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Old 06-09-2009, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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In a few years, we'll probably be going through the pain of watching the razing of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. NOT!!!!!

Though it does give the Twins a slight advantage playing there, this park won't be missed by many with sentimental yearnings.

Only downside in vacating this place is when you drive 230 miles to see a game, you're guarenteed that it will be played and not rained out.

One other little bummer with the new outdoor stadium is the first few weeks of the season and any playoff games can get damn cold in Minneapolis.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:21 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I dont know...I cant stand to see these old, historic stadiums go. Look at poor Yankees stadium....

http://www.demolitionofyankeestadium.com/wp-content/gallery/may-19-2009-removing-the-seats/5_19_09_1.jpg (broken link)

And Tiger stadium....
http://www.bustedcoverage.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/tiger_stadium_demolition_1.png (broken link)

These are national landmarks in my opinion.

I know what you are saying, It must be hard for a local to see their famous stadium that they had watched games in as a kid to an adult be demolished. I put myself in their position and I would hate it.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:01 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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In a few years, we'll probably be going through the pain of watching the razing of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. NOT!!!!!

Though it does give the Twins a slight advantage playing there, this park won't be missed by many with sentimental yearnings.

Only downside in vacating this place is when you drive 230 miles to see a game, you're guarenteed that it will be played and not rained out.

One other little bummer with the new outdoor stadium is the first few weeks of the season and any playoff games can get damn cold in Minneapolis.
Will the new Twins stadium have a retractable roof?
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Will the new Twins stadium have a retractable roof?
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think so.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Cook County
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think so.
you are correct, which is really stupid
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think so.
I think I read they will be all outdoors, Brrrrr in April and October (if they're still playing).
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Babe Ruth is dead, the Dodgers abandoned Brooklyn, and Washington no longer has an American League franchise. But there will always be a tiny shred of hope, so long as Wrigley Field stands. When they move the wrecking ball into place over on the north side of Chicago, THAT will be the long-awaited sign that the end of civilization is at hand.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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I think I read they will be all outdoors, Brrrrr in April and October (if they're still playing).
Yea, and when the Twins make another world series, nowadays we're talking November too.

This spring was really cold. Those first few weeks there's no way you'd have caught me there.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:35 PM
 
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I'd like to see these old parks maintained as historic shrines. They really are a part of history, as they show something of the way we lived during the era when these stadiums were built. Being a Red Sox fan, I have no hometown bias in favor of Yankee Stadium, but it's awful to think it may actually be gone soon. The place is part of history. Gehrig's farewell speech alone would be reason enough to preserve the Stadium for history's sake. It shows something of who our heroes have been at various times, which tells something of our cultural history.

I've never considered Yankee Stadium especially attractive. When it was built, in the days of small, intimate, plain-looking parks, it must have seemed like a grand palace compared to many other parks of the time, but by more recent standards it has just looked to me like a fairly generic big stadium. And even though Tiger Stadium has its distinctive features, it's not especially appealing aesthetically. It was a fairly typical example of the era when most ballparks were boxy collections of girders. But this again gives a glimpse of our cultural history. The architecture we have considered appealing, or grand and imposing, or simply acceptably functional, tells something of where our culture has been at different times in our history. The tangible physical record of this is worth preserving.

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Old 06-10-2009, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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It really would have been nice if they could have retsored Connie Mack rather than moving into the Vet in the early 70s. We'd have one of the classics now. Although I love CBP and think its one of the best of the new parks.
In addition to NewToCA's comments above, Connie Mack Stadium (i.e. Shibe Park) would NOT have worked for the Phillies over the last 35+ years because:

1) It was very difficult to get to by car.

2) It was in what became in the 1960's a rough neighborhood (a neighborhood that is still rough BTW).

3) The closest Broad Street subway station (Lehigh Avenue) was 6-7 blocks away.

When you add these facts in with the lack of parking, the Phillies would have been severely hindered playing at Connie Mack Stadium after 1970. As it was, despite the fact the Phils had a poor team in 1971, they set an attendance record that year in their first year playing at the Vet. The Phillies never drew over 1.5 million (a good but not great attendance number pre-1971) before they moved to the Vet, and the A's never drew over 1 million prior to moving to Kansas City.

P.S. to NewInCA - prior to moving to the Vet, the Eagles played at Franklin Field (1958-1970). From what I've read, though Franklin Field lacked modern amenities and parking (by today's standards), the Eagles were actually happy there.

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