Friday roundup: Leaky fountains, cheap stadium beer, and the magic of computers

The world may be on vacation this week, but the stadium news decidedly is not:


10 comments on “Friday roundup: Leaky fountains, cheap stadium beer, and the magic of computers

  1. Marlins Tix prices & NFL cheap beer: about time.
    Indy neighborhood: a pretty sad story. A similar thing happened when the Pittsburgh Civic Arena was built, and later replaced by whatever the Penguins’ home is called now.

    • Re: Indy…I don’t know, I always find it kind of stupid people seem to think that when a big infrastructure project is going to be pushed through it wouldn’t be pushed through the least economically and politically connected areas?

      Are people 5 years old? “Hey we got this big freeway to build, should it go down that valley through the distressed multicultural neighborhood that is full of vacant and blighted buildings, or should we put it up on the hill and tear down the governor’s mansion? Lets try the governors mansion and see how that goes!”

      There is/was enough racism and “classism” in the world, you don’t need to go creating it out of decisions that were in most cases purely practical.

      • It’s not a freeway that is being discussed however. A freeway needs to begin and end in specific areas that require service. With a few exceptions (politically motivated bridges to nowhere), they go where they are required.

        Allegedly blighted poor communities that are bulldozed to make way for a tax exempt and non-revenue generating (for the city/taxpayers) facility is not a necessary service.

        I think we can all understand when legitimate growth requires the demolition of low density housing to make way for transport infrastructure and and high density dwellings/associated commercial buildings.

        Neither of these cases, nor Chavez Ravine for that matter, is an example of that kind of thing.

        Also, a single governor’s mansion could be rebuilt elsewhere for a lot less than the cost of relocating and housing 200 poor families… but your point is taken: rich people don’t get prevailed upon for the “good of the many” (or just the sports franchise owners).

        • Most places the governors mansion is surrounded by other equally “august” residences.

          Regardless I totally agree on the general point. I just take issue with the way people try to cast redevelopment occurring in areas where land is cheap and underutilized (from an economic perspective) as some sort of conspiracy. It is just supply and demand.

          • When it’s private development you’re talking about, sure. (Though even then it’s shaped by zoning laws, etc.) But most large scale “urban renewal” has been as much ideological as economic, with a stated goal to eliminate “blight” that tends to be defined as “those places where the people we don’t care about live.”

      • https://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/annb/files/2012/01/The-Power-Broker-Chapter-37-One-Mile.pdf

  2. Marlins hired engineers from NASA to determine roof height at Marlins Park. Of course Judge & Stanton found the roof quite a few times. I’m betting that their projections were thrown in the trash when Loria found out how much it cost. Stuart Sternberg has a history of frugality so if there’s a roof it will likely be too low and leak.

  3. The NFL doesn’t put on the Senior Bowl but they do contribute to the game. The games coaches are NFL head coaches, for example. That being said, it’s nuts that a mayor would be THAT concerned about a one-day event that drew under 30,000 people last year. And the fact the organizers are local would seemingly put them on reasonably safe footing.

  4. The Marlins are also going to set up a soccer supporters section for drums and flags but calling it a international fan section. They got the idea from the Baseball World Cup.

  5. Somers: Cardinals’ new naming-rights deal pairs strange bedfellows amid mild reaction

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nfl/cardinals/2018/09/04/arizona-cardinals-commentary-naming-rights-pair-strange-bedfellows/1197098002/