As the oldest major professional sports league in the world, Major League Baseball (MLB) is full of history. The MLB is currently made up of 30 teams, with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada. But teams have moved, changed names, and even folded over the years. As a result, the locations we know today aren’t always the same as the past.
Nearly 80 MLB stadiums have been constructed that remained open after 1950. Some current fields are over a century old, though many are retired and have been repurposed as malls or parking lots. Additionally, some MLB franchises have faced multiple stadium changes, all of which we’ll find out on the map below.
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Of the 76 professional baseball stadiums ever constructed in the U.S. and Canada, the MLB only needs 30 at any given time for 30 teams (at least until the next expansion era comes along). The stadiums currently in-use range in age, with some having opened their doors as recently as 2020 to several as old as 1912. So let’s highlight the oldest MLB stadiums currently being used in the table below:
|Guaranteed Rate Field||1991|
|Oriole Park at Camden Yards||1992|
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is the oldest MLB stadium used today. Opened in 1912, the stadium can hold up to 37,755 baseball fans (sort the map above by “Capacity” for the largest and smallest MLB fields currently in-use).
Just two years later, the slightly larger Wrigley Field finished construction. Today, up to 41,649 people can continue watching the Chicago Cubs play America’s pastime in the ancient stadium. Yet, Wrigley Field isn’t the only older stadium still standing in Chicago, Illinois. Though opening much later in 1991, Guaranteed Rate Field is in the older half of stadiums in use. That classification means there are many more (20) newer stadiums built between 1994-2020. Group the map by “Opened” to see for yourself.
After Wrigley in 1914, it took nearly 50 years for the next MLB stadium (that’s still used by the league today) to be constructed. However, that’s because many of the oldest MLB stadiums are no longer in use or have been turned into homeless shelters, other sports stadiums, or more.
In addition to the current MLB stadiums, 45 former fields closed more recently (after 1950). The oldest of these opened its doors in 1881, though that’s not even the most interesting thing about these former MLB stadiums.
While many former stadiums were remodeled and now are spaces for sports other than baseball—or parking lots—just as many have been turned into malls, hospitals, and churches.
- Seals Stadium
- Sick’s Stadium
- Metropolitan Stadium
- Arlington Stadium
- Athletic Park
- Griffith Stadium
- Wrigley Field
- Closed but still standing
- Houston Astrodome
- RFK Memorial Stadium
- Crosley Field
- Polo Grounds III
Most notable among these former MLB stadiums is the Metropolitan Stadium, which closed in 1981. It’s now home to Mall of America, the largest mall in the U.S., though remnants of the MLB baseball field remain there to this day. The mall’s amusement park contains a plaque at the former location of home plate. Additionally, a stadium seat remains in its same location.
Yet Metropolitan Stadium isn’t even the only former stadium of the Minnesota Twins. Altogether, they’ve gone through three stadiums, as we’ll see when we cover the MLB teams with the most stadium changes.
What all these MLB stadiums have in common—regardless of whether they’re currently used or have been turned into a mall—is that they’ve all been the meeting place for professional baseball teams and fans alike. However, some franchises have gone through more stadium changes than others, as shown in the table below.
|Team||# of stadium changes|
|Toronto Blue Jays||4|
|San Francisco Giants||3|
While seven teams have faced three stadium changes, the Toronto Blue Jays should join the Hall of Fame as the team that has bounced around the most stadiums. Rogers Centre may currently be home to the Toronto Blue Jays, but it’s far from the first. Interestingly enough, of the four stadiums where the Toronto Blue Jays have played, two were located in cities… other than Toronto.
This is because the Canadian professional baseball team had to both use TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida and Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York from 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 border restrictions. The Blue Jays also previously used Exhibition Stadium, before it closed in 1989… which, of course, was located in Toronto, just a few miles away from Rogers Centre.