Major League Baseball season gets into full swing on Opening Day, April 1. You can put a new spin on your experience by adding an RV to your roster of fan essentials. An RV is a great way to tour North America’s iconic major league parks, from venerable Fenway Park in Boston to San Francisco’s modern Oracle Park. Many parks accommodate your RV for baseball tailgating, allowing visitors can roast hot dogs and hoist brews before the first pitch.
Before your MLB tour, observe stadium rules. Attendance is expected to be limited as the season gets underway, with seating accommodating small “pods” of fans to ensure social distance. Between games, stay at a nearby Good Sam Park.
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
Sitting in China Basin and home of the San Francisco Giants, Oracle Park has received accolades for its neoclassical architecture and wide range of amenities. Watch home-run balls splash in McCovey Cove, the section of the bay beyond the right-field wall.
Tailgating: Lot A is located just south of the ballpark, along 3rd Street and Terry A. Francois streets. Cost: $40 ($80 for oversized vehicles). It opens three hours before the first pitch and closes one hour after the last out.
Good Sam Park: Seventeen miles north of Oracle Park across the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin RV Park in Greenbrae treats customers to a beautiful setting near Muir Woods and Napa Valley.
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Home of the Milwaukee Brewers, American Family Field’s steel arches cut a dramatic figure against the city’s skyline. The park’s regional food and homey Midwest vibe make this a special place.
Tailgating: The designated areas for larger tailgates and organized parties are in the Uecker and Yount parking lots. Contact the Brewers Group Sales Department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) for more information.
Good Sam Park: North of Milwaukee, Lake Lenwood Beach & Campground in West Bend offers a store along with a pool so that fans can resupply and refresh after the big game.
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
Situated in Arlington between Dallas and Fort Worth, Globe Life Field has been called a “mallpark” because of its many restaurants and stores that sell memorabilia dedicated to the Texas Rangers.
Tailgating: A ticket to a Rangers game is required for entry to the lot on opening day and postseason games. Tailgating is allowed in grassy areas and is permitted from lot opening to the second inning.
Good Sam Park: Located 6 miles southeast of Globe Life Field, Traders Village RV Park in Grand Prairie keeps baseball buffs comfortable with 126 spaces and 50-amp power in some sites.
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
Located on Chicago’s South Side, Guaranteed Rate Field is home to the White Sox, an American League team founded in 1901. Although this isn’t the original Comiskey Park that put the Sox on the map, this park keeps the Windy City spirit alive with food like the Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Dog and Johnsonville Sausage.
Tailgating: Tailgating is permitted before every game in all lots starting two hours prior to the game (when the lots open) and concludes at the first pitch. Guests are limited to small grills only.
Good Sam Park: To the southeast, RV Park at Hollywood Casino in Joliet gives campers even more chances to cheer with the latest machine games, including the most penny slots in the area. Amenities at the park include a snack bar and self-service car wash.
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is an indoor venue that keeps fans cooled with an air-conditioning system. Players complain that fly balls get lost against the white ceiling, but fans will appreciate the coverage on hot days. The stingray tank in the right-center field is one of the park’s most distinctive features.
Tailgating: All tailgate setup must stay in your allotted parking space. Additional parking spaces may be purchased upon request.
Good Sam Park: Located across Tampa Bay via the Sunshine Skyline Bridge, Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort in Palmetto gives fans a fantastic camping experience, win or lose. A heated pool and kayaking and canoeing are just some of the amenities here.
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
Just a few miles outside of Atlanta in Cumberland, Truist Park welcomes baseball fans with state-of-the-art amenities in a park built for baseball. Fans love the Coca-Cola section up in the upper deck in left field, which offers great views of the entire ballpark without sacrificing great looks at the home plate.
Tailgating: RVs will park in Braves Lot 29 or Braves Lot 35 for the cost of $40 per vehicle. Parking must be purchased in advance by phone.
Good Sam Park: A mere 4 miles northwest of Truist Park, Atlanta-Marietta RV Resort puts guests in a wooded setting that will make you forget the roar of the crowd. The park is only minutes from shopping, white water rafting, amusement parks and historic sites.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
The home of the Los Angeles Angels features fantastic open areas for fans eager to explore a SoCal institution. The Level 200 concourse overlooks the field and allows fans to circle the stadium in its entirety. The bottom concourse leads to food courts that serve up California cuisine. Skip the trip to Disneyland (also in Anaheim) and spend the day watching the Halos play.
Tailgating: Tailgating is only permitted in general parking (non-preferred) areas (near the Big A, Orangewood, State College and Douglass general parking areas). Price: $20 for oversized vehicles and bus parking.
Good Sam Park: Less than a mile from Angel Stadium, Orangeland RV Park in nearby Orange opens its gates for baseball fans. A heated pool, outdoor games and planned activities make this part a hit, and guests can walk to the game (if you’re not in a tailgating mood).
Cactus League and Grapefruit League
If you can’t wait until Opening Day on April 1, March, Major League teams compete in preseason games in the heart of Arizona. See the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and other teams play each other in state-of-the-art stadiums. In Florida, the Grapefruit League in March hosts spring training games throughout the Sunshine State.
Learn more about your favorite teams and balparks here.