“I call it the spirit of the place,” says Earl Santee, heading HOK Sport’s design team for Kauffman Stadium’s renovations, new Yankee Stadium and others. “You want people to sense they’re at someplace different than any other place they can be in that city. While it’s about baseball, it’s kind of about the place, too.”Note the use of the phrase "in that city." Wasn't there a time when the period could have come after the word "be" in that sentence?
Setting aside the astroturfed cookie cutters in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Philly, there was once a time when a lot us could be shown a picture of any stadium in baseball and identify it in a milisecond. I like a lot of the HOK stadiums, but it's not always as easy now. In some ways it's good that we can't, because some of those old-school design flourishes were actually pretty annoying. But there is no escaping a certain sameness among the new parks. I suppose on some level this is simply a matter of form following function -- we've finally figured out what makes for a pleasant game-viewing experience, so it's understandable that those things will make their way to multiple places -- but that lack of quirkiness does detract from the sort of personal connection Mellinger is talking about in the article.
Second quote, this one from Bob Wood, author of Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks, a stadium tour-book written back in the 80s:
Wood jokes that he couldn’t do his book today, because all the stadiums would
If everyone is getting an A, doesn't that mean that an A is average?