January 16, 2015
Just in time for the AFC playoff game last Sunday,* but without having the desired good luck effect, I updated the diagrams for Mile High Stadium, home of the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos. There are two noticeable differences compared to the last revision in September 2011: first, the entry portals are now shown (that greatly enhances accuracy); and second, the bleachers on the south side are much bigger than before. Since it's a pretty basic rounded rectangle shape, you'd think the revisions would be easy, and so did I. Wrong!
Note that there are now two early-era baseball configuration diagrams (1948 and 1965), along with a new 1968 football configuration diagram. That was the year that the grandstand was triple-decked (but on the west side only), and when what used to called "Bears Stadium" assumed the new name. Previously, I had thought that that only the second deck was built in 1968, and that the third deck was added in 1976-1977. Wrong!
The "combined" version diagram has side notes that explain exactly when which parts of the stadium were built, and has a profile that pertains to the east (movable) grandstand, where the ground was at field level (or vice versa). On the north and west sides, in contrast, the rear of the grandstand lower deck was at ground level. That is why the profile of the other Mile High diagrams show just the slab of the lower deck without any suggestion of subterranean structures. Other than the dugouts, clubhouses, and tunnels, I'm pretty sure there weren't any. (I did the same thing for Dodger Stadium last month, and may do likewise for other stadiums, where appropriate, in the future.)
* The Indianapolis Colts beat the host Denver Broncos in what might have been Peyton Manning's last game in the NFL. If so, it's too bad he couldn't go out on a more upbeat note. Ironically, the Colts were his team until his contract was allowed to expire three years ago, and the new quarterback seems to have had more Luck.
Ironically, the relative paucity of my blog posts this month is a reflection of how much time I have spent on revising ballpark diagrams. It's a lot easier to do the ones I have actually been to, since I always take lots of detailed photos that reveal the mysterious "innards" of baseball stadiums. Would you believe I have had to make some significant changes to the Comerica Park diagrams? Of course you would. In the next few days, I plan to release a major "State of the Diagrams" report, to coincide with the President's "State of the Union" address.
Take a look at Timeless Baseball, which features occasional articles by George Case related to baseball during the World War II era. You can also get a DVD full of rare images of games, players, and stadiums from that long-ago time.