This is exciting and will make an impact. Great to see!! I just hope they allocate some of those funds to fixing up the exterior as well. It could use some sprucing up.
i feel like their last focus with regards to these funds they've allocated is the exterior. they're trying to spruce up the game day and viewing experience. they can easily spend their total budget on the inside (which makes sense and has the most impact). The grounds outside can use some work but there's tons of stadium exteriors that are miserable. The area around it is nice though (Front St, Bremner Blvd) as they all have tons to do.
Shapiro was pretty clear in the press conference that there will be no work on the exterior and all focus will be on 'game day' experiences for fans and enhancing the player experience with new weight room, family rooms, etc. He mentioned, of course, they looked at it and referenced a rendering they had internally even of blowing out the backside of the stadium to get more light in as well as exterior alterations but at the end of the day that is not feasible with the budget they have.This is exciting and will make an impact. Great to see!! I just hope they allocate some of those funds to fixing up the exterior as well. It could use some sprucing up.
They aren’t moving if they are investing in it with construction done in phases. The people who want a old school open air ball park with a city view to be world class and have atmosphere are going to have to accept reality.Shapiro also mentioned that the future could include an even larger scale renovation to the current building, and that exterior updates may be considered after this renovation is complete.
What we've seen so far is only Phase 1 - I still find it very hard to believe there's only going to be a decade of life left in this place after all that work is done.
While we question how it compares to other ballparks, Shapiro has mentioned more than once that the building is in great shape for its age. The infrastructure has plenty of life left in it.
Shapiro said in the press conference that once these upgrades are done, the Blue Jays will probably have a team working full time on the long term solution (be that a new stadium or far more extensive reno).So why does Shapiro keep implying the team might not be there long term?
Keep pushing it down the road because there’s some fans who do want a open air stadium yet can’t seem to grasp the park is in the best location in the city and equally important it isn’t a priority in Rogers budget.So why does Shapiro keep implying the team might not be there long term?
.. you can easily fit a new stadium south of the existing one by getting rid of the water pump (which is prolly end of life in the late 2030s?) and constructing it like Cincinatti's new ballpark was.
We been down that rabbit hole many times on this thread it is simply not possible given the space restrictions. Short of violating the laws of physics or expropriating a condo building (or two) it will not work.
A new stadium would either need to be built on the exact same spot or elsewhere but it cannot be built south of the current stadium without high costs and other related issues.