Uncovered on the U.S. City Roads Report: Baseball Parks

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The recently-released RoadBotics U.S. City Roads Report took a close look at road conditions in 20 major metropolitan cities. 

Luckily, our unique approach to data collection using a smartphone mounted to the windshield of a vehicle not only revealed the road conditions in those cities, but also captured local sites including city parks, historical landmarks, and even baseball stadiums.

It’s Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Opening Day – let’s find some baseball parks on RoadWay!

Coors Field - Denver, CO

Source: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/denver-interlocken/things-to-do/area-attractions/coors-field

Coors Field is located in Denver and is home to the Colorado Rockies. 

Did you know that a baseball will travel up to 9% further in the Mile High City than at sea level? Because of this, Coors Park is known as the “most prolific offensive ballpark.” This unofficial title came after the 1999 season when the Rockies and their opponents scored 303 home runs in the ballpark.

RoadWay caught a view of the structure along the third baseline between Gates D and E. The roads around the ballpark are ‘good’ with a rating of 2.21.

Catch the Colorado Rockies playing the Los Angeles Dodgers at 4:10 PM EST on opening day!

Comerica Park - Detroit, MI

Opening in time for the 2000-2001 baseball season, Comerica Park is home to the Detroit Tigers.

Comerica Park is more than just a baseball park. The structure is also home to a carousel with 30 hand-painted tigers, an illuminated water feature at center field, a 50-foot ferris wheel with baseball-shaped cars, and a walk of fame through the Tiger’s history dating back to 1800. 

From the RoadWay image, you can clearly see Gate B of the ballpark, one of the many ferocious tiger statues, and the scoreboard – which is one of the largest in the MLB. The roads around Comerica Park have a ‘good’ rating of 2.09.

The Detroit Tigers will face off against the Cleveland Indians on opening day at 1:10 PM EST!

Chase Field - Phoenix, AZ

Chase Field, located in Phoenix, is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks MLB team. 

Chase Field and the Diamondbacks partnered with Green Sports Alliance to Go Green! The team and stadium have an impressive 20 sustainability initiatives, including an urban garden, alternative transportation, energy and water efficiency, recycling, and food donations. Over the past four seasons, the Diamondbacks have donated over 38,000 meals!

The RoadWay image of Chase Field is not displaying the most impressive views of the park itself, but what you can see is the D-Backs Greens urban garden and tracks for the light rail system that brings fans sustainably to games! With all the modes of alternative transportation, it’s no surprise that the roads around the park are in ‘good’ condition, with a rating of 2.18.

Catch the Arizona Diamondbacks in action against the San Diego Padres at 4:10 PM EST on opening day!

Minute Maid Park - Houston, TX

Source: https://www.visithoustontexas.com/listings/minute-maid-park-tours/20900/

Minute Maid Park is another baseball park on this list that opened for the 2000-2001 season. It is located in Houston and is home to the Houston Astros. 

Minute Maid Park’s opening brought two important changes for MLB games in Houston: they are played outdoors and on real grass again. Astros fans had not experienced a baseball game in their hometown under those conditions since 1964! The structure’s retractable roof, natural grass, and classic ballpark design were welcome additions that brought over three million fans through the turnstiles in its opening year. 

RoadWay captured Minute Maid Park’s South Home Plate Entrance, which is (you guessed it) just south of home plate. The roads around the baseball park are in ‘good’ condition with a rating of 2.19.

The Astros are playing the Oakland Athletics at 10:07 PM EST on opening day!

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City, OK

Good quality baseball is not reserved only for the MLB! Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is located in Oklahoma City and is home to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team. You may have guessed from the name – the Oklahoma City Dodgers is the AAA affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark opened in 1998 as part of a revitalization project in the Bricktown neighborhood of Oklahoma City. The stadium has received numerous accolades and is known as one of the best minor league baseball parks in the country. 

RoadWay captured Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark’s main entrance along with its 7-foot, 6-inch statue of the New York Yankees great, Mickey Mantle, who grew up in Commerce, OK.  The roads around the ballpark are in ‘fair’ condition with a rating of 2.51.

MiLB opening day is not until May. The Oklahoma City Dodgers will play their first home game on May 13 against the Sacramento River Cats at 8:05 PM EST!

Want to learn more about RoadBotics U.S. City Roads Report? See the report in its entirety. Read insight around the report from our CEO Ben Schmidt, Ph.D. Watch interviews with Infrastructure Leaders about what innovation they think has had the most impact.

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