April 6, 2012

The end of new ballparks?

Writing as part of the New Yorker "Sporting Scene" blog, Reeves Wiedeman points out that we have likely seen The End of the Retro Ballpark.

The architecture firm Populous has designed 18 of the last 23 new ballparks, both retro (starting the whole trend with Camden Yards in Baltimore) and thoroughly modern (Marlins Park). But both trends may be at an end, since it is unlikely there will be any new ballparks built in the near future. Wiedeman notes that there are three groups of MLB ballparks: the historic icons (Wrigley, Fenway), the newer parks, and the clubs that are having a struggle getting funding for a new park (Oakland, Tampa Bay).

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