Friday, August 27, 2010
Cisco Field is the Talk of the Town
San Jose's proposed Cisco Field has gotten a lot of press since being introduced this week. And reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. That's not surprising now that people can actually visualize themselves in an intimate ballpark environment, enhanced with convenient transportation and plenty of nearby food and entertainment options. Look at the big picture and suddenly the prospect of Cisco Field, as true urban ballpark, comes alive. As Jeffrey at Newballpark.org said, "With a High Speed Rail station somewhere nearby, it isn’t hard to see the vision: A transit hub/plaza/retail district that sits in between HP Pavillion and Cisco Field. It is a grand vision."
Meanwhile, over at the Merc, Tracy Seipel evaluates San Jose's ballpark effort and speaks to Mayor Reed. The mayor is emphatic:
"We have the best site, we're ahead of the others and this is the place that makes the most sense."
Indeed, it's becoming increasingly difficult to argue otherwise. With an ambitious campaign planned for spring, San Jose has its ducks in a row and has positioned itself as the A's best hope in the Bay Area. (Read the full story here.)
Last, but not least...
This Monday, August 30th at 6 PM, the San Jose Redevelopment Agency will hold a "Proposed Ballpark Site Walking Tour" at downtown's Diridon Station. In addition to a preview of planned upgrades to support proposed High Speed Rail and BART, the SJRDA will illustrate plans for Cisco Field. This will be a great opportunity to get a feel for where the proposed stadium would be constructed. If you can remember the days before the HP Pavilion was built, you'll recall the radical transformation brought about by the construction of the arena. This'll be an interesting look at the land envisioned for the ballpark. We are anxious to see as many Baseball San Jose supporters as possible, so we hope to see you there.
You're up to bat, San Jose!