It's not every day when an icon manages to meet your expectations, never mind exceed them. But Fenway Park, the Mecca for everyone interested in balkparks on any level, not only meets expectations but shatters them. It is true that at Fenway the grass is greener, the hot dogs are tastier, and the fans more passionate than any other park in major-league baseball.
Fenway Park / Boston Red Sox
Tropicana Field / Tampa Bay Rays
Let's get this right out of the way: Tropicana Field is not the worst facility in the major leagues. The Metrodome clearly is. By far. Now, having said that, it's also clear that Tropicana Field is the second-worst facility in the majors. In many ways it's directly comparable to the Metrodome, as both hated domes exist for very good reasons: weather. Some protection from the elements is needed in Minnesota in April and late September, and outdoor baseball in Florida during those hot summer months can be unbearable. And when both facilities were designed, a dome was considered state of the art.
Ed Smith Stadium / Baltimore Orioles
Dunedin Stadium / Dunedin Blue Jays / Toronto Blue Jays
Tucked away in the corner of a Tampa/St. Pete suburb, Dunedin Stadium (formerly known as Knology Park) is a facility designed for spring-training needs, not to serve the audience of a Class A Florida State League team. As a result, there's not a lot of excitement surrounding a Dunedin Blue Jays game: the team is perennially next-to-last in Florida State League attendance, and the team doesn't exactly overwhelm their potential audience with a flood of promotions.
SunLife Stadium / Florida Marlins
LandShark Stadium is a great place to catch a football game, but so far unsuccessful in sustaining any kind of fan base for baseball. This will be the final season there for the Florida Marlins.
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