Jon Swartz, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, April 23, 1998
-- Overview: A comprehensive guide to every major sports facility in America, including ones under construction and those already torn down.
--Site mission: To offer sports fanatics an easy way to choose seats at ballparks, as well as to provide historical guides to stadiums and arenas nationwide.
--Names: Cory Suppes and Paul Munsey
--Personal: Suppes, 36, lives in the San Francisco Area; Munsey, 34, resides in Houston.
--Day jobs: Suppes is a project manager at a hazardous-waste cleanup company; Munsey, a former stock trader, is a freelance Web designer.
--What's on it: Photos, descriptions and dimensions of sports facilities -- past, present and future -- for Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA Division 1-A football teams, Canadian Football League, Major League Soccer and the defunct USFL, WHA and NASL. Working on the PGA and Olympic sections along with a mapping section of where the facilities are and a Sports Virutal Mall.
--Sample: On Honolulu's Aloha Stadium: ``With movable grandstands, it's the first of its kind anywhere in the country. It is a multipurpose facility, designed for football, baseball and special events. Working on an `air film' principle, four 7,000-seat grandstands can be moved via compressed air to provide spectators with the best possible viewing.''
--Hits: 5 million per month
--When started: 1996
--How financed: The site accepts advertising; Suppes and Munsey pay about $25 a month each to maintain the site.
--Why they do it: To eventually get involved in the sports industry -- either the sale of game tickets over the Web site, a publication that traces the history of baseball stadiums, or a book on the ``Day in a Life'' of a stadium.
--Favorite links: Edmonton Sun, www.golfweb.com, www.metacrawler.com
--Quote: ``We want to provide the definitive guide for every sports facility in America, including all of the major college arenas and significant golf courses,'' Suppes said. ``These stadiums and arenas are the cathedrals we play in, the churches of the sports world.''
Baseball's Web sites bring home hit after hit
By Terry Schwadron
(c) 1997, Los Angeles Times Syndicate
Scoring the Internet version of baseball's Freeway series would be easy: The Dodgers have a grand slam Web site, and the Angels never showed up.
Using the Web to take me out to the ballgame is an entertaining experience.
There's a smorgasbord of choices and rich use of technologies that make it easy to see why sports is one of the big traffic draws on the Net.
The sites meet different desires. Generally, they're divided among those for fans of particular teams or players, those providing interesting, if odd, baseball trivia, those that promote baseball itself and those that offer game coverage and specialized features.
In some ways, it's more fun to see what a single fan might think is worth collecting about a team, as opposed to what the public relations office puts out. . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . Two baseball fans, Paul Munsey and Cory Suppes, offer their view of baseball parks around the country (http://www.ballparks.com) with photographs that show what it's like to sit in the various stadiums, as well as their own version of essential facts and baseball links.
It's no substitute for sitting in the summer night between third base and home, but there is enough on the Web to keep most fans entertained between innings. My suggestion for the Dodgers is a public tour of baseball Web sites on the stadium's Diamond-vision screen.
From CNN Interactive Writer Wayne Drash
April 10, 1997
Web posted at: 8:40 p.m. EST
(CNN) -- The rookie stands on the mound looking as if he's ready to toss a lamb chop past a hungry wolf. The chiseled veteran digs in, Louisville Slugger in hand. The sweet smell of fresh grass, dusty infields and leather mitts spreads across the ballpark.
"Ball-wun!" the ump shouts, his round index finger delicately noting the count.
It's that time of year again. Fans, with renewed optimism, dream of October. Ballplayers zone in on the record books. It's baseball at its best.
For baseball fans, there's almost no better place to keep tabs on the season than the World Wide Web, where you're no more than a click away from baseball's latest scoop.
Chat with baseball expert Peter Gammons. Visit the much-hyped Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves new ballpark. Get scores and highlights before the nightly newscast. Create your own fantasy baseball team. Discover what batter has been walked the most in the World Series.
It's as though baseball fanatics are joined together in an interactive curmudgeonry, the cyberspace field of dreams. Please, keep the rhubarb down while you scroll through an overview of only a handful of the thousands of baseball sites out there. . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . Also take a stroll through past, present and future ballparks at Ballparks by Munsey and Suppes. For a rating of ballpark food, visit Sports Illustrated's "Speaking Frankly" from last year.
Komando.com Kool Sites
Ballparks of Past, Present, and Future
April 4, 1997
Spring is here and so is baseball. Opening day gave us just a taste of we're going to get for the next 5 months. Look up any stadium, any team, past, present, and future. Stop by the Bronx and visit the '96 World Series Champs - New York Yankees, then head out west to the desert and see the construction which will be home to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998. If you want to travel back in time, visit the Polo Grounds or Comiskey Park. Future ballparks that are in the planning are also listed such as facilities for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. Very Kool.
Torstar Electronic Publishing Ltd. - Sports Feature April 9, 1997
SPORTSNETVisit legendary ballparks with the click of a mouse
Paul Munsey decided there was probably something more interesting to do with his time than design yet another corporate website.
Based in San Francisco at the time, the Internet consultant's thoughts naturally turned to warm-weather things, such as baseball.
Unable to entirely divorce himself from his job, however, Munsey decided on a nice compromise - he'd design a website devoted to baseball stadiums.
EBBETS FIELD VENTURES:
If you want to know the exact capacity of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, it's on Munsey's ballparks.com page. If you wanted to know the current dimensions of Yankee Stadium, it's there too. If you want to see how the Arizona Diamondbacks' home is going to look, there's even a section on future stadiums.
Munsey's site has apparently struck a chord. It has been averaging 1,000 visitors a day since it opened nearly two years ago.
``We've been getting a few from Japan and Canada and a lot from the U.S.,'' said Munsey, who is based in Texas these days.
One of those U.S. visitors was Cory Suppes, a fellow San Francisco computer buff who also had a passion for sports. Suppes offered to enhance Munsey's website with similar information about NHL hockey, NFL football and NBA basketball. A few clicks of the mouse and you can read up on Montreal's Molson Centre, or the FleetCenter in Boston.
But where the site really shines is in its treatment of ballparks and arenas which are no longer standing. Munsey and Suppes have done a top-notch job of pulling together facts, figures and pictures of legendary parks such as Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, the Montreal Forum or Detroit's Olympia.
Seeing and reading about the old diamonds and rinks again has stirred up many memories from visitors to the site.
``We've gotten a lot of mail from people who just like to reminisce about the first time their dad took them to a baseball game,'' said Munsey, adding that the messages certainly don't end up in the infamous circular file.
``What these people are doing is sharing experiences and information and that's really helped us make the site stronger. We definitely use what people send us,'' Munsey said. Don't worry, he double-checks the information.
Although there are presumably some younger folks surfing through to see what grandpa has been going on about all these years, most of the people who send Munsey e-mail are of a ``certain'' age.
``It's pretty easy to date these people. They'll say, `I was there for the shot heard around the world,' '' Munsey said, referring to Bobby Thomson's 1951 homer at the Polo Grounds.
A fairly large chunk of visitors to the defunct ballpark section have been drawn by one legend in particular: ``Ebbets Field has been by far the most popular of the older ballparks,'' Munsey said.
Considering Ebbets Field's enduring popularity in the memorabilia marketplace, that's probably not too much of a surprise. A Hartford-based group called Ebbets Field Ventures has even created an online shrine to the stadium.
Although there are a few advertising links on the site, at this stage, it's still a labor of love for Munsey and Suppes. Munsey, for one, says he sometimes spends days on end tinkering with the content. And it's nice, for once, to not have a corporate client breathing down his neck.
``We're going to do what we're interested in, and if other people like it too, that's great,'' Munsey said.
Josh Rubin can be reached on the Internet at email@example.com
Subject: Netmagazine Site of the Year (1996)
Date: Sat, 08 Feb 1997 17:42:35
There is a fine line between the obsessive fan and the thorough professional. Ballparks.com walks that line. Every major league baseball park is available for scrutiny-even those new-fangled domed stadiums. And not just via pictures-the site lists park dimensions, locations, occupancy, seating charts, history, tenants, trivia, and more. You could practically build a tiny replica with the all the at hand information. Ballparks.com even delves into hockey, football, and basketball stadiums. Highlights to look for are the old ballparks that no longer exist-my eyes welled up looking at the old Polo Grounds.
Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, February 26, 1997
The Hot Corner
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here.
What: "Ballparks" website Address: www.ballparks.com
Available: Virtual stadium tours of every Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL facility in use today, plus old buildings long since demolished, plus new buildings not yet finished, plus Canadian Football League, big-time college football stadiums and PGA golf courses across the land.
That's a tall order, but "Ballparks" delivers, and then some.
Click on the postage-stamp photo of "Chavez Ravine" and you're instantly presented with an in-depth history (printed in Dodger blue) of Dodger Stadium, complete with full-color aerial and interior photographs, outfield dimensions, ticket prices and such trivia tidbits as:
- "When foul poles were installed in 1962, it was discovered that they were positioned completely foul. A special dispensation was received from the National League so that they were recognized as fair, but the next year, the plate was moved so the poles are now actually fair."
- "When Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley was negotiating with the city of Los Angeles in 1957 (to move the Dodgers out of Brooklyn), he and a county supervisor took a helicopter ride over L.A. to look for potential stadium sites. When they flew over the empty 300-acre lot at Chavez Ravine, O'Malley is said to have pointed and asked, 'Can I have that one?' The supervisor replied, 'No problem.' "
Links are provided to the Dodgers' other home fields, the Los Angeles Coliseum and Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, which are given the same photo-text-and-trivia treatment. Did you know, for instance, that the wrecking ball that helped demolish Ebbets Field was used four years later on the Polo Grounds?
The old parks ar the best part of the visit - Forbes Field, Jarry Park, Crosley Field, Kezar and Metropolitan stadiums, all brought back to life via 1990s technology.
"Future Ballparks?" That's what the icon promises; click on and you'll see artists' renderings of Bank One Ballpark, future home of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Tropicana Field, future home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays; and reconfigured Anaheim Stadium, complete with grassy knoll and water fountain beyond the center-field fence.
Ivor Wynne Stadium is also here. Yes, the longtime home of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in case you need to know, and "Ballparks" presumes you do.
February 20, 1997 - Universal Studios Email: We are working on a feature film project in which and aerial view of a football stadium takes place, we are not certain which stadium we will be using and therefore I need to collect a variety of photographs from whichever stadiums I can find. You seem to have the most impressive collection yet, therefore I am accessing and researching Ballparks.COM for Stadium Site Selection for a movie ("Primary Colors" starring John Travolta). Please let me know if you have any photos that I may borrow for research purposes only and will return promptly. If you have questions, please email or call.
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This is the Web's premiere station for virtual trips to and around major basketball, baseball, hockey, and football cathedrals in the U.S. and Canada. Stadium and arena enthusiasts Paul Munsey and Cory Suppes provide history, architectural overviews, photos, and seating charts for the full range of pro sport competition venues, with collegiate stadiums representated as well. The interface is efficiently framed, but sometimes you have to click around on teeny-weeney little words that might not look to be links, but are. In addition to the NBA, NFL, CFL, and NHL stadiums and arenas, Major League Baseball is especially well covered, including literature like "Around the Majors in 60 Days" (one man's tour of all 28 ballparks, with hotdog ratings!), plus the tours of past (e.g. Ebbets Field), present, and future diamonds. Clever cross-referencing and music enhance this delightful, practical sports fans' resource.
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April 9, 1998
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
Not too long ago, the arrival of April meant that you had another week to prepare for Opening Day. Now, thanks to expanded leagues and an interminable post-season play-off system, the first week of April is as many as three or four games into the season. Still, it's never too late to visit Ballparks, by Munsey & Suppes--probably the best resource, online or off, for information about ANY professional sports arena:
You'll find stats, history, stories, seating plans, and just about everything else about every major league ballpark ever built, past or present.
The navigation can be tricky at first (don't stop clicking in the sidebar until the name of your ballpark appears), but once you get comfortable with it, you'll think, as we did, that it's one of the best-designed sites on the Web.
BALLPARKS © 1996-2000 by Munsey & Suppes.