Monday, July 19, 2010 Updated: July 20, 6:08 PM ET
Nosebleeders unite (continued)
By Devon O'Neil Special to ESPN SportsTravel
This is Turner Field's view from Section 437R, Row 27. It costs a buck. How can you go wrong here?
• Photo gallery: The farthest seats in baseball
This Travel Ten list of farthest seats in baseball is designed to honor a special breed. Like the people in Atlanta who line up two hours before first pitch to snare a $1 seat and then spend the evening relaxing in a cool skyline breeze while the rest of the stadium cooks down low. Or the fans in Philadelphia who party on a rooftop in deep center field, having forked over $28 to sit 560 feet away and feeling like they got a bargain.
This is for them.
Travel Ten farthest seats in Major League Baseball
1. Colorado Rockies: 600 feet from home plate, top row of the Rockpile, $4
Senior citizens, military members and kids get in to the Rockpile for a buck, and you can bring a cooler of food and water. You may be more than a tenth of a mile from home plate, but aside from the catcher and plate umpire, nobody in Coors Field has a better angle on the strike zone.
Stadium Guide: Coors Field2. Cleveland Indians: 575 feet, Section 504, Row X, $7
Cleveland was in last place in the AL Central as of this writing, and had the second-worst home record in baseball behind the Orioles. With only 16,000 people attending each game at Progressive Field, there hasn't been much action in Section 504 -- at the top of the third deck in right-center field. "We will pass," said Bart Swain, Indians director of media relations, when asked for a comment to help overview the section.
Stadium Guide: Progressive Field3. Philadelphia Phillies: 560 feet, top row of the Rooftop Bleachers, $28* (*includes $10 merchandise/concession credit)
The Rooftop Bleachers are located just beyond the bullpens in center field and home to Citizens Bank Park's liveliest party. "We sell 'em as groups for the most part," Dan Goroff, the Phillies' director of ticketing, said. "It's right on top of Ashburn Alley, which is sort of the 'in' place to be in the ballpark. They're good seats. And there's nothing blocking the view, that's for sure. People request them all the time."
Stadium Guide: Citizens Bank Park4. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 550 feet, top row of Section 249, $18
Like many seats on this list, the farthest seats at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, in deep right-center field, mainly appeal to youth. "This seat is near our 'kid friendly' section that has some video games and entertainment for kids," said Ryan Cavinder, a media relations rep for the team. "It is also near the Bud Patio, a bar area located above section 242, a favorite of most 20- to 30-year-olds. And it's probably the closest seat to the fireworks on Friday nights."
Stadium Guide: Angel Stadium of Anaheim5. Pittsburgh Pirates: 550 feet, top row of Section 339, $12
A hitter would have to crush one to reach this seat in the upper deck of left-center field. You can't see the PNC Park scoreboard, which is directly above this section. But as Pirates media relations director Jim Trdinich said, "You can see the city skyline and Allegheny River to your left, there's a large standing deck behind you and you are pretty much isolated from the rest of the ballpark. You basically have your own section."
Stadium Guide: PNC Park6. Boston Red Sox: 538 feet, 10 inches, Section 38, Row 40, $12
Located under the center-field scoreboard, the most remote seat in Fenway Park is where fans often hung up Ks when Pedro or the Rocket was on the bump. Lifelong Red Sox fan and Boston native Matt Keating said you can expect a hardy crowd in Section 38. "First of all, it's just good to be at Fenway," he said of the location. "It's loud, everybody's having a good time and it's a better seat than deep right field. But it is definitely far away. You can get some knuckleheads out there, too."
Stadium Guide: Fenway Park7. Seattle Mariners: 538 feet, Section 190, Row 16, Seat 1, $7
From summer sunsets on Puget Sound and the nearby kids' playfield to the fragrant aromas wafting over from the fresh dessert and garlic fries stands, Safeco Field's upper deck above center field has its benefits. But the best part may be the rays. "In the summer, for afternoon games, those seats are bathed in sunlight, unlike the expensive box seats behind home plate, which are in the shade," said Rebecca Hale, the Mariners' director of public information. And in Seattle, when the sun's out, you'd better take advantage.
Stadium Guide: Safeco Field8. Milwaukee Brewers: 531 feet, Bernie's Terrace, Section 442, Row 15, Seat 1, $8
It's cool to sit directly on the left-field line, albeit three decks up. It's even cooler that you're next to one of Miller Park's iconic quirks, Bernie Brewer's chalet. But Seat 1 in Row 15 is even more unique. "It has a row all to itself," Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes said. "Sometimes referred to as 'Club 42,' it's perfect for the loner in your family, or the buddy who always spills his beer on your elbow when Ryan Braun lands one in the seats below you." If that somehow still happens, at least you'll be the first to see Bernie launch down his famous slide.
Stadium Guide: Miller Park9. Atlanta Braves: 525 feet, Section 437R, Row 27, Seat 3, $1
First of all, any big-league ticket that costs four quarters is a steal in our book. To nab a seat in Turner Field's "Skyline" section (because you stare at downtown Atlanta from the third deck in right field), you'll need to arrive at the ballpark early: Tickets go on sale two and a half hours before first pitch and often sell out. No problem, said Paul Adams, the Braves' senior director of ticket sales. "Get there early to watch batting practice and catch home run balls in the lower outfield pavilion," Adams said.
Stadium Guide: Turner Field10. San Diego Padres: 524 feet, top row of Section 235, $17
The third deck in right-center field is a good place to meet young San Diegans at Petco Park. "We run a lot of our promotions in that section," Jarrod Dillon, the Padres' vice president of ticket sales, said. "And for some the price can get as low as $8.50 per ticket. Most of our promotions there cater to a younger demographic, and we often have live music or DJs spinning throughout the game."
Stadium Guide: Petco ParkOther 500-foot seats:
--San Francisco Giants: 520 feet, top row of center-field bleachers, $5
--Los Angeles Dodgers: 505 feet, 6 inches, a tie between Sections 58 and 61, Rows GG, Seats 12, $20
Notes: The New York Yankees and New York Mets were contacted for this piece but declined to provide the measurements for the farthest seats in their ballparks. All ticket prices cited are adult prices, with no special discounts factored in. Taking into account many teams' tiered pricing, which depends upon the opponent, we ranked the lowest prices available to the public. Thus, the prices quoted above are not likely to be available if the opponent is, say, the Yankees.Devon O'Neil is a sports and adventure writer in Breckenridge, Colo. He frequently writes about skiing for ESPN.com and has had work published by outlets ranging from the Boston Globe Magazine to Popular Science. His writing, bio and contact information can be found at devononeil.com.