Recreation: New Deal for Fans

The baseball fan is probably the most set-upon spectator in sport. Insulted by ushers, gouged by concessionaires, he fights his way into a dirty, crowded ballpark, squeezes happily into a viselike seat —and often finds himself neatly positioned behind a post. Last week it seemed at last that the long-suffering spectator might be getting a break: around the major leagues were sprouting new stadiums designed to make watching more of a pleasure, less of a chore.

In suburban Flushing Meadows, N.Y., bulldozers were clearing the ground for a plush, $23 million ballpark that...

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