Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Great American Ball Park ranked No. 24 among MLB stadiums

For what it's worth, Great American Ball Park is ranked No. 24 among the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. This is according to the ratings and reviews recorded on Yelp.

Okay, before we puff out our chests in a display of discontent, let us call a spade a spade, shall we? Relatively speaking, Great American Ball Park is far from The Mecca of professional sporting venues.

Aside from the scenic view of the Ohio River, and the booming amount of attractions located inside the stadium (fan zones, various food stands, social media board, etc.), GABP doesn't exactly feature many qualities that is likely to "wow" a visitor. Sure, the river boat beyond the center field wall is a nice tribute to the city, and the smoke stacks are certainly iconic, but compared to other MLB stadiums, GABP is what it is, which is a definite upgrade over the cookie-cutter venue known as Riverfront Stadium, but not quite on par with the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park, which ranked No. 1 on the list.

If you are wondering which stadium was ranked the worst, you might be somewhat surprised to find out that it wasn't the O.Co Coliseum, it ranked No. 28, by the way. The dubious title for worst home park in the majors went to the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, instead.

Via The Roosevelts

1 comment:

Kurt Smith said...

I recently thoroughly examined Great American Ball Park for a fan's guide that I have written, and I rank it far higher than 24th. In fact, while I wouldn't put it quite up there with PNC or Fenway, I definitely think it's better than many of the new ballparks, including Yankee Stadium, Nationals Park and several others.

Great American is one of the most fan-friendly ballparks in the major leagues. All of the seating faces home plate, there are zero obstructed views including from overhangs, and the prices of everything are a tad lower than most ballparks. It's also very easy to get to, and the food choices are terrific and offer a great local feel.

Over the years the Reds have made some nice additions to the ballpark, and it's much nicer now than when it opened. Great American Ball Park deserves a better ranking than it got.