Special Sub-Topic: Build My Stadium!
|So you are just laying out the new AstroTurf and the contractor comes up to you and asks you to build a hill in deep center field, leading up to the wall. What stadium are you building?|
Minute Maid Park. Houston's Minute Maid Park or "The Juicebox", home of the Astros, has a hill in straightaway center field known as "Tal's Hill". At the summit of the hill is the wall, 436 feet away from home plate. The stadium opened in 2000 and has been known as The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field.
|The ballpark you've just completed has a foul pole just 302 feet away! Then you've built a very tall green wall in left field! What legendary park have you just finished off?|
Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park opened its doors for the first time on April 20, 1912, just days after the sinking of the Titanic. "Pesky's Pole" is the nickname of the right field foul pole which is an inviting 302 feet away. A sharp curve makes it really difficult to hit a home run that way without hitting over 320 feet. In left, The Green Monster measures in at 37" 2'. The wall is a popular target for right handed hitters as it is only 310-315 feet away from the batter.
|Alright, another stadium is done. Looking around you wonder "Why are there people putting ivy on the outfield walls?" and remark that "The buildings across the street, they're putting grandstands on the roof!". Which park have you made?|
Wrigley Field. Wrigley Field opened April 23, 1914, not even two months after they broke the ground on the field! Located in what is now downtown Chicago, businesses across the street have capitalized on the view of the grounds. The businesses do charge for the seats, and the Cubs get a share of the dough.
|When building this ballpark the Western Metal Supply Company building can't be demolished because it is a historical landmark. So, I guess you'll have to incorporate the building into your design then. In what city did this problem happen?|
San Diego. PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres had this problem. The building was going to be demolished to make room for the park. But the building was dedicated as a historic landmark, preventing its demise. The building was renovated from the inside, and now holds the team shop, private boxes, and a restaurant. The southeast corner of the building acts as the left field foul pole.
|This park has your average field dimensions, but you've had two specific requests. You need to have a slide in the outfield, and the track needs to be wide enough for five sausages to run down. Which ballpark has a sliding mascot and a sausage race?|
Miller Park. Bernie Brewer, mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers, slides down a plastic yellow slide to celebrate every home run and win by the home town team. Every Brewers game has a sausage race in the middle of the 6th. The race, sponsored by Klement's, sees the bratwurst, Italian, chorizo, Polish, and the hot dog run around the track from left field down the third base line and up the first base strip.
|This one is your average park, except for the pool that is out in left field. Plus, you have a strip of dirt from the plate to the mound, also a rarity. What park is this?|
Chase Field. The swimming pool, about 420 feet away from home in right center field, is used as a private suite for purchase for each individual game. Mark Grace was the first player to hit a home run into the pool. The dirt strip, referred to as the "keyhole", is featured in only Chase Field and Detroit's Comerica Park, even though it was a common sight in many old parks.
|Great American Ballpark, AT&T Park and PNC Park share one characteristic that you included. Their location. What lies over the right field grandstand in these three parks?|
River. Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park sits on the north bank of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. The Pittsburgh Pirates' home PNC Park has the Allegheny River over its right field bleachers. AT&T Park in San Francisco has McCovey Cove in right field. Fans are most known for floating in kayaks or boats outside of all three ballparks waiting for the odd home run ball.
|You are building an indoor stadium. Nothing wrong with that, just that the roof at the top is going to be white, the same colour as a baseball. Plus, all these catwalks that you have had to install. What stadium is this?|
Tropicana Field. Tropicana Field has hosted many different events since its opening in 1990. From hockey to college and arena football, the "Trop" is one of only a few stadiums to host all of the "Big 4" sports leagues. The Trop's catwalks and white roof give outfielders fits when trying to find a ball. The four catwalks are built to hold the roof up in a hurricane. Balls have been known to hit the catwalks, and verdicts do vary.
|This ballpark has many distracting features. You keep gazing at the 33x110 foot jumbotron in center field, plus the giant 553.3 m tall tower beside the park. What park are you building?|
Rogers Centre. The jumbotron in centre field of the Toronto Blue Jays' ballpark is referred to as Jays Vision and is one of the largest videoboards in use in Major League Baseball parks. The CN Tower, the tallest building in the world from 1976 until 2006 sits to the east of the park, over the first base side of the stadium.
|Alright, 9 successfully built parks. But wait, it is raining. How many stadiums did you build with a roof?|
5 & five. The domed parks are Chase Field, Minute Maid Park, Miller Park, Tropicana Field and the Rogers Centre. All are retractable except Tropicana Field!
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