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(I had posted this originally in gary's 1950 thread, but felt that it was out-of-place, so I reposted it here, as the start of a new thread)

Image.jpgImage.jpgWith all the ballparks that have been built in the last 50 years, has anyone here ever had the chance to attend an official groundbreaking ceremony?

My son and I were at the official groundbreaking ceremony for Safeco Field. They laid out basepaths, and the kids got to run around the bases.

Everyone got to do some digging, and we still have the sealed bag of soil my son scooped up.

I also have a couple of the leftover bricks from the construction. There was a small pile, and I asked the crew if I could grab a couple. They said go ahead, so I did.

When they held the first Open House, I filled a small 35mm film container with some warning track dirt.

Quick quiz: We know that the oldest remaining ballparks still in use by Major League Basball are Fenway park and Wrigley Field.

Which park is now the third-oldest Major League stadium in use?



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Dodger Stadium............1962 I believe

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Dodger Stadium............1962 I believe


 In fact, without thinking more then 5 or 10 seconds, I am not sure there is a stadium around that is older then 1990, besides those 3, Oakland, and Anaheim.



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Dodger Stadium............1962 I believe


 In fact, without thinking more then 5 or 10 seconds, I am not sure there is a stadium around that is older then 1990, besides those 3, Oakland, and Anaheim.


Yup.

Tough to believe.  The only remaining stadiums from before the days of the West Coast expansion are Fenway and Wrigley.

And think of how many teams have gone through multiple parks, all built since Dodger Stadium debuted.  The Twins, Pirates, Phillies, Astros, Red, and Cardinals have each had three home parks in that time (among teams that haven't relocated).



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nacster wrote:

Dodger Stadium............1962 I believe


 In fact, without thinking more then 5 or 10 seconds, I am not sure there is a stadium around that is older then 1990, besides those 3, Oakland, and Anaheim.


Yup.

Tough to believe.  The only remaining stadiums from before the days of the West Coast expansion are Fenway and Wrigley.

And think of how many teams have gone through multiple parks, all built since Dodger Stadium debuted.  The Twins, Pirates, Phillies, Astros, Red, and Cardinals have each had three home parks in that time (among teams that haven't relocated).


 The Indianapolis Colts built a new stadium......Lucas Oil Stadium......after their old one (RCA Dome) was deemed "too old"..........after TWENTY YEARS!

There are quite a few "old" football stadiums however.  My guess is, those are easier to "remodel" to update for the current boon of luxury boxes.



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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:
nacster wrote:

Dodger Stadium............1962 I believe


 In fact, without thinking more then 5 or 10 seconds, I am not sure there is a stadium around that is older then 1990, besides those 3, Oakland, and Anaheim.


Yup.

Tough to believe.  The only remaining stadiums from before the days of the West Coast expansion are Fenway and Wrigley.

And think of how many teams have gone through multiple parks, all built since Dodger Stadium debuted.  The Twins, Pirates, Phillies, Astros, Red, and Cardinals have each had three home parks in that time (among teams that haven't relocated).


 The Indianapolis Colts built a new stadium......Lucas Oil Stadium......after their old one (RCA Dome) was deemed "too old"..........after TWENTY YEARS!

There are quite a few "old" football stadiums however.  My guess is, those are easier to "remodel" to update for the current boon of luxury boxes.


The RCA Dome was not generating enough revenue for league tastes (you guessed it-Luxury boxes). At the time there was discussion of the Colts relocating to LA. It never hurt that the Colts got around to winning a Super Bowl during that thrash. Lucas Oil kept the Colts in Indy. It is a superior venue to the RCA Dome.

The Colts played in the RCA Dome from 1984-2007 (24 seasons). The RCA Dome was under construction before the Colts announced their move. The first game I attended there was a preseason between the Bears and Bills.



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Nitrous Oxide wrote:
nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:
nacster wrote:

Dodger Stadium............1962 I believe


 In fact, without thinking more then 5 or 10 seconds, I am not sure there is a stadium around that is older then 1990, besides those 3, Oakland, and Anaheim.


Yup.

Tough to believe.  The only remaining stadiums from before the days of the West Coast expansion are Fenway and Wrigley.

And think of how many teams have gone through multiple parks, all built since Dodger Stadium debuted.  The Twins, Pirates, Phillies, Astros, Red, and Cardinals have each had three home parks in that time (among teams that haven't relocated).


 The Indianapolis Colts built a new stadium......Lucas Oil Stadium......after their old one (RCA Dome) was deemed "too old"..........after TWENTY YEARS!

There are quite a few "old" football stadiums however.  My guess is, those are easier to "remodel" to update for the current boon of luxury boxes.


The RCA Dome was not generating enough revenue for league tastes (you guessed it-Luxury boxes). At the time there was discussion of the Colts relocating to LA. It never hurt that the Colts got around to winning a Super Bowl during that thrash. Lucas Oil kept the Colts in Indy. It is a superior venue to the RCA Dome.

The Colts played in the RCA Dome from 1984-2007 (24 seasons). The RCA Dome was under construction before the Colts announced their move. The first game I attended there was a preseason between the Bears and Bills.


How about Turner Field - 1997 debut and the Braves are constructing another park.



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glewis wrote:
Nitrous Oxide wrote:
nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:
nacster wrote:

Dodger Stadium............1962 I believe


 In fact, without thinking more then 5 or 10 seconds, I am not sure there is a stadium around that is older then 1990, besides those 3, Oakland, and Anaheim.


Yup.

Tough to believe.  The only remaining stadiums from before the days of the West Coast expansion are Fenway and Wrigley.

And think of how many teams have gone through multiple parks, all built since Dodger Stadium debuted.  The Twins, Pirates, Phillies, Astros, Red, and Cardinals have each had three home parks in that time (among teams that haven't relocated).


 The Indianapolis Colts built a new stadium......Lucas Oil Stadium......after their old one (RCA Dome) was deemed "too old"..........after TWENTY YEARS!

There are quite a few "old" football stadiums however.  My guess is, those are easier to "remodel" to update for the current boon of luxury boxes.


The RCA Dome was not generating enough revenue for league tastes (you guessed it-Luxury boxes). At the time there was discussion of the Colts relocating to LA. It never hurt that the Colts got around to winning a Super Bowl during that thrash. Lucas Oil kept the Colts in Indy. It is a superior venue to the RCA Dome.

The Colts played in the RCA Dome from 1984-2007 (24 seasons). The RCA Dome was under construction before the Colts announced their move. The first game I attended there was a preseason between the Bears and Bills.


How about Turner Field - 1997 debut and the Braves are constructing another park.


A couple of months ago, the last remaining debt on the Kingdome was finally paid off. no



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Love those 2 pictures Seajaw.

I wasn't there for groundbreaking ceremonies, but went into Camden Yards while it was under construction.

I have some photos somewhere, but not easily found.  We sort of snuck in, and were asked to leave.  But it was cool to go down into

the dugouts and see things in an early stage of construction.  Orioles Park is probably among the 10 oldest stadiums, which is startling.



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1) Fenway Park, Boston – 1912

2) Wrigley Field, Chicago – 1914

3) Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles – 1962

4) Angel Stadium of Anaheim, California – 1966

4) The Coliseum, Oakland – 1966

6) Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO – 1973

7) Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario – 1989

8) Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg – 1990

9) U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago (South Side) – 1991

10) Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore – 1992

11) Progressive Field, Cleveland – 1994

11) Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX – 1994

13) Coors Field, Denver – 1995

14) Turner Field, Atlanta – 1996

15) Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ – 1998

16) Safeco Field, Seattle, WA – 1999

17) AT&T Park, San Francisco – 2000

17) Comerica Park, Detroit – 2000

17) Minute Maid Park, Houston – 2000

20) Miller Park, Milwaukee – 2001

20) PNC Park, Pittsburgh – 2001

22) Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati – 2003

23) Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia – 2004

23) Petco Park, San Diego, 2004

25) Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO – 2006

26) Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. – 2008

27) Citi Field, (Queens) New York – 2009

27) Yankee Stadium, (Bronx) New York – 2009

29) Target Field, Minneapolis, MN – 2010

30) Marlins Park, Miami, FL – 2012

Only two stadiums, the Rogers Centre in Toronto and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (which, as you’ll notice, were built just a year apart, and are each in the A.L. East), still use artificial turf.

Fourteen ballparks, representing 47% of all the parks in MLB, have been built since the year 2000.

Camden Yards in Baltimore, at one time the showpiece of the return to the “retro” ballparks, is now the tenth oldest park in America.

No ballparks built in the 1920’s, ’30’s, 40’s, or ’50’s are still in existence, and only one each from the ’70’s and ’80’s are still in use today.

Since 1999, the only teams to have won a World Series after moving into a new stadium are the Giants and the Cardinals (twice each), the Phillies (won in 2008), and the Yankees (won in 2009.) It’s interesting to note that the Cardinals and the Yankees each won the World Series in their first year in their new parks. Also, the Tigers have been to two World Series since 2000, but lost them both.

Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles is capable of holding the most fans (56,000.)

Tropicana Field can hold the fewest (34,000.) There are currently seven ballparks that are designed to seat fewer than 40,000 people, including three that have been built since the year 2000.

If you are currently at least 50 years old, all but two of the ballparks currently in use have been built in your lifetime.

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tomthebomb wrote:

Love those 2 pictures Seajaw.

I wasn't there for groundbreaking ceremonies, but went into Camden Yards while it was under construction.

I have some photos somewhere, but not easily found.  We sort of snuck in, and were asked to leave.  But it was cool to go down into

the dugouts and see things in an early stage of construction.  Orioles Park is probably among the 10 oldest stadiums, which is startling.


Thanks.  My son was four years old then.  Time flies (*sigh*). 



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Thanks for that list of dates, nac.

There have been players with longer careers than some stadiums. hmm



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Thanks for that list of dates, nac.

There have been players with longer careers than some stadiums. hmm


 Interesting how your Safeco is now one of the older parks around.......



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