Unlike most other stadiums, baseball stadiums cannot be multi-use owing to their specific requirements. Stadiums are defined as “place, or venue, for outdoor sports, concerts or other events, consisting of a field or stage partly or completely surrounded by a structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event. Stadiums constructed primarily for viewing sporting events are often referred to as ballparks.”
In baseball, stadiums are divided into major, minor and independent league ballparks. More than 80 ballparks over the country host or have hosted MLB games in the past century. Some famous ballparks are New York’s Yankee Stadium, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Busch Stadium in St Louis, Boston’s Fenway Park and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium. Though there are no definite specifications for the dimensions of the field MLB requirements for a stadium include 41,000 seats, 2,000 club seats, 66 private suites, a restaurant and a picnic area.
Most cities with major league teams now have large concourses with televisions so that an uninterrupted viewing is possible even if a member of the audience has to use the facilities or visit the concession stands. Security is given high priority at the venues and video surveillance systems are in place in all major stadiums. Though artificial turf was popular at one time, it is more of the ‘natural’ now. For instance, in some ballparks, the artificial turf has been replaced with natural grass.
Some stadiums have different restaurants with choice seating that gives a good view of the ongoing game. Some have domed roofs whereas others have partial roofs. Still others have moveable roofs which make it possible to continue the game without interruptions due to deteriorating weather conditions. Most baseball stadiums are all-seaters, meaning there are seats available for all spectators unlike some stadiums where some part of the audience gets only standing room.