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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Future of ballparks

Here it is folks. The future of major league ballparks.

Architects embraced the nostalgic look when building new stadiums over the last decade or so. Baltimore's Camden Yards provided the blueprint for the next generation of major league ballparks.

It looks as if ballparks are going in the direction of the Jetsons instead of the turn of the 20th century look.

The Tampa Bay Rays revealed their plans for their $450 million stadium they hope will be opened by 2012.

The stadium has a "sailboat" look to it that incorporates a translucent roof that will allow sunlight into the stadium, but protect it from the elements.

The St. Petersburg Times has a great slideshow giving different angles of the stadium and what the roof looks like from inside.

Compared to Tropicana Stadium, long regarded as one of the worst ballparks in the majors, this new stadium looks amazing.


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