Armour Field, Chicago

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For a more detailed account of Armour Field, see City Baseball Magic.

Armour Field and environs was designed in 1987-88 as a demonstration project for the Ballparks Committee of the Society forĀ American Baseball Research (SABR). As a “counter-project” alternative to the Chicago White Sox plans for what became New Comiskey Park, Armour Field sought to illustrate that a compact-footprint neighborhood ballpark could provide fan comforts and generate industry standard revenues in an intimate ballpark setting that also functioned as part of a lively neighborhood environment. The stadium boom of the 1990s brought baseball back from suburbia into cities, but more as entertainment zone “anchors” than as components of city neighborhoods.