Looks like they're upping the suites and premium seating by a significant amount over McCoy, and that's where the money is.I love the look of this stadium so far. My main concern is why the capacity is only 10k?? Same capacity as McCoy stadium. I was thinking they could have maybe had 12-15k for seating as I am sure tickets are going to be popular for at least the first 10 years of Polar Park. Just seems very short sighted for a brand new AAA stadium.
Yes, but New England is a different/unique when it comes to minor league sports, both Portland, Lowell, and Pawtucket rank at the top/near the top of their leagues in attendance. I am guessing they will be able to get an extra 1-2k with the lawn seats/standing room.10k is very much the median for stadiums at this level of minor league baseball. The only outliers in the International League (link here) were built 20+ years ago, and you could expect those to be downsized whenever they get their next bite at the tax-subsidy apple.
Not sure whether this is still true but for years, the PawSox were the #2 pro team for annual attendance in New England, behind only the Red Sox. Bruins and the Celtics play fewer games in a building not much bigger, and the Patriots will only play 12 home games at most, counting preseason and their annual march through the rest of their conference in the postseason.
I think that's a little unfair on the Somerville-based local architect. Not everyone can render like Populous.Some commentary from Field of Schemes: http://www.fieldofschemes.com/2019/11/26/15499/the-vaportecture-artists-just-arent-even-trying-anymore-man/
Table Talk has some offices in that building that they're working on moving. As a whole Table Talk is considering moving out of the area, which would free up a considerable amount of space for redevelopment.
Kind of a fluff article but what's interesting is there is still an active commercial building sitting in the approximate area of right field (adjacent to Table Top Pies HQ) that has yet to be demolished. Employees are there every day. This must be holding up site work progress.