Bark in the Park: Your Guide to Baseball Games with Your Pooch
Every year when Major League Baseball season comes around, fans get pretty excited. And for good reason too: what could be better about sitting outside in the warm summer evening, with your favorite ball-park food and beverage, watching America’s Pastime?
Well, MLB actually found a way. Some years ago, they realized that the way to make baseball better is by allowing fans to bring their dogs with them to games. We totally agree. Whether they’re called “Bark in the Park” or “Pups in the Park” or any other name, there are events at MLB stadiums all around the country where dogs and their owners are able to enjoy the game together.
The way teams go about this is that they reserve a section of the stands for their four-pawed friends and their owners. This isn’t only a great opportunity to spend more time with your dog, but part of the ticket proceeds are even donated to local pet shelters and charities!
But one team has even gone further for 2016. The Arizona Diamondbacks have partnered with PetSmart to create the first season-long dog-friendly baseball park with their PetSmart Patio, which features indoor and outdoor play areas, vendors selling dog treats, and adoptable dogs on-site.
Here are just some of the nationwide dog-friendly home games for the 2016 season:
- New York Mets – Sunday, April 10th vs. the Phillies
- Tamp Bay Rays – Sunday, April 17th vs. the White Sox
- Kansas City Royals – Tuesday, April 19th vs. the Tigers
- Washington Nationals – Saturday, April 23rd vs. the Twins
- Atlanta Braves – Sunday, April 24th vs. the Mets
- New York Mets – Tuesday, April 26th vs. the Reds
- Arizona Diamondbacks – Sunday, May 1st vs. the Rockies
- Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, May 3rd vs the Giants
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 3rd vs. the Cubs
- Texas Rangers – Saturday, May 14th vs. the Blue Jays
- Washington Nationals – Saturday, May 14th vs. the Marlins
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 17th vs. the Braves
- New York Mets – Wednesday, May 18th vs. the Nationals
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 24th vs. the D-backs
- Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, May 24th vs. the A’s
- Washington Nationals – Friday, May 27th vs. the Cardinals
- San Diego Padres – Thursday, June 2nd vs. the Mariners
- Miami Marlins – Sunday, June 5th vs. the Mets
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 7th vs. the Mets
- Cincinnati Reds – Thursday June 9th vs. the Cardinals
- Washington Nationals – Monday, June 13th vs. the Cubs
- St. Louis Cardinals – Saturday, June 18th vs. the Rangers
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 21st vs. the Giants
- Los Angeles Dodgers – Saturday, July 9th vs. the Padres
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, July 19th vs. the Brewers
- Oakland Athletics – Friday, July 22nd vs. the Tampa Bay Rays
- San Diego Padres – Monday, August 1st vs. the Brewers
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 9th vs. the Padres
- Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, August 9th vs. the Tigers
- San Francisco Giants – Sunday, August 21st vs. the Mets
- San Diego Padres – Monday, August 22nd vs. the Cubs
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 23rd vs. the Astros
- Cincinnati Reds – Wednesday, August 24th vs. the Rangers
- Huston Astros – Sunday, August 28th vs. the Rays
- San Diego Padres – Monday, September 5th vs. the Red Sox
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 6th vs. the Cardinals
- Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, September 6th vs. the Rangers
- Washington Nationals – Thurs, September 8th vs. the Phillies
- Chicago White Sox – Tuesday, September 13th vs. the Indians
- Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, September 13th vs. the Brewers
- Atlanta Braves – Sunday, September 18th vs. the Nationals
- San Diego Padres – Monday, September 19th vs. the D-backs
- New York Mets – Wednesday, September 21st vs. the Braves
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 27th vs. the Cubs
- Washington Nationals – Saturday, October 1st vs. the Marlins
A word of caution though: Even though these ballparks are holding these events, each one will have different requirements. For this reason you should check to make sure your dog meets the requirements to enter the stadium, which can be found on the team’s websites.
Above all, this is a great way to bond with your dog for an afternoon or evening.
Have you been to a Major League Baseball game with your dog? Share your experience in the comments!