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The Post's Friday story, "Stadium Dig Begins, But Design Still Up in the Air," pulls the curtain back on the stadium planning, showing that despite a groundbreaking and the beginnings of demolition and digging, the stadium design as unveiled a few weeks back is still not 100% written in stone (or concrete, or limestone).
In March, managers of the project unveiled designs for a modern-looking complex featuring massive glass panels, steel and concrete. But they are still debating virtually all the finishing details, including the layout of the concourses and clubhouses and what carpeting and upholstery to use in luxury suites, according to baseball and city officials. Even the exterior might be refined. In drawings, a distinctive knife-edge building, made mostly of concrete, juts out from the rear of the stadium bowl. But architects have developed new renderings that would recast the tip of the building in glass, allowing it to light up in different colors. [...] Significant questions remain unanswered, however. Designs call for two boxy parking structures to be built above ground just north of the ballpark, but city and baseball officials would like to move them underground to clear more room for retail and office space. That would cost an additional $20 million, money the city is seeking.
It sounds like Stan Kasten, the new team president, had a lot of input into the design of the Braves' stadium in Atlanta, and would probably want to do the same here. So, we shall see!
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Here's a slapped-together page of photos I took at the groundbreaking. And has posted an extended video report of the ceremony, along with the Post's story in Friday's paper. And here's the Blade's coverage--I'm not sure how many attendees knew that the black building across the street was Ziegfield's.

With the bonds financing the stadium having been sold yesterday, the city wasted no time in submitting its application to the DC Zoning Commission for approval of the ballpark design. (While the Zoning Commission approved the amending of the Capitol Gateway Overlay to allow for a stadium last year, the stadium itself still needs zoning approval.) An interesting sentence within the application that I can't shed any light on at this moment, but which apparently means there are slightly different design options being considered: "The Applicant has requested approval for three different options for construction of the Ballpark, identified as a Base Plan, Option One, and Option Two. The Base Plan, Option One and Option Two differ primarily with regard to the presence and location of preferred uses along the First Street, SE fa├žade of the Ballpark." The hearing has been scheduled for June 26 at 6:30 pm.

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The riff-raff-o-meter at the gate of the stadium groundbreaking was apparently malfunctioning, allowing me to get in and witness this morning's festivities. I'll post some photos later today--in the meantime, here's some video of the event.
UPDATE: Pictures probably won't come before late tonight. Here's the Post story, and the WTOP/AP story.

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