Dubbed “America’s favorite pastime,” fans eagerly await Opening Day of baseball season in late March, which lasts throughout the summer. The warm weather and clear skies also bring boaters out and about. Three parks are known by baseball fans everywhere as the most breathtaking ballparks by the water. AT&T Park, PNC Park and Safeco Field all combine old-fashioned American baseball with breathtaking scenery along their riverfront locations.
Home to the San Francisco Giants since 2000, AT&T Park houses 41,600 seats with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. According to Ballparks of Baseball website, in 2008, the ballpark was chosen as the Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. Since the stadium is so close to the water, “splash hits” are not uncommon and fans will kayak in McCovey Cove in hopes of catching a home run ball. For the fans that don’t want to drive, they can ride the ferries that tie up to the pier hidden behind the scoreboard. Some memorable moments at the ballpark includes Matt McCain's perfect pitch (2012), a no-hitter by Jonathan Sanchez (2009), and Barry Bonds’ 756th home run (2007).
PNC Park stands as the stomping grounds for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since its opening in 2001, ball players from all across the country have hit, pitched and stolen their way along the shore of the Allegheny River. The ballpark embodies the spirit of early baseball, while capturing the soul of progressive in Pittsburgh. Fans can admire a good ball game, while simultaneously taking in the scenic view of the downtown skyline, riverfront and Roberto Clemente Bridge. According to the Official MLB Pirates website, PNC Park also serves as an impressive venue for corporate meetings, trade shows, weddings, parties and other events. Known as one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball, PNC Park is one of the smallest ballparks, at a capacity of 38,362 people. According to CBS Detroit, Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez (2015), Garrett Jones (2013) and Houston’s Daryle Ward (2002) are the only three baseball players to have hit the ball out of the park—and into the Allegheny River.
As the sun sets over Puget Sound, Mariners’ fans can’t resist looking away from the game to catch a glimpse of the beautiful sight. Since opening in 1999, the Safeco Field has been recognized as a favorite among baseball fans. Similar to the AT&T Park, fans don’t have to fight traffic to get to the game, instead they can ride in on a water taxi or ferry. While some fans may love the water, what they don’t love is the notorious Seattle rain. According to the Official MLB Mariners website, Safeco Field is equipped with a retractable roof, ensuring that fans stay protected and entertained at every game. Once the game is finished, fans can take a trip down memory lane and check out the Hall of Fame. There are nine Hall of Famers that have been inducted: first baseman Alvin Davis, catcher Dan Wilson, announcer Dave Niehaus, manager Lou Piniella, outfielder Jay Buhner, designated hitter Edgar Martinez, pitcher Randy Johnson, outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. and pitcher Jamie Moyer.
The astonishing atmosphere of AT&T Park, the sweeping views from PNC Park and the unparalleled experience of Safeco Field are what keep baseball lovers—and boaters—everywhere singing, “take me out to the ballgame.”
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