Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Today is the Seattle Mariners home opener, which is really exciting because it truly marks the beginning of spring in the Pacific Northwest. As I make my way to the ballpark, I will be looking forward to the smell of hot dogs and garlic fries, as well as the sound of the crowd and the crack of the bat. I love it, I really do.
I’m not really all that familiar with other ballparks around the country, but I know ours is located in a rather industrious area, one that I wouldn’t necessarily call an ideal place to live, but different strokes, right?
Yes, different strokes indeed; it turns out some ballparks inflate nearby home prices, and sometimes by quite a bit! I came across an article in the Seattle PI, and I was rather surprised to see which stadiums cost the most to live near.
Surprisingly, the Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds, boasts the highest cost increase, with nearby home prices over nearly three times the area average.
Other stadiums that topped this list include Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) with home prices around 2.6 times the area average, Nationals Park (Washington Nationals) with 2.3 times the area average, and Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers) with 2.2. Out of 29 stadiums and ball parks on this list, Seattle’s Safeco Field ranked sixth with 2 times the area average, just after Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Where is your team’s home field on this list? How does your ballpark fare? And to all you baseball fans out there, no matter which team you love, have a great season!!