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Old October 13th, 2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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Stadium capital of the world

Which is it??

Tokyo, Paris, New York, London,........,..........,.........?
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Old October 13th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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in terms of sheer numbers and capacity, Los Angeles and London would be my guess?
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #3
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LA, London or Melbourne.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #4
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I would "vote" for London as well.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #5
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Well i guess it should be london, but i mean LA area has a considerable amount of stadiums, but should be london.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 10:15 PM   #6
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I'm no soothsayer......but I can see trouble ahead in this thread!
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Old October 13th, 2009, 11:42 PM   #7
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London or Buenos Aires

If AFL and NRL teams in Melbourne and Sydney (respectively) weren't sharing giant stadia, they'd be in the running. I know the old grounds still exist, but it's not the same.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 12:18 AM   #8
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London probably has the most. Think how many league football stadiums there are alone.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 12:24 AM   #9
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London of course.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 01:01 AM   #10
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Pointing at one stadium that would be Camp Nou for me.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #11
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I see a poll coming
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Old October 14th, 2009, 01:51 AM   #12
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I know its not the biggest and best but I might as well post Melbourne.

Football (Australian football, Rugby and Football)

- MCG 100,000
- Docklands 55,000
- Melbourne Rectangular stadium 31,500 (will be finished early 2010)
- Princes Park 30,000
- Victoria Park 27,000
- Moorabbin oval 27,000
- Whitten Oval 25,000
- Olympic Park 18,000 (Athletics)
- Bob Jane Stadium 15,000

Tennis

- Rod Laver Arena 15,000 (also used for basketball)
- Hisense Arena 11,000 (Also for track cycling, Basketball)
- Kooyong Centre court 8,500
- Margaret court Arena 6,000

Motor Sport

- Albert Park F1
- Phillip Island Moto GP
- Sandown 50,000
- Calder Park 44,000

Horse racing

- Flemington 150,000
- Caulfield 50,000
- Mooney Valley 40,000

Thats Most of them I think
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Old October 14th, 2009, 01:54 AM   #13
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London for sure.
LA has some large venues in the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum,but they are old.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 01:59 AM   #14
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How about everybody lists their top 5 or 10 stadium capitals and then we can move on to a poll for 2009.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 02:09 AM   #15
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London
LA
New York
Sydney
Melbourne
Beijing
Paris
Munich
Tokyo
Athens
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Old October 14th, 2009, 02:19 AM   #16
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Lets limit this to just stadia, so for now excluding arena/horse racing tracks
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Old October 14th, 2009, 02:31 AM   #17
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Lets limit this to just stadia, so for now excluding arena/horse racing tracks
and to a certain degree...quality...no suburban parks.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 02:45 AM   #18
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London for sure.
LA has some large venues in the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum,but they are old.
Not the point. It's the sheer amount of venues and capacity overall.

I'd say.....

LA
London
Sydney
New York/New Jersey
Beijing
Tokyo
Athens
Melbourne
Paris
Munich
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Not the point. It's the sheer amount of venues and capacity overall.

I'd say.....

LA
London
Sydney
New York/New Jersey
Beijing
Tokyo
Athens
Melbourne
Paris
Munich
Well, actually, no one has yet defined what "stadium capital of the world" means.

It could, as you say, just mean the number of stadiums and the overall capacity.

It could mean the quality of the stadiums.

Or it could just mean the iconic nature of the stadiums. How famous they are. How vaunted within their particular sport.

In that respect, I'd guess that London wins out over LA.

LA has the Coliseum. A great stadium, which has hosted the Olympics. But which of its other stadiums are truly iconic on a worldwide scale?

I'm not a basketball fan but I guess that the Lakers being such a great and historic name in the NBA could mean that the Staples Centre is world renowned.

The Rose bowl is a great American stadium but, even though it hosted a World Cup final, it's not really an iconic stadium at a world level. That's not entirely the stadium's fault, of course. Part of the reason is that it is mostly used for American football. And not even NFL football at that. It's used for college football.

Dodger stadium? Yep, it's famous. But is it one of those baseball stadiums that has a sense of history and inspires feelings of awe - like Yankee stadium, Wrigley Field or Fenway Park? Debatable, certainly.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 03:39 AM   #20
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Yup, the parameters are sketchy.

And yes, Dodgers stadium is considered "a cathedral" of baseball.
Remember, the OG Yankee Stadium is gone, only the memories remain, and a new very expensive replica

In baseball, talk to any aficionado and three stadiums come to mind; Fenway, Wrigley and Dodger Stadium. Three jewels that are irreplaceable and incomparable.
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