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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Best Venues in History ...

My buddy, Tommy, made a weekend trek out to Lambeau Field to see the Packers defeat the Seattle Seahawks. Next up on his list is Cameron Indoor Center, maybe next year.

Here's my list of sports palaces, categorized in two lists... mission accomplished with a trip in the record book and the places I would like to see someday:

In the books:

Boston Garden
Chicago Stadium
Fenway Park
Yankee Stadium
Madison Square Garden
Forest Hills - US Open
Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field Rooftop
Arsenal Stadium (Highbury)
Arthur Ashe Stadium (US Open tennis)
Cameron Indoor Center
Belmont Park (Breeders' Cup)
Saratoga Racetrack
Del Mar
Maple Leaf Gardens
The Montreal Forum
Camden Yards
Dodgers Stadium
Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
Harvard Stadium
Pauley Pavilion (UCLA)
Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich, Germany (site of '72 Gold Medal farce by William Jones)
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Estadio Olimpico, Barcelona, Spain
Yale Bowl
Red Rocks
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Radio City Music Hall
Bethpage Black Course
Bercy Arena, Paris (the Chia pet of arenas)
Beacon Theatre

Places I would like to go:
Lambeau Field
ND - to see Touchdown Jesus and the Joyce Athletic Center
Soldier's Field (Chicago)
The Masters at Augusta
Roland Garros (French Open)
Rod Laver Stadium/Melbourne Park (Australian Open)
The Old Course, St. Andrew's - The Open
Churchill Downs - Kentucky Derby
Pebble Beach
Belk Arena, Davidson, NC
Daytona Motor Speedway (Daytona 500)
Hollywood Bowl
Royal Albert Hall


Terry Lyons said...

* Arsenal is pictured

Terry Lyons said...

A buddy, Kevin, from Australia, sent this listing in as he enjoyed his Sunday morning and prepared for Day 1 of the Australian Open tennis tourney:

Favourites been to

Yankee stadium, best time was Cone perfect game in 99
Fenway, best was 99 all star game
Camden Yards
Dodger Stadium
PNC park, awesome stadium

Hoops or hockey
Boston Garden
Staples Ctr

Lambeau Field, Pack rallied from 14 down to beat Vikes
Redskins Park

Camp Nou Barca
Bernabau Madrid
Stadio Olympico Rome
San Siro Milan

Melbourne cricket ground also home of Aus footy
Lords cricket ground in London

Really Want to go to

Cameron indoor
Safeco Field
Eden gardens cricket ground in India

Larry said...

Favorites been to


Yankee Stadium
Dodger Stadium (the best maintained of any of the older parks)
AT and T
Camden Yards


Prudential Center
New Boston Garden

Really want to go to
San Diego
Golden State for an NBA game
Any of the Canadian cities for a hockey game

Terry Lyons said...

One of my many, many friends from Australia sent along a few e-mails, reminding me of the fact the USA team played at a venue that I listed as a place I want to visit.

Truth be told, I was thinking of the Rod Laver Arena in terms of the great tennis grand-slam event, not basketball. But here's a pi8ece of the reminder:

The 2000 pre-Olympic game was definitely at Rod Laver Arena – sold out 15,000, Opals v USA women curtain-raiser (we didn’t win that one, either) and referee Bill Mildenhall going down with a dislocated elbow after Vince Carter (yeah, him again) wiped him out.

The game you are thinking of at Vodafone Arena was a year later – 2001 - before the Goodwill Games, which were played in Brisbane. As I recall, that rookie-sophomore team had a few heads that turned into good players: Shawn Marion, Kenyon Martin, Andre Miller, Mike Miller … but there were also one or two duds – a big centre, especially. Can’t think what his name was.

Anyway, look forward to reading your version of the Carter-Gaze tango. One thing I’m sure we are agreed on: it turned a mundane exhibition into a full-on game.

Great stuff.