Out With The Old – Sadly In With The New

Day 62


The 2009 season holds some new venues for fans in New York. Multi-million dollar facilities like Citi-Field and the New Yankee Stadium boast newer luxury suites and nicer amenities. They come with more elevators and fancier rotundas that look to replicate older style stadiums. Yet, older style stadiums oddly enough are no longer enough.

Whether it’s not enough room in the public concourse or seating that’s considered too tight, these new stadiums aim to please and bring in the fan base. 

I am saddened by the loss of older stadiums with a great deal of history and tradition behind them. Day by day it seems likely the Rockies will be leaving the Tucson spring training facility they have called home since their inception in 1993.

Hi-Corbett Field is a smaller field that holds 9,500 fans and first opened in 1937. It was remodeled once and renovated three times. Its charm is pretty evident as every seat is a good seat.


DSC03690.JPGThere are no cup holders and many of the seats along the baseline are metal benches that can get pretty toasty in the Arizona spring. For me this is the charm. It is about the baseball being played not overdoing the items in the ballpark. Don’t like the lack of shade bring sunblock.

If you’ve ever watched the classic comedy Major League you will recognize Hi-Corbett. It was also home to the Cleveland Indians from 1945-1992. The Rockies took over in ’93, but more and more teams have been shifting to the greater Phoenix area to set up their long term spring training needs.

The great exodus from Tucson has been working its way towards the Rockies organization for the past couple seasons. The White Sox left Tucson this year and the Diamondbacks and Rockies are the two left standing.

The Rockies were reported to have asked for their Tucson digs to get some improvements. The Pima County voters and Arizona legislators would have had to approve such a request. It doesn’t look like this economy will really be good for getting some new improvements out of taxpayers.

The Rockies have a contract through with Tucson 2011 but have a neat little clause that lets them out of the contract if less than three teams are left in Tucson. 

Just a hunch but I see my destination next year being Phoenix, so I’ll be sure to take in the history of an old friend Hi-Corbett at least one more year.



  1. juliasrants

    Tom – Ballparks DO NOT need couple holders! My beloved Fenway is not the most modern or comfortable – but it is all baseball. It is an old friend. It is the way that baseball was meant to be seen. I would be crushed if it were ever replaced.


  2. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    Yeah, we kinda abandoned Tuscon. But our new place I hear is soooooo pretty and the players absolutely love it. Cupholders are nice, but they’re not a necessity. If I need to put my drink down for whatever reason (like holding up my obnoxious AJ poster at my last Sox game), I’ve got people to hold it for me. As long as I have baseball, I think that’s all I really need. And sunblock since I’m so pasty white that I burn rather than tan. Nice new pic, by the way.

  3. Erin Kathleen

    It’s too bad for the city of Tucson that all these MLB teams are going elsewhere. It’s not good for any local economy to lose major sources of employment, especially not now. Although, I’m really looking forward to Target Field, the Twins’ new home. The Metrodome is a dump, and I can’t say I’m going to miss it.

  4. raysrenegade

    That is what sucks sometimes about progress, or a team’s idea of progress. History is lost and the traditions and rites of the past fall by the wayside with them.

    It killed me last year to see the Rays leave Progress Energy Field/Al Lang Field and head to their new digs down south. It might be a better complex in the way it is all setup and close to each other, but it lacks the charm of knowing Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris stood in the outfield in 1961 before their great year.

    It also lacked the flair of knowing that Stan Musial hit the first homer out of it in 1949. I hate to see some older stadium go by the wayside, but progress and governmental obligations hinder the sport sometimes. I even miss the sandlot where I first played baseball at Bear creek in St. Petersburg, which is now a storm water drainage site.

    Great read about a historic site.

    Rays Renegade


  5. Kylie

    I passed the Astrodome yesterday and I almost started crying. I spent so much of my childhood there and it’s still standing but it’s completely vacant. They haven’t done anything to it since it closed. They used to use it during the rodeo as a dance hall but they don’t anymore–nothing goes on there. There was a proposal to the city–’cause they own it–to turn it into a hotel, but alas, it didn’t happen. Better a hotel than a pile of debris.
    Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

  6. rockymountainway

    Kaybee- The Roadster has been doing so far so good. I hope it stays that way : )

    Melissa- I love Hi-Corbett but I guess progress is progress.

    Julia- There would be a lot of people very crushed if Fenway went bye bye. I think that won’t happen anytime soon.

    Jeff and Jen- I guessing you and Jen would be more than happy to volunteer on the demolition crew for Wrigley!

    Erin- I heard the dome was a dump so I guess some losses are better than others!

    Renegade- I hear ya and agree fully. Well put.

    Metsmain- Spring training is in so many ways pure baseball so those older stadiums help to remind us of the tradition.

    Bob- Fenway would be a huge loss to all of baseball.

    Kylie- I didn’t realize the Astrodome was still around! That is sad that it just sits there. Maybe it will live again before long.

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