|Borleske Stadium, in its 85th year, is worth renovating.|
I like what the Red Sox have done with Fenway (happy 100th by the way...) - a historically relevant facility that, ten years ago, was ready to fall apart. The two paths that existed for the Sox were either build new (at the cost of at least $500M and probably closer to $1B) or put together a master plan to renovate. The club chose the latter - and look at the results. They are culminating a nearly $300M renovation project (much less expensive than a new build) that has all the bells and whistles of a "new" facility while protecting the history and romance of a classic early stadium. Plus, it saw two World Series victories and an end to a Curse, so I'd say it worked out.
Now, Borleske isn't Fenway - but it is an historically significant, culturally relevant stadium that houses a great history in a community that doesn't have another athletic facility like it. What we have done over the past 18 months is start the process to protect its history and identity while making it a viable facility for the foreseeable future. (photos courtesy of the Walla Walla Sweets).