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Another Waterfront Ballpark Option

· Posted Thursday April 3, 2008 by jamie

Seems architect David Boe has his own ideas about a downtown waterfront location for the Rainiers ballpark, as he mentioned over on my earlier post.

Using the New York San Francisco Giants ballpark as inspiration…

Boe immediately thought of the end of the peninsula on the east side of the Foss Waterway, where the infamous tank farm now sits:

Busting out his trusty sketchpad, we get this awesome rendering of what could be (click for larger):

I’ve gotta say, it would be awfully tempting to quit my job and become a water taxi pilot of something like this ever came to fruition.

Update: More discussion here.


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Play Ball! (On the Water?)

· Posted Thursday April 3, 2008 by jamie

It’s here! Opening Day for your Tacoma Rainiers! We’ve got our 7 game series tickets and I’m excited for game one tonight at Cheney Stadium.

Speaking of Cheney, there has been some interesting discussion lately on the topic of the stadium. It seems that the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, Metro Parks, and the Tacoma School District are tossing around some ideas involving redevelopment of the complex that includes Cheney Stadium into a “recreational village” with condos, shopping, etc. (much to the consternation of many neighborhood activists, mind you). But regardless of its merits, the topic did reignite some of the “what if” scenarios that have come up in the past regarding the ideal location for baseball in Tacoma.

In the past, several creative ideas have been suggested. One of my favorites proposed a new waterfront stadium at the former Asarco site. Another interesting suggestion that came up was to tear down the struggling Tacoma Dome and rebuild there (but would that make us too much like Seattle?).

In a recent Tacoma Daily Index article, Justin Carleton (aka Frinklin) of No Rhubarb offered his thoughts on the ideal “home of the Rainiers”:

...my best-case scenario would be to tear down Cheney Stadium, not rebuild on that site, and find a place where they could go back downtown or back down to the Hilltop. Be closer to where people are. Baseball is meant to be downtown. For all of baseball’s romanticizing itself as the sport being born on the plains — this ‘Field of Dreams’ kind of stuff — baseball was built in downtown New York. It was built in Manhattan. It moved out of Manhattan when it moved to Queens.

...which lead to this thread of conversation on FeedTacoma, wherein I tossed out a few ideas of my own.

Historically, the home of baseball in Tacoma was the Athletic Park (below) at 15th and Sprague, now the site of Peck Field.

I appreciate the historical significance of this site quite a bit, and it would be neat to see that recognized by the organization. It doesn’t hurt that I could walk there quite easily, too. But unfortunately I don’t think there is enough space for both a stadium and the supporting parking on the site…

Besides, I like the appeal of a site that is downtown, maybe even on the water, so I took a look at the aerial views to see what might be possible. Not seeing a lot on the west side of the Foss Waterway, I peeked into the Tideflats, where my attention was immediately grabbed by the site of the Supervalu warehouse, circled in the below image (near Johnny’s Dock restaurant).

Now, granted I don’t even know if Supervalu would be interested in forfeiting this location, but let’s just dream for a sec. Plop in a cut-and-paste image of Portland’s much-touted PGE Park, home of the minor-league Beavers, and voilĂ !

Killer! A stadium right on the water. Lots of room for parking. We could even add some additional mixed-use stuff on the site: condos, retail, what have you…create the “recreational village” here.

So maybe it’s not right in the downtown core… But as long as we’re dreaming, if we toss in a foot ferry that runs from the promenade by the Museum of Glass and Thea’s Landing across to a dock in front of the Stadium, we’ve effectively connected it to downtown. (If we want to be really fancy, add additional foot ferry stops at other waterfront locations: base of the Murray Morgan Bridge, Thea’s Park, the upcoming Urban Waters, even out in Old Town. Fun commute option for people who live in Old Town or work at Urban Waters. Anyone checked out the ones in Vancouver, B.C.?)

One more assist from PGE Park in the cut-and-paste department…let’s imagine the view of downtown from my proto-stadium:

Ahhh…with views like that, I might buy season tickets just for the right to go take it in all summer long.

Update: David Boe revealed his location idea in the comments below, and sent some sketches along. See here for his killer idea…

Update: More discussion here.


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Rainiers Home Opener Tonight

· Posted Friday April 13, 2007 by jamie

Fireworks. Hot dogs. Maybe even a bit of baseball for good measure. The Rainiers home opener is tonight, 7:05pm, against the Sacramento Rivercats at good ‘ol Cheney Stadium. Awesomeness. (Assuming it doesn’t rain out…)

I’m sure No Rhubarb has got the details covered, so head over there for more info… (aaaand… there it is, all the details in their full glory, even with a shoutout to me. I’m flattered to be called a cool kid…)


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A Rainiers Blog? Sweet...

· Posted Wednesday April 4, 2007 by jamie

Via the Both Hands blog, I see that the webmistress’s husband (who goes by the fascinating web-o-nym of “Frinklin”) is starting a Tacoma Rainiers blog called No Rhubarb! I can’t put into words how awesome this is.

Home opener is Friday the 13th (cue ominous music). Looking forward to some games this season…

Check out No Rhubarb!


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Novel Idea For Asarco Site and the Rainiers

· Posted Wednesday August 23, 2006 by jamie

ErikEmery.com has a great proposal for the Asarco cleanup site that would make it the new waterfront home for the Rainiers. Definitely a cool idea.

Link to ErikEmery.com.


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Kicking off baseball season with the Rainiers

· Posted Friday April 7, 2006 by jamie

Well, the site is still coming together and we are working through some design issues, but what better way to get the site content started than an observation of the start of something else: baseball season! Joined some friends yesterday evening for the home opener of the Tacoma Rainiers, and a great time was had by all.

For all of the media coverage of Cheney Stadium being a relic of the past, I contend that it really is a great place to watch baseball. Sure, it would be cool if we had a nice, new downtown baseball stadium. But Cheney has comfy seats, great sight-lines, and awesome food, and you can get out under $20/person, even with a beer and springing for the “reserved” seats. Plus there are lots of places nearby to park and walk if you don’t want to spring for the pay lot. You really can’t beat that. Certainly easier (and much cheaper) than the trip up to Safeco…

Anyway, we’re really looking forward to our 7-game mini-plan for some great Sunday afternoon baseball, augmented with maybe a few Dollar Deals Thursdays.

Even if you aren’t a big baseball fan, I’d highly recommend heading out to Cheney for a game. Let’s make sure we can keep this team in town.


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