Every year I provide a listing of the ballparks where I attended games, noting which ones are new to me (an asterisk indicates I’m seeing my first game there, even if I’ve just “visited” it before). This doesn’t include games I tried to go to but were rained out, or where I simply visited to take pictures with no games going on.
As you might know, I try to get to as many different parks in one year as I possibly can. My high-water mark was 2006 when I hit 65 different ballparks. Prior to that, my record was 61 in 2005. I guess I wasn’t up to the challenge to top that in 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010 as I “only” attended games in 57, 53, 47 and 43 (respectively) different parks in those years. Things really started to dip for me in 2009 because I had to sacrifice quantity to get to all of the new parks that opened that year. After all, dear reader, this site is for you, and I know you demand thorough reviews and pictures of all of the new parks!
Anyway, I rebounded in 2011 and made it to 52 different parks, including spring training, the All Star Game, the ALCS, the World Series (in both parks) and the Arizona Fall League. Not a bad year. I bumped up the total by one in 2012, then dipped to 42 in 2013. In 2014 I hit an even 50 when I attended Game Seven of the World Series. Not a bad way to end a season. In 2015, I hit 45, and in 2016 I made it to 51, including the once-in-a-lifetime event at Fort Bragg on July 3rd.
There was also a once-in-a-lifetime event for me in 2017, too (The MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport), but then it turned out so well that MLB has decided to do it again in 2018. Anyway, in 2017, I made it to 60 parks.
In case you’re curious, all the pro parks I’ve ever seen are on another page. Note that I’m typically way behind in updating this.
For your information, the year the stadium opened (if known) is shown in parentheses. Also, if the name of the park below is a link, then clicking on it will take you to the in-depth review of this stadium, an article I’ve written about it or a photo essay featuring the park.
And if you want to know my upcoming schedule of ballpark visits, go here.
So here we go for 2018:
- Lucian Hamilton Field (1968), St. Edwards University Hilltoppers*
- UFCU Disch-Falk Field (1975, renovated 2008), University of Texas Longhorns
- Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark (1962, stands built 1987, completely rebuilt 2018), Grand Canyon University Lopes
- Camelback Ranch (2009), Los Angeles Dodgers spring training exhibition
- Phoenix Municipal Stadium (1964), Arizona State University Sun Devils
- Scottsdale Stadium (1992), San Francisco Giants spring training exhibition
- Tempe Diablo Stadium (1968, renovated 2006), Anaheim Angels spring training exhibition
- Peoria Sports Complex (1994), Seattle Mariners spring training exhibition
- Surprise Stadium (2003), Kansas City Royals spring training exhibition
- Sloan Park (2014), Chicago Cubs spring training exhibition
- Hardt Field (2009, rebuilt 2013), Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
- Fowler Park (2013, built on the site of John Cunningham Stadium, which dates back to 1970), University of San Diego Toreros*