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With baseball season in full swing and the summer driving season just around the corner, we thought that it would be a good time to take a look at five stadiums that are worth a look this season. Hop in the family car and take a look at these baseball palaces, as well as five cars to take, one for each park.
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1. Stadium: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Car: 2010 Toyota Venza
The Venza--with available all-wheel drive--seems like a logical choice for a road trip to the Twin Cities. The all-wheel drive will help with the inclement weather, while the extra cargo room over the Camry--the car on which the Venza is based--will allow you to accommodate the family AND all the baseball memrobilia you collect while visiting this brand new stadium, which opened last month and seats 40,000 people. Offering touches like limestone facades and a roof deck with a fire pit, this park is worth a look.
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2. Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan. Car: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox has been a strong seller, and it is one of the products that is helping General Motors climb out of bankruptcy. So it's only fair that visitors to Detroit visit this ten-year old ballpark in a product made by an American automaker. Comerica is now entering its tenth year in existence, and it's already hosted an All-Star Game and some 2006 World Series games. Located in heart of downtown Detroit, this stadium is in close proximity to Detroit's famous Greektown, and not too far from GM's Renaissance Center headquarters.
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3. Stadium: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL. Car: 2010 Ford Taurus
Historic Wrigley Field is actually better accessed by public transit than by car, due to a lack of parking, but those who do choose to drive might be best served by hopping behind the wheel of the Chicago-built Ford Taurus. Wrigley didn't have lights until 1988, two years after the Taurus debuted. And while Wrigley still doesn't have a Jumbotron, the Taurus does offer Ford's Sync multimedia suite, providing a nice contrast.
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4. Stadium: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts. Car: 2010 Subaru Legacy
Along with Saabs and Volvos, Subarus seem to rule New England, so if you find yourself on the Mass Pike heading into town to catch a game, this might just be the family car of choice if you'd like to blend with the locals. Once you get to the game, don't forget to sing "Sweet Caroline" during the seventh inning. Also make some time to wander around Yawkey Way before or after the game. You won't regret it.
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5. Stadium: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York. Car: 2011 Ford Fiesta
The Fiesta may be smaller than most family cars, but it will work well in the urban confines of New York City. It will also help the driver save on gas money, which will be good, since those funds can be put towards tickets, souvenirs, and parking. The new Yankee Stadium is now in its second year, and it's one of the more expensive places to catch a game. So go ahead and take in the sights, but don't go too crazy with that credit card.
[Images and stadium info courtesy of Ballparksofbaseball.com]