Baseball fanatics who can’t get enough of American’s most beloved sport can book behind-the-scenes tours at most professional stadiums. The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, says these tours are “fan-tastic”:
Purists will love touring Fenway, the country’s oldest and most intimate ballpark in the majors. Located in Boston, the Red Sox home is often referred to as “America’s most beloved ballpark.” The hour-long tour includes a walk out to Yawkey Way, a visit to Pesky’s Pole and a chance to sit atop the world-famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet high and overlooks left field.
Located in downtown Baltimore, Oriole Park is as an integral part of its surrounding neighborhoods. The tour at “the ballpark that forever changed baseball” takes visitors behind the scenes to learn how it has continued to change the baseball fan’s experience by its intimate but state-of-the-art design and location in a historic neighborhood. Included is a visit to the press level, dugouts and the scoreboard/JumboTron control room; plus visitors are given a historical perspective of the Camden Yards area, including The B & O Railroad, the Inner Harbor and Babe Ruth.
In 2012, the Miami Marlins moved to Marlins Park , the league’s newest baseball stadium. One of six stadiums to feature a retractable roof, the structure also has two aquariums behind home plate; a bobblehead display and spaces for private functions. The tour includes visits to the field, clubhouse, the batting cage area and access to “art in public places” found throughout the facility.
Busch Stadium in St. Louis offers tours year round, during which visitors can see the radio broadcast booth, view the World Series trophies in the Champions Club and have a chance to hang out Cardinals dugout before using their discount in the Official Cardinals Team Store. The Cardinals have called Busch Stadium home since 2006 when they became the first team in nearly 100 years to win the World Series in the inaugural season of a new stadium.
Chicago offers fans two ballparks to tour: the homes of rivals Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Start with the Cubs on the north side at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. Built in 1914, Wrigley is known for its distinct features such as ivy on the outfield fence; bullpens along the foul lines and roof-top seating from neighboring residences around the field. To the south lies U.S. Cellular Field, known as Comiskey Park before taking its current name in 2003. Tours include the home dugout, the press box, the field, the suites and the Stadium Club.
San Francisco’s AT&T Park is an architectural landmark and offers sweeping views of the bay. The tour takes visitors to areas usually accessible only to players and staff, including the field warning track; the dugout and the press box. The tour also features a trip to the indoor batting cage, the visitor’s clubhouse and luxury suites. Kids will enjoy the Coke Bottle slide, the Levi’s mitt and a Build-a-Bear Workshop.
Other GO cities with Major League stadiums and tours include Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com.
The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. The company serves some 13 million passengers per year.