Tonight the Miami Marlins debut their new stadium, Marlins Park, as they host the reigning champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. The facility has all the bells and whistles that are sure to drive up attendance and Miami’s off-season accusations should keep the crowds entertained.
The opening of Marlins Park isn’t the only excitement this season. Three of Major League Baseball’s most famous ballparks are celebrating milestone anniversaries:
Oriole Park at Camden Yards celebrates its 20th anniversary on its Opening Day, April 6th, hosting the Minnesota Twins. It’s hard to believe the ballpark that started the retro-park craze is already 20 years old, but this is a testament to Camden Yard’s timeless appeal.
Dodger Stadium will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the park’s Opening Day against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 10th. With the Frank McCourt era behind them, fans can toast to a hopeful season under second-year manager Don Mattingly.
Finally, Fenway Park, MLB’s oldest ballpark will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on April 20th. Who better to ring in the Centennial than a match-up with divisional foe the New York Yankees?
This is sure to be a thrilling season for the sport! Baseball fans can check the Marlins, Orioles, Dodgers, and Red Sox team sites for more information and events throughout the season honoring these momentous events.