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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport

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Since we crank out so many stories each week some really good ones get lost in the cracks. And since so many new people visit Guyism every day (thank you), we thought we’d start taking some time on the weekends to share some classics that many of our newer readers may have missed.

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There’s something about a sports stadium. We’re nostalgic for the old ones (Wrigley Field, Fenway Park). We get excited at the prospect of a new one (Meadowlands Stadium, Yankee Stadium). We even try to replicate old stadiums with new ones (Camden Yards, Busch Stadium). Stadiums when done right can be both practical as well as aesthetic beauties and stadiums really look their best when whoever is in charge of them puts care into how they are illuminated at night. The people in charge of these 25 stadiums know exactly what they are doing.




Allianz Arena
Allianz Arena at night changes color Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The Allianz Arena is a football stadium in the north of Munich, Germany. The two professional Munich football clubs FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München have played their home games at Allianz Arena since the start of the 2005/06 season. (Note: This is the only stadium I have seen that changes colors at night. Click here to see what I mean. Truly spectacular.)



American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The American Airlines Arena is a sports and entertainment arena located in Downtown Miami, Florida. It is home to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. The arena is known for its unusual scoreboard, which changes colors depending on the atmosphere.



Amsterdam Arena
Amsterdam Arena at night 2 Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Amsterdam Arena is a stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The stadium is the home of the association football club AFC Ajax. Every year the dance event Sensation is held in the stadium. The stadium was also the home of the American football team Amsterdam Admirals of the NFL Europe.



ANZ Stadium
ANZ Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Stadium Australia, currently known as ANZ Stadium due to naming rights, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct of Homebush Bay. The stadium, which in Australia is sometimes referred to simply as the “Olympic Stadium”, was originally built to temporarily hold 110,000 spectators, making it the largest Olympic Stadium ever built. The National Rugby League is the most regular tenant of the stadium, while Rugby Union internationals, soccer internationals and Australian Football are all played there as well.



AT&T Park
ATT Park at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. The park also hosts the Emerald Bowl, a college football bowl game, every year. The park was home to the XFL’s San Francisco Demons in 2001, was the home of the East-West Shrine Game (until 2006) and was recently the home stadium of the California Redwoods of the United Football League.



Beijing National Stadium
Beijing National Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Beijing National Stadium, also known as the National Stadium, or the Bird’s Nest, is a stadium in Beijing, China. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium has not found significant use since the Olympics, yet despite the lack of significant events, the stadium draws 20,000 to 30,000 people a day, as recently it has been converted to a snow theme park.



Cape Town Stadium
Greenpoint Soccer Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa is a newly built stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During the planning stage it was known as the Green Point Stadium, which was the name of the previous stadium on the site. It will host five first round matches, one second round, one quarter-final and one semi-final during the World Cup.



Cowboys Stadium
New Cowboys Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Cowboys Stadium is a domed stadium with a retractable roof in Arlington, Texas. It serves as the home of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys. The stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world, has the world’s largest column-free interior and the largest high definition video screen. This stadium will host Super Bowl XLV in 2011.



Donbass Arena
FC Shakhtar The Donbass Arena at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Donbass Arena is a natural grass stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine. It will host FC Shakhtar Donetsk matches as well as some matches in Euro 2012. It meets the requirements for an UEFA Elite 5-star Stadium rating.



Heinz Field
Heinz Field at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Heinz Field is a stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It primarily serves as the home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers American football teams. Attendance for the 65,050 seat stadium has sold out for every Steelers home game, a streak which dates back to 1972.



HSH Nordbank Arena
AOL Arena at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
HSH Nordbank Arena is the municipal stadium of Hamburg, Germany. It is the home ground of the Hamburger SV football team and was one of the 12 stadiums used in the 2006 Football World Cup. Many locals still refer to the stadium by its former name, AOL Arena. Starting July 1, 2010 it will be called the “Imtech Arena”.



Kingston Communications Stadium
Kingston Communications Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The Kingston Communications Stadium, often shortened to KC Stadium or just the KC, is a multi-purpose facility in the city of Kingston upon Hull (Hull), England. The stadium accommodates fans of its two tenants, association football club Hull City A.F.C. and rugby league football club Hull FC.



Lanxess Arena
Cologne Arena at night 2 Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The Lanxess Arena is an indoor arena in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is primarily used by Kölner Haie (ice hockey), by VfL Gummersbach (team handball). World Wrestling Entertainment is a regular at the Lanxess Arena and the Ultimate Fighting Championships held UFC 99 at the arena, the first time the UFC visited Germany.



Ljudski vrt stadium
Ljudski vrt Stadium at night 630x415 Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The Ljudski vrt stadium is a multi-purpose stadium located in the city of Maribor, Slovenia. The stadium is the home ground of football club NK Maribor. Beside being the home ground of NK Maribor, the stadium also was the main venue for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifications.



The O2 Arena
O2 Arena at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The O2 arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located at the centre of The O2, a large entertainment complex on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London, United Kingdom. The O2 Arena has been crowned the World’s Busiest Arena, hosting everything from the upcoming the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, as well as boxing, basketball, gymnastics, ice hockey, tennis, the UFC, and WWE, yet it has no permanent sporting tenants.



PNC Park
PNC Park at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
PNC Park is a baseball park located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (nearby the aforementioned Heinz Field). It is the fifth home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the city’s Major League Baseball franchise. Since completion, PNC Park has been hailed as one of the best ballparks in the country.



Poljud Stadium
Poljud Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Poljud is a football stadium in the Croatian city of Split. It is the home of HNK Hajduk Split, one of the top football teams in the country. The stadium was built as major sports centre for the 1979 Mediterranean Games.



San Siro
San Siro at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, originally and commonly referred to as simply San Siro because of its location, is a football stadium located in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy. It is the home of AC Milan and Football Club Internazionale Milano (Inter). It has also been used for the 2001, 1970 and 1965 UEFA Champions League finals.



Stade Auguste Delaune II
Reims Football Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Stade Auguste-Delaune II is a multi-use stadium in Reims, France. The stadium opened in 2008 and is used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of Stade Reims.



Reliant Stadium
Reliant Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Reliant Stadium is a multiple-use stadium in Houston, Texas, USA. The stadium is the home of the National Football League’s Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the Texas Bowl. The stadium served as the host facility for Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1, 2004 and WrestleMania XXV on April 5, 2009.



Rogers Centre
Rogers Centre at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome, is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is home to Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, the site of the annual International Bowl American college football bowl game, and the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills’ second playing venue.



Staples Center
Staples Center at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Staples Center is a multi-purpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The arena serves as the home of two NBA franchises, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association.



Louisiana Superdome
Superdome at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
The Louisiana Superdome – often informally known as the Superdome – is a sports and exhibition facility located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Superdome is home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the NCAA’s Tulane University football team. It has been chosen to host Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013. In 2005, the Superdome came to international attention when it housed thousands of people seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina.



Thomond Park
Thomond Park at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Thomond Park is a stadium located in Limerick in the Irish province of Munster. The stadium is owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union and count Munster Rugby, Shannon RFC and UL Bohemian RFC as tenants.



Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium at night Stadiums at night: 25 beautiful cathedrals of sport
Wembley Stadium (or simply Wembley) is a football stadium located in Wembley, northwest London, which opened in 2007 on the site of the old Wembley stadium. The 90,000 capacity venue is second largest stadium in Europe, and serves as England’s national stadium. In 2012 it will also host the football finals of the London Olympics. The stadium is also an annual regular season venue for the National Football League’s International Series, the first such venue outside North America.

(Bios for each stadium courtesy Wikipedia)

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