Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Best: Stadium name

That, as you're well aware, is The Colosseum in Rome, where they no longer host sporting events, but is the first real athletic stadium known to man. They also used to have death matches there (fine, gladiatorial contests) to which people cheered. Savage, those Romans.

Not only is it a monument to sport, it also has a great name: The Colosseum. Such a nice ring to it. It just sounds good.

Which brings us to today's topic: What stadium -- professional or collegiate -- has the best name. Not: Which is the best looking, but which one sounds the best.

Not included on this list are Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland Cavaliers), Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers) or any other stadium with a bank sponsor, for that matter.

We also don't want to take into account the things that have happened at the stadium. Whether it's a classic (Yankee Stadium) or a more modern one (Great American Ballpark) doesn't matter to us. Frankly, we think Great American Ballpark has the better name of the two.

Some ground rules to keep this from getting out of hand:

- No nicknames. As cool as "The Swamp," "Death Valley" and "The Horseshoe" are, they don't count in this little game of ours.
- Currently-used facilities only. No old names. Mile High Stadium and Candlestick Park were aptly-named homes until they gave way to corporate sponsors.

We think that's it. Here's our list.

5. Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
4. The Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit Pistons)
3. Freedom Hall (Louisville basketball)
2. Camp Randall Stadium (Wisconsin football)
1. Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)

Now you play (but no gladiatorial slaying. That wouldn't be very nice).


Anonymous said...

Arrowhead (K.C. Chiefs) is pretty good. And it works with the team name. That's like a bonus.

tenjay said...

i always thought the great western forum was a great name.

Dinur said...

now that it's no longer corporately (is that a word?) sponsored, Candlestick.

And if you want to not count that: Great American Ballpark (Cinci) -- yeah, it's a corporate name, but it's a very fitting name for a baseball stadium.

Dinur said...

Dammit, didn't notice you guys put Great American" in the post...I'll go Lambeau Field in its place

rstiles said...

The Pit
New Mexico Lobos Home Court

rstiles said...

The Palestra

Chuck Schick said...

The Polo Grounds

Mile High Stadium (none of that Invesco crap)

Candlestick Park

The Spectrum

Wembley Stadium

Wimbledon (private, yes)

Daytona Speedway

Spencer said...

You gotta like The Swamp in Gainesville and The Pyramid in Memphis. Two of my favorites.

Bokolis said...

Since the naming rights have been whored out for so many American stadia, there aren't many cool names stateside.

My favorite is Craven Cottage - Fulham Football Club. But, when it comes to English Football grounds, it's a "take your pick" situation.

Also one of the coolest is La Bombonera - Club Atlético Boca Juniors. While a nickname, nobody calls it by its official name...just like Qualcomm Stadium will always be The Murph.

Justin C. Cliburn said...

You mean Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (University of Oklahoma) didn't make the cut? For shame.

GMoney said...

It's pretty clear that almost none of you read the post/know how to follow rules.

I always thought it was funny that there was a Taco Bell Arena. Hinkle Fieldhouse...actually pretty much any Fieldhouse is a cool name.

Anonymous said...

How about the old Cow Palace in Sacramento???

Anonymous said...

camden yards No. 5?

that's pretty much the worst pick since 'small hands' alex smith

Frigidevil said...

How has nobody mentioned Madison Square Garden? It's a miracle that place hasn't sold out to a sponsor.

Dinur said...

Cow Palace is in Daly City (near SF), not Sac.

Brian Zygo said...

I have to agree with Bokolis, the best stadium names are not in the U.S., they are foreign soccer stadiums:


Craven Cottage
Old Trafford
Stamford Bridge
White Hart Lane
Stadium of Light
Pride Park
The Valley
Goodison Park
Gigg Lane
The Moss Rose
Haig Avenue Ground
Vicarage Road
Fratton Park
Bucks Head
Bramall Lane
Elland Road


Hampden Park
Easter Road Stadium
Fir Park
Borough Briggs


Ca'er Castell
Belle Vue
Y Traeth
Bridge Field


Marc'Antonio Bentgodi


Camp Nou
Santiago Bernabeu
Vicente Calderon
Silvestre Carrillo
Insular de Miraflores
Itaxes Gane

To name just a few . . .

Anonymous said...

The soccer team called Sunderland is by far the best the stadium of light also white heart lane is cool

Anonymous said...

The Ballpark in Arlington

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Best: El Monumental (River Plate), Nou Camp, Azteca Stadium, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Pula Arena, Gibraltar Stadium.

Cool names: Fortex Stadium, Metropole Stadium

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