America’s ballparks: 7 quirky facts

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With Opening Day bringing baseball season to an official start across the U.S. this week, we’re celebrating America’s favorite pastime with a look at a few quirky facts about America’s ballparks.

Hot dog sales are expected to reach 21,357,361 across the country’s 30 Major League baseball parks this year, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Hot dogs are an American ballpark staple (Image: dinnercraft)
Hot dogs are an American ballpark staple (Image: dinnercraft)

Summer heat ain’t no thing at Chase Field, home stadium of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The air-conditioned – yes, air-conditioned – stadium stays cool thanks to a retractable roof that opens and closes to its own music.

 Chase Field beats the desert heat with air conditioning and a retractable roof (Image: Ken Lund used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Chase Field beats the desert heat with air conditioning and a retractable roof (Image: Ken Lund used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Another way to beat the heat at Chase Field? Grab some friends and watch the game from the swimming pool suite. Yup.

Fans can catch the Arizona Diamondbacks from the pool suite at Chase Field (Image: Ryan Leighty)
Fans can catch the Arizona Diamondbacks from the pool suite at Chase Field (Image: Ryan Leighty)

Fans can meet real rays at a Tampa Bay Rays game thanks to the touch tanks at Tropicana Field.

Fans touch rays at the Tropicana Fields touch tank (Image: Fifth World Art)
Fans touch rays at the Tropicana Fields touch tank (Image: Fifth World Art)

Baseballs at Denver’s Coors Field are kept in a humidor to keep them from traveling as far during play.

Coors Field stores its baseballs in a humidor (Image: Keith Allison used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Coors Field stores its baseballs in a humidor (Image: Keith Allison used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

According to baseball lore, Fenway Park’s iconic Green Monster was constructed after owner Tom Yawkey realized nearby restaurants had a clear view of the field. It has since become a pivotal part of Red Sox history, both making and breaking games.

The Green Monster at Fenway Park (Image: Madeleine_H)
The Green Monster at Fenway Park (Image: Madeleine_H)

The Oakland Coliseum is a batting average nightmare, thanks to the field boasting more foul territory than any other ballpark.

Oakland Coliseum has more foul territory than any other field (Image: bryce_edwards)
Oakland Coliseum has more foul territory than any other field (Image: bryce_edwards)

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America’s ballparks: 7 quirky facts was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
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Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.