Farley Hammerton. January 29, 2013.
Hamiltonians were initially disappointed when the former mayor, Fred Eisenberger, announced our new stadium would be on the same spot, rotated 90 degrees. Why would we build in the same location with the same old problems: a lack of parking; noise complaints; and lack of access to the highway?
The public consensus began to turn around, so to speak, when people realized that stadiums across the world were inspired by architect Bob Johnson’s ideas. Now other stadiums are adding a literal twist of their own: The ‘Lazy Susan Stadium.’
The Ivor Wynne is stationary, but the idea of turning a building 90 degrees on a spinning platform has reached some of the most treasured buildings in the world.
“The Opera House in Australia, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, The Hamilton Spectator building, they’ve all joined Bob Johnson’s trend, says architect, Jon Jeronimus. “If the sun is in the players’ eyes, you turn the stadium, it’s actually genius.”
Yankee stadium was the first to hop on the trend. “Dynamic buildings are
not new, and even come with great inconveniences. But, as Bob Johnson said, “The 90-degree rotation is the fundamental change,” and New York – as Capital of the World – wants to be on top of the trends.”
Hamiltonians can bask with pride at our unintentional innovation. Anyways, who really wants the hassle of the Pan Am games when it would bring competitive news businesses that crush the old ones, and a change to our treasured waterfront landscape?
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