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?


  • 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  

  • 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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