PNC Park also offers a variety of rotating seasonal selections from some of the best breweries in the country.