Second Sunday Presentation Takes Attendees Out to the Ballpark

(above) Presenter John Cerilli pointing to Fenway Park – his #2 in the rankings.
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Take Me Out to the Ballpark

Submitted by Peter Nicolas

There are 30 MLB stadiums. Which is the best? Which has the most delicious food? The Florham Park Library “Second Sunday of the Month” program held on April 14th featured John Cerilli who presented his personal rankings and reflections on the 30 current Major League parks — from worst to first! 

John is a docent at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, NJ, a longtime New York Mets season ticket holder, a decades long member-supporter of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). In 2022, he completed his quest of current stadiums by attending three games at Globe Life Field, the latest MLB ballpark to open. During his baseball travels, he has attended MLB games at 48 stadiums — including many that no longer exist, as well as the first games ever played in Europe at London Stadium/Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2019. His current quest is to see his beloved Mets play in every current park; he’s missing eight.

Many of the presentation attendees noted that John Cerilli built up to #1 by starting off with #30. It’s important to note that he even had some good things to say about Tropicana Field.  Also important is that while the presentation went from “worst to first”, for the purposes of this article it begins with John’s “favorites”.  “Favorites”, because John explained that on any day of the month, he could reconsider the order of the Top 5. He considers the view for the fans, food, travel, ambiance (including enthusiasm of the fans), and much more.  Read on to determine if you agree with these rankings!

  1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
  2. Fenway Park, Boston (oldest stadium, built 1912)
  3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh (great park and not as expensive for fans as many others)
  4. Oracle Park, San Francisco
  5. Wrigley Field, Chicago (2nd oldest stadium, bult 1914)
  6. Busch Stadium, St. Louis
  7. Petco Park, San Diego
  8. Coors Field, Denver
  9. Comerica Park, Detroit
  10. T-Mobile Park, Seattle
  11. Great American Park, Cincinnati
  12. Progressive Field, Cleveland
  13. Target Field, Minnesota
  14. Truist Field, Atlanta
  15. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
  16. Minute Maid Park, Houston
  17. Citi Field, New York (2009)
  18. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
  19. Yankee Stadium, New York (2009)
  20. Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia (decent prices for fans, but don’t wear Mets gear!)
  21. Nationals Park, Washington
  22. Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
  23. Angels Stadium, Anaheim
  24. American Family Field, Milwaukee
  25. Globe Life Park, Arlington
  26. Chase Field, Phoenix
  27. Marlins Stadium, Miami
  28. Rogers Center, Toronto
  29. Oakland Coliseum, Oakland
  30. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (built 2020)
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