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Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Looking from First Avenue toward the ballpark (over the top of a construction barricade)
Directly above gate 6 "Oliva" on the Club level.
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...
Oh, a flag pole will be so much more...dignified
I think that's a pig up there on that vane!
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.
The service entrance area in left-center, now with bench seating
Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard!
The completed promenade
Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction
I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)
With the engine behind us, we got a real sense of how fast we were going by looking out the front (back) window
Looking across the top of the batter's eye
This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.
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.
Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
A few weeks ago there were sand volleyball courts here. When the park opens, this will be surface parking. Maybe one day there will be something more interesting built on top of that parking...
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
The Fun Zone/Rescue Area in Oakland during the second inning
e="text-align: left; font-size: .6em;">The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures