Take Me Out to the Ballpark: Top Ten Baseball Stadiums - Page 3
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3. Yankee Stadium, New York City
When the Yanks buillt a new state-of-the-art Yankee Stadium to replace their legendary park, the price tag soared to an astronomical $1.5 billion—but if anyone can spend that kind of dough it's the Yankees, the richest team in baseball. They are also one of the most decorated sports teams in the world with 27 World Series titles under their belts. Mock says what he loved most about the original Bronx ballpark was its storied past, and the new stadium took inspiration from its predecessor, boasting similar design elements, like a replica freize that was an original feature of the classic park. While you're there, take the tour and go to Monument Park (reconstructed behind the center-field fences of the new stadium) to see the Miller Huggins and Babe Ruth monuments. Of course, beyond sports, New York City's got it all. Indulge your expensive taste with shopping in SoHo and on Madison Ave., or bargain hunt in Chinatown. Want to see art? No problem. Check out any of the city's slew of world-class museums, the MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, and the Whitney. Look up your ancestors on Ellis Island and remember the fallen at Ground Zero. See a musical on Broadway and relax in Central Park. There's nothing you can't do in the Big Apple!
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2. PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Since PNC Park opened in 2001, it has dazzled almost all who enter. The Pittsburgh Pirates might have a losing record, but the city has a winner of a park. "The thing that makes the ballpark great is the way it's positioned. What the architects call the footprint gives you the spectacular view from the seating bowl, especially on the third-base side," Mock says. From the stadium you get a view of the river, the Roberto Clemente bridge, the very impressive skyline, and perhaps best of all, Mount Washington. There are also two incline railroads that ride up and down this hill and you can watch the trains going up and down the hill from your seat in the park. "When it gets dark and the skyline starts to twinkle, it is absolutely spectacular," says Mock. Pittsburgh was home to steel titan and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and the city is full of his many contributions including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. You can also visit architect Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater house (about 1.5 hours outside of town). And, as Pittsburgh played an important role in the abolitionist movement, get a little of American history by visiting homes that served as stops on the Underground Railroad before of after you catch a game at the city's beloved PNC Park.
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1. Wrigley Field, Chicago
Since the Red Sox finally won the World Series in 2004, and then again in 2007, the Cubs are officially the most cursed team in Major League Baseball. But Wrigley Field is Mock's absolute favorite parkever. Built in 1914, the park is surrounded by Chicago's Wrigley neighborhood and fits its surroundings beautifully. Mock says the park features high rises and bleachers built right onto the roof. "I'd rather sit there and watch a game than anyplace else in baseball," he says. "The vantage point stretches for miles and miles." Chicago is home to another franchise as well: The White Sox play at the less spectacular U.S. Cellular Field, formerly named Comiskey Park after its original builder. Besides baseball, Chicago, the third biggest city in the country, has a lot to offer. Many of the biggest names in comedy get their start at the Second City Chicago Theater. Check out the unique sounds of Chicago Blues at Blue Chicago, Buddy Guy's Legends, and Chicago's oldest blues club, Kingston Mines. For a dazzling bird's eye view of the city, go to the Sears Tower Skydeck. If you've got kids in tow, or you're curious for knowledge and culture, Chicago has tons of world-class museums, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, The Adler Planetarium, The Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago's Children's Museum, and the spectacular Shedd Aquarium. Think museums are too stuffy and want to stay outdoors? Visit Millennium Park, which features live concerts and art, including the gigantic Cloud Gate sculpture. Stroll Navy Pier, full of great shops and restaurants, and take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Near Navy Pier you can hop on a sightseeing or dining cruise on Lake Michigan. Finally, fill up on good food in Chicago, as the city's known to foodies for everything from deep-dish pizza to fine dining.
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