Back in 2015, you may remember the Royals made a rare road-trip to Chicago, not to play the White Sox, but to play the Cubs in the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. My friends and I, as well as a large contingent of Royals fans, decided that weekend would be the perfect opportunity to take a short trip up to Chicago for a rowdy weekend of Royals baseball.
We loaded up a cooler of beer, and boarded an Amtrak at Union Station (one of the many advantages over air travel). It was an all-day trip, but quite comfortable and the day went by pretty quickly over several games of cards and a few brewskis. We had a great time in Chicago Friday night at the pubs around town, but just as we were headed to Wrigley for the game on Saturday, it rained. And rained. A very cold rain at that. We were washed out, with the game post-poned until September.
It was a bummer of a trip, but rather than sell our tickets, my buddy Carson and I decided to make a return trip. No one else could make it, so he decided to bring his son, and I brought my then-eight-year old son and we would make it a fun trip. We came back in September and had a great time with our boys, with Carson’s son even getting a bat from Christian Colón.
We have wanted to do a trip together each summer, but different schedules have made it difficult. I have taken my sons to see Nationals Park in Washington, Safeco Field in Seattle, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in the last few seasons.
But we have been looking for dates this year to do another trip together and I think we’ve found our best opportunity when we’re both free is this July in Atlanta. It’s a National League park, so the Royals probably won’t be making a return visit there anytime soon, and I’ve never really spent much time in Atlanta. I’m also kinda interested in visiting The Varsity and pigging out. Any other Atlanta recs for food?
What are some of your favorite non-Royals ballparks, either that you have visited or that look great on TV and you would like to visit? What are some of the worst? What features do you like in a baseball stadium?