Welcome to Ballpark Ratings! My name is Cole Shoemaker, and this has been an ongoing project I have worked on during the tail end of the ballpark building boom, launching in 2012. Ballparkratings.com scrutinizes all major league baseball stadiums and spring training ballparks to a degree never seen before, implementing a comprehensive ratings system based on setting, architecture, functionality, and amenities. This website also features a number of independent research articles that examine the debate (and my opinion) about the history of ballparks, the new wave of retro ballparks, design and architectural trends, the growing business of premium seating, and other logistical specifics: how does it reflect our evolving society from a macro perspective? Each ballpark features a photo gallery with 300+ photos, showcasing not only interior and exterior shots, but pictures that are more difficult to find on the internet, such as the concourses, club lounges, suites, concessions, restaurants, etc. While there is a “comments” section at the end of each specific ballpark review, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments. If you have a question about a specific ballpark, no matter how obscure, please ask! Definitely feel free to comment on the ballpark reviews, as the old comments couldn’t be transferred to our new layout in 2017, so it looks kind of lonely! Also, e-mail me if you have any interest in writing an article yourself for this website. Thanks!
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As you can see, Ballparkratings.com has a new design! Most of the format is the same, but the site has a modernized layout that is more tablet friendly. The large photo galleries are more streamlined and accessible (so you don’t have to cycle through all of them), while old “dead” links and pages will be updated. I’ll also revamp some of the content in the ballpark reviews to bring them up to date. Be patient, as I am still working out some of the kinks.
As of May 1st 2017, here is what has been done:
Throughout the next few weeks, here is what will be done:
Throughout the 2017 season:
We are striving to provide some much needed new content throughout 2017. Much of the original content, especially the independent articles, date back from 2010 (written before website launch) to 2014. 2017 is a huge year for ballparks all across spring training and major league baseball, and we want ballparkratings.com to be a part of that. I will be using the Facebook page for periodic updates and announcements relating to everything above.
Times change, and the ratings have been slightly altered for the first time since 2011:
I am excited for my 18th consecutive year of spring training! This is one of the most exciting springs in recent memory, with the World Baseball Classic, two extensively renovated ballparks, and the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. I will be seeing 10 spring training games and three WBC games.
Here’s the docket for March 2017:
During the regular season, here is my tentative schedule:
On the edge of McCovey Cove, the Giants ballpark has the best views in all of baseball. While Camden Yards is generally seen as the poster child of the ballpark building boom, AT&T Park is the biggest success story of the era, constructed with private financing and generating a huge boost in attendance. Like I said, no ballpark transformed a team and its fan base quite like this. Once you couple these factors with transcendental water views and amazing amenities, you easily have one of the best ballparks in baseball.