Major League Baseball has been able to find a way to play regular season games in locations outside of the typical MLB stadiums that we have been accustomed to. The Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, Bowman Field at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Fort Bragg Stadium in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have all hosted baseball games since 2016. Today we will dive into some potential locations that Major League Baseball should discuss for the future.
With the Super Bowl being at a neutral site, it won’t be shocking to see the World Series go to that format in the future. If you want to wager on the Big Game, make sure to check out some NFL stats to make sure you make some solid bets.
Cooperstown, New York
The National Football League hosts their first preseason game outside of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and baseball hosting a game in Cooperstown seems to be a fun idea. They can move the Hall of Induction to night and have a day game inside of Doubleday Field since they do not have lights on the field.
Back in the day, they used to have exhibition games during Hall of Fame Weekend and should return during August with a gigantic crowd. Go with a team associated with the headliner for that year’s Hall of Fame class and pit them against a rival or head-to-head if multiple players are inducted that played for different teams.
Hinchliffe Stadium in Patterson, New Jersey (Or Any Other Negro League Stadium)
MLB has finally begun adopting the history of the Negro Leagues into their own history as they have been adding their numbers to MLB history, as they should have done years ago.
Playing in one of the few stadiums that are still standing could be a fun site as MLB tips its cap to the Negro Leagues and pays it a little tribute.
This could be an excellent public relations move for the sport as they can have some teams dressed in Negro League uniforms with teams like the Yankees (New York Black Yankees), Royals (Kansas City Monarchs), Mets (New York Cubans), and Braves (Birmingham Black Barons) just to name a few.
This is one of the more unique and incredible ideas that could happen, as focusing on the past could be a great idea and help newer fans understand the sport’s history. It is also a ceremonial note as they continue to embrace the Negro Leagues and could highlight some legends from those games, both living and deceased.
Historic Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina
Major League Baseball had a lot of success with the Field of Dreams Game, so why not continue going down the list of Kevin Costner baseball movies and end up in the Durham Bull movie stadium. Luckily, the stadium (Historic Durham Athletic Park) has been keeping up and should be able to host an MLB game.
A few matchups could lead to an incredible game with the Braves (their minor league affiliate during the movie) vs. the Rays (Durham’s current MLB team) or a divisional matchup between either team.
They can figure out a way to incorporate the movie similar to the blueprint they had for the Field of Dreams Game as that was a beautiful production and now can improve on that.
Also, it seems like MLB has a Kevin Costner infatuation, and this is another excuse to have him film a fun skit or opening before the game. Just add some better lighting and more seating for the MLB game to increase the revenue.
These are just some ideas, but baseball needs to focus on making it popular in the United States once again. It has dropped to be arguably the third sport in the country and seems more regional than any other sport currently.
Adding different venues makes it more fun for the future and more exciting as the field dimensions change and make it cooler than a typical game.