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Old September 30th, 2010, 06:03 AM   #1
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Venue suffixes

Here are some suffixes of stadiums and arenas that can or could be found in the U.S. and Canada:

ARENAS: Typically Hockey/Basketball

Common:
Arena
Center/Centre
Place
Garden/Gardens
Fieldhouse/Field House (college)

Not as common:
Forum
Pavilion
Coliseum
Auditorium

Rare or unique:
Olympia
Spectrum
Palace
Armory (historic)
Memorial
Summit


STADIUMS: Typically Baseball/Football/Soccer

Common:
Stadium
Field
Park
Coliseum
Bowl (college)

Not as common:
Dome
Ballpark/Ball Park
Center/Centre
Yard/Yards
Grounds (historic)


This is off the top of my head. Any others to add? Are different suffixes used around the world?
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Old September 30th, 2010, 08:30 AM   #2
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Oval
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Old September 30th, 2010, 09:01 AM   #3
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In the UK, the ground where a football team plays is often named after the street it is located on, for example:
Bloomfield Road(Blackpool)
White Hart Lane (Spurs)
Portman Road(Ipswich Town
Elland Road (Leeds Utd)
Bramall Lane (Sheffield Utd)
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Bootham Crescent (York City) although the club try in vain to get fans to call it KitKat crescent

In Australia the scourge of corporate naming of grounds is just starting to take effect here.
Football Park in SA is now known as AAMI Stadium
the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium is AAMI Park...confusing much?

Thank God the govt funded ABC i do not call grounds by the sponsor names but refer to their 'proper names' NB:Advertising is forbidden on the ABC
in its charter
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Old September 30th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #4
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There's also the suffix "Camp" as in Camp Nou or in portugese "campo" which is very common in Portugal.
And sometimes there's also the suffix "complex".

and ,well I don't know if it really counts, but I'd also add:

none, no suffix at all, just purely a name, not even stadium or arena along with the name.

Because there are a few historic or well known stadia that just have a name without any suffix at all.
" Old Trafford " for example, "San Siro" the former name of the Guiseppe Meazza stadium.
As a smaller german example there's the " Tivoli ", which even officially has never really been adressed as a stadium at all and never had any suffix to it, it's just allways been "the Tivoli". And in the german language this stadium is even masculine so it's a "he" not an "it", the reason for that is that it's been named after an old mansion, the Tivoli mansion, in german "Gut Tivoli" which was located where the stadium is, the mansion itself was named after the italian city Tivoli.

So even if it doesn't count as a suffix i'd still take into account that a few stadia are just simply addressed by a name. And in addition to those, numerous stadia also have nicknames which are being used widely besides or instead of their official name, sometimes they're even better known by the nickname than by the official name. And many stadium nicknames also don't have a suffix to it.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 03:29 AM   #5
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Other arena ones:
Gym
Hall
Court
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Old October 1st, 2010, 06:13 AM   #6
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Ground as opposed to Grounds (and I question why it's listed as a historic term).

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground...
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Old October 1st, 2010, 06:19 AM   #7
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In the UK, the ground where a football team plays is often named after the street it is located on, for example:
Bloomfield Road(Blackpool)
White Hart Lane (Spurs)
Portman Road(Ipswich Town
Elland Road (Leeds Utd)
Bramall Lane (Sheffield Utd)
.
.
.
Bootham Crescent (York City) although the club try in vain to get fans to call it KitKat crescent

In Australia the scourge of corporate naming of grounds is just starting to take effect here.
Football Park in SA is now known as AAMI Stadium
the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium is AAMI Park...confusing much?

Thank God the govt funded ABC i do not call grounds by the sponsor names but refer to their 'proper names' NB:Advertising is forbidden on the ABC
in its charter
Australian's often refer to many venues by their street name like the English do. In Melbourne there's Punt Road (Richmond FC), Arden Street (North Melbourne FC), Brunswick St (Fitzroy FC), Junction Oval (Formerly St Kilda FC, host Victorian Cricket) and Swan St (AAMI Park).

Oval seems to be the most common suffix in Australia (even when it isn't even an Oval anymore), second would be Park. It has been a little confusing in Australia with companies having the naming rights to multible stadia. there was a couple years when there was Telstra Dome (Docklands) and Telstra Stadium (Stadium Australia). Stadium Australia is now ANZ Stadium which used to be the name of the QE2 Queensland Athletics complex for over a decade. Currently there's Skilled Stadium (Kardinya Park in Geelong) and Skilled Park (Gold Coast rectangular Stadium) plus the previously mentioned AAMI Stadium and AAMI Park.

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Old October 1st, 2010, 06:39 PM   #8
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Ground as opposed to Grounds (and I question why it's listed as a historic term).

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground...
It's historic here because it's not used anymore. All of the ballparks that used to use it in their name (Huntington Avenue Grounds, South End Grounds, etc) have been gone for almost a century.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 05:12 PM   #9
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In Europe, a lot of stadiums are called 'arenas' (e.g. Allianz, Amsterdam, Veltins, etc.).
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My fault xzm....I was thinking in an international context as opposed to an American one.
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My fault xzm....I was thinking in an international context as opposed to an American one.
No problem. Having never been to another country except Canada, I was hoping for others to fill me/everyone in on local suffixes to apply to sporting venues, so I limited myself to the four major sports here (as well as college football and college basketball) and left the rest to everyone else on here. If you hadn't have made the mistake, then I and others might not have known about the way things are in Australia.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 08:56 AM   #12
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Carmichael Auditorium is a basketball arena in North Carolina, there are a couple of -- obviously lesser known -- other Auditoriums floating around here too.

Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte's on-campus stadium is called Irwin Belk Complex, it's just a stadium, not a collection of facilities.

We're pretty fond of "Coliseum", too. There's also at least one "Convocation Center" (in High Point).

Obviously "speedway" too.

Sorry for bumping.
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Carmichael Auditorium is a basketball arena in North Carolina, there are a couple of -- obviously lesser known -- other Auditoriums floating around here too.
Don't forget about Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City:

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Old October 16th, 2010, 09:22 PM   #14
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Here are some suffixes of stadiums and arenas that can or could be found in the U.S. and Canada:

ARENAS: Typically Hockey/Basketball

Common:
Arena
Center/Centre
Place
Garden/Gardens
Fieldhouse/Field House (college)

Not as common:
Forum
Pavilion
Coliseum
Auditorium

Rare or unique:
Olympia
Spectrum
Palace
Armory (historic)
Memorial
Summit


STADIUMS: Typically Baseball/Football/Soccer

Common:
Stadium
Field
Park
Coliseum
Bowl (college)

Not as common:
Dome
Ballpark/Ball Park
Center/Centre
Yard/Yards
Grounds (historic)


This is off the top of my head. Any others to add? Are different suffixes used around the world?
Place is common? I'm pretty sure only BC Place in Vancouver and Scotiabank Place in Ottawa use that suffix in North America (among major stadiums or arenas).
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Place is common? I'm pretty sure only BC Place in Vancouver and Scotiabank Place in Ottawa use that suffix in North America (among major stadiums or arenas).
Rexall Place and the former GM Place (now Rogers Arena) are both NHL venues.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 04:38 AM   #16
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Arenas called "Stadium"

Roberts Stadium


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Chicago Stadium


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Wings Stadium

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Old October 21st, 2010, 06:28 AM   #17
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You forgot the most famous of them all:

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Old October 22nd, 2010, 11:47 AM   #18
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Victoria Road, home of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.

now renamed 'The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium...'

still called Viccy Road by the fans though
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we got some quite nice names for grounds over in england. as its bin said already, some are the name of the road they are on, other the district of the area they are in etc... here is a selection of my favourite ground names from the football leagues...

League 2

Barnet FC: Underhill


Bradford City FC: Valley Parade


Chesterfield FC: Saltergate


Lincoln City FC: Sincil Bank


Northampton Town: Sixfields


Southend United: Roots Hall


Torquay United: Plainmoor



League One

Bournemouth: Dean Court


Charlton Athletic: The Valley


Notts County: Meadow Lane


Rochdale: Spotland


Sheffield Wednesday: Hillsborough


Southampton: Saint Mary's



Championship

Barnsley: Oakwell


Bristol City: Ashton Gate


Burnley (scum scum scum): Turf Moor


Middlesbrough: The Riverside


Millwall: The New Den


Preston North End: Deepdale



Premier League

Birmingham City: St. Andrews


Chelsea: Stamford Bridge


Fulham: Craven Cottage


Liverpool: Anfield


Manchester United: Old Trafford


Sunderland: The Stadium of Light


West Bromwich Alnion: The Hawthorns


Wolverhampton Wanderers: Molineux
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There are some indoor arena with the word "Gymnasium" in their names.
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