Happy Opening Day everyone! To celebrate the occasion, we chose this new addition to our ‘Midwest Collection’. Enjoy this view of the long gone Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OH, home to the Reds (MLB) and Bengals (NFL) between 1970-2002.

Stadiafile just received a major haul of postal wonders, including this very informative card showing the Florida Spring Training sites of the 16 Major League Baseball teams who participated in the Grapefruit League c. 1988.

To mark the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, we’re celebrating an era in baseball stadium design often maligned by fans and architects alike. Our celebration of the round ballpark will investigate the unique design features of these misunderstood buildings.

SILVER BULLET OR WHITE ELEPHANT? 

Miller Park roof via Baseball-Fever

A FIVE-PART SERIES ON THE SIX RETRACTABLE ROOF STADIUMS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON THE CLASSICAL

Proponents of retractable roofs would have you believe they are essential to the game of baseball.  They argue that, without these roofs, the frigid early spring in Milwaukee or the prolonged rain in Seattle or the searing heat in Arizona, Texas and Miami would keep baseball from being played and fans from coming out.  Convincing as these arguments may seem, one only has to look to professional baseball being played under open skies in Arlington, TX, or Minneapolis, or Chicago to question the necessity of these expensive, highly-engineered ballpark accessories.