Reminiscing About Venerable Sports Venues

I have lived in six states and traveled with college and professional sports teams as a public relations liaison, so I was fortunate to see some venerable athletic venues up close. While I never made it to the old Yankee Stadium, old Comiskey Park, Tigers Stadium or Fenway Park (although I finally walked around The Green Monster and took pictures in April before Opening Day), these are the stadiums and arenas that are most memorable for me (in no particular order).

  1. Memorial Auditorium – They tore down the aging beloved “Aud” a few years ago, but it was home to many exciting Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Stallions (MISL soccer league in the 1980s).
  2. War Memorial Stadium – Nicknamed “The Old Rockpile,” it was the setting for parts of the famed “The Natural” film in 1983. Many Rich Products Corporation (where my dad worked) employees auditioned and some were cast as extras in the the stadium scenes. The Triple-A Buffalo Bisons called it home for many years.
  3. Madison Square Garden ~ Saw the inner sanctum of the Garden while with the Seattle Storm of WNBA when playing New York Liberty.
  4. Schoellkopf Field at Cornell ~ Parents went to games there before I was born; I later worked in the press box as a student writer and statistician for Big Red Athletic Communications.
  5. Wrigley Field in Chicago ~ Attended a frigid game there in April 1998 and saw one of the McGwire-Sosa home run showdowns later that summer of slam.
  6. United Center in Chicago ~ Walked past the massive Michael Jordan statue with the inscription “The Best There Ever Was, The Best There Ever Will Be” every day while working for the Bulls from June 1997-August 1998.
  7. Camden Yards in Baltimore ~ Toured clubhouse with Cornell Lacrosse team while on a road trip down in Maryland; I think some of the prankster Long Island lads left a note on then-manager Davey Johnson’s desk.
  8. SafeCo Field in Seattle ~ Toured it before grand opening in July 1999.
  9. Harvard Stadium ~ Traveled with Cornell Lacrosse team for a game there; just amazing to see the campus.
  10. The Kingdome – It was a concrete dump, but still interesting to see the much-maligned home of the Seahawks back in 1998 before it was imploded a few years later.

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