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Angels Game? Here are tips (and some criticism)

This stadium consistently delivers one of the highest attendance rates in the MLB – and we have no idea why. Yes, Mike Trout is worth seeing, but that’s just about it. The crowd isn’t into the game, the scoreboard is tiny, and the seats aren’t great.

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How to get there

Los Angeles traffic is always rough. The good news is that no one comes to the game on time or stays until the end. So there isn’t quite the massive surge you experience at other parks. We’d recommend parking in the huge Angels parking lot and doing your best to get a spot that is close to an exit out.

Where to sit

Outfield seats are tough, because you can’t see the scoreboard. First and third base seats are better, but they’re angled in a way that makes you shift sideways to watch the batter. We would recommend cheap seats behind home plate – preferably in the shade.

What to eat

The food here is an embarrassment. It’s nothing you won’t find at the food court in any mall. Get a hot dog and peanuts.

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Detroit Tigers Tips

This is a big, beautiful coliseum of a park that is a tribute to baseball. From the giant tiger statues at the entrance, to the field, to the view…everything has a sense of grandeur.

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How to get there

Parking isn’t tough in Detroit, and both Route 75 and 375 are right there. We would recommend finding a lot (or even street parking) a little further away from the park with easy entrance onto the highway. Plus, there are plenty of scalpers along your route, if you want to get tickets that way.

Where to sit

Would not recommend the lower deck seats. They’re angled a little weird and they don’t have the best crowd. The real fans are up in the higher levels. Upper deck behind home plate or on the third-base side give you a perfect view of the game and you can see the Detroit skyline right behind the park.

What to eat

Food here is nothing special, but the prices aren’t as outrageous as other park.

 

 

 

Cardinals Baseball — We can help you do it right.

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The history and tradition of the Cardinals are ingrained into every detail of this stadium design. The addition of the new venue, Cardinal Nation, adds to the entertainment factor. The fans are the best: they watch the game, understand the game, cheer for an excellent play, and applaud an injured player, even on the opposing team.

How to get there

There is ample garage parking at the ballpark, but it is a zoo, traffic-wise. You can also take the light rail, but that can be a zoo getting on your train when the game is over. If you are spending the night in St. Louis, you can’t beat staying at one of the nearby hotels and walking to the ballpark.

Where to sit

Most seats are terrific. But if you sit on the first base side or behind home plate, you get a view of the arch over the field.

What to eat

Food is fine, but unimaginative. And prepare to miss the action when you go get food.

 

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(Photo courtesy of our Senior Correspondents.)

Twins Game Guide

This stadium is totally different from any other park. The stone walls and the skyline make this a really unique experience. It’s worth spending some time wandering around the park a little between innings (and there’s a decent chance you can “upgrade” seats as the game goes on).

How to get there

Target Field is truly in downtown Minneapolis, so there are plenty of parking options nearby. If you’re in town overnight, it’s pretty easy to either walk to the park or get a hotel shuttle.

Where to sit

There aren’t any bad seats in the park – it’s well designed for watching baseball. We’d recommend behind home plate or third base side. That way you can see the scoreboard, see the downtown skyline, and see the old school neon Twins sign in the outfield.

What to eat

There’s a fun range of foods to try here – everything from Indian to gourmet burgers. The polish sausages and cheese curds are a local treat, so maybe get that. It’s worth taking your time and exploring the options here.

Beyond that…dress warm and download our stadium guide!

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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.

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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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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.

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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)

Tips for a Dodgers Game!

Looking out over the palm trees and hills beyond is pretty spectacular and the crowd is really good. But it’s an old stadium and it shows. View of the game isn’t great, seats are uncomfortable, and the food is kinda boring.

How to get there

It’s LA, suck it up. Go early and traffic won’t be quite so bad. Hey, and a heads up — there have been a couple of really nasty fights in the parking lot over the past few years. You’ll be fine, but just don’t talk trash to anyone.

Where to sit

Sitting on the lower decks makes it hard to see the action on the field. We’d recommend upper deck behind home plate. They’re at a dizzying angle, but the view of the game and the city beyond is pretty fantastic.

Batting practice

Crappy. You’re restricted to a small area and there are a lot of people, including adults, trying to get balls.

What to eat

The famous “Dodger Dog” is really just a hot dog that’s about an inch longer than normal. But nothing else really stands out, so you might as well get it.

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(Photo credit to my cousin, Sam, and his fiancé, Kelsey.)