|Site of proposed Fieldhouse on Furman Street Photo: BBPC|
* A Velodrome is an arena used for racing specialized bikes on a steeply banked track.
* A Fieldhouse is an arena mostly used for college basketball, volleyball, or ice hockey. (Wikipedia)
What has been proposed for Brooklyn Bridge Park is not a Fieldhouse, it is a Velodrome. (You can do other stuff in the infield, but that is an afterthought.)
Now just for fun, picture the same structure named the "Arena."
According to Wikipedia:
* "An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events . . . It is composed of a large open space surrounded on most or all sides by tiered seating for spectators. The key feature of an arena is that the event space is the lowest point, allowing for maximum visibility. Usually, an arena is designed to accommodate a fairly large number of spectators."
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Arena would be small as arenas go. It would be nowhere as big as the huge Barclay's Center, plotzed like a giant aircraft carrier in the middle of Downtown Brooklyn.
Projected to seat 2,500 spectators, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Arena would be slightly more than half the size of the Four Seasons Arena in Montana (capacity 4,895), and roughly two-thirds the size of Nebraska's FirsTier Event Center (with a capacity of approx. 4,000). (Wikipedia)
But in comparison to the available land, the new arena would be honking huge. The proposal calls for a 200 meter track. Here are some photos of a 200-meter velodrome.
To sum: The Brooklyn Bridge Park board is considering siting an arena seating 2,500 spectators in the park.
Velodrome, Fieldhouse or Arena. Is it the right structure for Brooklyn Bridge Park?
- Brooklyn Bridge Park Advisor Denies Velodrome Conflict of Interest Charges
- Brooklyn Bridge Park Fieldhouse: Is Velodrome Racing a 'Quaint, Obscure, Bizarre' Sport?
- Did You Miss the Fieldhouse Forum?
- Brooklyn Bridge Park Fieldhouse /Velodrome Forums
- Who IS This Guy Who Donated $40 Million To Brooklyn Bridge Park?
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