Sports Stadiums: The Aura is Dying

Ryan Senior Writer ISeptember 22, 2008

There are many things in sports that reach into a person and give them uncontrolable goosebumps. A play, an action, a stadium. These days, the latter is becoming fewer and farther between.

What has happened to these sports monuments, these pieces of history? Why are they all being replaced by these run-of-the-mill super-stadiums that would rather attract the fan who leaves in the middle of the third quarter than the one who would stay until the end even in a blowout?

The obvious answer is money. Comfort and player amenities are another big thing. Those old creakers just weren't built for people today. And that's a fair point. But replacing these landmarks?

Yankee Stadium is the latest in a long line of historic stadiums to be ushered out. But why replace? Why not renovate, keeping the aura of the stadium while upgrading for the posh fans?

Take Michigan Stadium, Soldier Field, and Fenway Park. All are historic, famous stadiums that have received heavy face-lifts in the past. It gets the upgrade it needs but still maintains its presence.

Visiting these places is a must for fans, but if they are all replaced with these carbon-copy, generic super-stadiums, what's the point? Can't you see Houston's stadium in Indianapolis, and so on?

We need to preserve these monuments. They're sports history. And history is an essential part of the sports world.