Major League Baseball (MLB) is known for its grand stadiums, each with unique characteristics and varying dimensions. However, some of these stadiums stand out not for their size but for their intimacy. Let's delve into the world of MLB and discover which stadium holds the title for being the smallest.
Tropicana Field: The Smallest MLB Stadium
Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays, is currently the smallest baseball stadium in the MLB. Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, this multi-purpose domed stadium has a seating capacity of only 25,000 since 2019. Originally built in 1990, the ballpark could hold up to 42,735 people. However, the upper decks were tarped off in 2019, reducing the stadium’s capacity significantly.
Despite its small size, Tropicana Field is unique as it is the only ballpark in Major League Baseball to have a non-retractable roof. This feature protects fans from the Florida heat and humidity, making it a comfortable venue for enjoying a game.
Progressive Field: A Close Second
Progressive Field, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is another small MLB stadium. It is the home field of the Cleveland Guardians and has a seating capacity of just 34,830 people. Opened in 1994, the stadium was initially named Jacobs Field before being renamed Progressive Field in 2008.