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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?

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A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line















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A collection of support pillars for the left field pavilion.



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The HERC promenade side.



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