Fort Calhoun wrote:My major complaint with TD Ameritrade Park is its circular configuration of the stadium which creates too much space between the stands first and third base. As a result the people in the seats in this area are not very close to the field. This was how stadiums were designed in the "cookie-cutter" era (60s, 70s and 80s) of multi-purpose stadiums. Ever since the new stadium was built in Baltimore stadiums are now designed to bring spectators as close to the action as possible and almost all of the multi-purpose stadiums have been replaced. I do not know why Ameritrade was built using an obsolete design. Fans sit much closer to the field at Warner Park and they sat closer to the field at Rosenblatt.
I agree with this. TD Ameritrade Park works for the CWS, but it's certainly not aesthetically pleasing. Your comparison to the design features of TD being similar to stadiums built in the 60's and 70's is spot on. I have no idea why the powers that be signed off on such an outdated design concept.
On other message boards, I've said for years that it feels like someone found some old blueprints laying around for Kauffman Stadium, chopped off the upper deck, redesigned the concourses a bit, and called it a day. Now, Kauffaman is a fantastic ballpark, but not based on the seating bowl itself. Kauffman's charm is in the scoreboard and fountains. Without those features, it would be just any other generic cookie cutter ballpark...which is what TD essentially is.
Again, it's a fine place for efficiently ushering in and seating 25k fans, but it's sterile. It lacks soul and character. There is nothing Omaha about it. You could literally plop that ballpark into a downtown landscape of any major city and it would have the same feel. The character of the CWS is dependent on the fans in the stands as the ballpark doesn't deliver a uniquely Omaha experience.
I've visited 23 MLB ballparks. Anyone who has visited even a handful of MLB stadiums will know what I mean. A good MLB ballpark flawlessly integrates not only the history of the team, but also the culture of the local community and feels like it fits in its urban landscape. We failed in designing something that does that here.