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Old October 15th, 2009, 10:52 AM   #41
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3 Largest sports leagues. Nobody outside of America follows either of those sports let alone leagues.
Japan, South Korea, and many Latin American countries follow baseball.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #42
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3 Largest sports leagues. Nobody outside of America follows either of those sports let alone leagues. One isn't even professional. I'm sorry but that sort of comment is what has given the US such a bad reputation worldwide. Complete ignorance of anything outside of your country.
No need to get preachy, Baseball is very popular in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba. The NCAA hosts sports which are popular world wide like soccer, Ice Hockey and basketball. I can only assume you were refering to American Football
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:05 AM   #43
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London. It could host a world cup alone if that was allowed.
Wembley - 90.000
Twickenham - 82.000
The olympic stadium - 80.000 (provide they would keep the full capacity)
Emirates - 60.355
New white hart lane - 58.000 (estimated)
Stamford Bridge - 42.055
Upton Park - 35.303
New Luton stadium - estimated 30.000 (ok, not london, but not that far...)
That's it, 8 stadiums. It would be enough, wouldn't? Plus all the smaller ones around the metro area that could be used as training ground.

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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:11 AM   #44
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Old October 15th, 2009, 01:35 PM   #45
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So hosting an olymipic games once or twice makes a stadium more worthy than one that hosts worlds 3 largest sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NCAA)on a daily/weekly basis plus all the championship games on a yearly bases?
Landshark might be a busy stadium.

But it isn't a great stadium.

For starters, its 76,000 capacity is nothing out of the ordinary.

More importantly, though, it is a jack of all trades and master of none. It can, as you say, accomodate a variety of sports but it isn't really ideal for any of them.

In American Football mode, for example, the front row of seats is a massive 90 feet - 27 metres - from the pitch. This huge gap is made necessary because of the stadium's other roles (ie as a baseball stadium etc). Consequently, Dolphins fans get a slightly worse view than their counterparts at other NFL stadiums and the whole feel of the place is less intimate than at other NFL stadiums.

So even if this thread was about which is the best stadium in the world, rather than about which city is stadium capital of the world, Landshark still wouldn't be the answer.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 03:24 PM   #46
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Double post.

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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #47
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You forgot The Oval.

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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #48
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Ganis - nice photos of LA (and suburbs) stadiums and sports arenas. Here's London:


Wembley:





Twickenham:



London Olympic Stadium:





Emirates:



Stamford Bridge:

image hosted on flickr


White Hart Lane:



Upton Park:



The Valley:



Craven Cottage:



Selhurst Park:



Loftus Road:



The New Den:



Vicarage Road:



Brisbane Road:



Griffin Park:



Lords Cricket Ground:



The Oval Cricket Ground:



Wimbledon Centre Court:



Wimbledon No. 1 Court:



Twickenham Stoop:



Crystal Palace Athletics stadium:



The O2 Arena:

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Wembley Arena:



Earls Court Arena:



Olympia Arena:



Epsom Downs Racecourse:



Ascot Racecourse:



Kempton Park Racecourse:



Sandown Park Racecourse:



And coming soon...the new White Hart Lane:




That's just about it, I think! There are some smaller football (soccer) and rugby stadiums in London that I haven't bothered to include. Likewise, a number of football stadiums very close to London (certainly closer to central London than the Auto Club Speedway is to downtown LA!).

And I haven't included the various other Olympic venues that have yet to be built (especially the Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome).

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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #49
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That has to win it!
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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #50
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You forgot The Oval.

No I didn't!

I just mistakenly posted that original post when I was only halfway through!
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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:32 PM   #51
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What an amazing list that is. And to think that JimB didn't even include all the non-league grounds that are in London.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:55 PM   #52
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That has to win it!
I dunno. In terms of iconic venues, yes, I can't see LA overhauling London. But, in terms of sheer numbers, there are probably still a few more LA stadiums and arenas to come out of the woodwork!

Not least the proposed new 75K City of Industry stadium.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:10 PM   #53
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Also in London

Twickenham Stoop 15,000


Queens club, Tennis 6,478



Victoria road 6,000


Romford stadium (greyhounds) 4,300


Wimbledon stadium (greyhounds) 8,000
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #54
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Can't believe I forgot the Stoop!

I didn't bother to include Victoria Road because it just seemed too small! Likewise, Underhill.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #55
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I forgot underhill, i was thinking they are a professional club with regards to the daggers.

Ebbsfleet united are professional (iirc) and are in the urban area, Wimbledon play down in Kingston atm

Also Excel Exhibition centre in Custom 'Ouse Couldn't find a picture during the recent prizefighter, but it will be used during the olympics

Crystal palace 15,000-24,000 (with temporary seats)



Domilished stadiums/arena's include

White city
Old wembley
West ham stadium
Plough lane
Arsenal Stadium
walthamstow stadium
The den

and hopefully in the future

Saracens, London Wasps and London Irish will come back!
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:39 PM   #56
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Also Kent County Cricket club regularly stages games at Beckenham, Surrey plays games at the Whitgift school in Croydon, and Essex in Ilford.

We also have York hall for boxing and maybe a new Arena in Croydon if their gateway vision comes off!

LANDSLIDE
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:46 PM   #57
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Oops! Yep, I forgot about Crystal Palace too!

Now added the Stoop and Crystal Palace Athletics stadium to the London montage above.

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Old October 15th, 2009, 07:39 PM   #58
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I didn't realize London had so many indoor arenas, aside from O2.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 07:47 PM   #59
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Why has no one said Istanbul? It's more qualified than New York. So are A LOT of cities.

The answer is London though. If you're going to include Anaheim in LA, you have to include Kent and some others in London.

My top 5 would be

1. London
2. Istanbul
3. Buenos Aries
4. LA
5. Melbourne

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Old October 15th, 2009, 08:05 PM   #60
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Why has no one said Istanbul? It's more qualified than New York. So are A LOT of cities.

The answer is London though. If you're going to include Anaheim in LA, you have to include Kent and some others in London.
If you include stadiums within a half hour or so of London, you could add:

KRBS Priestfield Stadium - Gillingham
Roots Hall - Southend
Kenilworth Road - Luton
Adams Park - Wycombe (home of London Wasps rugby team)
Madejski Stadium - Reading (home of London Irish rugby team)

And the MK Dons' stadium in Milton Keynes isn't exactly far away either (and let's not forget that they were originally a London club).

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