The Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates now -- formerly Triple-A affiliate of the Indians, Reds, Expos and several others) played in Bush Stadium until 1996, when they moved into Victory Field.
But Bush Stadium has remained in Indianapolis, a bit northwest of downtown, since. It has housed auto racing (midget cars on dirt tracks) and also served as a car storage site.
But now, it's being turned into an apartment complex. The kicker? Most of the outside of the stadium is being preserved with the apartments being built into what was the grandstand.
Check out the conceptual video:
Obviously with the stadium shape, this isn't going to be an apartment with all cookie-cutter floor layouts. Via The Architect's Newspaper:
Bush Stadium's unique shape, it turns out, makes for varied apartment layouts. “There are some very bizarre units in this building that we expect will appeal to young professionals and students,” said Cordell. A new glass-and-metal panel wall opens on to the former baseball diamond, with balconies overlooking the infield. Third-floor units will feature tall ceilings with exposed, original steel girders.
The design preserves the stadium's quirky features and iconic elements, including its old scoreboard, press box, and lighting towers. Ticket booths and offices are being converted into common areas. The baseball diamond, remade in earth-tone concrete and grass, remains as a green space for residents. Indianapolis nonprofit People for Urban Progress is also working to reuse many of the stadium's 13,000 seats as street furniture around the city.
So it sounds like the baseball "diamond" will still look like a diamond, but with the "dirt" actually being dirt-colored concrete. That's pretty awesome, actually.
According to governing.com, the units aren't expensive either, going from $599-$1300 per month.
Man, I only wish these things were built back in my early-20s. I would have loved to live there. I could have looked out back and envisioned Ty Griffin going yard in the 1987 Pan Am Games (yes, I witnessed it in person as an 8-year-old).