In recent decades, the list of newest MLB stadiums has become an ever-changing one as teams and their fans demand access to the latest amenities.
Some of the most storied ballparks in the land have been cast to the side in this rush toward the modern, and even some of the new fields barely last a generation.
All of which is to say that this list of the 10 newest MLB stadiums will likely continued to flux over the next several years. For now, though, here is today’s lineup:
1. Globe Life Field (2020)
The very newest MLB stadium is case in point. Construction on Globe Life Field began in 2017, a mere 23 years after its predecessor, Globe Life Park (née, The Ballpark at Arlington) opened for business as the home of the Texas Rangers. Scheduled for an Opening Day debut, the retractable-roof Globe Life Field had to wait until July of 2020 to officially greet the world, thanks to the pandemic-induced delay to the MLB season.
2. Truist Park (2017)
The opening of Truist Park marked an even hastier transition than did Globe Life Field. Turner Field had begun life as Centennial Olympic Stadium, built for the 1996 Olympics but with the express intent of turning it into a baseball-only venue starting in 1997. That’s exactly what happened, but the marriage between Turner Field and the Altanta Braves would soon hit the rocks, and the team announced in 2013 that the 2016 season would be their last in the ballpark. SunTrust Park opened as scheduled in 2017 and became Truist Park in 2020 following some corporate realignments.
3. loanDepot Park (2012)
After spending most of the first three decades of their existence in Joe Robbie Stadium, the
Florida Miami Marlins christened colorful new Marlins Park in 2012. Since then, the team sold naming rights to LoanDepot, and the stadium took on the stylized name of loanDepot Park. One of the most colorful and festive ballparks in the game, loanDepot Park is also among the smallest MLB stadiums today.
4. Target Field (2010)
A successful three-decade tenure that produced two World Series champions and countless amazing memories couldn’t save the Metrodome from the scrapheap of baseball history. Derided almost from its inception for its dome-ness, its artificial turf, its unnatural atmosphere, and its “baggie” outfield wall, the Metrodome bit the dust in 2014, four years after Target Field replaced it as the home of the Minnesota Twins.
5. Citi Field (2009)
When National League baseball came back to New York in 1962, the expansion New York Mets had no place to call home — so they camped out in the old Polo Grounds. Two years later, Shea Stadium opened and remained a prominent, if complained-about, part of NYC baseball for nearly 50 years. In 2009, the old ballpark gave way to Citi Field, a sparkling new diamond built in the same lot.
6. Yankee Stadium (2009)
This may not be the “House that Ruth Built,” but it *is* sort of “The House that the House that Ruth Built Built.” Because, without all the success and history that unfolded from the baseball cradle that was the original Yankee Stadium, there never would have been the appetite and budget to rebuild in a more modern venue in 2009. The new Yankee Stadium combines the old (statues, walls, etc.) with the new (luxury boxes, modern scoreboards, etc.) to great effect.
7. Nationals Park (2008)
When the Montreal Expos packed up shop and moved to Washington, D.C., for the 2005 season, they had to make due with what they had at their disposal. When it came to playing venues , that meant camping out at RFK Stadium until their new digs were ready. Nationals Park opened three years later and has already witnessed one World Series champion (in 2019).
8. Busch Stadium (2006)
Old Busch (Memorial) Stadium was one of the cookie-cutter bowls of a park that proliferated during the 1970s, even though the St. Louis Cardinals added some distinguishing touches (like the archways along the top of the stadium rim). Still, Busch Stadium II, as it was sometimes called, lacked the intimacy and quirkiness of old Sportsman’s Park, which was one of the charges of the new Busch Stadium (III). Opening in 2006, New Busch fits the modern-retro mold and has already hosted two World Series winners (2006, 2011).
9. Citizens Bank Park (2004)
Of all the spaceship-style stadiums unveiled during the 1970s, Veterans Stadium was perhaps the most reviled by local fans. And so, after decades of dissatisfaction, Phillies phaithful welcomed the sparkling new Citizens Bank Park in 2004. The new cathedral looked all the more spectacular when the Philly won the 2008 World Series.
10. Petco Park (2004)
The San Diego Padres were yet another team who called a cookie-cutter home during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Stepping into the new century, though, they joined most of the rest of those teams in christening a new ballpark, Petco Park, to replace the old Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium.
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