In honor of the Texas Rangers changing the name of their ballpark to Globe Life Park in Arlington, I thought I would look around baseball both in the majors and the minors and see what the worst named ballparks are. I really don’t have a problem with companies putting their name on ballparks, in fact, if any company is interested in sponsoring me I would be all for it. I will wear your shirt every day and talk about how great your company is with whoever will listen! I will also come a lot cheaper than naming a stadium after you. Just food for thought.
These are not ranked in any sort of order, just names I have either never cared for or thought was interesting when I did my research. PNC Park is my one. I am not really sure why I don’t like this one except to say that every time I see it I think it says Punk park. I have nothing against the Pirates in general, in fact their manager is a former Texas Rangers hitting coach and he has done a great job turning the team around up there, but I do not like the name PNC park.
Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark is quite a mouthful to say. The Oklahoma City Red Hawks, a former minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers is a really weird sounding name to me. It does not roll off of the tongue at all and is a badly named park in my opinion. The abbreviation would be SBBB. Again, just weird.
Beehive Field, this name stings a little bit. Hey, why not name your stadium after a thing that your parents tell you to stay away from. It is now mostly used for high school games and is a very small stadium, but its name is still high on my list of badly named ballparks.
Overstock.com Coliesum in Oakland is kind of ironic, since I have never seen an Athletics game where the crowd looked overstocked at all. I am glad a website has made enough money to sponsor a ballpark, but name it Overstock field or something. Overstock.com Coliesum just sounds dumb.
Petco Park Is it dog day every day? Can you bring your cat to the game? Do they sell doggie treats at the concession stands, and are those overpriced as well? I don’t know because I have never been there, and I am not a big fan of this one either.
I am sure there are a lot more out there that are really badly named, but these are the ones that I came up with today. I hope you enjoyed my article pointing out that the Texas Rangers could have done a whole lot worse than Globe Life Park at Arlington.