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The facade of the NY Mets' home, Citi Field, is inspired by Ebbets Field, the former home of the once Brooklyn Dodgers, the team that contributed much of its fanbase to the Mets after it skipped town for Los Angeles in 1957. The soaring entry rotunda is named for Dodgers great Jackie Robinson, the first black player of the modern era. There's a huge apple in center field that rises and lights up every time the Mets hit a home run.
After the original Yankee Stadium was gutted and rebuilt in the 1970s, many people complained that the renovation destroyed the charm of the original -- and left it historically flat. The new ballpark is partially an attempt to fix some of those losses. One of them: the white, fence-like frieze that rings the top of the stadium. In center field, Monument Park pays tribute to the many great Yankees of the past with plaques and retired numbers.
Located on an arm of San Francisco Bay known as McCovey Cove and named after Giants great Willie McCovey. Barry Bonds has hit the majority of the home runs that have landed in the water nearby AT&T Park. The stadium has a very open outfield to allow for the beautiful views of that same water -- Kayakers often float in the cove in hopes of catching one of those errant home run balls.
The third-oldest stadium in baseball, Dodger Stadium is located in Chavez Ravine and has a great view of the Los Angeles hills beyond the outfield. It currently has the only symmetrical playing field in the National League. The Dodgers also have an all-you-can-eat section, where admission gets you unlimited Dodger Dogs, nachos, popcorn and peanuts.
As the smallest ballpark in baseball, and one of the toughest tickets, the Boston Red Sox recently installed seating on top of the Green Monster, the huge green wall in left field at Fenway Park, to combat the crowding. Before every game fans congregate on Yawkey Way outside of the stadium, which is closed to traffic on game days.
The ballpark that started it all! The first "retro ballpark," Baltimore's Camden Yards inspired most of the ballparks built since after it opened in 1992. Instead of tearing down a huge railroad warehouse that stood on the site, the Orioles decided to incorporate it into the ballpark's structure.
The outfield walls are covered in ivy -- and sometimes a ball gets lost in there. Chicago's Wrigley Field is known as the "Friendly Confines," but it's not always so friendly. When a member of the visiting team hits a home run into the bleachers, the fans throw it back.
Many think PNC Park has the best skyline view in the Major Leagues -- you can see all of downtown Pittsburgh in right field. But what makes it really special are the bridges you can also see leading over the Allegheny River from downtown to the stadium. One of them, the Roberto Clemente Bridge -- named after baseball's first Hispanic superstar -- is closed to traffic on game days so fans can walk over it.
When the San Diego Padres built Petco Park, they also built a small park beyond the outfield where fans can sit and watch the game on a big screen. The ballpark incorporates the Western Metal Supply Co., a historic building that now makes up part of the left-field wall.
Seattle's Safeco Field is one of the few ballparks with a retractable roof, which is really just a cover -- the stadium is never completely enclosed. Also the first ballpark to serve sushi -- the signature item was the Ichiroll (really a spicy tuna roll), named after the Mariners' star Japanese player, Ichiro.