One park is hosting the World Series for the very first time, and the other is doing so for the second year in a row.
And both are showplaces, as each are top-ten parks in my one-to-thirty ranking of MLB stadiums. Citi Field is #7 and the rebuilt Kauffman Stadium is #4.
Every year since 2003, we’ve provided a “tale of the tape” of the two parks in that year’s Fall Classic, so this year is no exception.
|1973, although in 2009 it received a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar renovation||Year opened||Opened next door to Shea in 2009|
|In the Harry S Truman Sports Complex, which also includes Arrowhead Stadium||Site||Just like its predecessor, the noise from the jets lets you know it’s near LaGuardia|
|37,903. The Royals shattered their old single-season attendance record in 2015, and was up 38% over 2014||Seating capacity||41,922. The Mets had the best attendance gain vs. 2014 in the NL. It was the best yr since 2009|
|Natural grass (bluegrass and rye)||Playing surface||Natural grass (bluegrass)|
|Immense CF video scoreboard (when it opened in 2008, it was the largest in the world), fantastic team museum||Special features||The exterior copies the look of Ebbets Field. Entry rotunda is grandest in the sport|
|Kivett and Myers (architects from this firm started HOK Sport, now Populous)||Designed by||Populous|
|$70 million||Cost to build||$900 million|
|This is the fourth — 1980, 1985, 2014 and this year||World Series hosted||This is the ballpark’s first.|
|The only World Series won by the Royals was in 1985. They came up two runs short of winning the 2014 Series||Last World Series won by home team||1986 in the Fall Classic sadly remembered for Buckner’s error|
|1973 and 2012, both games won by the NL||All Star Games hosted||2013, which had the biggest crowd in the park’s history. The AL shut out the NL.|
|The fountains, baseball’s best feature because KC is the City of Fountains||Landmark||Other than the rotunda, a giant apple appears in CF when a Met homers|
|A great park for doubles and triples, but definitely not for HRs (20.7% fewer were hit than MLB average). Runs scored were 1.9% more than average.||Park factors (2015)
|It’s a pitchers’ park, because the third-fewest runs in the Majors were scored here, although the number of HRs were almost exactly average|
|Wonderful, respectful fans and the best ushering/security staff in the sport||Filled with||These are fans who don’t take a back seat to the cross-town Yankees, and their ballpark doesn’t either|