Mar 31 2016

Where you should sit at Baseball games

Where should you sit at baseball games?

With the MLB season approaching, we wanted to help travelling sports fans dealing with the potentially experience-defining decision of where to sit. MLB probably isn’t as popular worldwide as the NBA or the NFL, but it is played during the warmer months (when more people are visiting the USA), there are many more baseball games per season than other sports, and it is an iconic American experience. All of these things lead many tourists to find themselves at a ballgame.

For these people, we wanted to provide an easy-to-understand visual guide to help with their decision-making process. Rather than just relying on our own opinions (which no one should ever do) or just pointing people to our site to find a specific tip for their stadium (which everyone should always do), we decided to compile data from every tip on our site related to where to sit at baseball games into one straightforward reference graphic. We wanted a consensus from all of the baseball fans contributing to our site – or at least something close to it.

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So how did we do it?

I can sense you scrolling past this part straight to the results – I probably would, too – but the method is as important as the result. So here is how we compiled the data:

We started by making a generic baseball diamond and dividing up the possible seating sections, like this:

Baseball seating: Broken into sections

Then we went through all of the cities on our site with Major League Baseball teams/venues and read all of the seating tips, city-by city:

Where to sit at Fenway Park

…and we allocated each venue 2 “votes”. This was to account for when venues had multiple tips saying different things, or if the ‘top tip’ recommended two different spots. (In the Fenway Park example, above, Jedlow’s tip would have earned at least one vote for the Green Monster, which is in the ‘F’ section of our previous graphic).

If a venue had multiple tips that were contradicting each other, then we went with the one that had the most votes. (This should serve as a reminder – your votes and your tips count!)

Once we’d compiled all of the data from the fan tips, we had the legend Stephanus whip up a graphic to display the results.

THE RESULTS: The best place to sit at a Baseball game is…

Where you should sit at baseball games

According to Sports Where I Am users, the best place to sit in baseball venues across the USA is along the third base line. This is followed by sitting behind the home plate area or along the first base line.

Other notes/observations

…In good news for ‘neutral’, visiting, or indecisive fans, the phrase “there isn’t a bad seat in the house” appeared on many, many venues.

…Some judgement calls had to be made. For example, there were some great tips about how to get the best value seats or tips about how you can save money by buying a ticket in one place and then moving seats during the game. For the purpose of this guide, we wanted to use people’s ‘best seat in the house’ in general, disregarding price.

…There are some intangibles that don’t show up in this data: for instance, sitting in the bleachers was not recommended by many as the ‘best’ place to sit, but was mentioned as a place to be amongst the “real fans”. Similarly, some unique or iconic places like the Green Monster or the Miller Lite Deck aren’t always in spots with the best view of the action, they’re just unique and iconic, so they got the votes. As always, checking the SWiAM tips for your stadium before buying a ticket is the best way to make sure you’re getting the right advice.

…Arizona fans have to get their act together and put up a seating tip on SWiAM. It was the only MLB team without advice listed for where to sit at their stadium.

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What do you think about this seating guide?

Whether you agree or disagree, you should log in to SWiAM and either add your tip or vote on someone else’s. We’ll be going through the same process for Basketball, Hockey and Football soon – so get onto the site and make sure our data is accurate.

As always, you can contact us via email/facebook/twitter, too.

Categories: Baseball, MLB, Sports travel guides

7 thoughts on “Where you should sit at Baseball games”

  1. My sister loves the MLB and we’re planning a trip to see her favorite team. This was pretty helpful for giving us an idea of which tickets we should buy. Before that happens we’ll have to take some time to follow that link about how to save money buying tickets.

    1. Benn says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Zequek! Let us know how your trip goes – Email us if there is any way we can help.

      Also don’t forget that you can get a discount on your ticket purchase if you download (& share a link to) the Sports Where I Am app (http://www.sportswhereiam.com/apps/).

      Good luck!

  2. Geoff says:

    Agree on voters on 3rd base seats. While in states took the family to Safeco Field Mariners vs. Astros. 3rd base seats were great, better than the Mariners performance that day, but still had a fantastic time. Recommend anyone visting Seattle go down to Safeco Field,good atmosphere &great for Kids with lots of other activities aside from the game. Great Venue…… 3rd base seats a must!
    PS: Bring back Ken Griffey Jr.

  3. Luke Smith says:

    This is a super cool idea – I am not a hardcore sporting fan so when I do go to a game I have no idea where the best place to sit would be! I would imagine it would be even more important for someone trying to buy tickets for a corporate event to have an idea of which areas of a particular stadium are the “best picks”, even if it’s just something like the green monster that you mentioned. Getting good seats for your company event could definitely impact your employees desire to come to the next similar event.

    1. Benn says:

      Thanks for the comment, Luke! Yep, I definitely agree that the seating choice can be vital in how the rest of the day goes. There are many factors outside of the sports fan’s control that can impact their game experience either positively or negatively – so hopefully posts like this can help take away some of the guesswork.

  4. That’s interesting that the best place to watch a game is along the third base line. I’ve heard that sitting there is fun because you’re close to the action, and you’re close to the home team’s dugout. I’m wanting to take my boy to a game soon, and this will be useful in helping me choose our tickets!

    1. Benn says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Troy! Be sure to let us know how your game goes – if we can help in any way, just send us an email.

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