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monsoon, April 19, 2004 in Urban Transit
Here is Greensboro 78 Year old War Memorial Stadium. Its curently the oldest stadium in the United States the holds professional minor league baseball. But this will all change in the 2005 season When Greensboro will have a new downtown ballpark. The seating capacity for War Memorial is 7,500.
Here are renderings and construction photos of the new downtown ballpark. The stadium will not be called Bellemeade Ballpark as indicated in the drawing. That name was used for drawing purposes. Some company will have naming rights. The new stadium will sort of look like Brooklyn's old Ebbots Field, Camden Yards, Church Hill Downs in Kentucky and will have distinct Greensboro style architecture. Whats interesting is that Church Hill Downs is not a baseball stadium. Its used for horse racing and its interesting that the architect of Greensboro's new ballpark would use church hill downs for inspiration. The stadium will have a 60 foot tall score board that will also have a very huge video board within it. A clock will be on top of the 60 foot structure.
Here are renderings showing the whole scope of what will be built in the Bellemeade Neighborhood or the ballpark district. The ballpark is the reason these plans were proposed. The entire neighborhood project should take about 8-10 years to complete.
Axon of downtown Greensboro
mixed-use shopping,entertainment and restaurants next to the ballpark
PNC Park, foo!
PNC Park was recently named the best ballpark in Major League Baseball by Jim Caple of ESPN Page 2. B)
Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena
Ballgrounds of Jacksonville
Here is what the score board for Greensboro's downtown ballpark will look like. As you can tell by the scale, this is a very HUGE scoreboard rising 66 feet (roughly 6 stories tall)! The screen demensions on the video board are 17'-7" x 23'-6" which will be the second largest video screen in minor league baseball. The rear of the video board will have an electronic message board that will give info about events going on in the ballpark including game times. I can imagine a spill over crowd from the ACC Mens Basketball Tournament at the coliseum watching the game on this screen! Its like bringing ACC tournamania to downtown Greensboro.
SkyDome - Home of the MLB's Blue Jays and the CFL's Argonauts
-SkyDome has the world's first fully retractable roof, which opens and closes in a mere 20 minutes
-capacity ranges from 5 000 to 60 000, depending on the event
-originally cost $580 million to build
-JumboTron is one of world's largest TV screens, measuring 110 feet wide by 33 feet tall
-opened June 3, 1989
Air Canada Centre (ACC) - new home of the Toronto Maple Leafs as of 1999.
Maple Leaf Gardens - Former home of Maple Leafs... they are still arguing about what to do with this site. Owners of the land are the same as the owners of the ACC, so they don't want it to remain a concert hall/sports venue for fear that it would steal revenue from the ACC.
Here's a painting of it.
That's all Toronto has for now. There are plans for a new outdoor stadium for football/soccer in the works. They are still trying to find the best location, but we should have a new one by 2008. An outdoor stadium is something Toronto desperately needs.
Bryant-Denny Stadium will seat approximately 93,000 in 2006, when the $40-million expansion is complete. My grandparents are buried in a cemetery across the street from it.
As we sadly have no tall buildings, the stadium pretty much is our dominant feature. It dwarfs the 13-story women's dorm just to the right of it in this photo :
Here's a photo I took a couple of weeks ago, showing how the stadium is jammed in close to the center of campus. Every time the stadium expands, a couple of buildings have to be demolished to make room. A couple of sorority houses are under the shadow of the upper deck:
Here's what the university's 15,000-seat arena will look like after the $24-million renovation in 2005:
The university's baseball stadium isn't particularly nice, but seats over 6,100, and home attendance among NCAA baseball teams in recent years has been as high as second nationally:
The university's women's softball stadium holds just 2,000 or so, but is a critically acclaimed facility that has attracted such visitors as Tommy Lasorda :
I will just say one thing.
Comerica park sucks.
^ Not to mention it was built in the wrong place!
I really like the Toronto Sky Dome! it is one of my favorite buildings.
College Station/Texas A&M facilities:
The Legendary Kyle Field
Olsen Field (plu Aggie Alley, which is the group of tailgaters behind the left field fence--once had as many as 2600 people there alone!)
Aggie Softball Complex
Anderson Track and Field Complex
Aggie Soccer Complex (Home of the 2005 NCAA Women's Soccer Cup, you can also see the Student Rec Center above it, and Kyle Field above the Rec Center)
G Rollie White Coliseum (Volleyball)
Natatorium at the Student Rec Center (home to 2004 Women's and 2001 Men's NCAA Championships)
BTW, I saw that two Texas A&M Aggie swimmers will represent their native Canada at the Athens Olympics this year!
George P. Mitchell Tenns Pavilion
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Traditions Club, for the A&M Golf team (and private club)
There's even an equestrian center, Freeman Arena
We have a very unique stadium complex, KC is the only place in the country, where our Fotball stadium & baseball stadium sit right next to each other...
Toronto Sky Dome should put in grass then my city's ball park can have grass too. Reason: Syracuse was paid $1 million to put in crappy looking turf at our baseball park (the same as in the Sky Dome) so that players could practice on it in the Triple A before going to the Majors.
Syracuse's Triple A Baseball Stadium holds about 12,000. It's an OK stadium.
Syracuse's A-League Soccer club also plays there
That is strange that they have combined the soccer stadium with the baseball field. They should build a different stadium for the soccer team.
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