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Postby ScarletKnight41 » Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:46 pm

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http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/

I posted this in Permanent LInks, but I figured that nobody would see it there. This is an amazing website about every Major League ballpark - past, present and future (and some info about minor league parks as well). It's just an amazing resource.
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Postby MFS62 » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:36 pm

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Thanks, Scarlet.
And here's an interesting one, too.

http://www.ballparkdigest.com/

Ballpark related news from around the country - majors and minors, including reviews of visits to some parks. It is written by a guy who was a minor league GM last year (forgot the team - low minors IIRC)

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Postby RealityChuck » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:00 am

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Postby Benjamin Grimm » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:20 am

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I've been thinking that I'd like to put a tribute to Shea Stadium on the UMDB, given it's limited remaining lifespan.

If anyone wants to assist, feel free to search the web for interesting or quirky photos of Shea. Also, in future visits to Shea over the next two years, if you want to take pictures of some of the nooks or crannies (I prefer nooks, but I know that many prefer crannies) that would be great too.

I wish I had nook-and-cranny photos from the early days of the ballpark. If there are any to be discovered online, that would be great.

Postby Edgy MD » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:32 am

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Renovating the field:

<img src="http://www.wagross.com/images/Shea%20Stadium.jpg" width="700">

<img src="http://www.wagross.com/images/Shea%20stad%20.jpg" width="700">

Great shot of the horsehoe skeleton under contruciton:

<img src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2005/07/03/nyregion/03shea_slide_1.jpg">

Postby metirish » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:40 am

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Great pics...

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Postby Benjamin Grimm » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:44 am

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Wow, nice. I especially like that skeletal shot.

I don't remember that January 2002 excavation. What was the purpose?

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Postby soupcan » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:55 am

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As a kid whenever I went to Shea for Jets games I always thought it was so cool how the field level seats were basically on wheels and they just moved them to create the rectangle where there used to be a 'V'.

In centerfield beyond the end zone I remember a stage of some sort being in place for a band or some such thing, but were there also temporary bleacher seats erected as well?

Postby Edgy MD » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:57 am

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Look at the clergy hogging all the best seats. And somehow Betty White got in there.

The excavation was just about replacing a lousy poorly-draining infield. Props to them for making improvements --- at least at the field level --- while negotiating for a new place.

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Soup, that b/w shot sure seems to have the temporary bleachers you're referring to.

By the eighties, those wheels weren't moving anymore, right? I only went to one Jets game, and I seem to recall the baseball V-configuration. I agree that the rolling field seats were an impressive innovation.

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Postby MFS62 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:13 am

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Edgy DC wrote: I only went to one Jets game, and I seem to recall the baseball V-configuration.


I thought the reason they installed the rolling seats was because they couln't fit a football field in Shea while in the V configuration.

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Postby Benjamin Grimm » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:14 am

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Many of these are great, but I'm also looking for the odd angles and small details.

<img src=http://ultimatemets.com/jpeg/shea/seat.jpg>
Weathered stadium seat

<img src=http://ultimatemets.com/jpeg/shea/subway_entrance.jpg>
Jamming into the subway entrance after a game

<img src=http://ultimatemets.com/jpeg/shea/dreams_happen.jpg>
The back of the scoreboard

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Postby Benjamin Grimm » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:18 am

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Postby Edgy MD » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:26 am

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MFS62 wrote:
Edgy DC wrote: I only went to one Jets game, and I seem to recall the baseball V-configuration.


I thought the reason they installed the rolling seats was because they couln't fit a football field in Shea while in the V configuration.

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I'm sure they could, but it just makes for far less ideal eyelines.

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Spiral stairs.

Postby Benjamin Grimm » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:31 am

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Nice!

Postby Edgy MD » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:32 am

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MFS62 wrote:
Edgy DC wrote: I only went to one Jets game, and I seem to recall the baseball V-configuration.


I thought the reason they installed the rolling seats was because they couln't fit a football field in Shea while in the V configuration.

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They could, but it made for less than ideal eyelines.

In this 1980s shot, it seems they were leaving the field boxes in place, but then building new straight sections extending out into what would be left and right fields.

<img src="http://www.stadiumsofnfl.com/past/sheamain.jpg">

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<img src=http://ultimatemets.com/jpeg/shea/subway_entrance.jpg>
Jamming into the subway entrance after a game


Not like that's gonna change...

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I guess it won't.

There will be fewer fans at sellouts, because there will be about 15,000 fewer seats, but you're right, that part of the experience will carry over to Corporate Name Park.

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Postby Benjamin Grimm » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:48 am

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Nah, they'll be fine now that they got rid of that Piazza guy and his pajamas.

Postby Vic Sage » Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:48 am

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Edgy DC wrote:
MFS62 wrote:
Edgy DC wrote: I only went to one Jets game, and I seem to recall the baseball V-configuration.


I thought the reason they installed the rolling seats was because they couln't fit a football field in Shea while in the V configuration.

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They could, but it made for less than ideal eyelines.


yes, unlike Shea's normally ideal "eyelines".

Perhaps, if you sit in the OF with your seat pointed at CF, or in the rear loge where you watch the game as if thru a periscope, you should use an eyeliner for better eyelines.
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