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INTERVIEW

RW: Were there any other landscape
elements that stood out?
ML: Many stadiums incorporate a
"fun zone" for families. Target Field in
Minneapolis has an area in the outfield
with games and all sorts of other things
to entertain children. Newer stadiums
also consciously include areas for people
to meet and gather. Most, even the older
ones, have some sort of "main" entrance,
which is different from hockey or basketball
arenas where you often have several gates
through which to enter. Wrigley Field on
West Addison Street in Chicago has the old
vintage sign that everyone walks under and
takes a selfie. In Anaheim, where the Angels
play, the entrance plaza has two enormous
baseball hats out front that act as shade
structures. And, if you look closely, you'll
see they even have hat sizes - something
like 262 7/8ths, a memorable detail! I think all
the ballparks have, to some degree, a main
entrance on the home plate end, which is
practical for funnelling people in and down
the base lines, but also a good way to help
people meet up before games.

RW: You talked about an exciting
game in Tampa in a bad stadium. Do
you think the architecture and design
itself is important, or is it what has
gone on in those places, the history
and memorable games played?
ML: They work together. I am such a huge
fan, I could watch an epic game in a horrible
venue and still have the time of my life,
so while the game and the action is first, I

think design can enhance the experience.
When I tell you Pittsburgh was my favourite,
I don't remember anything about the
game. I remember the spectacular view; I
remember the fact that there is barely any
outfield so you can see the river, the bridge
and the skyline beyond. The evening sky as
the sun set, that is burned in my brain.

because the Twins are my team, but it was
bland. They threw too many features into
Rogers Centre in Toronto and overdid it. As
far as character, those are the bottom of
the barrel. Because all the things I've been
gushing about - views, amenities - if you
don't have those, or some classic, unique
feature, what's left?

What makes an old park like Fenway special?
Yes, great games have been played there,
but those games were influenced by the
design. Like Carlton Fisk's epic homer toward
the Green Monster that hit the foul pole. An
architect friend that watched the game in
Boston with me points out how in the other
three big sports, there is no variety in the
design of the playing surface. There might be
interesting things outside the lines in hockey
or basketball, but in every arena, the field of
play is uniform. In baseball, the distance from
home plate to centre field changes; it doesn't
always have to be 325 feet down the foul
lines. Each one is unique. In Houston, there
was a hill in centre field. It was apparently
homage to an old stadium in Cincinnati, but
why they did it, I have no idea. That certainly
affects the game! Things like shorter fields
engage fans and people say, "That may be
a home run here, but it wouldn't be in other
places." That kind of variance is unique to
ballparks and plays a huge role. It's one of the
things I love about baseball.

RW: Of the 30 stadiums, I think nine
have non-corporate names such as
Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium.
What do you think of the corporate
naming of baseball parks?

RW: Are there venues that were
devoid of character or atmosphere?
ML: Oakland. Tampa Bay. I have a soft
spot for the Metrodome in Minneapolis

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ML: I wish none of them had corporate
names. Fenway, Yankee Stadium and
Wrigley Field are timeless. Part of what is
so great about baseball, because it's older
than the other North American sports with
over a century of history, it doesn't feel like
"PNC Park" or "AT&T Park" speak to that
history. They feel corporate, impersonal
and impermanent. You lose the continuity
and tradition quickly with naming rights,
which is unfortunate. In Cleveland, it used
to be Jacobs Field, and when it became
Progressive Field, I felt like I lost a piece of
my soul.

RW: Your soul? What do you think
is spiritual about baseball? Is it
a sacred pursuit? If so, why?
ML: Baseball invites a sense of magic. If you
think of all the sports fiction that you know,
in the baseball stories - Field of Dreams,
Angels in the Outfield, The Natural - the
stories often blur the lines between reality
and fiction, which isn't so for other major
sports. The great hockey or football movies
don't have that feeling of the surreal.



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Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
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“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
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