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STADIUM FUN – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

In Stadium Fun on January 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

JFK Stadium, The Spectrum, Veterans Stadium – Philadelphia – 1972

In my opinion there’s never a bad time to talk about different things with sports over your favorite beverage, whether it be a cold adult beverage or an ice cold Coke or glass of iced tea. A buddy and I got into a great conversation about stadiums that we’ve been to watch games, either professional or college. We were throwing out some pretty neat places. I decided to try to put them all on paper and see how it sorted out. I’ll ask you to click the “comment” button at the bottom of this article and add your list. I bet by the time we get through we will have covered some pretty amazing places and brought back a lot of memories. So her ya go.

College Football

JFK Stadium, Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, Beaver Stadium, Heinz Field, Delaware Stadium, Villanova Stadium, Miche Stadium – Army, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Navy, Byrd Stadium – Maryland, The Orange Bowl and Sun Life Stadium – Miami, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Florida, Doak Campbell Stadium – Florida State, Notre Dame Stadium, Raymond James Stadium – USF, Ohio Stadium – Ohio State, Memorial Stadium – Illinois, Neyland Stadium – Tennessee, Spartan Stadium – Michigan State, Citrus Bowl –  Orlando, RFK Stadium – Washington, Bobby Dodd Stadium – Georgia Tech, Ram Stadium – Shepherd, Kutztown Stadium. There are many other D2 stadiums my son coached in and my nephew played in that I won’t add. I’ve been inside Bryant-Denny Stadium – Alabama, Legion Field – Birmingham Alabama, Jordan Hare Stadium – Auburn, Tiger Stadium – LSU, Michigan Stadium – Michigan and Faurot Field – Missouri but have never seen games there.

 

Baseball

Connie Mack Stadium, Veterans Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, PNC Park – Pittsburgh, Memorial Stadium and Jacobs Field in Cleveland Indians, Old Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium in New York, Fulton County Stadium – Atlanta Braves, Tropicana Field – Tampa, Pro Player (Sun Life) Stadium – Miami, The Ballpark at Arlington – Rangers, Wrigley Field – Cubs, Camden Yards – Orioles

 

Pro Football

Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, Tampa Stadium, Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FedEx Field – Washington, AllTel Stadium – Jacksonville, Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, New Orlleans Super Dome – was in the building but didn’t see a game there.

 

College Basketball

The only one that matters – The Palestra, Spectrum, The Pavilion – Villanova, O’Connell Center – Florida, John Paul Jones Arena – Virginia, Charlotte Coliseum, Thompson-Boling Arena – Tennessee, Cole Field House – Maryland

 

Pro Hockey

Spectrum, Wachovia Center, Florida Fair Grounds and Ice Palace – Tampa, Mellon Arena – Pittsburgh

 

Pro Basketball

Philadelphia Convention Center, Spectrum, Wachovia Center, Orlando Arena, Madison Square Garden – Didn’t see a game there.

 

NASCAR

Daytona Motor Speedway – Daytona 500 and Firecracker 500, Pocono Raceway – Pocono 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway – World 600, Dover Speedway – Dover 500  

That’s the best I could come up with of the top of my head. I’ll probably think of some place that I missed but that’s it for now. Feel free to “Comment” so everyone can see the rest of the list.  

 

 

 

 

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  1. College Football

    Lincoln Financial Field, Beaver Stadium, Miche Stadium – Army, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Navy, Byrd Stadium – Maryland, The Orange Bowl and Sun Life Stadium – Miami, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Florida, Doak Campbell Stadium – Florida State, Notre Dame Stadium, Raymond James Stadium – USF, Memorial Stadium – Illinois, Citrus Bowl – Orlando, RFK Stadium – Washington, Ram Stadium – Shepherd, Jordan Hare Stadium – Auburn, Lane Stadium – VA Tech, Kenan Memorial Stadium – North Carolina, Rynearson Stadium – Eastern Michigan, Kelly/Shorts Stadium – Central Michigan, Dix Stadium – Kent State, Peden Stadium – Miami Ohio, UB Stadium – Buffalo, InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field – Akron, Glass Bowl Stadium – Toledo, Huskie Stadium – Northern Illinois,

    Baseball

    Veterans Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Jacobs Field in Cleveland Indians, Old Yankee & New Yankee Stadium Tropicana Field – Tampa, Sun Life Stadium – Miami, The Ballpark at Arlington – Rangers, Camden Yards – Orioles

    Pro Football

    Lincoln Financial Field, Tampa Stadium, Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, AllTel Stadium – Jacksonville, Heinz Field – Pittsburgh

    Note – My FATHER deprived me of experiencing an Eagles game at the VET!!!

    College Basketball

    The only one that matters – The Palestra, Liacouris Center – Temple, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Wake Forest

    Pro Hockey

    Spectrum, Wachovia Center, Florida Fair Grounds, Thunder Dome and Ice Palace – Tampa,

    Pro Basketball

    Orlando Arena

    • THE U. That’s a pretty good list. If you had a good Father maybe you would’ve gotten to The Vet but probably would’ve missed a bunch of the others!!
      IT’s ALL ABOUT THE U!!!

    • College Football:

      Doak Campbell Stadium – Florida St., Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Univ of Florida; Lavell Edwards Stadium – BYU; Ross-Ade Stadium – Purdue, Beaver Stadium – Penn St., Rynearson Stadium – Eastern Michigan, Aloha Stadium – Univ. of Hawaii, Memorial Stadium – Univ of Illinois, O’Brien Stadium – Eastern Illinois, Citrus Bowl – UCF, Raymond James Stadium – South Florida, Groves Stadium – Wake Forest, Grisham Stadium – Univ of West Goergia, Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn Univ., Alumni Bowl – Tuskegee Univ., Kelly/Shorts Stadium – Central Michigan, Bobby Dodd Stadium – GA Tech., Liberty Bowl – Memphis

      Pro Baseball

      Tropicana field – TB Rays, Turner Field – ATL Braves

      Pro Football

      Raymond James Stadium – TB Buccaneers, The Georgia Dome – ATL Falcons, All-State arena – Chicago Rush, The Ice Palace – TB Storm, Nationwide arena – Columbus Wranglers (afl), Phillips arena/Gwinnett Center – GA Force

      Pro Basketball

      Phillips arena – ATL Hawks, Madison Square Garden – NY Knicks

      • Nice. BYU is a sweet addition to the list and of course Aloha Stadium. I fogot Grisham Stadium on my list, I saw you play there. I was also inside Legion Field and toom pictures but didn’t see a game there.

  2. Here is my list:

    College Football: Lincoln Financial Field – Temple, Citrus Bowl – Florida State vs. Wake Forest in what was a Deacon home game! How times have changed!, Giants Stadium – Rutgers and a few PSU neutral site games, Beaver Stadium – Penn State along with watching my high school play in the first ever PIAA State Championship football game!, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Baltimore Memorial Stadium (I loved that place and you’ll see it on a few more of these lists) – Maryland vs. PSU. Michie Stadium – In a blizzard over Halloween this past year. Michigan Stadium – Michigan, Ohio Stadium – Ohio State, Notre Dame Stadium – Notre Dame vs, USC & Michigan. Heinz Field – Pittsburgh (For that crazy game against Cincinnati that they lost 42-41 to complete UC’s undefeated regualar season)

    NFL: Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, Baltimore Memorial Stadium, M&T Bank Stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium – Bills, Qualcomm Stadium – Chargers (the Day after I got married!), RFK – Redskins, Three Rivers Stadium – Steelers

    College Basketball: NCAA Tournament Rounds 1 & 2: Hartford Civic Center, Lawrence Joel Coliseum (Wake Forest), RBC Center (NC State), Greensboro Coliseum, Orlando Arena, the Pyramid in Memphis. Rounds 3 & 4: Carrier Dome – Syracuse. Others: Philly Big Five venues: Palestra, Wells Fargo Center, Spectrum, Liacouras Center, Robert Hagen Arena, Pavillion, Philly Civic Center (for A-10 Tournament and a LaSalle home game), I’ve not been to LaSalle’s on campus arena. I need to get that done before the end of the season. I’ve also been to Cole Field House (Maryland), Capital Centre (Georgetown), Madison Square Garden (St. John’s, Big East Tournament, etc.), Meadowlands Arena (Seton Hall), Patriot Center (George Mason), Bryce Jordan Center (Penn State), Alumni Gymnasium (Rider), Bob Carpenter Center (Delaware), John Paul Jones Arena – Virginia. I’ve been in Notre Dame’s Joyce Center for a pep rally (Very wierd going to something like that when you dislike the team). Matthew and I also shot hoops at Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke) for 30 minutes mostly in the dark (just enough light to see the baskets!)

    MLB: Veterans Stadium/Citizen’s Bank Park. Memorial Stadium/Oriole Park – Orioles. PNC Park – Pirates. Progressive Field – Indians. Wrigley Field – Cubs. Old Commiskey Park – White Sox. RFK/Nationals Park. Fenway Park, Shea Stadium & Old Yankee Stadium

    NBA: Spectrum/Hersheypark Arena/Wells Fargo Center: 76ers. Boston Garden/TD Banknorth Garden – Celtics. Orlando Arena – Magic. Madison Square Garden – Knicks. Capital Centre/Verizon Center – Wizards.

    NHL: Nassau Coliseum – Islanders. Madison Square Garden – Rangers. Meadowlands Arena/Prudential Center – Devils. Spectrum/Wells Fargo Center – Flyers. Memorial Auditorium – Sabres. Capital Centre/Verizon Centre – Capitals. Maple Leaf Gardens. The Forum – Canadiens. Honda Center – Ducks. Hartford Civic Center – Whalers. Boston Garden – Bruins. Chicago Stadium – Blackhawks.

    • Kevin,
      Thanks for the feedback. Great list. Some real neat basketball venues for sure. I like all of the old places, of course, the Montreal Foraum, Boston Gardens, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Old Comiskey, Fenway, Maple Leaf Garden. I’d love to go to a game at madison Square Garden as long as I didn’t have to see the Knicks or Rangers play. Maybe I can get there for the Big East Tournament. One day I have to get to Cameron/Duke and the Dean Dome. I was at the FSU vs Wake game in Orlando as well. GREAT STUFF!!!!

  3. Hockey: I’ve been to the First Niagara Center when it opened up as the Marine Midland Arena, then the HSBC Arena, and now the FNC. It is by far my favorite visiting arena to attend a game. I park for free, walk to the Pearl St. Brewery for dinner, and then walk to the game. I saw Lindros score a Hat Trick in ’97 to close out the series in five. I’ve also seen too many games there where Hasek absolutely stoned the Flyers. I’ve been to the old Cap Centre and the Verizon Center a few times. I got to see Mario Lemieux a couple times there, and Lindros score to tie the game, in another visit. It’s nice to visit DC, but Caps fans aren’t my favorite. I was in Jersey for game 6 of the 2000 conference finals. I had upper level seats but was able to upgrade to four rows behind Broduer’s right shoulder when we got there. My wife is a Pens fan so I’ve been to Mellon Arena a couple of times. I live in S. Williamsport, PA, so these venues are all about 3-4 hours away. My favorite experiences have come at the Wells Fargo Center for game 1 of the ECF v. Montreal and game 3 v. Chicago for the SCF. I was given Suite tickets to game 1 of the ECF in 2000. The game was terrible but the experience was great! I grew up in the Harrisburg area so I’ll always have fond memories of Hershey Arena. My uncle and cousin would take me games and sit in GA for $2.50. Hershey was a great venue for hockey! I attended a conference a couple years ago in Johnstown, PA. The general manager of the team gave me a tour of the War Memorial, where the movie “Slapshot” took place. In 2005, the lockout year, I went to Columbus, OH for the Frozen Four. I’m hoping to get to the Consol Energy Center and MSG sometime in the furure! I’ll be at the WFC February 18th with my daughter, she’s on my side, to see the Flyers beat the Pens! Go Flyers!

    • Stan, great hockey list. Some real cool places!!! I just landed a pair of tickets for the 2/18 game as well. I’ll be Flyer’d up for that one. I live outside Philly but work outside of Pittsburgh and have to listen to this noise all of the time. Feel free to check out the other posts on our site and respond as well. All Philly all of the Time.

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