The only thing more misleading than the online headline: “New renovation plan proposed for War Memorial Stadium” is the opening line of the article that appears in today’s N&R: “The city’s War Memorial Stadium might soon get a long-awaited facelift….”
Characterizing the demolition of 99% of a structure as a “renovation” and a ” facelift” is akin to terming the practice of slavery as merely a civil rights violation.
The architectural rendering provided for Scheme 6 depicts the extent of the “facelift” that is currently on the table. The four little black boxes you see will be all that is left following the stadium’s “renovation”. All of the light blue - which is the stadium itself – goes to the landfill.
The headline for the print edition of the article did a better job of capturing the truth of the matter: “City plan would save historic stadium’s arch.”