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.
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.
Another way to beat the heat at Chase Field? Grab some friends and watch the game from the swimming pool suite. Yup.
Fans can meet real rays at a Tampa Bay Rays game thanks to the touch tanks at Tropicana Field.
Baseballs at Denver’s Coors Field are kept in a humidor to keep them from traveling as far during play.
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 Oakland Coliseum is a batting average nightmare, thanks to the field boasting more foul territory than any other ballpark.
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