Indians Fan’s Ballpark Models Now Include Gateway Complex

Like most people around when it opened in 1994, David Resnik was instantly enamored with the Indians’ new home of Jacobs Field.

In fact, he was so inspired by it and the talented team that took up residence there that in 1995, he built a model of the stadium – which was featured in the Plain Dealer in an October 1995 story.

“I just started cutting up cardboard and building a stadium,” recalled Resnik, who said he’d always been one of those kids who played with blocks and Legos and other construction-oriented toys. “And I picked it up again a few years ago.”

Resnik has made models of stadiums including Fenway Park, AT&T Park and Safeco Field. You can view his models here.

His most recent project was one of Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field, with stadium graphics and ads from October 25, 2016, a watershed night in Cleveland sports history. The Indians opened the World Series at home against the Chicago Cubs, while across Gateway Plaza, the Cavs were playing their home opener, hoisting the banner from winning the team’s first NBA title – and the first title by any major league team in Cleveland in more than half a century.

He originally wanted to do another model of Progressive Field, but then decided “I might as well do the whole city block.” Resnik said the project took him about a year, but that’s more because he had other things he was working on. His stadium projects started pulling him toward a career in architecture, and after spending his career in sales, he went back to Kent State University with an eye toward getting a master’s degree (he should have his bachelor’s degree in 2020, and his master’s the following year).

“I’m going back to school and hopefully I’ll get a job building stadiums,” he said.

Quicken Loans Arena took him about three and a half weeks, he said, but it was during winter break when he had nothing else to do.

The model isn’t precisely to scale, but he said one inch equals about 90 feet. He used poster board to assemble the models, and then sticks photos of the structures to the pieces of poster board with double-sided tape. New for this project is miniature LED lights, replicating Progressive Field’s unique toothbrush lights.

Resnik isn’t sure what he’ll do for his next project. He’s thinking about Pittsburgh’s PNC Park or Ebbets Field, formerly in Brooklyn. And he’s a little surprised at all the notoriety he’s gotten, noting his tweet showing off the finished project has gotten 210 retweets and more than 1,000 likes. You can follow him on Twitter here.

“This is my hobby,” he said. “I like doing it. The coolest thing for me that other people think it’s cool.”

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