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7 Cool Amenities at Major League Ballparks

April 22, 2015

“Baseball game? No thanks, I’m just here for the orange train.”

Pool!

Chase Field Swimming Pool

Old news: It’s extremely hot in Phoenix, particularly during summer baseball season. New news: the Arizona Diamondbacks play at Chase Field. The outfield stands feature a swimming pool where fans can cool off (as well as a hot tub).

Fish tank!

Most ballparks just have a wall behind home plate. The Miami Marlins’ Marlins Park installed an aquarium in its backstop.

Hotel!

Rogers Centre in Toronto has a hotel attached. It’s got more than 70 rooms that look out directly over the field, so you don’t technically have to go to the game to see the game.

Technology!

AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants. But because it’s near Silicon Valley, there’s some cool technology there, too, such as free WiFi inside the park…and an on-site Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Rides!

If baseball’s not really your thing, but you find yourself at Comerica Park for a Detroit Tigers game, you can just go take a ride on the stadium’s Ferris wheel or carousel.

Train!

Minute Maid Park was built on the site of what was once Houston’s Union Station train depot (the park’s entrance is actually the station’s old entrance). To honor history, the outfield is ringed with an 800-foot-long train track, and operational locomotive. It looks like a coal-hauling train, but it’s filled with oranges (reflecting the park’s sponsor) and it takes a lap whenever the Astros hit a home run or win a game.

Beer!

Every stadium has beer, but only Coors Field in Denver has a brewery on the premises. It’s not, oddly enough a Coors brewery, but an outpost of Blue Moon Brewery, and it’s behind the right field seats.

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