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When you think of baseball parks in the early part of the twentieth century, you might think of Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, or Ebbets Field. Most historians today consider these venues baseball cathedrals—there was a romantic, mystical quality to them.

Baseball stadiums of the past were designed within the constraints of the time, and, with the purpose of hosting one specific sporting event—baseball. These parks weren’t, at all, perfect. Due to the state of engineering back then, seats obstructed by pillars were commonplace. Stadiums often had to be built with strange configurations to conform to the land around them.

In many ways, this era of stadium design reminds me of the era of web design in the mid-to-late 1990s. Bound by the restrictions of 800-pixel 256-color displays, 56K modems, and primitive design languages, web design during this era was all about being creative with what we had. I marveled at what designers were doing back then. There may not have been any design standards, but we built comparatively amazing experiences with what was available to us at the time

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