Originally Posted by IntotheWest
I think the same with the Skydome personally. I've seen several games in there (Blue Jays), and never enjoyed it. I was just in San Diego, and watched a Padres game from the PETCO Park - which, is probably one of the best designed "ball" stadiums I've been in...granted, designed specifically for baseball.
Yeah, the Skydome isn't great - but I found the lower section decent... it's the upper sections that places you to far away from the play and gives it a more cold feeling.
I always liked Commonwealth Stadium. It would've been that much better had they not put tracks around the field which pushes fans further away from the field of play. The downside of holding the Commonwealth Games I guess.
Hamilton's trying to get a similar type of stadium (but probably smaller) and it would be a welcome addition.
I think the best stadiums are ones that are designed specifically for one sport, instead of the jack-of-all-trades ones. I always liked Camden Yards and the PNC in Pittsburgh is pretty sweet. What makes them great is the more intimate feel while keeping the classic look of a baseball stadium.
I think the key thing they're realizing now in building stadiums and arenas is that size is intamacy and warmth is the most important thing. While the ACC would be filled if it had 25,000 seats, they kept it smaller at 18,800 for hockey. NJ Devils' new arena only holds 17,600 for hockey and is supposed to be great for watching games - unfortunately it's about 2,000 seats more than they need since they can't even sell out.