On top of one of the most successful baseball franchises of the past decade, Red Sox fans also have the spoils of their team playing in one of the most historic and famous homes in all of professional sports.
But Fenway isn’t the only grand cathedral of baseball in the nation, as parks across the country all have their own uniqueness and charm. On March 27, TripAdvisor released its poll of the top-10 ballparks in the country according to fan reviews.
Fenway finished fourth on the list, but the Red Sox will be traveling to many of the other parks that made the top-10. Here’s a rundown of possible road trips fans can take if they’re looking to see the Sox from a different venue.
10. Safeco Field (Seattle)
Opened in 1999 to replace the aging Kingdome, Safeco Field became the place to be two years later, as rookie sensation Ichiro Suzuki led the Mariners to 116 wins, tying the major league record for wins in a single season. Safeco features unique art displays throughout the park and sushi, a rarity for your average “burgers and hot dogs’’ American stadium.
The Red Sox make their lone 2014 trip to Seattle from June 23-25, making the trip a not-so-unrealistic destination for families looking to see another part of the country right after school ends and before most summer camps begin.
Tickets for the Sox games in Seattle can be found here.
9. Comerica Park (Detroit)
The new home of the Detroit Tigers opened in 2001 and had big shoes to fill, replacing the legendary Tiger Stadium. After Tigers fans suffered through a half-decade of mediocre baseball, including a 2003 season when they lost an American League record 119 games, the Tigers got back to success, including a run to the 2006 World Series, and have since made three straight ALCS appearances, including one pennant win in 2012.
Comerica Park features a Liquid Fireworks display in centerfield and an old-time baseball feel in a state-of-the-art ballpark. The Red Sox played Games 3-5 of the 2013 ALCS here, and will come back to Detroit for a three-game weekend series on June 6-8.
Tickets for the Sox games in Detroit can be found here.
8. Wrigley Field (Chicago)
The oldest park on the list besides Fenway, the ballpark has become so famous that the part of the north side of Chicago it occupies was named after it. With its ivy covered walls, double deck grandstand, and one of the most famous renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,’’ nine innings will not be enough for die-hard and causal baseball fans alike.
The Red Sox last played at Wrigley Field in 2012, and unfortunately will not travel to Wrigley in 2014, but the Cubs will come to Fenway Park from June 30-July 2; tickets for that game can be found here.
7. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
The only stadium the Kansas City Royals have ever played in, Kauffman Stadium will be celebrating its 42d birthday in 2014, but don’t think of it as heading for the retirement home any time soon. Renovated several times over its history, Kauffman doesn’t show its age and has features for the entire family, including activities and exhibits for kids.
The Red Sox don’t head to Kansas City to play the Royals until September, but will play a four-game set in Kansas City from Sept. 11-14.
Tickets for the Sox games in Kansas City can be found here.
6. Target Field (Minneapolis)
Entering just its fourth season, Target Field opened in 2012 and brought outdoor baseball back to Minnesota for the first time since the Twins moved to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1982. The young park has quickly become a fan-favorite on TripAdvisor, gaining a 4.5/5 rating on the site. Brand new amenities welcome fans to the Warehouse District of Minneapolis to cheer on their Twins.
The Sox travel to Minnesota from May 13-15, playing night games on the 13th and 14th, while playing an afternoon game on the 15th.
Tickets for the Sox games in Minnesota can be found here.
5. Busch Stadium (St. Louis)
The newest incarnation of Busch Stadium opened in 2006 after its cookie-cutter predecessor had been the Cardinals’ home from 1966 to 2005. The park feels very homey to tradition baseball fans, however, with classic style architecture and an open view of the St. Louis skyline and Gateway Arch.
New to the 2014 season is the Ballpark Village entertainment complex that, among other attractions, features the Cardinals Hall of Fame. The Red Sox return to St. Louis for a rematch of the 2013 World Series from August 5-7; tickets for the series can be found here.
3. AT&T Park (San Francisco)
Since Fenway Park is No. 4 on the list, we’ve moved on to No. 3: AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Giants moved here in 2001 and out of Candlestick Park, where they had played all but two seasons since moving to California from New York in 1958. The 26-foot tall baseball mitt in the outfield is instantly recognizable, as well as the McCovey Cove over right field that adventurous fans take kayaks into in hopes of catching a home run.
The Red Sox played three games in San Francisco in 2013, so they unfortunately won’t be making the trip there in 2014.
2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)
Oriole Park at Camden Yards in hands down the best American League ballpark the Red Sox travel to, and they get to do it on a frequent basis. Sometimes known as “Fenway South’’ due to the high population of Sox fans that make the trip, Camden Yards is a fantastic place to watch a baseball game. Designed in the early 90s, it revolutionized how ballparks were built and set the tone for newer parks such as AT&T Park, Busch Stadium, and PNC Park.
The old-time baseball feel is evident as soon as you walk onto the concourse, but the modern amenities are everywhere. The B&O warehouse in right field is unmistakable, and the atmosphere in the park reminds fans of the traditional feel of Ebbets Field, Sportsmans Park, and Forbes Field.
The Red Sox make three trips to Baltimore this year, so there are plenty of chances for Sox fans to get down there. Tickets for their Opening Day series can be found here; tickets for their trip from June 9-11 are available here; and tickets for their Sept. 19-21 series can be found here.
1. PNC Park (Pittsburgh)
The Pirates ballpark on the north shore of Pittsburgh was voted as the No. 1 ballpark to visit on Trip advisor. The park features full views of the city skyline, the Allegheny River, and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Opened in 2001, PNC Park is a major upgrade for the Pirates from old Three Rivers Stadium, which they shared with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was not ideal for watching baseball.
PNC features great local faire, including potato pirogues, and sandwiches filled with French fries and coleslaw. Luckily for Red Sox fans, the Sox DO go to Pittsburgh this year, making the trip for a three-game series from Sept. 16-18. Tickets for the games can be found here.