Tried and true baseball fans pride themselves on player trivia, sharing statistics, and attending games at some of the oldest stadiums in Major League Baseball to relish in the history of these prestigious ballparks. Diehard diamond aficionados know the two oldest stadiums in baseball, but we’re not putting those on our list. They’re so hold and revered, they deserve their own distinction.
- Fenway Park is not only the oldest stadium in MLB, it’s also packed with facts for baseball trivia buffs, such as this: It opened the same week the Titanic sank in the year 1912. It’s also one of the smallest ballparks currently being used the Major Leagues. When a new Red Sox ownership and management team took over in 2001, they added nearly 4,000 new Monster Seats atop the namesake left-field wall.
- Originally named Weeghman Park in 1914, that was before chewing gum giant William Wrigley retitled the stadium after purchasing the Chicago Cubs in 1927 and moving the grandstand westward on rollers. The iconic ivy growing on the outfield walls wasn’t introduced until 1934, and in 2016 the first, coveted World Series championship flag was added.
Following those well-known fan-favorites, the oldest stadiums in baseball hardly compare. However, the younger old ballparks are among the most-cherished stadiums where baseball is still being played and enjoyed by spectators all across the country.
6. Tropicana Field (1990)
Soon to be celebrating its 20th anniversary, Tropicana Field has been plagued with problems. Among some complaints are the series of catwalks over the playing field that occasionally interrupts gameplay when balls deflect off them after being hit or become hung up in their apparatus midair. Although built in 1990, this field didn’t host an MLB team until the Tampa Bay Devil Rays began playing there in 1998.
5. Rogers Centre (1989)
Construction of the Skydome (later renamed the Rogers Center) in Canada helped to usher in a new, more modern era of stadium design. It was the first facility with a retractable roof, and other contemporary features include a hotel inside the ballpark with rooms available overlooking the field. The home of the Toronto Blue Jays sits at the base of the CN Tower, and the appearance of that nearby structure gives the Rogers Center a more futuristic feel.
4. Kauffman Stadium (1973)
Once known as the Royals Stadium after the namesake baseball team, it was constructed alongside Arrowhead Stadium that houses the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. In addition to being one of the oldest stadiums in baseball, Kauffman has another distinction. It’s a baseball-only facility built during an era when multi-use parks popped up all over the country. Kauffman Stadium is perhaps most renowned for a distinctive waterfall feature located in the outfield.
3. Oakland Coliseum (1966)
Home plate for the A’s and an on-again-off-again base for the NFL’s Raiders, the Oakland Coliseum has the distinction of having the largest foul ball territory of any ballpark in baseball. Its unique underground design and construction include a clubhouse located three feet below sea level along with a playing field that’s more than 20 feet beneath that, which causes water issues for both teams. When the Raiders and Athletics occupy the often soggy field at the same time, the Coliseum is the only stadium to host both a baseball team and football playing concurrently inside the same facility.
2. Angel Stadium of Anaheim (1966)
Mid-50s isn’t too old for a human, but it makes Angel Stadium one of the oldest stadiums in baseball. Originally called Anaheim Stadium, it was built as a baseball-only ballpark in 1966. It became a multi-sport facility in 1980 when the NFL’s Rams began playing there. When the Rams relocated to St. Louis in 1996, Disney bought the stadium and renovated it back to its baseball-only roots adding an elaborate rock formation and gushing geysers beyond the outfield.
1. Dodger Stadium (1962)
One of just a few ballparks to remain intact during the Major League Baseball’s expansion during the ’60s, Dodger Stadium has remained a true gem among baseball diamonds. It’s nearly 50 years younger than Wrigley, but that still makes it one of the oldest stadiums in baseball.
During construction, an existing school was left standing but buried underneath the ballpark and rebuilt west of the stadium. With its view overlooking Los Angeles, it’s the only stadium in MLB that hasn’t increased its seating capacity for roughly 56,000 baseball fans.