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Old 06-09-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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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.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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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 agree. Thankfully, we still have Wrigley and Fenway.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Yankee Stadium was somewhat over rated. The park that is there was actually redone in the 70s so even though the site is historic, the ballpark really isnt as much as its made out to be. Tiger Stadium on the old hand was a jewel. As i understand it, a vote went down that should wash it away.

Fenway and Wrigley, thankfully arent going anywhere. Last week i visited Rickwood Field in Birmingham, which happens to be older than them all and is set to celebrate its 100th b day next year.

G Man
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:51 AM
 
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I watched the last few innings of an old Met game last night, one where the Mets scored ten runs in the eighth to beat the Braves. It was the first time that I thought to myself that it was good to see Shea again.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I dont know...I cant stand to see these old, historic stadiums go. Look at poor Yankees stadium....

And Tiger stadium....

These are national landmarks in my opinion.
I can understand your sentiments, I lived near old Connie Mack Stadium (previously known as Shibe Park) in Philadelphia and watched it decay in the early 1970's, prior to being demolished. The stadium had a beautiful exterior, and was fairly large for it's era.

http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/Shibe804.jpg
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/p...ibeoutside.jpg
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/shibehome.jpg
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/p...ribepark29.jpg

But, you have to consider the cost of maintaining the structure, and tax revenue lost in retaining old and inefficient structures (vs reconstruction on the site). It is tough to reuse those stadiums, their size and configuration doesn't really allow for much in terms of creative reuse.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:25 AM
 
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Love seeing photos of these old stadiums....you do have a good point newtoca

I suppose if they are going to tear these jewels down, they can at least preserve part of the structure....Such as they have done wth forbes field in Pittsburgh....
http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2007/0716...l_wall_800.jpg

Or...League Park in Cleveland....
http://www.kellydarby.com/ballparks/0628_leagueparkbldg.jpg (broken link)
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Cook County
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Yeah I hate to see most of these torn down. Yet the biggest dump of them all, Wrigley field, still stands.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:33 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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I can understand your sentiments, I lived near old Connie Mack Stadium (previously known as Shibe Park) in Philadelphia and watched it decay in the early 1970's, prior to being demolished. The stadium had a beautiful exterior, and was fairly large for it's era.

http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/Shibe804.jpg
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/p...ibeoutside.jpg
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/shibehome.jpg
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/p...ribepark29.jpg

But, you have to consider the cost of maintaining the structure, and tax revenue lost in retaining old and inefficient structures (vs reconstruction on the site). It is tough to reuse those stadiums, their size and configuration doesn't really allow for much in terms of creative reuse.
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.
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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I watched the last few innings of an old Met game last night, one where the Mets scored ten runs in the eighth to beat the Braves. It was the first time that I thought to myself that it was good to see Shea again.
I'm with Charlie on this one. I posted a blog on this subject several months ago regarding Yankee Stadium. The fancier the newer stadiums get, the more unaffordable tickets will be for the guy who can barely afford to go to the games now!
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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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.
Agreed, but Connie Mack had a few things going against it at that time:

- No parking lots available within 1/2 mile of the stadium, it was all developed property

- A lot of poles blocking sight lines, the cantilevered engineering wasn't very sophisticated in the early 1900's

- The savings of having the Eagles share the facility
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