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Monday
Mar312008

160. Nationals Ballpark

nationals.jpgAh, it’s baseball season again and all is well with the world. I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the new stadium in DC, being baseball’s real opening day (games in Japan and on Sunday night really don’t count.) I had seen pictures of the new stadium before, but I didn’t realize that the surrounding national monuments were the inspirations for the project. It’s a great concept to pull monumental visual themes into the stadium; quarried stone blocks, differentiated layers, a focus on scale and sharp perspective. Nationals Stadium will not be mistaken for a real monument, with it’s prominent use of glass and the 4,500 square foot HD screen in centerfield, but this nice attention to detail give it just enough character to fit into the city. Designed by HOK Sport and Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners; it’s also the first LEED-certified stadium in the country. It does look like a great place to watch a ballgame and will no doubt revitalize the area in which it was built. (And for $611 Million, it should.) My only gripe would be for some of the non-architectural elements, like the signage to be more reflective of the overall design and therefore toned-down a bit. That’s asking a lot I’m sure, but I’ve seen where certain towns make McDonald’s and Wal-Marts alter their usually tacky exteriors to fit into the community – so it IS possible. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to cross this off my ‘MLB stadiums in which I’ve watched a game’ list. Here are a few pics below, but if you want to see more and larger versions go here.

Exterior: 

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Exterior 2:

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Interior:

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Interior 2:

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Gametime:

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Capital View:

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