Message from discussion Braves' new ballpark
From: may...@access.digex.net (Sgt. Mayhem)
Subject: Re: Braves' new ballpark
Date: 11 Aug 93 02:40:53 GMT
Organization: Pacific Enforcement Hardware, INC
In <CBKCs5....@athena.cs.uga.edu> DAVID GEISER <GEI...@mgif.genetics.uga.edu> wrote:
>incredible attendance in the Schuerholz era. When I first moved to Georgia in
>1989, I found going to a game at AFCS an inadequate experience. The ballpark
>was decrepit and boring. Apparently the rest of Atlanta felt the same way, as
Well when I first came to Georgia in 1964 (Dekalb General Hospital)
Atlanta Fulton County Stadium was still a construction site. I grew up
going to Braves Games. I really miss the giant Indian Brave.
>Does anyone know any details about the new ballpark? What are the current
>plans? Personally, I find the idea of converting an Olympic Stadium (the word
>"stadium" is important) scary.
The new ballpark is going up in the old south parking lots. Better get use
to riding the Falcon Flyer from the Marta station, because parking is
really going to be tight.
>Will the Braves go on the highly successful Camden Yards model? Is that what
The two situations are NOT comperable. I'm up in D.C. now just having
completed my final semester of school. The Oreoles have a larger potential
audience because they draw from Northern Virginia AND Maryland. Public
transportation via commuter trains (MARC) from Baltimore to Washington is
availible within 1500 feet of the stadium. Camden Yards was built on a
disassembled rail yard where no people had to be displaced.
Take a look at the area where the new stadium will go... The Red
Dog squad spends lots of its time in the neighbor hoods near that site. To
make it safe in that area, you'd have to fence off or pave Capitol Homes
(that'd go over like a lead balloon ...Techwood Homes was a hard enough fight)
>If that means a unique ballpark built with the fan's perspective in
>mind, I hope so. What unique elements should be included that would tie the
>park in with Atlanta and the South? One idea I have is that landscaping is
>important. Lots of dogwoods and fruit trees blooming in the spring would be a
>nice signal that baseball season has started. Lots of oak trees, too. I
>think this would give the park a unique Atlanta feel.
Might make it look like Grant Park too :) . But Seriously Dogwoods
require shade and you won't find it anywhere near the stadium.
Good opinion, but as a native son whos family has contributed 250 years of
sweat, toil, and blood to Georgia, I hope we'll not settle for someone elses'
idea of what is good for Georgians. Camden Yards is nice, but to do the same
thing in yet another place doesn't reflect favorably on the South.