TripAdvisor Announces America's Top 10 Ballparks

Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:00am EDT

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Best Venues in the Big Leagues Identified by Travelers Worldwide
NEWTON, Mass.,  March 21, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --  TripAdvisorĀ®, the world's
largest travel site*, today announced the top 10 ballparks in the U.S.,
according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index.  With baseball season in full
swing starting on  March 31, travelers can enjoy America's pastime in all its
glory at these celebrated hardball havens.

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1.  PNC Park,  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Perched along the Allegheny River, this renowned ballpark features spectacular
sights of the Steel City skyline and the beautiful  Clemente Bridge. A unique
two-level ballpark that opened in 2001, PNC provides an intimate setting and
spectacular views and sightlines from anywhere in the stadium. A TripAdvisor
traveler commented, "The views of the city from the ballpark are beautiful;
great food and beer selections."

2.  AT&T Park,  San Francisco, California

Travelers visiting AT&T Park can take in amazing views of the San Francisco Bay
in this stunning ballyard that opened in 2000.  Visitors wait for home run balls
to be hit into  McCovey Cove, enjoy tasty local fare and beverages and can visit
the 50-by-50 foot replica of the park designed for children. "Even if you don't
like baseball, you must take in a game here," said a TripAdvisor traveler.

3.  Oriole Park at Camden Yards,  Baltimore, Maryland

A modern classic and first of the "retro parks," Camden Yards is located blocks
from Inner Harbor and has been the popular home to  Baltimore's big league team
since 1992. Before the game, travelers can explore  Eutaw Street  where more
than 60 home runs have landed, and marvel at the impressive B&O Warehouse in
right field, claimed to be the longest brick building on the East Coast. A
TripAdvisor traveler said, "Just an amazing ballpark truly the total package for
going to a baseball game."

4.  Fenway Park,Boston, Massachusetts

In the heart of  Boston, baseball fans will enjoy a game at America's oldest
ballpark. Since 1912, this "lyric little bandbox," as described by  John Updike,
has been home to  Boston's beloved "local nine" and is famous for the Green
Monster wall in left field, atop which visitors can now enjoy seeing games. 
"Absolutely loved watching our first baseball game at Fenway! Amazing fans,
great beer and a good time," commented a TripAdvisor traveler.  

5.  Busch Stadium,  St. Louis, Missouri

Often referred to as "New Busch Stadium," this gorgeous park opened in 2006 and
allows baseball fans to enjoy the game against the backdrop of the Gateway Arch
and  St. Louis  skyline. Those big on game day goodies can indulge in many
mouthwatering local foods including everything from turkey legs to pulled pork.
"If you stroll around the park, you will find that Busch Stadium is an
experience all in itself," said one TripAdvisor traveler.  

6.  Citizens Bank Park,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

With its lowered field 23 feet below street level and bowl-style seating,
visitors enjoy magnificent sightlines for the game as well as stunning views of
the city skyline. At this stunning new stadium that opened in 2004, fans can
partake in a local favorite Philly cheesesteak and catch a glimpse of the
players warming up from the bullpen viewing platform. A TripAdvisor traveler
commented, "I've traveled around the country visiting baseball parks, and
nothing quite compares."



7.  Petco Park,  San Diego, California   

Travelers visiting "America's Finest City" are invited to explore this seaside
ballpark, which complements the beauty of the surrounding Pacific Ocean. Since
opening its gates in 2004, Petco Park has allowed fans to cheer from one of the
site's trademark dark blue seats or its grass-covered seating area known as "The
Park at the Park." A TripAdvisor traveler noted, "The atmosphere is the best,
the fans are super cool and the view is simply spectacular."  

8.Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

Celebrating its 40th  anniversary this year, Kauffman Stadium claims to have
hosted more than 70 million baseball enthusiasts since 1973. Known best for its
322-foot illuminated fountain and waterfall display, Kauffman Stadium is a fan
favorite. "Every seat is a good seat, the fountains are iconic, and the outfield
activities for kids are great," commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

 9.Rangers Ballpark in Arlington,  Arlington, Texas 

With an asymmetrical natural grass field, this 270-acre sports complex was
designed to resemble the iconic ballparks of the early 20th  century. Travelers
will enjoy state-of-the-art amenities, as the stadium features a premium sound
system equipped with 1,200 speakers throughout the venue. A TripAdvisor traveler
noted, "It is one of the few stadiums that have tried to make you feel like the
old time major league stadium still exists."



10.  Wrigley Field,  Chicago, Illinois 

Built in 1914, the Windy City's iconic "friendly confines" has witnessed many
memorable moments in baseball, including Babe Ruth's famous "called shot." Today
the traditions continue as the score-by-innings are still manually changed, the
outfield walls are adorned in ivy, and  Harry Carey's beloved "Take Me Out to
the Ballgame" is still sung during the seventh-inning stretch. A TripAdvisor
traveler commented, "No Chicago visit is complete without a trip to Wrigley
Field!"

"Nothing says Americana like a day out at the old ball game, and the TripAdvisor
community has identified these popular stadiums as the finest," said  Brooke
Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. "From the architecture of
the buildings, to the stunning views of the surroundings, to the local culinary
delights, these parks provide travelers with baseball-rich experiences that will
last a lifetime."

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisorĀ®  is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan
and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers
and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links
to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community
in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100
million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide,
including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for
Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to
millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other
travel media brands:  www.airfarewatchdog.com,  www.bookingbuddy.com, 
www.cruisecritic.com,  www.everytrail.com,  www.familyvacationcritic.com, 
www.flipkey.com,  www.holidaylettings.co.uk,  www.holidaywatchdog.com, 
www.independenttraveler.com,  www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, 
www.sniqueaway.com,  www.smartertravel.com,  www.tingo.com, 
www.travel-library.com,  www.travelpod.com,  www.virtualtourist.com, 
www.whereivebeen.com, and  www.kuxun.cn. 

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide,  January 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data,  January 2013

Ā©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. 

SOURCE  TripAdvisor


Alison Croyle, (617)670-6737, acroyle@tripadvisor.com

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