Are you trying to say that woodbridges post was all drivel? Thank god I can sleep again
Anyways I think if we really want a view we should build a stadium above a skyscraper. That way we would have the best view in baseball. How would you get 30k people up an elevator to said stadium. I dunno. But it would be as doable as a stadium on an island but with a way better view.
Perhaps drivel is an exaggeration but season ticket holder or not, a lot of what you've said/suggested is hearsay and not rooted in reality. I'm also coming from the POV that the larger the capacity people claim the Dome has or as unorthodox or toilet bowl in appearance it may be, the more they are exaggerating the true nature of what the stadium is.
Current full capacity of the Dome is 49,282. You may be able to push above that with standing room only in certain areas, namely the Flight Deck, various concourse locations. Saying that, that max capacity of under 50,000 (reduced from ~52,000 in 2005 after 100 level concourses were redone) is broken down as follows:
~45,000 seats within the 100, 200 and 500 levels
~4,000 seats within all private boxes, suites etc. within the 300 and 400 levels
~500 standing room only locations
The highest ever baseball attendance in SkyDome history was 52,383 for the 1991 All Star Game. As stated, capacity has steadily reduced over the years to our current pubic hair shade over 49,000. Technically speaking, 45,000+ is a sellout.
My point here is the Dome and all of its foibles, is nowhere near as bad, nor has it ever been as bad as the original cookie-cutter, multipurpose stadia of yesteryear. Veterans Stadium, Three Rivers, Cinergy Field, Astrodome, Olympic Stadium and the Kingdome were all objectively worse than what SkyDome ever was or projects to be in the future. That's the advantage the team has moving forward in that whatever renovations or restructuring can be done to the existing structure, which by the sounds of it will be extensive, then they will undoubtedly make it more ballpark-esque.
IMO, some sort of rebuild or hybrid replace in place is the best bet. Keep the roof, add in some transparent panels. Take down the hotel and open up the place to the city. There's plenty of redevelopment land north of the stadium, over the tracks and to the east, although the Convention Centre is owned by Oxford, not Brookfield. I'm sure some arrangement is ongoing between all interested parties, the city included. Personally, relocation outside of the core is a non-starter. Reducing capacity down to 40,000 - 42,000 is ideal from a ticket selling perspective and in down years, 20,000 fans looks a lot better in a smaller venue. We shall see what the future holds.