Tuesday, March 5, 2013

See Newest Downtown Ballpark Designs

The El Paso City Council received a presentation at its March 5, 2013, meeting showing the latest design concepts for the upcoming Downtown baseball stadium. Populous Inc., the firm in charge of the design, revealed various perspectives of the park in its presentation.

Concourse level views within the stadium.
The overall layout of the park has remained consistent since earlier drafts were revealed months ago. Home plate will sit in the southwestern corner of the plot while the outfield will run along Missouri Avenue and Santa Fe Street.
Though still in the concept stage, the architecture of the stadium will be reflective of nearby Union Plaza, particularly the Union Depot train station to the west. The red brick facade is clear in the design, especially in the image showing the view from Durango Street on the stadium's west side.

The western entrance and team store on Durango Street.
The view from behind home plate is clearly a highlight in another image, showing panoramic views of Downtown El Paso and the Franklin Mountains to the northeast.

View from behind home plate.
The eastern entrance to the park is situated beneath two grandstand towers that may house a team store, party decks, and a rooftop patio. It will be located where Franklin Avenue ends at Santa Fe Street.

The eastern entrance along Santa Fe Street.
Other proposed amenities for the park include a 360 degree concourse, a play area for children, and a grassy seating area in homerun territory. A pedestrian ramp and an extended concourse may span the depressed train tracks on the southern edge of the property.

Current plans have the demolition of City Hall, the future site of the ballpark, set for early April.

Ballpark Concept Videos Added to City's Website

City Council presentation (PDF): http://www.elpasotexas.gov/muni_clerk/agenda/03-05-13/03051307.pdf