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AT&T Park update

AT&T Park The AT&T Park diagrams have been updated, with a more accurate profile, lights, and exterior details. The upper deck is about ten feet deeper than I previously estimated, and the bleachers are about 20 feet deeper. Finally, the grandstand near the left field corner bends more sharply than I had thought. That leaves one more California ballpark to go: The Stick!

The mail bag

Marlene Vogelsang, who is the chair of the local SABR chapter in the Bay Area, is in search of information about energy use/consumption at ballparks ... lights, cooking, ultra-bright scoreboard monitors, etc. With all the emphasis on saving money during the economic slump, I'm sure someone is looking into that. If anyone is aware of such research, please let us know.

A fan named Mike asked me about updating the Side-by-side stadium comparison page, to include the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, and I've been meaning to do that for a few months. Done!

Finally, a fan "yet to be named" asks a very good question: "Why were additional football seats never put in the vacant field area of Three Rivers Stadium that was left when converting from baseball?" Does anyone from Pittsburgh or elsewhere know?

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