There are many reasons to love October. The weather, the fashion, Halloween…the PSLs. But for many it’s the sports. Basketball and hockey are starting up, college and NFL football are in the middle of their seasons, and baseball takes its biggest stage in the playoffs and World Series.
Since we are in the real estate business, this got us thinking: What if we could list and attempt to sell modern baseball stadiums? Yeah, yeah, we know. A few are publicly owned and all are under the thumb of owners or groups of team owners that have leases and the like. This isn’t a practical exercise.
But it is a fun exercise! Baseball stadiums, unlike most other sportive fields of play, can have unique dimensions and features, making them easily distinguishable from one another.
Here are the 10 stadiums in Major League baseball we’d most like to list:
Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y.
This one is a no-brainer. Not only is this the second generation of The House that (Babe) Ruth built (the original Yankee Stadium) was torn down after the 2008 season), it’s the most expensive baseball-only stadium ever, at nearly $1.3 billion. History, curb appeal (the white facade is synonymous with Yankee tradition and stability) and sheer square footage (capacity: nearly 55,000) make this the most attractive listing in Major League Baseball. If only it could have been built in Manhattan.
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.
This one has nearly as much history as the home of the Yankees, if far fewer championships. A attractive feature, however, is that it is the original deal, built in 1914 but with a bunch of modern improvements. Add in mature landscaping (even if it is climbing
the outfield walls
) , an entertaining atmosphere with lots of day games and one of the nicest locations in baseball (Chicago’s toney north side), and you’ve got a championship listing. Hopefully you won’t have to wait 108 years to close on it, though.
Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.
Fenway is the Red Sox Statler to the Cubs’ Waldorf: Fenway is two years older than Wrigley, equally as historic and charming, but arguably more in need of repair or replacement. Opened on April 20, 1912 (the same week the Titanic sank), Fenway saw a curse of its own until the Sox reeled off three championships in 10 years starting in 2004. Keep an eye on the property line, though — Fenway has one of the oddest outfield-wall contours in baseball. Though the Green Monster makes one heck of a privacy fence.
Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.
Now we move to the more modern breed of stadium, and Marlins Park is the most modern of all, opened in 2012. It’s an abode only someone in love with the loud colors of south Florida could love. Most of the walls are green, though the entertaining sculpture in center field, which goes into motion when a Marlin hits a home run, is a nice touch. It’s a retractable roof stadium (being in Miami, it closed most of the time) with working HVAC. Even though it takes a very specific buyer, this could be a chance to sell high, as Marlins Park will host baseball’s All-Star Game in 2017.
Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.
It’s easy to forget that, at this point, Chase Field is one of the older stadiums on the block, opened in 1998 when the Arizona Diamondbacks began play. It’s notable for its location — in the middle of the desert — and downtown Phoenix location. But the real selling point is the swimming pool beyond the right field wall. which you can rent by the game. Yeah, we know pools rarely add value to a home, but the kids are going to love it!
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Widely recognized as the nicest of the new wave of retro-modern baseball stadium (think French Country McMansions), the real selling point of this lovely ballpark is the panoramic view of Pittsburgh and the Alleghany River . This is one of those places you aspire to purchase when you’re old and about to retire (like much of the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation). Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia) and Busch Stadium (St. Louis) follow closely in the “stellar view of city skylines” category.
AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.
If location is king, then the home of the San Francisco Giants is baseball’s Emperor for Life. Situated on some of the finest real estate in the country, if not the world, AT&T Park features a view of the bay, with the water so close hundreds of home runs have actually landed in it, which the team has dubbed “splash hits” .
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wis.
Okay, so it’s another of the modern retractable roof stadiums, but it’s big and clean, and we wouldn’t mind listing this one for the food . It’s like selling a home with a live in master griller written into the contract.
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ont., Canada
Once called Skydome and considered a marvel of the sporting world, Rogers Centre is now the most peculiar stadium in baseball. Built in the early ’90s, it has firm roots in both the era of retractable roof comfort as well as the antiseptic, all-purpose domes of the ’60s and ’70s. The first stadium to proudly feature outfield restaurants, a Hard Rock Cafe and even a hotel (we’re not going to link it, but a web search for “Skydome hotel windows” will give you some entertaining reading), Skydome (when open) features a view of CN Tower i n one of the western hemisphere’s most underrated cities.
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Hahahaha. Just kidding. No one wants to live in Washington D.C. right now.