Which ballparks have best home-field advantage in postseason?

November 2nd, 2023

Players, coaches and fans alike say there’s nothing like the Philly home crowd come playoff time. But is this just a narrative, or do the numbers support a legit home-field advantage?

Spoiler alert: It’s the latter.

Despite falling in the final two games of the 2023 NLCS at home to Arizona, the Phillies are 28-13 in home playoff games since the team began playing at Citizens Bank Park in 2004. That’s a .683 win percentage -- the best by any team in any stadium in postseason history (minimum 20 games).

Below are the top 10 ballparks that have produced the best home records in playoff history.

1. Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park (2004-present)
28-13 record (.683)

Most of these playoff games came during the heyday of the Ryan Howard-Chase Utley-Jimmy Rollins core, including a magical 2008 run when the team finished 11-3 in the playoffs, culminating with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay to clinch the Fall Classic at home. But in the past two years, a new generation of players has created some October magic, as last year’s team was the first No. 6 seed to reach the World Series, and the 2023 group was on the verge of making it to the Fall Classic. Notably, the Phillies were only 11-14 in home playoff games at their prior home (Veterans Stadium).

2. New York Mets, Shea Stadium (1964-2008)
26-13 record (.667)

With all due respect to the 1969 “Miracle Mets,” who clinched the World Series with a Game 5 home win over the Orioles, the most memorable Fall Classic event at Shea Stadium -- and maybe at any stadium -- took place in 1986. In the bottom of the 10th of a tied Game 6, the infamous Bill Buckner error gave the Mets a walk-off win to keep the series alive. Two days later, also at home, the Mets overcame a 3-0 lead to win Game 7 and finish off a classic series.

3. St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium II (1966-2005)
35-18 record (.660)

Your older brother, your father, and your grandfather might have all seen different Cardinals legends play here, with the list of names ranging from Bob Gibson to Ozzie Smith to Albert Pujols and many others. St. Louis reached the World Series five times during its tenure at Busch Stadium II, and remarkably, all five went to seven games. The home team won Game 7 in three of those instances, including the Cardinals’ 6-5 win over the Brewers in 1982.

4. Baltimore Orioles, Memorial Stadium (1954-1991)
19-11 record (.633)

Led by the likes of the legendary Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr., the mid-to-late 20th century was the peak of Orioles history, largely coinciding with the team’s tenure at Memorial Stadium. Both the 1966 and 1970 World Series were clinched with home wins, including an epic 1-0 game in 1966 when Dave McNally outdueled the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale as both pitched complete games.

5. New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium I (1923-2008)
101-60 record (.627)

How ridiculous is it that the Yankees essentially played a full season’s schedule worth of playoff games at the original Yankee Stadium? Whatever you think the answer to that question is, amplify it even more, because the playoffs only consisted of the World Series until 1969. The Yankees’ 101 playoff wins are 42 more than the next-closest team at any playoff venue, the Dodgers’ 59 wins at Dodger Stadium. There could be thousands of words about the Yankees’ preposterous playoff dominance over the 20th century, but the 26 rings won while playing at the original stadium speak for themselves.

6. San Francisco Giants, Oracle Park (2000-present)
25-15 record (.625)

What’s now known as Oracle Park has had several names over the course of the 21st century, but one relative constant has been the Giants’ playoff success. Interestingly, all three of the team's World Series wins this century were clinched on the road (one at Texas, one at Detroit, one at Kansas City), though the 2012 and 2014 NLCS were clinched at home.

7. Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium (1973-present)
24-15 record (.615)

The Royals have only been to the playoffs twice since the start of the 1990s, but when they have reached the postseason, they’ve been dangerous at home. In 1985, the Royals clinched the Fall Classic with an 11-0 win over the Cardinals at home, still tied for the largest World Series Game 7 win ever. The 1934 Cardinals also won a World Series Game 7 by a score of 11-0, doing so at Detroit.

8. Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park (2000-present)
14-9 record (.609)

That World Series loss to St. Louis came many decades before Comerica Park was built, as the Tigers have fared better in the postseason in the 21st century. Though Detroit has not yet won a World Series at the stadium, they clinched the 2006 and 2012 ALCS -- both of which were sweeps -- with wins at home, the former of which was sealed by a Magglio Ordonez walk-off home run.

9. New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium II (2009-present)
24-16 record (.600)

Yep, the Bronx Bombers crack this list at two different iterations of Yankee Stadium. The Yanks immediately put up their first banner at their new ballpark, closing out the Phillies in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series at home. They also wrapped up the 2010, 2012 and 2022 ALDS in the Bronx and won the 2017 and 2018 AL Wild Card Games in front of their home fans.

10. St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium III (2006-present)
26-18 record (.591)

The new Busch Stadium opened in St. Louis in 2006. The Cardinals won the 2006 World Series. Coincidence? OK, probably, but the Redbirds have played well in front of their home fans at Busch Stadium III as well as Busch II -- which, as you might remember, is No. 3 on this list. The Cards won all three of their home games in the World Series in 2006 and closed out the 2011 Fall Classic with an unforgettable walk-off win in Game 6 and another victory in Game 7.