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Since it is a question asked in the U.S. forum lets make it more local....pick stadiums only in the Midwest (for those who hadn't figured already)

1. Best Baseball Park
2. Best Pro Football stadium
3. Best Pro Basketball/Hockey arena
4. Best College football stadium
5. Best College basketball stadium
6. Best overall Midwestern stadium
 

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1. Wrigley - CHI
2. lambeau Field - GB
3. Conseco Fieldhous - IND
4. OSU/Mich - Both are sweet
5. U of Minn. (I like the raised floor)
6. for me its between Wrigley and Lambeau
 

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1. Wrigley
2. Paul Brown Stadium
3. United Center
4. Notre Dame Stadium
5. 5/3 Arena (Shoemaker Center)
6. Wrigley / Great American Ball Park
 

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1. Wrigley
2. It was Soldier Field but now Lambeau
3. It was Chicago Stadium--now no preferance
4. Ohio Stadium
5. I have no strong preferance for a basketball arena, so I'll nominate Yost Ice Arena
6. Ohio Stadium
 

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1. Best Baseball Park - Jacobs Field
2. Best Pro Football stadium - Soldier Field
3. Best Pro Basketball/Hockey arena - Conseco Fieldhouse
4. Best College football stadium - Notre Dame
5. Best College basketball stadium - Haven't been to enough of them to answer.
 

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1. WRIGLEY
2. LAMBEAU
3. CONSECO
4. CAMP RANDALL
5. MINNESOTA (BARN)
6. Between Wrigley and Lambeau, guess it matters what's your sport.
 

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1. Wrigley Field (Chicago)
2. Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
3. United Center (Chicago)
4. Ohio Stadium (Columbus)
5. Kohl Center (Madison)
6. Wrigley Field
 

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1. Wrigley Field - Chicago
2. Lambeau Field - Green Bay
3. Conseco Fieldhouse - Indianapolis
4. Ohio Stadium - Columbus
5. Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis
6. Wrigley, no contest
 

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1. The New Busch Stadium - Saint Louis
2. Ford Field - Detroit
3. Conseco Fieldhouse - Indianapolis
4. Notre Dame Stadium - South Bend
5. Phog Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence, KS
6. The New Busch Stadium - Saint Louis
 

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wrigley.

i don't know enough about the other categories to answer, but i do know that wrigley is the best overall stadium in the midwest (perhaps the world). you gotta love this place.









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^yep....I just got back from the place and had a ball as I always do. Sitting in the bleachers with the best fans in baseball is incredible and the reconstruction job ain't bad either. My other faves are Conseco, Notre Dame Stadium, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Victory Field in Indy (even though "ONLY" a Triple A park you gotta see it to believe it), and the soon to be completed Lucas Field in Indy as new home of the Colts.
 

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I say Ohio Stadium utterly annihilates Wrigley, though Wrigley is cool for the neighborhood atmosphere. Ohio Stadium on game day, though...oy...vey...

1. Best Baseball Park - Wrigley, Chicago
2. Best Pro Football stadium - Paul Brown, Cincinnati
3. Best Pro Basketball/Hockey arena - Conseco, Indianapolis
4. Best College football stadium - Ohio Stadium, Columbus
5. Best College basketball stadium - Oy...umm...dunno. Bias says OSU, but whatever.
6. Best overall Midwestern stadium - Ohio Stadium
 

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1. Best Baseball Park - Wrigley Field


2. Best Pro Football stadium - Soldier Field, Chicago


3. Best Pro Basketball/Hockey arena - Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis


4. Best College football stadium - Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend


5. Best College basketball stadium - Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis


6. Best overall Midwestern stadium - Wrigley Field, Chicago
 

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Wrigley Field without a doubt. It has everything necessary to be a truly historic ballpark. I love the residential nature of the 'hood around it. Great mix.

The new Busch Stadium in STL is mediocre at best. It is extremely contrived. I hate the way it is built as a new stadium to look "old." Come on, we can't be a little more imaginative than that? The old Busch was a true landmark and the current replacement is not worthy IMO.
 

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Baseball:
Historic - Wrigley and Fenway
New - Safeco Field and PNC Park
Minors - Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Civic Stadium (Portland Beavers)
 

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Best overall ballpark - of course, Wrigley.

Best new ballpark - Miller Park.

Even the cheap seats have great sightlines. There literally are no bad seats in this stadium:



There are a number of restaurants, bars and shops inside the stadium. The .300 Club is a cool place. It's like being in the emporer's box at the Roman colloseum:



Many have complained about the Stadium's location. Obviously Miller Park's setting is no Wrigleyville. But while the seas of parking lots have always pissed me off, there is a certain poetry in having the stadium set amongst factories and near working class neighborhoods. The building nearest the stadium is a plant that manufactures mining equipment. There's a big sign on the side that says "what's yours is mined."

And, the vicinity of Miller Park is in the midst of a major redevelopment. The photo below shows the stadium in the background, and a new park and light industrial development in the foreground, under development. The Chimney stacks will be part of a new park with gathering space, playing fields, a bike path, etc.



The Memomonee River with Hank Aaron State trail, under development. This bike path will connect with others that will link to the lakefront and Downtown.



The owner of the Brewers has expressed a desire to develop some of the stadium's parking lots into retail and other commercial uses.
 
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