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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Architecture of Sports

Baseball through a spatial lens.

Not all sports require absolute uniformity in their playing fields. Some allow and even celebrate degrees of variation. All baseball parks consist of the diamond (a square, technically) in which the locations and dimensions of the bases, pitcher’s mound, batter’s boxes, and other features are strictly standardized, and the outfield, for which Major League Baseball specifies only minimum dimensions (325 feet along the first base and third base lines and 400 feet from home plate to center field for stadiums built after 1958). This flexibility has allowed for the design of asymmetrical outfields that accommodate property boundaries, such as Boston’s Lansdowne Street — famously, the cause of Fenway Park’s shallow left field and the wall known as the Green Monster. Some outfields have incorporated obstacles within the field of play. Old Yankee Stadium’s monuments to deceased players and managers were in bounds in deep centerfield until 1975. Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros, had until this season a flagpole and a steep, 30-degree incline known as Tal’s Hill just inside the center field fence. An even greater anomaly, which lasted from 1928 to 1974, was Billy Goat Hill in Clark Field at the University of Texas at Austin, where the Longhorn’s knowledge of the “goat paths” up the rocky outcropping in right and center field made for a distinct home-field advantage.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, is getting a name change

Since before the late Dave Niehaus threw out the ceremonial first pitch on the day it opened, the emerald jewel of a stadium in the Sodo district has been known as Safeco Field.

But that will change after the 2018 season.


The Mariners and Safeco Insurance announced Tuesday that the naming-rights agreement for the stadium will not be extended following next season.

“Safeco Insurance has been a great partner of the Mariners dating back to the earliest days of the franchise, including the ballpark naming rights for the last 20 years,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said in a statement. “We appreciate everything Safeco has done over the years to support our organization and look forward to continuing the relationship in the future.”

The agreement between Safeco and the Mariners began in 1998, a year before the stadium opened.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 04:57 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, naming rights, stadiums

Rovell: Senators aim to stop use of municipal funds to finance stadiums

Cory Booker, D-N.J., and James Lankford, R-Okla., are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit teams from using municipal bonds, whose interest is exempt from federal taxes, to help finance stadium construction.

. . .

The largest federal subsidies, according to the report, include the New York Yankees ($431 million), the Chicago Bears ($205 million), the New York Mets ($185 million), the Cincinnati Bengals ($164 million) and the Indianapolis Colts ($163 million).

 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Joe Posnanski: Ranking the Stadiums

The Best Places to Watch a Game: AT&T Park (San Francisco); Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City); Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore); PNC Park (Pittsburgh); Petco Park (San Diego); Safeco Park (Seattle).
Four of these — San Francisco and Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle — are just georgeous in every conceivable way. Honestly, you don’t have to like baseball at all to enjoy just going to the parks and taking it all in. The beauty is particularly compelling in Pittsburgh, maybe because people don’t always appreciate how beautiful a city Pittsburgh is. My old friend, the late Skip Prosser, used to say that coming through the Fort Pitt tunnel and dumping into downtown Pittsburgh was the most beautiful site in the world.

“More beautiful than Paris?” I would ask him.

“Paris?” he said. “Give me a break.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2017 at 12:39 PM | 98 comment(s)
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The New Generation of Ballparks Is Pushing Us Away

While it’s difficult for probably a number of reasons — building sites, parking, the demands to maximize revenue streams, etc. — to totally recapture the classic ballpark experience, the new model of parks has failed to improve the fan experience in some crucial ways. And thanks to Andrew Clem’s fine web site, I have the cross sections and diagrams of stadiums to prove it.

Travis is 100% right, in my opinion.


Thursday, April 06, 2017

PawSox planning ‘100 percent replica’ of Fenway, including Green Monster

I’m really not sure how I feel about this…

Pros: farmhands get used to Fenway quirks, easier for team to forecast “how they’ll hit in Fenway”

Cons: seems like it would inevitably cost more, does it make “real” Fenway seem less special?

Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: April 06, 2017 at 08:45 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox, stadiums

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A’s dedicate Rickey Henderson Field | MLB.com

Rickey Henderson Field is now the greatest stadium name of all time.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: rickey henderson, stadiums

 

 

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