Few experiences are more enjoyable for sports fans than a trip to the ballpark. But the action on the field is not always the biggest draw. Sometimes, it’s the stadium itself that is worth the price of admission.
Whether it’s a signature aesthetic or noteworthy attraction, a century old or recently debuted, you can find these iconic baseball stadium features across the country.
The Green Monster
Towering more than 37 feet high, Fenway’s iconic left-field wall is likely the most recognizable stadium feature in all of baseball. Seats were installed atop the Green Monster in 2003, providing lucky fans with a one-of-a-kind view of the game.
Check out our Fenway Park stadium guide.
With a record number of Hall of Famers as well as countless other greats who have helped win a Major League-best 27 World Series, the Yankees have a plethora of legendary players worth honoring. They do so at Monument Park, located just beyond the center-field fence. The museum is free and open to guests prior to each home game.
Check out our Yankee Stadium guide.
The Home Run Apple
Since 1980, the Home Run Apple has been popping out of its resting place behind the center-field wall every time a Mets player hits a homer. When the team moved into Citi Field in 2009, the original apple was installed just outside the park, while a new, twice as tall apple took its place.
Check out our Citi Field stadium guide.
The B&O Warehouse
Constructed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the 1,000-foot-long warehouse has been standing in its place since 1905. When Camden Yards opened next door in 1992, the red-brick building became a signature feature of the stadium’s trendsetting retro-style aesthetic.
The Roberto Clemente Bridge
The Roberto Clemente Bridge, named after the Pirates Hall of Famer, is an unofficial yet unmissable part of PNC Park. Spectators have an unimpeded view of the bright-yellow overpass that spans the nearby Alleghany River. The bridge is closed to cars during Pirates’ home games, giving fans a pedestrian path to the stadium.
Boston ivy has adorned the outfield wall of Wrigley Field since the 1930s. Installed to help make the stadium more of a destination, the foliage remains one of the most iconic baseball stadium features to this day.
The Water Spectacular
Kansas City, Mo.
The 322-foot-wide water spectacular, consisting of waterfalls and fountains, has been entertaining Kansas City fans for decades. Upon opening, it was largest privately funded fountain in the world.
Rays Touch Tank
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Part attraction, part educational exhibit, the touch tank is the 10,000-gallon home of a fever of cownose stingrays, the same species found in the waters of Tampa Bay. The animals are cared for by staff from the Florida Aquarium. Fans can visit the tank throughout the game.
The Purple Seats
In the thin air of Coors Field’s upper deck, you’ll find a distinctively painted row of purple seats. This row is 5,280 feet above sea level, exactly a mile high.
The Swimming Pool
Cool off in the desert with a dip in Chase Field’s swimming pool. The 8,500-gallon tank, located just beyond the right-field fence, has been a staple of the Arizona ballpark since it opened in 1998.
San Francisco, Calif.
The unofficial name of San Francisco Bay located just over Oracle Park’s right-field wall, McCovey Cove is named after former Giants’ great Willie McCovey. On game days, the water is filled with boaters and kayakers waiting for a chance to scoop up a home run ball.
For more tips and recommendations on things to see, do and eat in and around all three Northeast Major League Baseball stadiums, be sure to check out our full Northeast Baseball Guide at AAA.com/Baseball.
Tell us about your favorite iconic baseball stadium in the comments.
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The Ivy at Wrigley. I’ve been a Cubs fan since May 6, 1998. I was 10 and home sick from school that day. I watched baseball for the first time ever that day. It was Kerry Wood’s 5th career start and his 20 strikeout game. We grew up with the Cubs together.
I’ve been fortunate to have attended Yankee games for the last 55 years. As a college freshman, I did the play by play into my small, Sears tape recorder of the first pitch lead off home run by Chris Chambliss in the 1976. You can hit the ball hit the bat as i intoned, “deep to right, that ball is going, going, GONE! The Yankees win the pennant, they win the pennant.” The blow led to bedlam. “The fans, they’re mobbing the field!” It put the Bronx Bombers into the World Series for the first time in more than a decade.
If you’re a baseball fan it really doesn’t matter which team you root for. Baseball history is fascinating. America’s past time. ⚾
Love the memories,nothing beats a connection to a favorite team.Even though I’m a life long Boston Red Sox fan I appreciate the storied history in any ballpark,no matter the competition!
In the 1970’s, when Yankee Stadium was renovated, all the old seats went to the United Housewreckers in Stamford, CT. I was able to buy 2 seats and install them on the patio in my back yard. My son I enjoyed them for many years of having our Yankee fantasies. When we left the house, we gave them to a friend whose son is a huge Yankee fan.
He has used them and taken care of them for many years. Yankee history goes on!