Tampa Bay Rays – Here are some tips

This is the worst ball park on the list – by a lot. It’s worse than most minor league parks. The fake turf looks worn and awful. Everything echoes weirdly in a way that makes the place feel extra empty. Plus this team has almost no history to be excited about.

First tip: Download this guide for free!

How to get there

There’s plenty of parking nearby — although getting there is a bit of a slog.

Where to sit

Sit on the lower decks just about anywhere and you’ll be really close to the field. Almost shockingly close. And because there’s almost no one there, you can move around at will and spread out.

What to eat

Food here is nothing special, but you literally have to go underground into a tunnel to get to it.

Gaze in wonder at this subpar stadium:

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Padres game best practices

Most MLB parks are architectural wonders – but Petco is in another stratosphere. It looks more like a museum in Barcelona than a ballpark. There are ramps and gardens and walkways and bars…this is a terrific ballpark for sure.

How to get there

You’ve got two choices. 1) You can park in the stadium parking lots, pay the money and deal with the hassle. 2) You can go a few blocks away, get free street parking, and walk among the hundreds of homeless camps that line the sidewalks of downtown San Diego.

Where to sit

This is a big beautiful park and every seat is terrific. Upper deck on the first base side is our favorite. You get a great view of the game, great view of the park, and great view of the cityscape beyond centerfield. They also have a grass bank out in centerfield where you can lay out on a blanket. A fun option for kids.

What to eat

The food here is absolutely terrific. Would recommend grabbing a burger at Hodad’s. Would even consider the Stone Brewing Co. Bar and watching an inning on the big screen there (it is just outside the seats we recommend).

Advice when catching an A’s game in Oakland

The Coliseum is a 70s-era football stadium. Everything is concrete and ugly. It has shockingly low attendance. The food is boring. And all that said, this is one of the hidden gems of baseball.

How to get there

Best bet is stadium parking. It’ll cost you, but there are no crowds, so it’s easy to get out (unless there is a Golden State Warriors game – if that’s the case, watch out!).

Where to sit

Left field bleachers is the only choice. There you’ll find a pocket of about 100 super-dedicated fans. They blow horns, bang drums, wear crazy masks, start chants, and generally have a fantastic time. This group is a life lesson about having fun no matter the circumstance. Sit here and you’ll have a blast.

What to eat

Food is blah, but the people who work at the Coliseum are super nice. You’ll have to go down into tunnels away from the game to get your food, though.

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Mets game? Take our quick advice.

This park is masterfully designed. No bad seats and the colors are pretty magnificent. Downside is that the atmosphere is a little weird.

Tip #1: Download our amazing free stadium guide.

How to get there

Lots of parking and it’s surprisingly accessible to the nearby highways. You also have the subway (7 train), which is a fun option.

Where to sit

You absolutely can’t go wrong no matter where you sit – the park is that well designed. Cheap seats are excellent. But more expensive seats are also worth it.

Batting practice

It’s a huge field, so not as many balls go into the stands. But there usually aren’t a ton of people who show up for BP, so that helps your chances.

What to eat

Super food options here. Lots of local stuff that’s creative, tasty, and easy to get to from your seats. Best bet is hit the Shake Shack for a burger and a shake.

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(Photo credit to my friends Collette and Tony @OrganizeandShine)

Phillies Advice You Can’t Afford To Miss

One of the best parks in the game. The food is terrific, everything is accessible, and it has the best batting practice in the MLB. This park is a party.

How to get there

In no park is exit strategy more essential. Avoid the parking lots that are closest to the stadium; it will take you an hour to get out after the game. Park farther away. You’ll have to walk a ways, but you’ll save time in the long run.

Where to sit

You can see baseball from wherever you sit. Cheaper seats give you a great experience. More expensive seats are also worth the money, because the experience is even better.

Batting practice

Lots of bleacher room and it’s open to everyone, so plenty of opportunity. Plus they let you in nice and early. This is the best park for getting a ball. It exceeds everyone by a ton for batting practice.

What to eat

Get a cheesesteak at Tony Luke’s. Get crab fries at Chickie and Pete’s. Don’t screw that up.

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Pittsburgh Pirates game? Get there! Here’s some tips.

The view is amazing, the field itself is stunning, the scoreboard is huge, you can see the game from anywhere you sit, the food is outstanding, and the entire stadium is accessible before the game like no other stadium.

How to get there

Tons of parking and it’s pretty easy to get out and onto the highway when the game is over.

Where to sit

Third base side, for sure. Great view of the city, the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and you can see the entire field.

Batting practice

Pretty good for getting BP balls. But if you stand at the third base line near the dugout, you’ve got a decent shot at scoring some autographs.

What to eat

Pierogi Hoagies, Kielbasa…the place is filled with local-style eats that aren’t trying to be fancy – just trying to be good. It works.

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Yankees Stadium Tips and Advice

A regular season game at Yankees Stadium can often feel like a playoff game anywhere else. The atmosphere here is terrific in the cheaper seats. The fans don’t have a ton of baseball insight, but they care passionately about the team – which makes for a lot of yelling.

How to get there

One and only one way to get there – take the subway. First off, traffic and parking is absolute murder. Second, going to Yankee Stadium and watching the subway car fill up with more and more fans at every stop is nothing short of magic.

Where to sit

Really good seats are super expensive (and oddly empty). Bleachers are not kid friendly and the seats don’t have backs – but that said, it is super fun to be there. Alternatively, sit in the upper deck.

Batting practice

The line to get into BP is super long, so by the time you get in, the Yankees are usually off the field. But if you do get in, it’s bound to be a show.

What to eat

Ugh. All the food is Yankees branded (Yankee Burger, Yankee Steak, etc). It’s nothing special and its expensive.

 

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