Skip to main content

View Diary: Atlanta Braves relocation: what a joke (67 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Oh they definitely do (3+ / 0-)

    Not always of course. I don't think anyone's especially interested in replacing Fenway Park or Wrigley Field for example.

    Shea Stadium opened in 1964; it was replaced in 2009. Candlestick Park? Opened in '60 but the Giants left in 2000 to move to...ummmm...it's only 13 years old and has had three names already. So there's that.

    Even Yankee Stadium got replaced.

    My suspicion is that the smartest teams (Baltimore and SF for example) now are the ones focused on building downtown parks with the intention of sticking around for a long, long time. That strategy works in places like Baltimore and San Francisco where downtown remains a focal point; it won't work in cities where there's lots of nearby suburban development.

    •  Interesting chart on Deadspin about it... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      PatriciaVa, alpolitics, NeverThere

      http://deadspin.com/...

      Vast majority of moves since 1970 have been toward the center of the city.  This is really an anomaly.

      Another interesting thing about this move is that they're not going to consult the taxpayers of cobb county about it.  They don't have to unless it's for new taxes and they're planning on just raising existing taxes.  That should really appeal to the 'baggers of suburban Atlanta.

      http://deadspin.com/...

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 05:24:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'd want to replace those ugly things... (0+ / 0-)

      ...they put up in the '60s too.

      Not a single one of those multisport venues (Candlestick, RFK, Riverfront, the various 'Domes) was a good place to watch baseball.

      You can make multisport venues work with football and soccer, or with basketball and hockey, but baseball requires a dedicated stadium with the right shape and feel.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 05:27:32 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm not a fan of domes (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        JamesGG, Nespolo

        Especially in the south.  Baseball is meant to be played outdoors in my opinion.

        Follow on twitter @progressiveelec -

        by alpolitics on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 05:33:00 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Amen to that. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          alpolitics

          Baseball belongs outdoors, with the blue sky and the chance of rainouts and natural grass and the fresh breeze flowing through the ballpark.

          Football too. I think the Vikings keep giving up their single greatest home-field advantage by insisting on playing under a dome/roof, when they could be forcing those warm-weather teams like the Buccaneers and the Saints to come up to Minnesota and play in the freezing winter (like they do in Green Bay).

          "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

          by JamesGG on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 06:16:47 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Royals' stadium was built in 1973, so it won't (0+ / 0-)

        count in your list (the bonds were approved in 1967), but it's a terrific park and dedicated to the KC Royals.  It's now called Kauffman stadium after the longtime owner.

        Wiki page at http://en.wikipedia.org/....  

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site