star2city Posted April 18, 2003 Share Posted April 18, 2003 Assuming that a decision on a UND basketball/volleyball venue will be made soon, the one significant venue that Grand Forks / UND needs would be a decent baseball park. Although it would seem unlikely that a new ballpark would be built anytime soon, it would make sense to at least have a plan of where it should eventually go. Financially, it would be difficult to justify a baseball ballpark unless a Northern League team would locate in GF or if other uses / benefits would be gained by building it. Two locations would be obvious candidates: near the Alerus Center or near the Engelstad Arena. The Alerus Center area would probably make the most sense, as the indoor/outdoor waterpark and baseball park would lead to a real summertime feel to the complex. Furthermore, the Grand Forks County Commission has been considering permanently moving the site of the County Fair to the Alerus property, which would possibly include building some auxiliary exhibit buildings in addition to using the Alerus. The ballpark could serve as the grandstand for the fair or other outdoor concerts. Since the City of Grand Forks and the Grand Forks Park Board are already stretched, Grand Forks County is the one local government branch that could really pull it off financially. To me, it is really a shame if a arena or stadium is built that does not incorporate multi-purpose use into its development, such as retail, entertainment, business, and even residential units. Incorporating other functions into a sports development is often difficult only because different government agencies, private businesses and private organizations each want separate monuments. Arenas built without accompanying activities are like mausoleums when they are unoccupied, which is >95% of the time. Minute Maid Park in Houston (formerly Enron Field) and the American Airlines Arena in Dallas are two examples of where the ballpark/arena development was just a portion of well-thought out plans for an entertainment / retail / restaurant / business / residential development. I certainly wouldn Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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