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Old July 23rd, 2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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Stadiums that have removed athletic track

I'm curious as to all the stadiums that have removed the athletic track to get the stands closer to the field and was the field lowered.

The ones I know of are University of Texas' DKR and Ohio State's Horseshoe.
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City of Manchester Stadium is the best example I know
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:03 AM   #3
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:06 AM   #4
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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum:


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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:19 AM   #5
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The Rose Bowl, once a horseshoe with a track?



ANZ stadium, formerly Stadium Australia has a rebuilt ground tier and as such can not longer fit a track without removing seating at the ends. only moved in about 10m each end to make a total length of 168m, enough for Australian Football but still an irritating distance for Rugby and Rugby League which are Sydney's prefered sports and as a result the stadium is very unpopular. I fail to see why they can't (say for a successful worldcup bid) rebuild the ends into movable segments like the wings, to better serve the Rugby codes and Soccer.




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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:22 AM   #6
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The Rose Bowl, once a horseshoe with a track?

ANZ stadium, formerly Stadium Australia has a rebuilt ground tier and as such can not longer fit a track without removing seating at the ends. only moved in about 10m each end to make a total length of 168m, enough for Australian Football but still an irritating distance for Rugby and Rugby League with are Sydney's prefered sports and as a result the stadium is very unpopular. I fail to see why they can't (say for a successful worldcup bid) rebuild the ends into movable segments like the wings, to better serve the Rugby codes and Soccer.

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Thats not the Rose Bowl. Its the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The first picture is from the olympics, which is why there's a track.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:29 AM   #7
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The Rose Bowl was originally built as a horseshoe, but never had a track.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:37 AM   #8
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Obvious one not mentioned: Turner Field, Atlanta

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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:39 AM   #9
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 11:06 AM   #10
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I' not gonna go collect ans post all the pictures here now, because I'm in a hurry, but in Germany there are several interesting examples.

The Weserstadion in Bremen and the Merzedes Benz Arena in Stuttgart are currently just being modernized and having their tracks removed. The Bruchwegstadion in Mainz is a stadium where they placed temporary stands inside the old stadium which had tracks and they're allready using those for several years now until the new stadium will be finished. And the Zentralstadion in Leipzig used for the WC 2006 is basically a completely new stadium built inside the old stadium.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 11:55 AM   #11
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Stanford count as a new build?
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 12:16 PM   #12
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In Germany there's indeed a vast number of former athletics stadiums that have removed the track. As Alemanniafan already mentioned, different concepts were followed to get the stands closer to the field. While in Bremen the field has been lowered during the first modernization, other stadiums had one or more stands demolished and rebuilt.

In Hannover, for example, three of the four original stands were replaced to get them closer to the field. However, the oval layout of the stadium has been retained, leading to an asymmetric outline as the new stands are steeper then the remaining one:

Before



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Old July 23rd, 2009, 02:22 PM   #13
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:40 PM   #15
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Old Soldier Field

I would love to see that set-up again. The horseshoe looking out to thee the Field Museum, city, and lake would be a great site to behold while inside the stadium.
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Stanford count as a new build?
I say yes.


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Thats not the Rose Bowl. Its the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The first picture is from the olympics, which is why there's a track.
actually, i think that is the Rose Bowl, based on the Mountains right behind it. I could be wrong, but im pretty sure.
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actually, i think that is the Rose Bowl, based on the Mountains right behind it. I could be wrong, but im pretty sure.
Thats not the original picture that he posted.
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Thats not the original picture that he posted.
Actually I hadn't posted a picture by the time you replied. I put the pic in to illustrate I was not reffering to the LA Coliseum from the above post.
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Actually I hadn't posted a picture by the time you replied. I put the pic in to illustrate I was not reffering to the LA Coliseum from the above post.
sorry i got it mixed up. I believed you were referring to ryebread's pic of the LA Coliseum.
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