If you've never had the pleasure of seeing a game at Nationals Park, I would highly recommend you make your way out there at some point this Summer. It's a stadium that is beautifully designed, and holds a lot of high end amenities that help you manage the sometimes arduous task of sitting through an entire MLB baseball game. I think it's easy to tell how much I like seeing a game there, so you can imagine how disappointed and surprised I was to see that Nate Silver of the New York Times ranked Nationals Park as the fifth worst Stadium in Major League Baseball.
Now it's important to point out that this isn't a perfect system that Silver uses. He didn't go to each Park, take in a few games in each City, and evaluate the Stadiums based on his experience. He used Yelp.com reviews to build his list. If you've ever used Yelp to find out about that new restaurant in your neighborhood, then you understand that it can be pretty hit or miss. Silver also acknowledges something that isn't technically Stadium related that coule bring these rankings down.
Washington’s Nationals Park, for example, receives tepid reviews (3.63 stars), although perhaps that is because fans find it hard to look past the ugly play of the team on the field.
The only problem with that argument is that the Pirates, who are probably even worse than the Nationals, came out with the top score.
Maybe people just forgot about the new Nationals Park, and just evaluated RFK. Who knows. But I don't think there's any way that you can make an argument that Nationals Park is on par with the Oakland Coliseum. If the team starts playing a little bit better, maybe their reviews will spike a little bit.