As for the significance of the Memorial Stadium site, Ripken said: "You want to look at areas of need and where we can do the projects. We had a couple of projects in the works outside of Baltimore, and we really wanted to get into Baltimore and say, 'Look, let's start here'. The Memorial Stadium site became an opportunity, and I said, 'This must be meant for us to do it.' It was so important to me in a symbolic way. I thought, 'If we can make it happen on this spot, this is what I want to do.' "