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When to leave sacred ground

A total of 19 teams have opened new ballparks since '89. So how long before every franchise has new digs?

Originally Published: January 27, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

It's been just over a decade since baseball's ballpark building boom began with the creation of Camden Yards.

Since then, another 11 ballparks have been constructed; two more -- in San Diego and Philadelphia -- will open in April.

From west (San Francisco) to east (Baltimore), north (Milwaukee) to south (Houston), new playgrounds are seemingly everywhere. Indeed, with the opening of the new stadia for the Phillies and the Padres, 19 teams will open the 2004 season with ballparks ...

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