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).