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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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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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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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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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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:

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