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2018 Major League Ballpark Changes

Posted On: June 4, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In a long overdue effort to provide up-to-date content not specific to one ballpark review, I will be writing more blog style articles in 2018 consisting of news, features, rankings, comparisons, special profiles, and more.  I’ve realized long 10-15,000 word in-depth reviews simply aren’t optimal for dispensing, consuming, and sharing information in today’s social media […]

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Most Family-Friendly Spring Training Ballparks

Posted On: March 24, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In a long overdue effort to provide up-to-date content not specific to one ballpark review, I will be writing more blog style articles in 2018 consisting of news, features, rankings, comparisons, special profiles, and more.  I’ve realized long 10-15,000 word in-depth reviews simply aren’t optimal for dispensing, consuming, and sharing information in today’s social media […]

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Comparing Florida and Arizona Spring Training Ballparks

Posted On: March 22, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In a long overdue effort to provide up-to-date content not specific to one ballpark review, I will be writing more blog style articles in 2018 consisting of news, features, rankings, comparisons, special profiles, and more.  I’ve realized long 10-15,000 word in-depth reviews simply aren’t optimal for dispensing, consuming, and sharing information in today’s social media […]

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2018 Spring Training Ballpark Changes

Posted On: February 25, 2018 | Categorized In: Article

In a long overdue effort to provide up-to-date content not specific to one ballpark review, I will be writing more blog style articles in 2018 consisting of news, features, rankings, comparisons, special profiles, and more.  I’ve realized long 10-15,000 word in-depth reviews simply aren’t optimal for dispensing, consuming, and sharing information in today’s social media […]

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Ranking and Rating the Cactus League Ballparks

Posted On: February 29, 2016 | Categorized In: Article

By: Cole Shoemaker Note: Written in 2012.  Sloan Park not included. The ballparks in the Valley of the Cactus League are generally considered the gold standard of spring training, generations ahead of more intimate yet basic facilities in Florida, often lacking the 360-degree open concourses, outfield berms, video boards, and gorgeous views seen in Arizona. While […]

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History of Premium Seating and Future Trends

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By: Cole Shoemaker Written in 2011 It was not the demand for charming architecture, fan friendly amenities, or intimately scaled seating that drove the ballpark building boom, but the need for revenue generating premium seating. For better or for worst, it is a fact that we would not have these ballparks if not for the […]

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Architecture of the Retro Ballpark Movement

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Examining the Criticism By: Cole Shoemaker Written in 2011 In recent years, it has become popular amongst ballpark aficionados, fans, and architectural critics to bash HOK (Populous) and some of the new retro ballparks, as the style has become more blasé.   First off, it should be noted that the general public is happy with […]

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Sightlines: Examining Field Proximity

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By: Cole Shoemaker Written in 2011   One of the primary complaints regarding some of the new ballparks is the lack of cantilevering. Cantilevers are the long projecting beams underneath the upper decks that support the extension of the decks farther out, closer to the field, above the lower deck. Some decks today only have […]

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The Evolution of the Modern Ballpark

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A general review By: Cole Shoemaker Written in 2011   The so-called “retro movement” not only had architectural implications, but functional ones as well. It is important view these trends as an evolution, not a revolution started by one ballpark, specifically Camden Yards.   While Camden is seen as the starting point for the evolution […]

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The Merits of Retractable Roof Ballparks

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By: Cole Shoemaker Written in 2011 Despite the possibility of fielding outdoor baseball and growing real grass, traditionalists and ballpark critics alike have criticized some of the new retractable roof ballparks. Every modern retractable roof ballpark, except Safeco Field, has routinely landed at the bottom of the ballpark rankings. Safeco gets a pass because it […]

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