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  • BC Place Stadium - Vancouver, BC

    BC Place Stadium is a really big stadium in Vancouver. It was originally made for baseball, and an MLB team was soon going to come to Vancouver as an expansion. But, a few exhibition games were played there first, and the outfielders really didn't like it, because on a high pop-fly, they couldn't see the ball because of the bright white dome. So, now the BC Lions play at BC Place, a Canadian Football League team. Quite a few years ago now, a few MLB exhibition games were played at BC Place, they just changed the field a bit.

    It would be great if there was another MLB exhibition game at BC Place! I would definetely go to the game!!!!!!!!


    I don't really see what was so bad about BC Place's dome, and the Minnesota Twins' dome???

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  • #2
    Originally posted by baseball_in_hel*
    I don't really see what was so bad about BC Place's dome, and the Minnesota Twins' dome???
    Baseball belongs in the outdoors and on God's green grass. The Metrodome is among the most hated ballparks by fans and the players in all of MLB now that Olympic Stadium is gone.

    If BC had built a retractable roof dome like the BOB and the others, There would have been more of a chance for BC to get a team. I would say what happened to the Grizzlies may put BC down on the list. Until then, you may have to trek to Seattle for you MLB fix.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bluesteve32
      Baseball belongs in the outdoors and on God's green grass. The Metrodome is among the most hated ballparks by fans and the players in all of MLB now that Olympic Stadium is gone.
      I read that and I doubt the vast majority of folks who make the claim of it being the worst have ever seen a game there.

      If BC had built a retractable roof dome like the BOB and the others, There would have been more of a chance for BC to get a team. I would say what happened to the Grizzlies may put BC down on the list. Until then, you may have to trek to Seattle for you MLB fix.
      For expansion, yes. For moving a team, no. It's a ready to use stadium, for one of the teams that are on the short list to move out of their crappy stadiums(Florida, Oakland) it's a place that is very hard to resist.
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      • #4
        Just wondering what seating and dimensions were like for this. Also, anyone have any pictures of baseball in there?

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        • #5
          As both RFK Stadium and Tropicana Field now have major league teams playing in them after sitting vacant for years, I don't think there are any more "ready to go" major league sized venues in new markets out there besides B.C. Place and the Superdome. And given the fact Vancouver is arguably not be ready for MLB yet and that Katrina put the kibash on anything happening in New Orleans any time soon, any team that would arguably be looking to relocate somewhere would have an issue as to where to play.

          People talk about Las Vegas as a relocation possibility but I can't see Cashman Field being used as a major league venue on a long term basis--it only seats 10,000 and can't be easily and cheaply expanded.

          Buffalo and Portland do have larger minor league parks which could plausibly be a temporary venue, I guess, but even those are pretty small.

          So the question is, if a team is looking to move, what market would they move and where would they play while the new ballpark is being built?

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          • #6
            It doesn't really matter where, because they could just continue to play in their current location until a stadium is built for them, no?
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            • #7
              Being a huge baseball fan, and living in Vancouver all my life, I could not wait until BC Place opened in 1983.It seemed like MLB was just a few years away! Then when it opened and hosted exhibition games (which were very well attended) it was just a question of the city getting an expansion team or a relocation(The Indians were rumored). By the late 1980's it was getting obvious that it wasn't going to happen soon. The Expos attendance was starting to slide, the Mariners were struggling just a couple of hours South, player salaries were shooting up and the Canadian dollar was worth alot less that the US greenback. Then in 1993 during an exhibition game between Toronto and Seattle, '92 batting champ Edgar Martinez pulled a groin muscle on the turf and Lou Pinella swore that would be the last time they ever went to BC Place for a game.That kind of killed it there for Vancouver.Then the retractable roofs started to show up..then the 'retro parks. BC Place (like the MetroDome) became a symbol of sterility, and what was wrong with cookie cutter , multi purpose stadium.

              In terms of building a baseball only stadium, that wont happen in Vancouver. Too many left wing knuckleheads hear.The local professional soccer team (USL, one step below the MLS) had bought land in downtown Vancouver(in a dingy waterfront area). They were going to build a 15,000 seat stadium privately (NO public money ..zero) and build it over some old train yards.They were going to make it accessible for youth soccer, the symphony ..make jobs available for some of the less fortunate people who live in the area etc

              There was such an outcry from the whiners and losers(ie the people against everything) .Thankfully the city council showed some spine for once and it got approved.If we can barely get approval for a privately funded stadium, how could we get something MLB standards.I done think it will happen in my lifetime. Oh by the way, it was 330 down the lines, 375 in the power alleys and 400 to CF.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Richmond Hill Phoenix View Post
                It doesn't really matter where, because they could just continue to play in their current location until a stadium is built for them, no?
                I guess so. Attendance would likely stink to high heavens, I would imagine.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brad MCdonald View Post
                  Oh by the way, it was 330 down the lines, 375 in the power alleys and 400 to CF.
                  Pretty standard stuff. I'm guessing they had some retractable stands, a la the Metrodome or Joe Robbie, no?

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                  • #10
                    The stands in what would be the right and right center field area are retractable. It looks almost the same as the Metrodown, except it has a standard 12 foot high fence from foul pole to foul pole (No "Hefty Bag" in right ala Minni) .

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PeteU View Post
                      I guess so. Attendance would likely stink to high heavens, I would imagine.
                      Ya, but the team probably wouldn't be doing that good in that department to begin with if they were looking to move, so...
                      WAMCO!

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                      • #12
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                        LETS GO YANKEES!

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                        • #13
                          On a semi-side note, didn't the roof of this place kind of fall in/deflate recently?
                          WAMCO!

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                          • #14
                            One thing on the Grizzlies moving to Memphis from Vancouver( I know this is a baseball forum, not basketball but the issue of fan support in general).. the people of this city got screwed by the NBA.The first three seasons in the NBA the Grizzlies had excellent crowds and the city was supportive despite a horrendous team that averaged 66 losses per year. Year 4 was a players strike, and if their is one thing that pisses off Canadians in general is professional sports strikes(see MLB 1994 strike and what it did to the Jays and the Expos attendance ). Year 5 the team was sold to Willy WallMart (Bill Laurie) who despite trying to hide the truth , had plans to move them to St Louis to the Kiel Center(which he owned with the St Louis Blues hockey team). The situation turned off the fans that year, then the deal was killed by the NBA and Micheal Heisly(callled Heistly in these parts) bought the team, sang the National Anthem at a home game a and promised a long term winner. Within 30 days of the start of the season, he announced that attendance had to pick up substantially or they would be gone.They had only played a handful of home dates vs lousy draws( Atlanta, post Jordan Bulls etc) and the rumours were alive about a move. By Christmas it was over ..they were going to Memphis.Out of 6 years, the last three were either league or team turmoil and people had a bitter taste about the NBA. The MLB in Vancouver...if they had the right facility, it would work...but I wont see it in my lifetime(per my earlier post).

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Richmond Hill Phoenix View Post
                              Ya, but the team probably wouldn't be doing that good in that department to begin with if they were looking to move, so...
                              I think the Houston Oilers tried doing that after the move to Tennessee was announced while the new stadium in Nashville was being built. It lasted a year--I think they averaged a little over 20,000 per game, which is attricious for the NFL, and they ended up playing in Memphis and at Vanderbilt for two years.

                              Then again, the Expos continued to play at Olympic Stadium (when they weren't in Puerto Rico) when it was all but a foregone conclusion they were moving out of Montreal, so I guess you can say there is precedent in baseball.
                              Last edited by PeteU; 04-11-2007, 05:46 PM.

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