Baseball is played in baseball parks, also known as baseball diamonds, around the world. They are made up of the field and spectator seating. The seating capacity in baseball parks can vary from just a few bleachers to multiple tiers of seats. This article takes a look at the biggest baseball parks in the world according to seat capacity.
Biggest Baseball Parks In The World
1. Dodger Stadium
The biggest baseball park in the world is Dodger Stadium, located in Los Angeles in the US state of California. It can seat up to 56,000 spectators. Construction of this baseball park was privately financed and cost $23 million, which is the equivalent of $182 million today. Construction began in 1959 and lasted for 3 years. Dodger Stadium officially opened to the public on April 10, 1962, making it the oldest baseball park located west of the Mississippi River. Some of the most famous games played here include 8 World Series games, the 1984 Summer Olympics, semi-finals and finals of the World Baseball Classics, and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game of 1980.
2. Estadio Latinoamericano
The Estadio Latinoamericano has a seating capacity of 55,000, making it one of two of the second largest baseball parks in the world. It is located in Havana, Cuba and is considered the most important baseball stadium in Latin America. The first game played here was between the Cienfuegos and the Almendares on October 26, 1946, with an attendance of 31,000. In 1971, its size was expanded to its current capacity. Although principally utilized for baseball games, this stadium has also hosted dances, boxing matches, and political demonstrations.
3. Tokyo Dome
The 3rd largest baseball park in the world is located in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Dome has a total capacity of 55,000 and shares its second place position with the Estadio Latinoamericano. The dome of this stadium is an air supported structure, which means that it is held up by the pressurized air within the stadium. This baseball park was opened to the public on March 17, 1988, after nearly 3 years of construction. It is part of the larger Tokyo Dome City, which is an entertainment center with an amusement park, restaurants, horse race betting, and stores. This stadium hosts a number of other events, including concerts, wrestling matches, American football, and monster truck rallies.
4. Sapporo Dome
The Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan is the third biggest baseball park in the world. It has the capacity to hold 53,796 spectators. This stadium was opened in June of 2001 with 41,580 seats and in 2009, it was expanded to its current capacity. The Sapporo Dome is unique in that it offers two different playing surfaces. It has an artificial turf field for baseball games and a grass surface that can be slid into and out of the dome for football games. Additionally, it has a fixed dome roof. This venue hosted 3 matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship of 2007. During the Ski Championship, the Sapporo Dome became the first location in the world where both nighttime and indoors skiing events occurred at a championship level.