Baseball's Untouchable Stadiums...Or Are They?
With the closing of Yankee Stadium this year, I was thinking about other historic stadiums, and when their time will come.
Here are some that came to mind.
There has been a lot of confusion, commotion and chaos about the Tribune Company and Sam Zell's ownership. Will they remodel Wrigley? Will they sell Wrigley Field separately from the team? Will they sell the naming rights?
I think that even though Wrigley is historic, its time will eventually come. Wrigley is not a cash cow like the new stadiums. To deal with that, ads were placed in the Ivy.
Also, naming rights provide necessary money to compete in today's big money, high stakes MLB. Wrigley is an untouchable name, but it may be changed.
Wrigley doesn't have the capcity necessary, and is not in great shape architecturally.
Cubs fans are probably thinking "say it ain't so!", but the possiblity exists that the Cubs will leave Wrigley.
I don't think Fenway is at risk.
Despite being a small ballpark that can only hold 36,000, the Red Sox have found ways to turn Fenway into a cash cow. They have expanded it, added Monster Seats, and found creative advertising.
There was a small scare that the Red Sox would go to a new stadium, but this is extremely unlikely.
Dodger Stadium will stay the Dodgers home for many years, and a change is extremely unlikely.
But to me at least, Dodger stadium looks old. I know it has tradition, including being the Dodgers home for nearly all their time in Los Angeles. To newer fans, modern and high-tech stadiums are the way to go.
I understand the Dodgers have great attendance, nearly 50,000 a game. But newer stadiums are cash cows, and make it easier to compete with the high-payroll teams.
Things can happen though. The Dodgers moved from Vero Beach, but they won't move from Dodger stadium for a very very long time.
Thanks for reading, and hearing some of my thoughts.
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