mykem wrote:Keep in mind Maitre D, a lot of those cities that built new ballparks needed new ballparks. Example, Philly was playing in the vet. the vet was a multipurpose circular stadium with poor sightlines. The same follows for San Diego, St. Louis, Cleveland, etc. It was absolute that those cities replace their stadia.
Kauffman, on the other hand was designed primarily for Baseball. The sightlines are good, and there is room to expand. The location sucks, but the stadium will be great once the renovations are complete.
That doesn't really address why they build DT tho. If they need new facilities, that's fine. Why not build out in the Burbs
, like we did?
After all, the "K lovers" on this board tell me all the time that DT land is too expensive. Well - why do other cities have no problem acquiring it?
And many teams that get new facilities, didn't really need them. Busch Stadium just got a 50M or so facelift 10 years ago, and the park was in fine condition when I was there. They wanted new, for all the revenue generators that a new ballpark would give them.