What do you envision when you think of a stadium? Usually, the words stadium and association with a sport come to mind, but the definition of “stadium” can vary according to how you look at it. It can refer to the overall size of the property or the capacity of the building on it. When you think about a stadium, you usually think about a soccer/football/soccer field or an athletics track, but did you know that some stadiums are much bigger than a typical sports field? Check out this list to find out how big we mean when we say “stadium”.
The Hollywood Bowl:
If you’re a movie buff, you’ve probably seen the Hollywood Bowl on TV or in a movie scene. It’s that large bowl-shaped place in Hollywood where movie stars and musicians perform under the sun and the stars. That’s what makes it famous. Although the venue opened its doors in 1930, it wasn’t until the 1950s that it started hosting concerts and sporting events, which is when the music and sports began to mingle. The Hollywood Bowl is the perfect example of a true stadium, as it opened its doors in 1931 and holds 50,000 people. It’s been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992 and is still one of the most recognizable structures in Southern California.
The Coliseum, located in downtown Los Angeles, isn’t just a sports arena; it’s an entire complex that includes the 45,000-seat arena, the LA Memorial Coliseum, and the Sports and Convention Center. It’s been the centerpiece of the Los Angeles sports scene for over a century and a half and is the second-largest stadium in continuous use in the US. The first game was played there in 1872, and it has been the home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers (among others) ever since. The renovations made before the 1995 football season gave the Coliseum the reputation of being one of the most hostile venues in football. Since then, it has been home to several memorable games, including the 1990 FIFA World Cup final between Italy and the Soviet Union and the 1996 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. The renovations made for the 2016 Olympic games have further enhanced the already iconic stadium. If you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to check out a game or two at the Coliseum. You won’t be disappointed.
The Rose Bowl:
The Rose Bowl, located in Pasadena, is another historic sports venue that has been the home of many memorable games. It was originally constructed for the Southern California football team in 1902 and has been the site of many classic matches ever since. In addition to football, the Rose Bowl was also the home of the USC Trojans baseball team, which made it the first collegiate stadium to host both a football and baseball game (the Trojans won both those matches as well). Since then, it has been the location of many memorable games, including several Rose Bowl triumphs for USC. It’s been the site of several heavyweight boxing matches, including Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries in 1910 and Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney in 1926. The Rose Bowl was designed by architect Louis H. Percival and is one of the first football stadiums that still stands today. It currently seats up to 85,000 people and is considered one of the most important sports venues in Southern California.
Lincoln Memorial Stadium:
Lincoln Memorial Stadium, located in Washington, DC, was originally constructed in 1911 and has been the home of the American football franchise, the Washington Redskins, ever since. The stadium is named after Abraham Lincoln, who was the President of the United States at the time the stadium was built. It currently has 80,000 seats and was one of the first purpose-built professional sports stadiums in the US. It is also one of the few older stadiums still in use today. On September 19, 1960, the stadium was the site of the infamous “Treat Me Like a Lady” concert, where Judy Garland performed alongside the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Jackson Five. It has been the venue for countless other famous performances and events, including the funeral service for Muhammad Ali in 2016 and WrestleMania in 2017. In addition to being the home of the Washington football team, Lincoln Memorial Stadium is also the site of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, where sports fans can learn more about American history through sport. If you’re in Washington, D.C., be sure to visit this incredible sports stadium. You won’t regret it.
Soldier Field, located in Chicago, is one of the older stadiums still in use today and has been the home of the Chicago Bears since 1924. It is named after U.S. Army personnel who helped build the stadium. The Chicago Bears originally moved into Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, in 1898 and then to Navy Pier in 1902 before they finally made their way to Soldier Field. Due to its age and its location near the Lake Michigan, the stadium is occasionally referred to as “Old Soldier Field” or “U.S. Army Field”. The renovations made before the 1994 season gave the stadium the reputation of being one of the most hostile venues in football. Since then, it has been home to several memorable games, including the 1985 Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants NFC Championship game and the 2014 NFL Draft, which was held there due to severe weather conditions elsewhere in the city. This stadium has seen it all and been the home of some memorable games and events, including a heavyweight boxing match between Joe Louis and Tommy John and the 1932 Chicago Cubs World Series victory over the New York Giants. If you’re in Chicago, be sure to check out a game or two at this historic stadium. You won’t be disappointed.
Sports Authority Field:
Now, this is a stadium that will make any football fan happy. Located in Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field opened its doors in 1995 and held its first game that year, where the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 30-0. The following year, the team moved into their new stadium, known as “The McBride”. It’s been home to the Broncos ever since. Besides football, the stadium was also the site of the USA Boxing Championships in 2004 and is currently the headquarters of the Denver Volcanoes, the minor league baseball team for the Colorado Rockies. According to the Sports Authority Field website, the stadium can seat up to 70,000 fans for a football game and up to 80,000 fans for a baseball game. It is named after the Sports Authority, the sports retailer that owns the team. The company bought naming rights to the stadium in 2011.
Saitama Super Arena:
Saitama Super Arena, located in Saitama, Japan, has been the home of the New York City FC since the team’s inaugural season in 2015. The stadium, which is the largest in the North American Soccer League (now called the “USL Championship”), can hold up to 55,000 for an MLS match and up to 69,000 for an international match. It was designed by the Spanish firm, HMQ, and the South Korean company, Kor and Associates, and it was built at a cost of US$150 million. The renovations made before the 2018 MLS season gave the venue the reputation of being one of the most hostile venues in all of sports. If you’re in Tokyo, be sure to check out a game or two at this gorgeous stadium.
O.co Coliseum, located in Los Angeles, is the largest football stadium in America and the world’s third-largest stadium. It’s been the home of the Oakland Raiders since 1982 and can hold up to 70,000 fans for a football game and up to 80,000 for a baseball game. The original part of the stadium, known as the “Oaklands”, was built in the shape of a horseshoe and was the first of its kind when it opened its doors in 1966. It was designed by architects Arthur Maisel and Edward D. Miesendorf and is one of the most recognizable structures in all of Southern California. The entire complex, known as the O.co Coliseum, also includes the adjacent Coliseum Arena and the Levi’s Stadium, which is located directly across the street. A combined ticket for an Oakland Raiders game at the O.co Coliseum is currently priced at over $250. If you’re in Southern California and want to see a game, be sure to check out the O.co Coliseum.