View Full Version : Another slap in the face to U.S. Cellular Field...

07-06-2004, 07:43 AM
I hate to say this, but news is news...ESPN (mainly ESPN 2's "Cold Pizza" show) in collaboration with CAP Index, a recognized crime forecasting expert, ranks the Cell the 5th "most dangerous stadium" in Major League Baseball out of the 30 stadiums. Wrigley Field is 11th on the list.

If you want to see the list for yourself, click here. (http://www.coldpizza.tv/stadiums.html) There is no outline as to how this list came about...it's probably a list published after the subject was talked about on TV. I can't find anything at either ESPN.com or the CAP Index website as to the basis for this list, so think of it what you will.

BTW...the top 10 safest ballparks according to CAP Index (from 10 to 1) are the following...

Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
H.H.H. Metrodome (Minnesota Twins)
Shea Stadium (New York Mets)
Bank One Ballpark (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Anaheim Angels)
Ameriquest Field of Arlington (Texas Rangers)

07-06-2004, 08:11 AM
I would have never guessed that any of the teams above the White Sox have dangerous stadiums because you never hear about it on tv. I guess it's nice to know that the cell isn't the worst according to this list..but being 5th isn't a good thing.

07-06-2004, 08:20 AM
Here's what I said...


I'm writing because I'm interested in how your firm came up with the list for the "Most Dangerous Stadiums" in Major League Baseball. I'm asking because the home of my favorite team, the Chicago White Sox, is 5th on the list. U.S. Cellular Field has been through a lot of negative scrutiny in recent days with the incidents of fans coming on the field to attack opposing coaches and umpires, as well as fans running on the field in general. However, I'd like to know what criteria was used to rank the stadiums as well as why "The Cell" as we White Sox fans call it was placed so highly, while Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, was ranked lower in spite of well-known incidents of drunken fans both inside and outside the stadium.

Thank you very much for your time and interest in this matter. I'm looking forward to your response.

I don't have any emnity with this organization. I trust they will respond and give good information as to how this list came about.

07-06-2004, 09:00 AM
Ameriquest (what? it's not the Ballpark in Arlington anymore?) is way out in the suburbs and surrounded by parking lots. Draws lots of Ward Cleaver types toting Wally and the Beav. It's a nice park BTW; saw the Sox play the Rangers there in 1994 just before The Strike. The most dangerous ones according to the poll tend to be located in urban areas, although some of the "safe" ones like Shea are also in-town, so yeah, I too would be curious as to their methodology.

I have heard crime statistics in the Town Hall district, where Wrigley is, have usually been higher than the White Sox's Deering district, at least in the beats near the stadiums. If that's true, I would like to see that explained as well by ColdPizza.

Baby Fisk
07-06-2004, 09:21 AM
Putting Toronto in the top 10 most dangerous is ridiculous. A forest of new yuppie condo towers is sprouting around Skydome, and there's nothing but some restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity. For the most part, Skydome has always felt like a very isolated place. The only thing people risk in going to the dome is perhaps dying of boredom... :cool:

Lists like this one are crapola.

Viva Magglio
07-06-2004, 09:50 AM
I say the White Sox respond to these attacks in bold fashion: slander lawsuits up the rear end.

07-06-2004, 10:45 AM
Jesus H., already. Bottom line: Most people would rather be walking around Wrigley at 10 or 11 at night than Comiskey. That is just the way it is. Throw out all the crime stats and Cubby Bear murders you want - you will never get a major news outlet/publication to admit that the Cell neighborhood may be safer or equal. Give it up already.

What this list proves to me is that if you win (Yankess, Cardinals, Giants - all teams ranked above us), people go to your stadium. *Most* teams' fans follow this trend (i.e. I don't think the Yanks drew squat in the Steve Balboni era - and who can blame them, as the area around the stadium makes any part of the surrounding Comiskey neighborhood look like Shangri-La). Only one team's "fans" buck this trend, and we know who they are...

07-06-2004, 11:54 AM

"I can't believe Detroit wasn't number one"