The 7 most high-tech ballparks in America
The game has evolved but so has its home. Baseball fans are now treated to all the modern trappings of technological progress: multi-million dollar scoreboards, wireless everything, and even the ability to order Cracker Jacks from your phone.
The new Marlins field in Miami sports a retractable roof, aquariums protected by hurricane-proof glass, a state-of-the-art video room, and even a swimming pool behind left field. The stadium is also incredibly energy efficient 250 waterless urinals and an LEED gold rating.
Target Field is perhaps America's most transport-friendly, transit-oriented ballpark. The ballpark is accessible via light rail, commuter rail, buses lines, bike trails, and pedestrian routes.
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The Mariners' new park in Seattle, Safeco Field, has a killer scoreboard. Costing a whopping $7.7 million, the Daktronics Pro Star board stands 56 feet tall by 190 foot wide.
The multipurpose University of Phoenix Stadium not only offers free Wi-Fi, it's the first fully retractable natural-grass playing surface built in the United States.
The San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park is a techie's dream, with free Wi-Fi and charging for you electric vehicle. Hungry? A stadium food-finder app will quickly pinpoint the nearest hot dog vendor.
Last year, the Mets debuted slightly more advanced statistics on their scoreboard in a nod to the rise of sabremetrics. As a bonus, behind the center field scoreboard is the 2K Sports FanFest area with its own video game section.
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The new Yankee stadium has its own app that feeds your brain (real-time stats) and your mouth (order food with just a couple clicks). Meanwhile, a deal with Cisco means that the company's TelePresence technology allows fans to chat face-to-face with their sporting heros throught their HD conferencing system.