Columbia, SC — Those were interesting articles in the Feb. 9 paper about the success of the ballpark in Durham, N.C. A point to be considered, however, is that Durham’s ballpark is in the middle of a commercial area situated between a highway and railroad tracks. Unlike the proposal here in Columbia, there are no residences nearby. This situation also exists in many other cities, such as Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, where new ballparks have been quite successful.
I just wonder how many people would choose to live adjacent to a ballpark, with the related noise, litter, parking issues and fireworks. Certainly, old-time stadiums such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are in residential areas, but both have extensive public transit systems, which reduce the number of cars.