This thread is for everyone who’s either a baseball fan or just like building pretty things.
In the 1960s-1980s, new baseball stadiums basically came in three types:
Large, ugly multipurpose stadia that looked like giant cement ashtrays, often with artificial turf. See examples: Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia), Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh) and Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego) now known as “Qualcomm Park,” God help us. And of course, the creme de la crud of all super-ugly stadia, Toronto’s infamous Exhibition Stadium. Royals/Kaufmann Stadium is an exception, a concrete turf park that actually looked nice.
Toronto’s SkyDome, which is sort of a combination of 1 and 2.
Then the Orioles built Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and it was a sensation. This produced two new lines of stadia:
I think it’s high time they built a new kind of ballpark. I’m not an architect, though, so what sort of ballparks could you build? What do you think WILL get built?
- A steel and glass, super-modern ballpark?
- A Victorian stone, almost European-style ballpark?
- A classical, Roman/Greek style ballpark?
- A subterranean ballpark? Bronze Age? You tell me.