Stadiums I've Been To

by rmpaq5 - 36 cards (Last updated on Aug 18, 2019)

1. 2001 Multi-Ad Brooklyn Cyclones #35 Sandy the Seagull

At the time called KeySpan Park. Game was called due to lightning just before the scheduled start. The view of Coney Island though was impressive

2. 2012 Topps Chicago White Sox #CWS17 U.S. Cellular Field

The one thing I remember most about this park is HOW STEEP the upper deck was. My friends and I sat in the upper deck in between home and first base. I almost got vertigo.

3. 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter - Fields of Yore #FOY-02 Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Saw one game here. Not much to tell it was cavernous and empty. It was 1992 and I was legal drinking age in Ontario, but a few years shy in the States. The beer vendor in our section did not care, and he knew the drinking age in Ontario was 19. His quote, "Heck if you can drink at home who am I to judge," and the brews flowed!

4. 2002 Fleer #538 Jacobs Field

I've seen 3 or 4 games at "The Jake" and I have to say I really enjoyed the times there. From the locations I have sat in left field would be my least favourite. The high wall prevents you from seeing plays near the fence.

5. 1981 Detroit News Detroit Tigers #8 Tiger Stadium

Hands down the major stadium I have been to the most. Growing up in Windsor there was a bus that went through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel that dropped you off right in front of the stadium so I was going to games from my mid teens until the stadium closed. Bleacher seats were $5 and beer was $4. Favourite spot to sit right field, the overhang put you almost on the field.

6. 2008 Topps Gift Sets Detroit Tigers #55 Comerica Park

I moved away from the Detroit area in 2001, so I have only seen a handful of games at Comerica. My fondest memory is from 2006, in the heat of the pennant race with the White Sox. Ivan Rodriguez hit a go ahead homer late and the place went absolutely nuts. My buddies and I were among the "standing room only" part of the crowd and watched the whole game standing on a walkway in the lower deck.

7. 1990 Best Hamilton Redbirds #10 Troy Salvior

This is a neat one. Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario used to be the home of the Hamilton Redbirds, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Didn't go to see a game there, but this summer (2019) my oldest son (u16 - "Minor Midget") played there as I coached third base. This is my last year (most likely) of coaching my oldest son. He is moving on to an age division of multiple year cohorts and the teams at that age division have established coaching staffs.

8. 2000 Multi-Ad Iowa Cubs #22 Todd Van Poppel

Then called Sec Taylor Stadium, now known as Principal Park. Only there for a little while as the game was called before the first pitch due to rain.

9. 2013 Topps Kansas City Royals #KCR17 Kauffman Stadium

Absolutely gorgeous! Went on an extended road trip many years ago and saw a double header here between the Royals and Tigers. We were supposed to see a weekend worth of games but it rained continuously. It was an anniversary weekend for the 85 champion Royals, and saw many of their past greats milling around the concourses.

10. 1955 Golden Stamps Milwaukee Braves #NNO Milwaukee County Stadium

One of my absolute favourite places I have ever seen a game. My friends and I rolled in to see the Tigers and Brewers play, and then planned on hitting the bars around the stadium after....well the game lasted 18 innings and bar time was cut short. Why I loved this place? We sat upper deck first base side and the view of the game was fantastic. It was umbrella give away night...and for the 7th inning stretch it wasn't just take me out to the ball game, but a rousing rendition of roll out the barrel, which I go to hear twice (again in the 14th inning) where the umbrellas given away became party props for the song. Tigers won when (I think) Dmitri Young hit a homer in the top of the 18th and whomever was left in the bullpen hung on.



Apr 14, 2019 - 9:17PM

Cool list.  I've been to five of these.

Apr 15, 2019 - 2:57AM

That's a bunch of stadiums/arenas! The only one in your list that I've been inside of was the Jake. Jacobs Field in Cleveland (now Progressive Field) was my first in-person MLB game as I watched the Indians lose to the Detriot Tigers 4-3. That game was delayed one day by the remnants of Hurricane Katrina and Ivan Rodriguez hit a 2-run HR late in the game to take a 4-2 lead. Cleveland added a run in the 9th, but it wasn't enough. I did drive by the original Yankee Stadium on the way from Cooperstown to NYC that same year though (2005) and the HBC Center where the Buffalo Sabres play 2 days earlier. I also saw the Bears and Browns NFL stadiums before I got to the game at the Jake. All my other sports venues are MUCH farther south.

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:19AM

Fantastic list!  Enjoyed reading your adventures in these places.  As you succinctly put it Hamilton is a nightmare to drive through.

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:04AM

Nice.  Only have Yankee and Rich Stadiums in common.

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:54PM

I was also at that England/Germany game in 93. Awesome!

Sep 24, 2020 - 7:18AM

If I did a list like this, it would include a lot of hockey road trips.  One of them was with a friend going to Buffalo, Hamilton and Binghamton in 1996.  I don't remember any problems going into Hamilton, but I wasn't doing the driving.  We also checked out Niagara Falls and dropped by the Niagara Falls Arena.  The doors were open so we walked in and looked around.

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