2004-04-16 / Community

From The Stands

By Brendan Brosh

From The Stands


Citizens Bank Park is the new home of the Phillies after Veterans Stadium was torn down last month. (AP/Rusty Kennedy)Citizens Bank Park is the new home of the Phillies after Veterans Stadium was torn down last month. (AP/Rusty Kennedy)

By Brendan Brosh

In the NFL, NBA and NHL, the dimensions of the field never change. In baseball, however, each stadium is work of art. With two new stadiums unveiled this season, a lot of fans will be making trips to see and explore them.

While Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia is probably a modern marvel, the miserable Phillies fans are having a hard time appreciating it with a 1-6 record.

Now that the Vet and Qualcomm in San Diego have been torn down and replaced – Shea Stadium is now officially on the shortlist for worst stadium in the league along with Olympic Stadium in Montreal and Tropicana Field in Tampa.


San Diego’s Petco Park, the new home of the Padres, took 6 years to be completed. (AP/Chris Park)San Diego’s Petco Park, the new home of the Padres, took 6 years to be completed. (AP/Chris Park)

If New York City gets the nod for the 2012 Olympics, it’d be really nice if Bloomberg and the City Council threw the Mets a bone and agreed to finance a new stadium.

There has also been a lot of uproar in the past few weeks about stadium dimensions. Apparently Petco Park in San Diego is not "hitter friendly." Good. The compassion and empathy we felt for Ryan Klesko and Barry Bonds in the Giants/Padres series last week was immeasurable.

"It’s odd when you have only one home run in San Diego, period," said Barry Bonds. "I think Klesko probably would have had four in this series."

The bottom line is that pitchers deserve a park where they can feel comfortable. A seasoned baseball fan can count the amount of pitcher’s parks on one hand. Hitter’s parks, however, are a dime a dozen.


Freddy Adu will be making his N.Y. debut against the Metrostars. (AP/Chris Urso)Freddy Adu will be making his N.Y. debut against the Metrostars. (AP/Chris Urso)

Among the pitcher’s parks, we have Petco; Shea; Comerica in Detriot; Dodger Stadium and Safeco in Seattle. A case can be made for Turner Field, ProPlayer and SBC in San Francisco (PacBell last year), but the jury is still out on that.

With 20 stadiums constructed in the past 15 years, the majority of the new parks have been built with the idea to bring in the fences, and increases the amount of long balls. Camden Yards, Jacobs Field, PNC Park, the list goes on and on.

The MetroStars are looking good this season. Despite a disappointing playoff exit last season to the New England Revolution, and losing Tim Howard & Clint Mathis to European teams, the Metros have a good chance of winning the MLS East.

Starting off the season with an impressive 3-1 thrashing of the Columbus Crew, the Metros are excited to be playing in their home opener this weekend.

In what will probably be the biggest crowd for a MetroStars game yet, the team will host conference rival D.C. United and Freddie Adu on Saturday, April 17 at 4 p.m.

For anyone intending to go, purchase your tickets ahead of time, as the Metros expect at least 10,000 walkups to the gate. With 25,000 already sold, the Meadowlands will finally begin to feel like a proper soccer stadium.

The match will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.


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