select - Baseball
Written by Brian Johnston
If you want an insight into leisure time around the world, you can’t go wrong when heading to a sports stadium. Here are four great spots to see baseball in action.
There’s perhaps no better place to watch a baseball match than at the billion-dollar Yankee Stadium: not only are New Yorkers baseball mad, but the Yankees are by far the greatest-ever baseball team, with 27 World Series wins to their name. And you’re spoilt for choice in New York: The Mets play at Citi Field, where you can visit the Hall of Fame and do a tour.
New York, USA
Distance: 10,792 km
Flight Time: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Venerable Wrigley Field is the traditional place to head for baseball matches in Chicago; it’s the second-oldest major-league ballpark in the USA. Home of the Chicago Cubs, it’s one of Americas more endearingly old-fashioned venues – the 1937 scoreboard is still operated by hand – and, because it’s small, you get good views of the action from just about anywhere. The ballpark also offers behind-the-scenes tours. You’ll catch superior team the Chicago White Sox, however, at the bigger, more commercial, and quite stunning US Cellular Field, where you’ll have a much better chance of bagging a ticket.
Distance: 11,473 km
Flight Time: 14 hour, 35 minutes
Citizens Bank Park stadium
The Philadelphia Phillies play at home between April and October at the rather beautiful Citizens Bank Park stadium (‘The Bank’ to locals), which has great views over the city skyline as well as the field. Plenty of family-friendly features include kids’ merchandise and play areas, while behind-the-scenes tours take in the dugout, Hall of Fame Club, and media and broadcasting rooms. The Bank is considered to offer the best food choices of any ballpark in America, ensuring fans never go hungry.
Qatar Airways will operate flights from Doha to Philadelphia from April 2, 2014.
Distance: 10,892 km
Flight Time: 13 hour, 50 minutes
Frequency: Daily Flights
No country beyond the USA has taken to baseball quite like the Japanese. Tokyo is home base to the generally dominant Yomiuri Giants, the oldest of the Japanese professional baseball teams. The Giants play matches at the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome, nicknamed the Big Egg for its distinctive dome-shaped roof, and host to other sporting and concert events.
Qatar Airways has daily non-stop flights from Doha to Tokyo.
Distance: 8,279 km
Flight Time: 9 hours, 30 minutes