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smith288
06-18-2007, 04:16 PM
Columbus Clippers unveiled some final renditions of the Arena District ballpark.

Should be ready in 2009 which I believe would be the first year under a new contract with a different parent club (Nationals wont be back I assume - thank God). Most believe Reds and Indians will both be in negotiations for the minor league club both of whom has contracts running out for their respective AAA club.


A three-story, brick building in left field that will feature a roof-top bar and gathering space for fans.
A terrace in right field where spectators can catch home runs hit over a 24-foot high outfield wall.
Fixed seating for 7,600 and another 1,200 seats in specialty areas such as bars and a club-level patio.
Lawn, picnic and standing areas that will hold a maximum 1,200 people.
Forty-two loge boxes behind home plate and 32 corporate suites.
A tree-canopied stadium concourse and natural grass playing field.
A special clubhouse for children where they can change clothes after playing in a fountain beyond the center-field wall.
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OesterPoster
06-18-2007, 04:23 PM
Pretty nice. For those who've been to Louisville or Buffalo, how will this compare to those two facilities?

Heath
06-18-2007, 04:29 PM
Pretty nice. For those who've been to Louisville or Buffalo, how will this compare to those two facilities?

Compared to Indianapolis and Toledo, it kicks their rear.

smith288
06-18-2007, 04:37 PM
And compared to Cooper Stadium, its off the scales better.

OesterPoster
06-18-2007, 04:45 PM
And compared to Cooper Stadium, its off the scales better.

Not even close. Cooper Stadium is the best part of that area of Columbus, and boy, that doesn't say much. What a dump.

smith288
06-18-2007, 04:49 PM
Not even close. Cooper Stadium is the best part of that area of Columbus, and boy, that doesn't say much. What a dump.
Actually, the graveyard next door is better... and the people there are nicer.

wheels
06-18-2007, 04:59 PM
West Siyeeeed!

smith288
06-18-2007, 05:02 PM
In any event, I hope the Reds beat out the Indians for Columbus (if there is indeed a fight between the two). I would much rather watch the Reds ir Indians future playing than the Nationals... How depressing is it to see DeAngelo Jiminez, Booker, Brandon Watson and Michilak? Very.

Its the all Reds Reject Clippers!

wheels
06-18-2007, 05:14 PM
In any event, I hope the Reds beat out the Indians for Columbus (if there is indeed a fight between the two). I would much rather watch the Reds ir Indians future playing than the Nationals... How depressing is it to see DeAngelo Jiminez, Booker, Brandon Watson and Michilak? Very.

Its the all Reds Reject Clippers!

If the Clippers become a Reds affiliate, I'd lose my mud.

I'd seriously buy season tickets.

Jharb74
06-18-2007, 05:25 PM
I agree, anything is a step up from Cooper Stadium. Hopefully the price of tickets won't go up too much with the new stadium.
That whole area where the new stadium will be and where the Jackets play is nice. It wasn't that long ago that you wouldn't want to be caught down in that area of town!

smith288
06-18-2007, 06:56 PM
They should have called that area the Prison District. That would have been unique.

toledodan
06-18-2007, 06:59 PM
Compared to Indianapolis and Toledo, it kicks their rear.


can't stand toledo but 5/3 field is fantastic. indy's park looked real nice from the rca dome. i'm sure when the one is done in columbus it will have rave revues as well.

redsfan1966
06-18-2007, 07:12 PM
I am a Columbus resident and regularly attend Clipper games---but let me be the first to say if any city doesnt deserve a new stadium--its us....we are woeful as a baseball town. Its depressing when the only thing that draws fans is lukewarm ten cent hot dogs....also from what I have read there is no way we get a Reds affiliate...Louisville has that locked up for a period of time that is beyond the end of the Nats contract with C-Bus.

Reds Freak
06-18-2007, 08:17 PM
I agree, anything is a step up from Cooper Stadium. Hopefully the price of tickets won't go up too much with the new stadium.
That whole area where the new stadium will be and where the Jackets play is nice. It wasn't that long ago that you wouldn't want to be caught down in that area of town!

I read today that they plan to keep the ticket prices the same, anywhere from $5-$10 apiece. It will be interesting to see how the organization draws in the new stadium. Clipper teams in the past few years since I've been in Columbus have not drawn well at all. I went to a game earlier in the year and there couldn't have been more than 500 people there. We'll see if it is because of Cooper Stadium and its surrounding area or if Columbus just isn't a good baseball town.

And Redsfan1966, I agree, those 10 cent hot dogs are awful. It doesn't get much better than eating a hot dog at a baseball games, but those things aren't edible. :)

HumnHilghtFreel
06-18-2007, 08:42 PM
If the Clippers become a Reds affiliate, I'd lose my mud.

I'd seriously buy season tickets.

I'm with you on that. I go to a few Clippers games a year anyway, but if they were a Reds farm team, I might just find myself at a few hundred more.

By the way, the stadium looks great for a minor league club.

BuckeyeRedleg
06-18-2007, 09:39 PM
If the Clippers become a Reds affiliate, I'd lose my mud.

I'd seriously buy season tickets.


And me as well.

Wow, what a beautiful looking ballpark.

Heath
06-18-2007, 09:47 PM
can't stand toledo but 5/3 field is fantastic. indy's park looked real nice from the rca dome. i'm sure when the one is done in columbus it will have rave revues as well.

Victory Field in Indianapolis is two-tiered, but the seats are soclosetogether.

Dayton's 5/3 Field is much nicer than Toledo's 5/3 Field. IMO. The sight lines are horrible at Toledo.

JaxRed
06-18-2007, 09:51 PM
Reds are tied up with Louisville thru 2010

smith288
06-18-2007, 11:29 PM
That was stupid. No offense to Louisville, but Columbus would be a smart location for your AAA team. Plus it would peel away from the indians.

smith288
06-18-2007, 11:30 PM
I am a Columbus resident and regularly attend Clipper games---but let me be the first to say if any city doesnt deserve a new stadium--its us....we are woeful as a baseball town. Its depressing when the only thing that draws fans is lukewarm ten cent hot dogs....also from what I have read there is no way we get a Reds affiliate...Louisville has that locked up for a period of time that is beyond the end of the Nats contract with C-Bus.
They are the nationals AAA team... who gives a flip? Back when the Yankees AAA team had perennial success the Clippers was getting huge support.

When the Yankees started buying championships, the Clippers suffered and now we have poor support from the fans. Put a winner on the field and the fans will come. No different than anywhere else.

vaticanplum
06-18-2007, 11:39 PM
Very, very pretty. Gosh.

Zippy McGee
06-19-2007, 12:01 AM
With a new stadium will the team finally get a real radio deal and decent announcers?

KronoRed
06-19-2007, 12:11 AM
That was stupid. No offense to Louisville, but Columbus would be a smart location for your AAA team. Plus it would peel away from the indians.
Why worry about Indians fans? not like the Reds and Indians are real rivals playing a whopping 6 games a year, people can be fans of both, Louisville is ripe for picking up fans who really don't have any other choices for a "local" team...they also draw extremely well.

Besides it's 5 miles closer to Cincinnati :D

smith288
06-19-2007, 10:37 AM
Why worry about Indians fans? not like the Reds and Indians are real rivals playing a whopping 6 games a year, people can be fans of both, Louisville is ripe for picking up fans who really don't have any other choices for a "local" team...they also draw extremely well.

Besides it's 5 miles closer to Cincinnati :D
I have been in columbus my whole life and one thing I know is that you pick a team. Being a fan of both is just weird from where I come from. I chose not to be a fan of the mistake on the lake.

I dont hate the Indians, just dont care for them but that poopy dog football team i loathe. Their colors, their stupid dawg pound. Kosar, Metcalf, The "Soljah". Hate them (in a sports sense). The Indians just get residual dislike carried over from the 'Stains.

15fan
06-19-2007, 11:17 AM
Actually, the graveyard next door is better... and the people there are nicer.

Back when Juan Gonzalez was an up & comer with the Rangers, I saw OKC take on the Clippers. During pre-game, Juan was goofing around down the 3rd base line. He picked up a ball, tossed it in the air, and proceeded to hammer the ball into the deepest recesses of the cemetary. In terms of raw power (ie, he didn't have the pitch coming in at 90+ mph), it is quite possibly the hardest hit ball** that I've ever seen in person.

**by someone not hopped up on performance enhancing substances

smith288
06-19-2007, 01:19 PM
Back when Juan Gonzalez was an up & comer with the Rangers, I saw OKC take on the Clippers. During pre-game, Juan was goofing around down the 3rd base line. He picked up a ball, tossed it in the air, and proceeded to hammer the ball into the deepest recesses of the cemetary. In terms of raw power (ie, he didn't have the pitch coming in at 90+ mph), it is quite possibly the hardest hit ball** that I've ever seen in person.

**by someone not hopped up on performance enhancing substances
OKC played the Clippers? Was it for the American Association championship or something?

dabvu2498
06-19-2007, 01:53 PM
OKC played the Clippers? Was it for the American Association championship or something?


The IL and AA played "interleague" games from 88-92. I can remember seeing Dean Palmer in COL with the OKC squad as well. He had around 20 homers on Memorial Day right before he got called up.

Slyder
06-19-2007, 01:58 PM
I read today that they plan to keep the ticket prices the same, anywhere from $5-$10 apiece. It will be interesting to see how the organization draws in the new stadium. Clipper teams in the past few years since I've been in Columbus have not drawn well at all. I went to a game earlier in the year and there couldn't have been more than 500 people there. We'll see if it is because of Cooper Stadium and its surrounding area or if Columbus just isn't a good baseball town.

And Redsfan1966, I agree, those 10 cent hot dogs are awful. It doesn't get much better than eating a hot dog at a baseball games, but those things aren't edible. :)

Those within driving distance of Charleston, WV wanna see what a new park can do for a city? Come out and see Appalachin Power Park in downtown Charleston. Before you could bring a bag and snag all the baseballs you wanted for LL Batting Practice now they are averaging upwards of 4k fans per game.

kxblue
06-19-2007, 09:47 PM
Durham also has a very nice stadium. It is the only place I enjoy outside of Duke in the entire city.

wheels
06-19-2007, 10:02 PM
Plopping a shiny new park right smack dab in the middle of the Arena District pretty much assures them bigger crowds than at the Coop.

I like the idea of being able to hop on Neil Avenue to catch a ballgame before an evening's festivities.

As far as the affiliate is concerned any parent club will be better than the Yankees or Nationals. That whole Yankee thing just made me feel dirty for rooting for my home town club.

smith288
06-20-2007, 10:59 AM
The Clippers were a draw because they were the yankees. More like that allure than not i would guess.

But winning was the formula to get people to attend a game at that dump called Cooper Stadium in the armpit called the West Side..

I think the Arena District alone is the draw now. I dunno who will be the major league affiliate (sounding like the Indians ugh) but I dont think it will much matter what with all the activities surrounding the ballpark.

Shouldnt they call it the Arena/Stadium District now?

Yachtzee
06-20-2007, 11:35 AM
The Clippers were a draw because they were the yankees. More like that allure than not i would guess.

But winning was the formula to get people to attend a game at that dump called Cooper Stadium in the armpit called the West Side..

I think the Arena District alone is the draw now. I dunno who will be the major league affiliate (sounding like the Indians ugh) but I dont think it will much matter what with all the activities surrounding the ballpark.

Shouldnt they call it the Arena/Stadium District now?

If the Indians move into Columbus, I suspect the team will do quite well. The Indians move a lot of good players through their system.

wheels
06-20-2007, 04:07 PM
They'll rake in the cash with Indians backing them up.

I think the Clippers are being set up for success.

Unassisted
04-16-2008, 06:01 PM
The Baseball America blog article at the link below says that Cleveland not renewing its Player Development Contract with Buffalo is another log on the fire for the Indians AAA operation moving to Columbus.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/business/?p=80

DTCromer
04-16-2008, 06:32 PM
I am a Columbus resident and regularly attend Clipper games---but let me be the first to say if any city doesnt deserve a new stadium--its us....we are woeful as a baseball town. Its depressing when the only thing that draws fans is lukewarm ten cent hot dogs....also from what I have read there is no way we get a Reds affiliate...Louisville has that locked up for a period of time that is beyond the end of the Nats contract with C-Bus.

I thought Louisville was not only a solid baseball town, but a solid sports town in general? I can't imagine Cincy ONCE AGAIN switching to another area city for their AAA team. From what I read, the Reds left Indy because Indy wasn't "showing them the love." I was just at Victory Field last night (Indianapolis's stadium) and it's beautiful. It's a pitchers park and it's unbelievable nice for a AAA stadium.

Zeta16
04-16-2008, 10:48 PM
If Cleveland comes to Columbus it will become a pretty big Indians town from now on. The Reds are covered less and less here. The big sports talk station has the Indians games and pretty much always talk about Cleveland. Also living up here most of this part of the state thinks Cincinnati wants to be part of Kentucky along with the preceived lack of disinterest in Ohio State form the Cincinnati area.

camisadelgolf
04-16-2008, 11:40 PM
Most Cincinnatians I know try to fight off the Kentucky connection. You're right about the Ohio State thing, though. I think there are more Wildcats fans than Buckeyes fans in Cincinnati.

Columbus really needed a new baseball stadium. The old one was just embarrassing anymore. I'm happy for them.

robo21
04-18-2008, 08:47 PM
Glad to see them finally getting a new stadium. I'm surprised it is not bigger considering it's location downtown. I would have thought at least big enough for 10,000.

Unassisted
09-18-2008, 11:18 AM
The Columbus Dispatch is saying that the Clippers have signed a 4-year deal with Cleveland.

http://dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/09/18/clippers.html?sid=101

Triples
09-19-2008, 09:49 AM
I beg your pardon...have you ever been to a game in either Louisville or Indy. Based on your comment it sounds like you haven't. I've attended numerous games at both and I can say without reservation that both are top shelf stadiums. that's not to say that the new Columbus stadium won't be nice too, but to say it kicks their butt before the stadium is even built might be a bit over the top.

Besides, baseball stadiums are a bit like churches.....its not the building that counts, its what goes on inside that matters. Some of the most fun games I ever attended were in the old Billings Mustangs stadium that was just torn down last year. It was a decrepid old stadium but the baseball was excellent and it was a hoot to attend games there.


Compared to Indianapolis and Toledo, it kicks their rear.

LouisvilleCARDS
09-19-2008, 03:34 PM
Just realized this is a pretty old thread. Just want to comment, I would be surrpised if the Reds left here (Louisville) anytime soon. It doesn't seem to make sense. Outside of Cincinnati, I would bet the next big city with the most amount of BULK Reds fans is from here. I remember our old newspaper census on sports teams. The Cincinnati Reds were the only pro team on that survey where there was a vast majority of fans. NBA/NFL .. Bengals/Colts up there, but still, this isn't a city for either, most were fans of other teams combined. NBA, no consistency.

I can see why people of Ohio would obviously like to keep it IN state, but you're not going to find a better supported Triple A team than here. I think thats only going to get more supported with the new state of the art basketball arena and huge development going on downtown even more.

In fact, if for whatever reason the Reds couldn't play in their stadium for some extended period of time from some act of nature - we could easily be a transplant team and draw the same numbers the Reds typically do, if our current stadium was big enough.