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Stadiums of the Super70s

By Patrick Mondout

What would coverage of Super70s and Awesome80s sports be without pages for the stadiums we watched these events in? From classics like Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium, Soldier Field and Lambeau Field, to the cookie cutter multipurpose stadiums of the late 60s and early Super70s, to the era of the domes - we're going to cover them all.

Unforgettable moments like the Franco Harris' miraculous reception and notorious spectacles like disco demolition night will stay with us a lifetime even if the stadiums themselves have already been reduced to rubble to make way for another generation of single sport venues.

Documenting all of his will take time and your help. I have my favorite teams just as you do and I can only spread myself so thin in bringing this site to you - I've got to keep working on all the other sections too! So, if you have memories and stories that other will appreciate, use the feedback links ("Share Your Memories") found on almost all of these pages and help us all reminisce. In time we'll have something special our generation can look back on as we get older and even more nostalgic for the days of yesteryear.

A note about naming conventions. We have called these stadiums by the names that were in use during the Super70s and Awesome80s. Call us "old school" but just because some corporation has paid $500M for 100 years of naming rights doesn't mean that we have to call them by these names.

Although these stadium pages can be accessed from the home pages for their teams, we've also included a list below if you just want to browse the venues:

Anaheim Stadium

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium

Baltimore Memorial Stadium

Bloomington: Metropolitan

Boston: Fenway Park

Buffalo: Rich Stadium

Chicago: Comiskey Park

Chicago: Soldier Field

Chicago: Wrigley Field

Cincinnati: Riverfront

Cleveland Municipal

Denver: Mile High

Detroit: Tiger Stadium

Foxboro Stadium

Green Bay Lambeau

Houston Astrodome

Irving: Texas Stadium

Kansas City: Arrowhead

Kansas City: Royals Stadium

Los Angeles: Coliseum

Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium

New Jersey: Giants Stadium

Miami: Orange Bowl

Milwaukee: County Stadium

Montreal: Olympic Stadium

New Orleans: Superdome

New York: Shea Stadium

New York: Yankee Stadium

Oakland-Alameda Coliseum

Philadelphia: Veterans Stadium

Pittsburgh: Three Rivers Stadium

Pontiac Silverdome

San Diego: Jack Murphy Stadium

San Francisco: Candlestick

Seattle: Kingdome

St. Louis: Busch Stadium

Tampa Stadium

Tempe: Sun Devil Stadium

Texas: Arlington Stadium

Toronto: Exhibition Stadium

Washington D.C.: RFK Stadium

 

 

Pictures Wanted!

If you have any pictures that you took (that part is extremely important) of these stadiums that you'd be willing to let us use on these pages, please let us know. Be sure to leave an email address where we can contact you. We always give credit for such photos right below them on the page (see this example from our aviation section) and would be very grateful.

Baseball Stadium References:
Ron Smith and Kevin Belford. The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic. McGraw-Hill, 2000.
Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard. Ballparks. Metro Books, 2000.
Eric Enders. Ballparks: Then & Now. Thunder Bay Press, 2002.
Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel. Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America. Fodor's, 2000.
Ira Rosen. Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums. Clarkson Potter, 2001.
Lawrence S. Ritter. Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields. Penguin Studio, 1994.
The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS). Questar, 1991.
Josh Leventhal. Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Guide to Baseball Parks Past & Present. Black Dog & Leventhal Pub, 2000.


General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

 

 

KINGDOME

The first of the stadiums of the Super70s to be demolished was Seattle's Kingdome
(author's collection)


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