Play Ball! Next Time, Take Public Transit Out to the Ballgame

Published: April 5, 2016

Spring Training is in the rear view mirror with the 2016 Major League Baseball season officially underway this week. The resurgence of the downtown stadium means many cities have easy access to baseball games along with a vibrant choice of restaurants, cafes, museums, and other activities to make your trip to the ballpark memorable, but it also means parking is a premium and getting to the game can be frustrating if you’re driving.


In celebration of MLB Opening Day, we’ve put together a list of 10 of the most transit-friendly ballparks in America (in alphabetical order by stadium name). So if you are heading out to cheer on your favorite teams, try taking a train, trolley, bus, bike, ferry or rideshare. Leave the worrying about where you’ll park or how best to navigate around traffic (and the car) at home and just enjoy the game.


AT&T Park: San Francisco Giants

Bay Area traffic can be a nightmare and parking is an expensive premium downtown, making public transit a top choice for getting to the stadium. Whether you’re arriving by BART, Caltrain, Muni, or SF Bay Ferry, AT&T Park has plenty of transit options for you to get to and from Giants games. And on the rare occasions that Karl the Fog isn’t making an appearance and you’d rather get some exercise, walking and biking to the park are great options too (AT&T Park even offers free valet bicycle parking).


Coors Field: Colorado Rockies

Although the Denver metropolitan area is fairly spread out, Coors Field took a cue from the outdoorsy nature of Denver, and offers bicycle parking at multiple locations around the stadium. For less adventurous Rockies fans, you can also get to games easily via RockiesRide, light rail, and local or regional bus routes servicing the area.


Fenway Park: Boston Red Sox

Anyone that’s tried to navigate to Fenway Park by car knows just how challenging it can be. Thankfully, Boston expanded their multimodal options last season, with the addition of free valet bicycle parking for Red Sox fans who opt to go green by arriving to the stadium by bicycle. Boston’s commuter rail system is the transportation mode of choice for most game goers, but attendees also have the option of getting to and from games by subway, bus or walking.


Marlins Park: Miami Marlins

Miami may not be the public transit mecca most think of when it comes to baseball cities, but Marlins Park is accessible via a variety of transport options, and there are at least eight bus lines that stop within just a few blocks of the stadium. For fans arriving by Metrorail, Culmer and Civic Center Stations are both within a mile of the park, and there is a shuttle or free trolley service to the park from each station.


Nationals Park: Washington Nationals

Nationals fans living in or near our nation’s capital can rely on a number of bus routes to take them directly to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.. There are also a variety of options for fans commuting from surrounding cities. The DC Hopper Shuttle operates from Bethesda, while the Ballpark Bus will get you to the park from Northern VA. Other options? Water taxis that dock right near the stadium, Metro trains and buses, the DC Circulator or Capital bikesharing.


Oriole Park at Camden Yards: Baltimore Orioles

Like Moovit, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) wants you to have the smoothest journey possible when traveling to Oriole Park; they’ve set up a special section of their website with transit information and timetables to help you get around, in addition to the park being easily accessible by MTA local bus, light rail, and the Metro subway.


Petco Park: San Diego Padres

Surf’s up in sunny San Diego and so are the number of public transit options to get to a Padres game. Centrally located to the MTS Trolley, North County COASTER, MTS buses, ferries, and water taxis, Petco Park is covered by five different transit types so Padres fans can spend their time grabbing a hot dog before the game, rather than looking for a parking space in the stadium lot. And it’s no surprise that in sunny Southern California there’s a special bike parking pavilion at the park for Sunday games.


Target Field: Minnesota Twins

Target Field prides itself on providing a truly multimodal transit approach for Minnesota Twins fans, who have a variety of ways of attending games, from light rail and commuter rail to a number of bus lines, and even pedestrian routes and bike trails. Game goers can also use the trip planner on the Twins’ website to plan their route in advance.


Wrigley Field: Chicago Cubs

A visit to Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field and surrounding area, Wrigleyville, is best experienced by using the wide variety of public transit options to get to a Cubs game. From the CTA Red Line (which goes directly to the stadium) to a shuttle service and the Pace Wrigley Express Route, if you’re traveling into Chicago from the suburbs relying on a car is totally irrelevant on gamedays. Plus there is free valet parking for bike riders, making it even easier to enjoy the game.


Yankee Stadium: New York Yankees

Anyone who’s ever driven in New York City knows that public transit is truly the way to go in the Big Apple, and this definitely applies to getting to and from Yankee Stadium, too. Yankees fans can get to the stadium in under 30 minutes via the B, D, and No. 4 trains from Manhattan, or on any Metro-North train.

The next time you’re catching a game at one of these stadiums, leave the car at home and use Moovit to figure out which form of transit will get you there quickest and more affordably than taking your car. Transit is a great way to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities to cheer on your favorite team.

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