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Most Walkable Baseball Stadiums

Just in time for opening day of baseball season, Walk Score ranks the most walkable ball parks.

Who wouldn’t want a ball park with plenty of places to celebrate (or drown out your team’s sorrows) nearby?

And the winner is… Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park – Walk Score 95!

Rank Ball Park Team Opened Walk Score
1 PNC Park Pittsburgh Pirates 2001 95
2 Fenway Park Boston Red Sox 1912 94
3 Busch Stadium St. Louis Cardinals 2006 94
4 Progressive Field Cleveland Indians 1994 92
5 Coors Field Colorado Rockies 1995 91
6 Petco Park San Diego Padres 2004 91
7 Camden Yards Baltimore Orioles 1992 88
8 Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs 1914 88
9 Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds 2003 88
10 Yankee Stadium New York Yankees 2009 88
11 Chase Field Phoenix Diamond Backs 1998 88
12 Target Field Minneapolis Twins 2010 86
13 AT&T Park San Francisco Giants 2000 85
14 Rogers Centre Toronto Blue Jays 1989 83
15 Minute Maid Park Houston Astros 2000 80
16 Safeco Field Seattle Mariners 1999 80
17 Tropicana Field Tampa Bay Rays 1990 71
18 U.S. Cellular Field Chicago White Sox 1991 68
19 Angel Stadium Anaheim Angels 1996 62
20 Citi Field New York Mets 2009 60
21 Oakland Coliseum Oakland A’s 1966 52
22 Nationals Park Washington Nationals 2008 52
23 Rangers Ballpark Texas Rangers 1994 51
24 Turner Field Atlanta Braves 1996 51
25 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Dodgers 1962 51
26 Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia Phillies 2004 49
27 Miller Park Milwaukee Brewers 2001 38
28 Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals 1973 28
29 Sun Life Stadium Florida Marlins 1987 22
30 Comerica Park Detroit Tigers 2000 12

And just like the housing market, stadiums built before World War II or after the late 90′s are very walkable.  Stadiums built from 1960 – 1990… not so much!

7 Responses to “Most Walkable Baseball Stadiums”

  1. Lane Says:

    It’s the Arizona Diamondbacks, not the Phoenix Diamond Backs!

  2. Tadd Miller Says:

    Victory Field – Indianapolis Indians – Would Rank #7 on your list of Walkable Stadiums – I know it is only Triple A, but how many Triple A Stadiums would rank? We really just go to these places for the Hot Dogs and sunshine anyway, so it is a great place to have down the street from our condo!

    501 West Maryland Street; Indianapolis, IN – Walk Score: 89 out of 100 — Very Walkable

  3. Kay Emme Says:

    This is anecdotal evidence only, but I’ve lived in both Philadelphia and Detroit and been to baseball games in both. Philadelphia’s stadiums are all clustered in a swath of concrete south of the city. There aren’t really any bars around them at all. Comerica Park (where the Tigers play) is surrounded by lots of little bars and restaurants – Bookies, the Hockey Town Cafe, Cheli’s, etc. The stadium is also sunken into the ground so people walking by can see the game through the fence. I guess I don’t know the methodology that went into this, and Philly’s transit is obviously better, but in my opinion Comerica Park is way more walkable…you just have to get down to it somehow. Thanks!

  4. Jacob Says:

    I love the Phoenix Diamond Backs. Almost as much as the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  5. JRM Says:

    Wow. Walkscore needs some serious updating/tweaking. I figured Comerica Park might not score high, but 12? I looked at the metrics and there are some serious errors, enough that I’m pretty much never going to trust a Walkscore again.

    I can think of a half dozen bars that are closer than the closest listed on the page. Same for restaurants. You completely missed the Fox Theater which is right across the street. On the other hand, the Borders downtown location has been closed for over a year now. The nearest coffee place is not Starbucks at a half mile away but 1515 Broadway which is approximately one-third that distance. Obviously Detroit is not really a walkable city and the CBD is pretty lacking, but anyone with a modicum of common sense could look at the satellite/streetview images of, say, Citizens Bank Park vs. Comerica Park and easily conclude that your ratings appear to be meaningless.

  6. EUO Says:

    Two Things:
    1. Either you changed your methodology since this was published or had some addresses wrong. And having been to PNC and lived in St. Louis, I checked those Walkscores as of 2/10/12 and sure enough, they are much lower than they were last year when this was done. Those two are now scored as 82 and 77 from 95 and 94. I’d love to see an updated version.

    2. I think that you need to take into account the fact that stadiums occupy huge pieces of land and average the scores from each gate. For instance, Busch Stadium in St. Louis is listed as a 69 transitscore when you use the street address on the east gate even though there is a light rail train that drops people off across the street from the northwest gate (but is scored as being .17 miles from the east gate even though it is ~125 feet away from the stadium).

    Also, have you considered integrating OpenStreetMaps? in my experience that provides a larger variety and more comprehensive of walkable scale infrastructure (off street paths, greenways, etc) that Google Maps doesn’t capture well.

  7. Mahalie Says:

    JRM – Walk Score aggregates data from several sources and we rely on these datasets. We realize, of course, they are not perfect and cannot match the human eye – that is why there is an ‘add location’ feature. If you notice missing amenities you can add them. Thanks!

    EUO – Thanks for your thoughtful feedback. Walk Score does use Open Streetmap data as one of our datasources. The algorithm may change from time to time, more likely amenities are added or removed (businesses open and close) which directly affects the scores.

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