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What's your favorite scoreboard?

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Love the Jacobs Field scoreboard! IMO Jacobs Field is the best place in the league to actually go and WATCH a game. They have done a great job maintaining and updating a stadium that is now 13 years old. (Old by todays new "retro" stadiums).

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Might be gimmicky but the Hit It Here Cafe at Safeco is unique.

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I also like the hand operated scoreboard in left field, although I can't find a picture.

The boat tailgating on Lake Washington and the view of the lake and mountains at Husky Stadium are awesome as well.

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Besides the scoreboard, a couple of things really unique about Fenway Park...

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Johnny Pesky hit 5 of his 8 career home runs around that pole, thus the Pesky Pole.

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It's where the ball landed after Ted Williams hit the longest home run ever at Fenway, 502 feet in 1946.

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Wow, this has to be the biggest homer thread ever. Everyone is just posting pics of their home town places.

I like the slide at Miller Park that Bernie Brewer goes down.

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I'm going to sound like a homer, but keep in mind I'm not a Braves fan...

The Braves humoungous HD screen in center field is ridiculously cool. It's hard to keep your eyes off it the first time you see it. I don't know how big it is, but it seems like it's at least 10 stories tall:

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As for other quirks, I like how Philips Arena stacks its luxury suites all on one side. Plus, the beams that spell ATLANTA on one side:

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Edited by me: Because I couldn't see it.

YES! Both of those are things that I love about those two venues. Another thing about the Braves: At night games the tomahawk on the scoreboard does the Tomahawk Chop when it kicks up. I can't get enough of the Tomahawk Chop, and when you have a big ol neon one doing it, it doesn't get any better.

Here's a video of what I'm talking about:

Not only does it say "ATLANTA" on one side, it says "CNN" on the other side.

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Not only does it say "ATLANTA" on one side, it says "CNN" on the other side.

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Gotta love subliminal advertising.

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I thought of a few others...

The flying budweiser eagle after every cardinal home run at Sportsmans Park (or Busch I):

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The Flying Cardinals at Busch II

(can't find an image...basically they were neon and they would fly across center field after cardinal home runs)

Also of course the arches at the top of that stadium were excellent. The shadows that they made were something else.

The Bears Video screens are really cool because they extend out and are oddly shaped.

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Yes they are homer picks...but in reality...we know our home teams stadiums better than any other. So I see no problem with at least showing the cool gimicks from our home team's stadium. I appreciate others doing it. I never knew about the Nashville Sounds scoreboard...that thing is sweet!

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Big Time Homer Thread...I'll add to it :flagcanada:

The SkyDome Hotel

or the Renaissance Hotel

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I've actually stayed in that hotel once. You can watch Blue Jays games from the comfort of your room through windows that look driectly into the stadium.

p.s. I already know that I'm setting myself up for a 'you know you can watch the games on TV' joke

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I hate gimmicks like that. There's no reason for a freakin' pool in centerfield. You're there to watch the game, not have a pool party.

Well, it's Arizona. And it's not a gimmick. It makes our ballpark unique. You want another cookie cutter stadium crap?

Unique, but not one of a kind.

Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers AA) has a pool as well. That same builder is building a pool in my backyard as we speak, although not as large.

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The Texas Rangers have an office complex in center field.

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Texas Motor Speedway has condominiums

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Quirk? How about the retractable field at University of Phoenix Stadium:

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But then again, I'm a biased Cardinals fan...

I also love the 60-foot tall, transparent (perforated metal) logo in the north entrance/Gate 2:

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that's actually extremely cool, I've never seen that before! amazing!

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I like what the Jays have done to the Skydome/Roger Centre, it will always been known to me as the "Skydome." All the updates they made with the scoreboards and outta town boards are great. They finally got rid of the terrible grphics that they had on the outta town scoreboards on the walls in field with bubbly diamond shpes that took 30 seconds to interpret, but by then a score from another game would be up. Good job on the new graphics

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Well, if it were 'game over,' the thread would have ended on Page 1 when it was first posted, but it didn't and I'm glad this is a favorites thread and not "best." Who cares if we're all homers, like someone else said, it has pointed out some of the less obvious quirks in pro sports stadiums. (Nashville Sounds was new to me, too -- very cool)

And I'm glad that so far it hasn't devolved into a "mine is better" debate.

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Big Time Homer Thread...I'll add to it :flagcanada:

The SkyDome Hotel

or the Renaissance Hotel

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Bah, I expect better amenities than a cheap Van Gogh reproduction!

:D

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...which makes no sense now, seeing as how the arena is no longer a part of TimeWarner.

Actually it makes perfect sense, as that is the entrance that leads you into CNN Center, which is attached to Philips.

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Tal's Hill in Houston.

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Is there a story as to why they did that? Never found out why...

I believe it pays homage to Crosley Field in Cincinnati, which had a hill leading up to the wall in left field.

And in "in play" centre field flagpole copies Detroit's Tiger Stadium:

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...which makes no sense now, seeing as how the arena is no longer a part of TimeWarner.

Actually it makes perfect sense, as that is the entrance that leads you into CNN Center, which is attached to Philips.

I'm very aware of that.

It's the non-TimeWarner entity advertising a TimeWarner entity that now makes no sense. It's no longer a shameless advertisement.

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