Now that it's obvious we're DEFINITELY headed into a recession . . . An important fact check is in order for baseball fans and urbanist scumbags . . .
KANSAS CITY WAS NEVER GOING TO BUILD SOMETHING AS ICONIC AS CAMDEN YARDS TO BOOST OUR DOWNTOWN RENAISSANCE!!!
Here's a bit of background for the uncultured amongst us . . .
In fact, it might fairly be said that only one stadium built in the past 30 years has succeeded in transcending the broader American public’s strike-zone-sized attention span.
That stadium is Oriole Park at Camden Yards . . .
When it opened to the public 30 years ago, however, Camden Yards was everywhere, and for uniformly auspicious reasons. In Baltimore it simultaneously became a civic monument, a preeminent public attraction, and a major municipal accomplishment. Its first year, 3.57 million people bought tickets—over a million more than had come to Memorial Stadium the previous season. They weren’t coming for the players. As Jeff Barker, a sports reporter and The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent, told me, “The stadium outshone the players. Camden Yards was the Orioles’ superstar.”
Of course . . .
The iconic stadium confronts challenges moving forward that are much more interesting than a bunch of local social media and/or "journalist" d-bags sharing fake drawings every few months.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
Baseball stadiums are never only about baseball. Their utility is both more dynamic and more poetic; as writer and critic Paul Goldberger put it in Ballpark: Baseball in the American City , baseball stadiums are the "ultimate American metaphor." The metaphor works on at least two levels.