Hockey. Punk Rock .Stadiums. Architecture. Food. Booze. Programming. Design. One half of the 'Up The Pucks' podcast. I write about stadiums here in Cincinnati and the rest of Ohio for StadiumJourney.com. Also write occasionally about the Columbus Blue Jackets. http://about.me/bgee
Rainer Maria - Ears Ring [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] (by PolyvinylRecords)
Such a well-composed song. Love it.
In what had to come as a surprise to Minnesota Vikings football fans, the team has revealed the initial designs of its new home. The 65,000 seat stadium is unlike any facility currently in the NFL, as the design firm HKS Architects unveiled a post-modern take on the American football stadium. Read more at StadiumJourney.com
As a graduate and employee of Notre Dame, with an appreciation for its history and tradition, I could not be more in favor of this feasibility study. Things to keep in mind before shouting about historic preservation, tradition, or things not being as good as they were in the old days:
A) This is a feasibility study. It’s non-committal on the part of the University so we should be non-committal when freaking out about proposed changes.
B) The original, historic Notre Dame Stadium, opened in 1930 and preserved within the current expansion completed in 1997, would not be affected by these changes. In essence, you enter through the newer, modern parts of the stadium and encounter the original “bones” of the structure as you go inside - the most fascinating part of the existing building, or any building on campus, in my opinion.
C) Studying the use of a buildings, finding areas for improvement and suggesting change is a good thing. Studying this building and how it benefits athletic teams and the broader campus community is a great thing. The building is functionally used no more than 10 days in the calendar year so it’s in the University’s best interest to get more utility out of its largest campus structure.
D) This could be a suitable marriage for the traditionalists on campus and those who wish to see Notre Dame join the current century in the game of football. You’ll notice the view of Hesburgh Library (Touchdown Jesus) remains unobstructed, no garish billboards or advertising in the arena bowl, and as mentioned earlier, the original 1930’s stadium will remain as-is. In keeping with those traditions, you can also see luxury boxes, conference spaces, classroom areas and more pedestrian-friendly entrances. While the rendering appears coy, I also suspect there’s a video board hiding on the back of that south-gate atrium.
In short, this would bring Notre Dame up to speed with its football-playing peers in the capacity and capability of its football stadium. Now, get rid of that ridiculous shamrock at midfield and you’ve got yourself a deal.
This clip of Dave Grohl discussing Descendents’ drummer Bill Stevenson is from an unreleased documentary on the Descendents and ALL. Read more on this(and another doc that may be released soon) at Up The Pucks.
For Stadium Journey, the San Francisco 49ers new home got its corporate name. The Santa Clara, CA facility will be known as Levi’s Stadium. The new venue, which will open with the 2014 NFL season, is aiming to become only the second NFL venue to gain LEED certification.
Soooo the Miami Marlins games are going well… [via]
Loria gets his sparkling new stadium, then gouges the payroll and sells off everyone he can. Can’t really blame fans for staying away.