A Brickyard for True Believers
updated 03/28/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/28/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
In designing the $75 million, 46,000-seat ballpark now under construction, the Kansas City, Mo., sports-architecture group of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum fouled-off such '80s vogues as AstroTurf, domes and the concrete-doughnut look to create instead a downtown magnet. Using an airy steel skeleton clothed in brick, the designers snuggled the structure into an existing street grid near the harbor. The result is a classic asymmetrical park with a short, 321-foot right-field foul line and a long view of the Baltimore skyline. Writes architecture critic Paul Goldberger: "This is a building capable of wiping out in a single gesture 50 years of wretched stadium design." Some left-handed power could bring the Orioles a pennant, but Baltimore already has a winner.