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Playoff Ballparks 2006

October 5, 2006 1:05 AM

This is just a thumbnail sketch of the ballparks involved in this year's playoffs. It's interesting to note that three are new, three are slated for replacement, one is in limbo, and one is a classic that no one is looking to replace any time soon.

Park Opened (MLB) Renovated Status Shared Roof Seats (K) Signature
Yankee Stadium 1923 1976 New park 2009 No No 58 Pinstripes
Dodger Stadium 1962 No change foreseen No No 56 Symmetry
Shea Stadium 1964 New park 2009 No No 56 Scoreboard
McAfee Coliseum 1968 1996 Seeking replacement Yes No 44 Football Seats
Metrodome 1982 New park 2010 Yes Fixed 45 or 56 Baggie
Comerica Park 2000 New No Roof-ready 41 Ferris Wheel
Petco Park 2004 New No No 46 Towers
Busch Stadium 2006 New No No 47 Arch

(I'll glady take suggestions for alternate signature elements!)

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Behind one of the walls, we have a mini artificial lake built in. Can you imagine? "Morneau hits one DEEP to center, and this ball is goin swimming!"

I mean, we need to have the 10000 lakes thing in the park. Or mabey a mini river with a bridge that has a TC banner, symbolizing the twin cities and unification of the Saints and Millers.

Posted on October 8, 2006 at 05:33 AM by Jason Walbridge Highlight this comment 1

wtf?

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM by bulldog Highlight this comment 2


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Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.



Notice the temporary railing extensions



Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue






This mural is behind the staircase. The window looks onto the promenade, and the door goes to a kitchen.



A southpaw?






Another over-my-head shot






Emergency access viewed in context



I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?



CBP: retro in facade only









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Glass going in over the Oliva gate.









Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)






Some baseball legends (and Ron Coomer)



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An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)









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A familiar view through the top floor elevator lobby window in ramp B (HRP View and Terrace).



I love this view of the Basilica.






Print press box






One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.



1885 Sanborn Map Image (Source: Sanborn Map Collection, Minneapolis Public Library, Copyright © 2001 by The Sanborn Map Company, Sanborn Library, LLC)



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