A comparison of the two parks of the 2013 World Series

In the 2013 World Series, a 101-year-old ballpark is hosting the first two of the games, then the Series moves to a stadium that is showcasing its third World Series in just its eighth season.

As we’ve been doing since 2003, here is our “tale of the tape” of the two parks in this year’s Fall Classic. As always, some of the items are a little tongue-in-cheek!


Fenway Park

Busch Stadium

1912, the same week the Titanic sank Year opened Opened next door to its predecessor in 2006.
Near Kenmore Square, bounded by Yawkey Way, Brookline, Lansdowne, Ipswich and Van Ness. Site Downtown St. Louis,with a Ballpark Village rising across the street
Capacity for day games is 37,071 and 37,499 at night Seating capacity 43,975. Cards were 2nd only to the Dodgers in 2013 attendance
Natural grass Playing surface Natural grass
Green Monster, The Triangle, hand-operated scoreboard Special features Statues of Musial, Schoendienst, Sisler, Gibson and Hornsby
Architect of Record was James McLaughlin. Osborn Engineering famously did blueprints Designed by HOK (now called Populous)
$650,000 Cost to build $365 million
310′-379′-420′-380′-302′ Outfield dimensions 336′-375′-400′-375′-335′
Not counting when the Boston Braves played the 1914 WS there, this is the Red Sox’ 9th WS at Fenway and 13th overall World Series hosted This is the third in just its eighth season
2007, a sweep of the Rockies Last World Series won by home team 2011, a seven-game thriller over the Rangers. It was the Cards’ 11th WS Championship
1946, 1961, 1999 All Star Games hosted 2009, won by the American League 4-3
Citgo sign Landmark Spectacular view of Gateway Arch
Far fewer HRs but far more doubles and triples than MLB average. Partially a reflection of the team more than the park. Park factors (2013)
Source: ESPN.com
Definitely a pitchers’ park. 10.8% fewer runs and 16.3% fewer HRs per game than the MLB average.
New Englanders who root for their Sox through thick and thin Filled with Best fans in the sport, knowledgeable and respectful of the opposition, except when it’s the 7th game of the WS

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