MLB: 3 Reasons why cookie-cutter stadiums were phased out

(Original Caption) Houston, Texas. Interior views of the Astrodome stadium, August, 1965.
(Original Caption) Houston, Texas. Interior views of the Astrodome stadium, August, 1965. /
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(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Historically, cookie-cutter MLB stadiums will always be looked at in a negative light.

They all had the same look with a few differences far and in between. They were clunky, robbed of beauty and uniqueness, and even mistaken for any other one of them if you took a quick glance.

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The creation of astroturf and any other artificial field took away the natural beauty of baseball. These decisions laid the ground for the return back to the intimate landscape from baseball days of old.

However, you cannot deny that even before they were phased out the technology that came because of them are still around.  Synthetic grass, retractable field, roofs, and advancements in player safety all came about because of the multipurpose facility.

Escalators, elevators, press boxes, and even luxury suites are somewhat the hybrid seen in even the neo-classic style post-Camden Yards opening on the scene.

Even with that said, they were built for the purpose of processing and practicality, but not longevity and memory’s sake. For this reason, they came as fast as they showed up for both football and baseball teams.

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No matter what sport, fans will always desire character especially in a league full of legends, lore, and memories. No matter how hard they tried,  multi-purpose facilities were never able to cash in on that, and its a major reason why a lot of them now are just markers in a parking lot.