Friday, April 01, 2005

Construction Junction

The Post and Times have their respective looks at HOK, who was awarded the design contract for the stadium.

The Post says that HOK “suggested overarching themes, including taking into account Pierre L'Enfant's design of the city and using glass as a predominant material to suggest the "transparency of democracy."

If that’s the theme they’re going for, I’d suggest some clouded Plexiglas instead.

At any rate, it got me thinking about what I’d like in a stadium.

1. Views of the Capitol and Washington Monument
2. Some sort of grand waterfront entrance, with some sort of promenade. Maybe this is where vendors could set up. They could have docks, so the people lucky enough to have boats could drive up. And they could offer a water taxi from Alexandria or Georgetown.
3. No wacky dimensions -- a routine park with routine dimensions and wall heights. (A little extra room in RF is ok, to create a few more triples)
4. How about moving all the luxury boxes to one side of the stadium, so that the upper deck on the other side can be lower to the field?
5. Keeping in mind number one, and how the field’s oriented, at least part of the upper deck should be reachable by home runs without requiring a 500 foot blast.
6. Open concourses so that you can be standing in line for beer and still see the game.
7. No green seats! I’m sick of them.
8. They should have something similar to the Orioles, in a no-scalping zone, where season ticket holders and brokers can sell their tickets back at the game for face value or below.

What about you? Any thoughts?


  • HUUUUGE dimensions. I too want to see triples, speed, exciting baseball. I'm tired of opposite field homers.

    I proffer that a 450-foot CF would be mega-cool.

    By Blogger Basil, at 4/01/2005 3:14 PM  

  • And, obviously, I don't actually EXPECT we'll ever see a 450-foot CF again; I'm just saying that I'd love to see it.

    Anyway, my recommendation is expansive dimensions. Make it the first post-steroid-era park, whatever the hell that means.

    By Blogger Basil, at 4/01/2005 3:20 PM  

  • I think they'd be well-served by something akin to Camden Yards:

    Most everyone says it's a hitter's paradise. It's not. While it increases home runs, it decreases doubles, triples and singles, making it a pitcher's park overall.

    That way your hitters don't think they're getting cheated, and your pitchers have room to develop.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/01/2005 3:33 PM  

  • Great ideas, especially the water taxi from Georgetown. There are tons of young people w/money in this town, this would tap into it.

    One thing I can think to add is maybe a picnic area inside/outside the stadium where families could eat before or after the game without paying the high concession prices, or watch the game while letting the children run around and play.

    Maybe another idea to play on the view of the monuments is to open a restaurant with a view of the field/monuments that's open year aroud. This could generate some nice income for the city year around. I know Pittsburgh has an Outback and the Rangers park has a Friday's, and I think they're open year around.

    By Blogger Brian, at 4/01/2005 4:40 PM  

  • There's actually plans for a water taxi from Alexandria to both the baseball field and the soccer field (which is going to be just across the Anacostia).

    Of course, plans don't always mean much in this town, but if the City of Alexandria is running it, it'll happen.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 4/01/2005 8:03 PM  

  • FWIW, I agree that water taxis are incredibly cool.

    By Blogger Basil, at 4/02/2005 11:07 AM  

  • The Yankees do that at the Stadium, running one from South Street Seaport (I think)

    Conveniently, it's called the Yankee Clipper.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/02/2005 11:33 AM  

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