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Average time of a nine-inning game at each current major league ballpark since 2009, according to STATS LLC:

Ballpark Team Avg. time

Fenway Park Red Sox 3:08

Yankee Stadium Yankees 3:05

Miller Park Brewers 3:00

Coors Field Rockies 3:00

Dodger Stadium Dodgers 2:59

Tropicana Field Rays 2:58

Rangers Ballpark Rangers 2:56

Citi Field Mets 2:55

Great American Reds 2:55

Minute Maid Park Astros 2:54

Chase Field Diamondbacks 2:53

Progressive Field Indians 2:53

Wrigley Field Cubs 2:53

Nationals Park Nationals 2:52

PNC Park Pirates 2:52

Turner Field Braves 2:51

Camden Yards Orioles 2:51

Comerica Park Tigers 2:51

Target Field Twins 2:51

Marlins Park Marlins 2:51

Angel Stadium Angels 2:51

Kauffman Stadium Royals 2:51

Citizens Bank Park Phillies 2:50

Rogers Centre Blue Jays 2:49

Petco Park Padres 2:48

U.S. Cellular Field White Sox 2:48

Busch Stadium Cardinals 2:48

O.co Coliseum Athletics 2:46

AT&T Park Giants 2:46

Safeco Field Mariners 2:44

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Going to a baseball game in Seattle? Expect to see fewer pitches, fewer runs and a faster finish. Your tickets are for Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium? Make those dinner plans for a little later.

The average time of a major league game varies considerably from ballpark to ballpark, with one common thread: Scoring runs is entertaining, but it takes time. And with so many hitter-friendly parks around, those quick games have become an anomaly in some cities.

Not that everyone minds.

“I mean, if I am going to a ballgame — or at least when I used to go to ballgames as a kid — the longer the game was, the happier I was,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

Whether young or old, no fans spend more time at a ballpark than those in Boston. Over the past five years, the average time of a nine-inning game at Fenway Park is 3 hours, 8 minutes, the longest in the majors, according to STATS LLC.

Yankee Stadium is second at 3 hours, 5 minutes, followed by Miller Park and Coors Field at 3 hours even.

Fans at Safeco Field don't sit in their seats as long. Nine-inning games there average 2 hours, 44 minutes. That's a 24-minute difference from top to bottom.

PNC Park ranks in the middle of the pack at 2 hours, 52 minutes per nine-inning game.

A nine-inning game in the major leagues this season is taking 2 hours, 58 minutes, which would be among the highest averages if it holds for the season. Game times have been creeping up for years — nine innings took an average of 2 hours, 45 minutes in 1988, for instance.

There's a correlation with offense.

The top four ballparks for runs scored since 2009 are among the top seven for length of game.

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