Last evening I was involved– and by “involved” I mean was included on, despite a total lack of participation on my part, not that I’m complaining!– in a conversation on Twitter about why grass in the Rogers Centre and having the Argos play in the Rogers Centre are mutually exclusive things.
The answer, of course, is that they have to reconfigure seats to set the facility up for football, meaning that a grass baseball field wouldn’t cover the entirety of the football playing surface, and football-compatible grass field would be covered over by seats when the stadium is in its baseball configuration, and all but destroyed– not to mention whatever damage to the grass would occur while rotating the field level seats from one setup to the other (if that was even somehow possible).
But that answer is irrelevant to what I’m posting here– as is my contention that the suggestion that came up in the conversation about switching Rogers Centre to be setup as originally intended, with home plate on the third base side and enough space to play football between left field and the first base line, is a ridiculously expensive and wholly unfeasible proposition– because look at that fucking thing at the top of the page!
It comes from a site called Stadium Page, which in its SkyDome section has pictures of the models that were created in 1985 by the four firms that had been selected as finalists to design the building, and– hoo boy!– they had some pretty curious ideas when it came to stadium design back then. Apologies if you’ve seen it elsewhere before, but this was all new to me (or maybe I’m just too hung over to remember seeing it before)…
The top image was from Crang & Boak International. Here’s what architecture firm, and lovers of foul ground, Webb, Zerafa, Menkes, Housden Partnership proposed:
Now, from Bregman and Hamman, is a nifty little soulless setup with seats in a colour scheme that reminds me of an 80s-era winter jacket I own that makes me feel like I’m in The Fall Guy.
And of course, here’s the winning model, which… holy shit, thank fuck they didn’t end up really building it with a left field like that!
Could have been worse, eh?
There are more pictures of the models– and of the retractable roofs in action– at Stadium Page, so go hit the link above and check it out.