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Fenway
02-03-2011, 06:27 PM
Aye yi yi


Brooklyn 1956 (http://www.stadiumpage.com/stpages/bkln.html)

http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/BKdome.jpg

1965 Boston Red Sox Retractable Dome (http://www.stadiumpage.com/stpages/soxdome.html)

http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/bostonDome.jpg

Pittsburgh 1963 (http://www.stadiumpage.com/stpages/pitt.html)

1965 Cincinnati Riverfront Concept
http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/cincy65.jpg

Detroit 1970
http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/Tiger_Dome6.jpg

Montreal 1998
http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/labatt3.JPG

Taliesinrk
02-03-2011, 06:32 PM
outdoor stadium in Montreal?!? that's like having the Twins play outside..

seriously though, thanks for the pics. they're pretty neat.

pythons007
02-03-2011, 06:44 PM
Montreal's stadium looks sweet, even though its Canada and probably really cold. Cincy's looks like a circus tent!!

Red Barchetta
02-03-2011, 06:51 PM
Thanks for the pics. Those are really cool.

Amazing how as a society, we were fixated with the round, dome-like stadiums back then. Must be all those old sci-fi saucer spaceship movies and TV shows like the Jetsons. :D:

downstairs
02-03-2011, 06:54 PM
Thanks for the pics. Those are really cool.

Amazing how as a society, we were fixated with the round, dome-like stadiums back then. Must be all those old sci-fi saucer spaceship movies and TV shows like the Jetsons. :D:

Well, it better allowed for multi-purpose use, that was all the rage if you remember.

mzh
02-03-2011, 06:55 PM
The Expos one looks exactly like Jacobs field. Just an observation. Beautiful.

As for the others... :puking::puking:

Fenway
02-03-2011, 06:56 PM
outdoor stadium in Montreal?!? that's like having the Twins play outside..

seriously though, thanks for the pics. they're pretty neat.

Montreal is really not that much further north than Minneapolis


Minneapolis, Minn. 44 59

Montreal, Que., Can. 45 30

Seattle is ever further north

mrfourni
02-03-2011, 06:57 PM
I like the idea of building a stadium over a river for no real reason:

http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/pittbridge.gif

dwitt76
02-03-2011, 08:19 PM
That montreal one has a little target field in it as well.

g0g0
02-04-2011, 08:17 AM
Wow, Montreal looks almost exactly like Victory Field in Indy to me. You can definitely tell the space/future-crazy time period of the other ones.

ewokpelts
02-04-2011, 08:54 AM
I like the idea of building a stadium over a river for no real reason:

http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/pittbridge.gifthat's pretty epic

Red Barchetta
02-04-2011, 10:49 AM
Montreal 1998
http://www.stadiumpage.com/future/labatt3.JPG[/QUOTE]

As much as I enjoy the changes and renovations to Comskey II turning it into US Cellular Field, I would have loved it if the SOX could have built their new ballpark in the SW loop with the Sears Tower and city skyline looming over the outfield like this.

I really think if Camden Yards and Jacobs Field would have been built before Comiskey II, things would have turned out differently.

Huisj
02-04-2011, 12:28 PM
I definitely remember reading about the Montreal stadium in the late '90s. They had some spectacular images of it and spoke of it really optimistically, but it seemed like nobody really expected it to happen.

Here's some more pictures of it. It was going to be called Labatt Park.

http://stadiumpage.blogspot.com/2010/02/unrealized-concepts-volume-3-labatt.html

Red Barchetta
02-04-2011, 12:42 PM
I definitely remember reading about the Montreal stadium in the late '90s. They had some spectacular images of it and spoke of it really optimistically, but it seemed like nobody really expected it to happen.

Here's some more pictures of it. It was going to be called Labatt Park.

http://stadiumpage.blogspot.com/2010/02/unrealized-concepts-volume-3-labatt.html

That's a pretty cool article and pics.

I was recently paired up with a couple from Montreal during a golf outing. I was wearing one of my SOX caps and we started talking baseball. I was expecting to hear a luke-warm response regarding the Expos, Canada's love for hockey, etc., however I was surprised at how much these people loved the Expos and missed MLB. They told me that Montreal loves baseball and the primary issue was that Olympic Stadium was an absolutely horrible place to watch the game even though there were many Expos fans. (Sounds similar to what I'm currently hearing about the Rays).

They told me they would love to have baseball back in Montreal and we half-jokingly talked about the "Montreal Rays". :tongue:

Fenway
02-04-2011, 01:00 PM
That's a pretty cool article and pics.

I was recently paired up with a couple from Montreal during a golf outing. I was wearing one of my SOX caps and we started talking baseball. I was expecting to hear a luke-warm response regarding the Expos, Canada's love for hockey, etc., however I was surprised at how much these people loved the Expos and missed MLB. They told me that Montreal loves baseball and the primary issue was that Olympic Stadium was an absolutely horrible place to watch the game even though there were many Expos fans. (Sounds similar to what I'm currently hearing about the Rays).

They told me they would love to have baseball back in Montreal and we half-jokingly talked about the "Montreal Rays". :tongue:

The person who stopped baseball cold in Montreal is a Quebec tycoon by the name of Jean Coutu. Loria's stepson David Samson said something about Francophones that enraged him.

Selig flew to Canada to see Lucien Bouchard who was the Premier of Quebec. When Selig arrived in Quebec City, Bouchard refused to see Selig which 'annoyed' Bud. ( being kind ) Selig waited 4 hours in his reception area.

It came out later that Coutu told Bouchard, if you meet with Selig I will no longer support you politically.

Coutu owns 32% of Rite-Aid in the US.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/18/Jean_Coutu_-_Shediac%2C_Nouveau-Brunswick.jpg/310px-Jean_Coutu_-_Shediac%2C_Nouveau-Brunswick.jpg

He made a killing when he bought 50% of Eckerd from JC Penny and then sold it to Rite-Aid.

In Montreal you do not mess with this man.

moochpuppy
02-04-2011, 01:11 PM
Other than the Montreal stadium those others must have returned to the Mother ship.

Red Barchetta
02-04-2011, 01:20 PM
The person who stopped baseball cold in Montreal is a Quebec tycoon by the name of Jean Coutu. Loria's stepson David Samson said something about Francophones that enraged him.

Selig flew to Canada to see Lucien Bouchard who was the Premier of Quebec. When Selig arrived in Quebec City, Bouchard refused to see Selig which 'annoyed' Bud. ( being kind ) Selig waited 4 hours in his reception area.

It came out later that Coutu told Bouchard, if you meet with Selig I will no longer support you politically.

Coutu owns 32% of Rite-Aid in the US.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/18/Jean_Coutu_-_Shediac%2C_Nouveau-Brunswick.jpg/310px-Jean_Coutu_-_Shediac%2C_Nouveau-Brunswick.jpg

He made a killing when he bought 50% of Eckerd from JC Penny and then sold it to Rite-Aid.

In Montreal you do not mess with this man.

What did Coutu have against baseball? I get the he was a retail pharmacy mogul and a powerful business man however why did he use his influence to stop the meeting with Bud Selig? Was he that upset over one comment?

Fenway
02-04-2011, 01:23 PM
What did Coutu have against baseball? I get the he was a retail pharmacy mogul and a powerful business man however why did he use his influence to stop the meeting with Bud Selig? Was he that upset over one comment?

Samson used the magic word

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTgns3P7VshfCok1zCaseSABPnxil7gl DxFXZqVcfHJ9RzKMo5P

WSI'ers in Florida know he can not keep his mouth shut

Red Barchetta
02-04-2011, 01:25 PM
Samson used the magic word

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTgns3P7VshfCok1zCaseSABPnxil7gl DxFXZqVcfHJ9RzKMo5P

WSI'ers in Florida know he can not keep his mouth shut

School me. I really don't know the story and I don't get the frog analogy. :scratch:

Fenway
02-04-2011, 01:36 PM
School me. I really don't know the story and I don't get the frog analogy. :scratch:

It goes back centuries when the Brits called the French - frogs

In France they laugh about it today - HOWEVER

If you ever come to Montreal, Québec City or any other place within the province of Québec and call a francophone a "frog", I surely hope you can either

a) run fast; or
b) are able to handle a fight

Honestly, don't even try it as a joke.

An NHL linesman made that mistake by calling Maurice Richard that name....Richard didn't handle it well.

Red Barchetta
02-04-2011, 02:28 PM
It goes back centuries when the Brits called the French - frogs

In France they laugh about it today - HOWEVER

If you ever come to Montreal, Québec City or any other place within the province of Québec and call a francophone a "frog", I surely hope you can either

a) run fast; or
b) are able to handle a fight

Honestly, don't even try it as a joke.

An NHL linesman made that mistake by calling Maurice Richard that name....Richard didn't handle it well.

OK thanks, never new that the word frog was duragatory to the French. Amazing story and pretty sad considering the egos of two men effectively ruined MLB baseball for Montreal/Quebec.

I remember watching WGN when I was a kid and the Cubs played Rusty Staub and the Expos in Jerry Park. I really liked their 80s era uniforms when Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, etc. played.

Fenway
02-04-2011, 09:03 PM
This came VERY close to happening

http://www.stadiumpage.com/stpages/soxdome.html

This explains the entire stadium saga in Boston and even Bill veeck was involved

http://bythebanksoftherivercharles.blogspot.com/2011/01/yesterday-was-not-pats-worse-loss-to.html

Viva Medias B's
02-04-2011, 11:29 PM
The Brooklyn place looks like the early Astrodome with the glass dome.