Does this Sound Familiar, Baseball Fans?
This excerpt from Catesby Leigh's review of the Washington National's stadium design in today's Wall Street Journal should sound familiar to the downtrodden denziens of Citizens Bank Field. When will baseball teams stop hiring HOK to turn out Camden Yards' clones?
"The new 41,000-seat ballpark, to be located about a mile south of the Capitol in what is now a forlorn semi-industrial zone, will be plenty user-friendly, as renderings unveiled March 14 make clear. But with the city pouring over $600 million into the facility, which will anchor development of a 40-acre, mixed-use "baseball entertainment district," the ballpark needs to be much more than that. It needs to be a landmark that will keep the fans coming even when the team isn't doing well. This is famously the case with Baltimore's Camden Yards, where the still-dominant "retro" breed of ballparks originated in 1992."
Read the whole article here. Would Phillies fans have felt better about the 13-5 opening-day loss if Citizens field had been more inspiring? We'll never know.