Baseball in the US can be traced back to the1850s in the New York metropolitan area. By 1857 the game was already known as the national game (or national pastime), and there were 16 clubs who formed the first governing body, called the National Association of Baseball Players. By 1919, the game has seeped so far into American culture that philosopher Morris Raphael Cohen is quoted as describing baseball as America’s national religion. Over the last century, the baseball game has grown, leading to a significant increase in the size of the stadiums. Some stadiums such as Yankee Stadium started out small before evolving into huge stadiums. Baseball stadiums across the country vary greatly from the shape of their playing fields, to the style of their architecture, to the comfortability of their seating. The cost of constructing the Yankee Stadium was $2.5 billion, notably the most expensive baseball stadium in history.
The Largest Baseball Stadiums In The US
Located in Los Angeles city in California, Dodger Stadium has a seating capacity of 56,000. and it is the third oldest in the US. The Stadium was the first Major League Baseball Stadium (MLB) to be built with 100% private financing. Groundbreaking for the construction of Dodger Stadium was on September 17, 1959. It was completed in 1962 at the cost of $23 million (equivalent to $182 million dollars in 2017). Dodger Stadium has been designed to allow for future expansion of up to 85,000 seats. However, the seating capacity has remained at 56,000 since the stadium was constructed. Dodger Stadium is still presently the largest baseball stadium in the US.
Yankee Stadium is located in the New York City borough of the Bronx, and has a seating capacity of 49,642. Constructed in 1963, it was originally home of the Bronx Bombers. In 2009, the new Yankee Stadium was built to replace the original stadium. The 52,325-seat replacement came at the cost of $2.3 billion, and sits one block north of the original stadium, which has now been converted to a public park. Construction on the new stadium took several years, originally starting in 2006 and seeing its fair share of controversies throughout its construction. Among these controversies were concerns over superfluous government spending and loss of public green space.
Coors Field stadium, located in Denver, Colorado, has a capacity of 50,445 seats. Coors Field was built in 1995 and contains sixty-three luxury suits on top of 4,500 club seats. During 1993 and 1994, the Rockies played in Mile High Stadium, which is also home to Denver Broncos NFL team. Coors Field was originally designed to have 43,800 seats. It was then changed as a result of a drastic increase in the number of baseball supporters recorded during their inaugural year.
Turner Field has a capacity of 50,095 seats and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Turner has been home to national leagues in Atlanta since 1997 and was originally constructed for the 1996 summer Olympics games. Its initial seating capacity was 85,000. However, upon completion of the Olympics, the field was converted to a baseball stadium. Its seating capacity was reduced from 85,000 to 50,095 during reconstruction.
Which Are The Largest Baseball Stadiums In The United States?
|1||Dodger Stadium||56,000||Los Angeles||California|
|4||Yankee Stadium||49,642||New York City||New York|
|6||Globe Life Park in Arlington||48,114||Arlington||Texas|
|8||Busch Stadium||46,861||St. Louis||Missouri|
|9||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||45,971||Baltimore||Maryland|
|10||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||45,483||Anaheim||California|
|11||Citizens Bank Park||43,651||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania|
|12||Petco Park||42,524||San Diego||California|
|14||Great American Ball Park||42,319||Cincinnati||Ohio|
|15||Minute Maid Park||42,060||Houston||Texas|
|16||Citi Field||41,922||New York City||New York|
|17||AT&T Park||41,915||San Francisco||California|
|20||Nationals Park||41,418||Washington, D.C.||District of Columbia|