Monday, April 17, 2006

On the Ballpark

Backward, march
  • David Moretti, the architecture critic of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, looks at the new Busch Stadium and comes to the same conclusion that we did: it's not that great a facility, despite what the ecstatic crowds think. True, there was a lot of value engineering to ensure the project stuck to its $365 million price tag, but there also was a lack of inspiration: the Cardinals wanted a tired retro design, and that's what HOK Sport+Venue+Event delivered. More on the new ballpark and how the players are reacting.

Here's a ballpark figure: There's been too many of them

  • Ballpark history can be a tricky thing, especially in the case of St. Louis, where a plethora of old facilities and teams in both the National and American Leagues have made the task of ballpark history more complicated than it needs be. For the record, the Cardinals are now currently playing in Busch Stadium III: the first Busch Stadium was also the second (or third, depending on who you ask) Sportsman's Park, which also hosted the St. Louis Browns. Some baseball historians, such as Phil Lowry, argue that there have been four Sportsman's Park facilities (though the Cards don't agree with that assessment), but we're not convinced: a remodeling job does not a new ballpark make.

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