Mentioning the party atmosphere and the stadium staff as part of the reason for their ranking, Stadium Journey has listed FirstEnergy Stadium, home to the Reading Fightin' Phils, as the 82nd best stadium destination in the world. It's the fifth year that the list has been done and third straight that the Fightins home has been included on the list, with this year's list having moved FirstEnergy Stadium up eight spots on the ranking. Historic spots like Chicago's Soldier Field and New York's Madison Square Garden finished behind Reading on the list.
No other minor league affiliates of the Phillies were included on the list and FirstEnergy Stadium is the only ranked minor league ballpark in Pennsylvania. Other Pennsylvania destinations include PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in third place and Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 41st place. Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center was 78th for when the Flyers are playing at home and the Giant Center in Hershey, home of the Hershey Bears of the AHL was 84th.
Stadium Journey representatives visited over 2,000 venues worldwide, taking into account the facilities food and beverages, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood surrounding the facility, the fans, access and overall return on investment. The staff also included an extras category in their evaluation.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards was ranked as the top facility. You can see the full list of the Top 100 Stadium Experiences online.
Constructed in 1951, FirstEnergy Stadium is a throwback style venue, and is the oldest park in the Eastern League. In 2007, the ballpark became the first park that has never hosted a Triple-A franchise, to welcome its ten-millionth fan through the gates. The park has also been applauded by Baseball America, USA Today, and other media entities as being among the best ballparks in the country.null