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A comparison of the two parks of the 2011 World Series

In the 2011 Fall Classic, you have a team that has won 17 NL pennants and 10 World Series over the years playing a hungry squad searching for its first World Championship. Both the Cardinals and Rangers have championship ballparks, though, so let's compare them side-by-side.

As we've been doing since 2003, here is our "tale of the tape" of the two parks in this year's Fall Classic. As always, some of the items are a little tongue-in-cheek! Don't forget that the best place for World Series tickets is Prime Seat Tickets!


Rangers interior
Inside
Busch interior

Rangers Ballpark

 

Busch Stadium

Originally called The Ballpark In Arlington, it opened in 1994
Year opened
Opened next door to its predecessor in 2006.
In an entertainment district between Dallas and Fort Worth
Site
Downtown St. Louis, wedged up against multi-deck freeway
Scenes from Texas history in bas-relief friezes on exterior, commercial space beyond CF, Home Run Porch
Special features
Statues of Musial, Schoendienst, Sisler, Gibson and Hornsby
David M. Schwartz Architectural Services and HKS
Designed by
HOK (now called Populous)
$191 million
Cost to build
$365 million
332'-390'-400'-377'-325'
The deepest point is in deep right-center at 407'
Outfield dimensions
336'-375'-400'-375'-335' 
49,170. 51,746 including standing-room
Seating capacity
43,975. 46,861 including standing-room
Natural grass
Playing surface
Natural grass
2010 was the first, so this is the second
World Series hosted
This is the second
Never
Last World Series won by home team
2006, 4 games to 1 over Detroit
1995, won by the National League 3-2 
All Star Games hosted
2009, won by the American League 4-3
Nolan Ryan statue in center field
Landmark
Spectacular view of Gateway Arch
Pitcher's nightmare. Yields 50% more HRs than MLB average, making it easiest park in which to hit HRs. Also ranks 1st in runs scored.
Park factors (2011)
source: ESPN.com
Favors pitchers. Yields 24% fewer HRs than average, making it 4th hardest in which to hit HRs. Ranks 25th in runs scored.
Fans who fill the seats and who loved their first taste of the World Series in 2010, and now want a championship
Filled with
Simply the best fans in the sport. They're knowledgeable and respectful of the opposition
Rangers
Outside
Busch exterior