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November 15, 2006 1:08 PM

The A's have notions of moving out of McAfee Colisseum. It's far from being a done deal, but they are working on a partnership with Cisco, makers of wireless everything. PC World reports that they have some fabulous concepts.

This is some pretty forward thinking. The Twins need to get on this bandwagon right away:

Cisco's Ballpark Will be Wireless Showcase

The A's aren't just leaving Oakland, they're moving to a high-tech ballpark crafted by Cisco Systems to also show off its wireless networking technology.

Cisco CEO John Chambers on Tuesday described plans for the up-to-$500 million ballpark in Fremont, California, 22 miles south of the team's current home. Our IDGNS News Service colleague Robert Mullins filed a report.

The 34,000-seat Cisco Field will feature a wireless network on which fans can use handheld devices to watch instant replays, order food and beverages, communicate with friends, and keep score. Fans will be able to buy tickets online, receive their ticket as a file on a smartphone to show at the gate, and visit kiosks inside the stadium to upgrade their seats. Stadium employees will use other handheld communicators that use radio-frequency identity (RFID) technology to locate and talk to each other.

"This is about how we take America’s favorite pastime and enable it for where the future will be," Chambers at the announcement, accompanied by A's owner Lewis Wolff, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and others. He added that as many as 80 technology applications have been considered for the stadium.

Completion of the new stadium, near Cisco's San Jose headquarters, may be three to five years away. Cisco is also weighing which technology companies it will will partner with to develop the platform for Cisco Field. Similar Cisco technology is deployed at Busch Stadium, the home field of baseball's St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, Missouri.

"This state-of-the-art ball park that is going to be built will be not only one of our treasures, but it will set the pace for ballparks that come after it," Selig said.

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The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.



Original outfield configuration



Clyde Doepner's Met Stadium Memorabilia (Source: LP)






The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...












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Secret entrance exposed!



The storage tunnel is barely visible at left behind that guy.






The Overlook



Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)



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Louver samples on display.



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Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew









These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.



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There are some great banners on fencing down Target Way. I'm not sure just who sees them.






Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.












This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!



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The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.



Now from the inside looking at the same area.



A look at Gate 34.












Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction






This would be easy to miss, but I found it on a cart located directly behind the Batter's Eye seating on the upper concourse in center field.



Through the windows of the Metropolitan Club you can see one of the displays of Met Stadium memorabilia.



Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.









The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.



Back of scoreboard; facade in context.


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