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PITTSBURGH OFFICIALS SCAN THE CITY FOR BALLPARK SITES
Published October 18, 1994
Although Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy "says it's premature" to discuss sites for a new Pirates ballpark, he has asked the city Planning Dept. to analyze possible sites. Pittsburgh Planning Dir Eloise Hirsh says the city's geographic information system will take a ballpark outline and "manipulate it around to see where it might fit." Murphy has said a ballpark should be part of an entertainment package, but would not specify specifics. Riverboat gambling has been one suggested attraction of such a package. The complex would be near public transportation, and include parking in a half-mile radius to provide several stadium routes. The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reviewed seven areas of the city with potential ballpark sites. Larry Lucchino, a former Orioles exec and "one of several prospective buyers" for the Pirates, said his memories of Pittsburgh's Forbes Field helped influence Camden Yards' design. Lucchino added: "The ballpark should fit the tradition, the history, and the architecture of Pittsburgh" (Patricia Lowry, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/16).