Chase Field in Phoenix and Seattle’s Safeco Field are perhaps the quintessential examples of what retractable-roof stadiums should be: baseball-only parks with roofs that are used regularly, and built specifically, to respond to their respective town’s beautiful - if unpredictable - climates. Whether or not that has translated to success on the field or at the box office is a different story.
As we move up north for the third part of our series, we look at the what may be the best and worst retractable roof stadiums in the majors. Milwaukee's Miller Park have seen a resurgence of the Brewers, but the Blue Jays have seen a steady decline since moving into Toronto's SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) 23 years ago. What this means, and what it may mean in the future, could have an effect on the viability of baseball in the north, for better and worse.
With similar features and a shared designer, there's a lot Minute Maid and Marlins Park have in common. Including housing two of the worst teams in baseball: the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. Is their futility a function of their fabulous home bases or based off of a string of bad luck and poor team planning?
None of the six Major League Baseball teams that play in stadiums outfitted with massive retractable roofs found their way to the playoffs. Given the historical success (or lack thereof) of these teams in their bi-functional homes, the question remains: are these buildings the silver bullets modern baseball franchises would like you to believe or just expensive stadium accessories?