July 4: 10 Most Hallowed Grounds in American Sports

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July 4: 10 Most Hallowed Grounds in American Sports
A sketch of the Battle of Gettysburg (Currier and Ives/Wikimedia Commons)

This week marks not only the Fourth of July holiday, but also the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg. After toying with numerous ways to put a sports spin on this occasion, I decided to honor the line from the Gettysburg Address "This hallowed ground" by paying tribute to the eight stadiums and two arenas that I consider to be the most hallowed in American sports.

There are a few criteria for this list. First off, every stadium is American (sorry, Maple Leaf Gardens and Montreal Forum) and every venue on this list is extant (sorry, Tiger Stadium and MSG III). None of the venues listed have been disgraced by a corporate name, nor do any "cookie-cutter" baseball/football venues appear on this list.  

And since this is about the American pastime, though basketball and football venues are included, nearly half of the venues are baseball parks. After all, Abner Doubleday fought at Gettysburg.

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