Football Stadiums: A Guide to Professional and Top College Stadiumsby Lew Freedman
Football Stadiums tells the stories of about 150 of the great stadiums active and retired across the country that have hosted pro football or college football play. They are home to current NFL franchises and the best college teams and a source of endless fascination, research, discussion, and even pilgrimages. To serious fans, they are/b>/i>
Football Stadiums tells the stories of about 150 of the great stadiums active and retired across the country that have hosted pro football or college football play. They are home to current NFL franchises and the best college teams and a source of endless fascination, research, discussion, and even pilgrimages. To serious fans, they are hallowed ground.
The NFL Stadiums chapters cover the big winners and the forever determined. Teams include the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
College stadiums are home to impassioned youth, future NFLers and the devoted communities they call home. They include Aloha Stadium (Hawaii), Autzen Stadium (Oregon), Cotton Bowl (Dallas), Folsom Field (Boulder), Memorial Stadium (Clemson), Michigan
Stadium (Ann Arbor), Rose Bowl (Pasadena), Yale Bowl (New Haven) and Memorial Stadium (Champaign).
Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, has been called "a shrine to pro football." It takes just over 73,000 fans to fill its seats yet more than 81,000 names are on the season-ticket waiting list. The average wait time is 30 years. That's just one of the country's many stadiums that embody the spirit of the game. Football Stadiums is a loving tribute to the sport's greatest shrines.
There have been scores of books extolling the variety and romantic virtues of major league baseball parks, but the handful of books covering football's generally more uniform stadiums have tended to focus exclusively on college stadiums or parking lot tailgating, so Freedman's book is distinctive owing to its treatment of pro venues. The book is divided into three sections. The first has entries on the 32 current NFL stadiums, with information including dates of construction and upgrades, capacity, costs of construction and renovation, and "Memorable Moments," as well as a brief history of the stadium. The second section does the same for around 75 college stadiums, and the third lists 36 former professional gridirons. Usually, the current pro entries feature three large color photographs and several "Memorable Moments," while the college entries provide fewer of each. Former stadiums are illustrated by one small photograph, often black and white, and lack "Memorable Moments." Many of the color photographs are generously laid out. VERDICT A nice compendium that conveniently brings together some arcane facts and particulars, this cross between a reference book and a pictorial work will appeal to hard-core football fans.—John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
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Meet the Author
Lew Freedman is an author and sports editor for The Republic in Columbus, Indiana, where he lives. He has been sports editor with the Chicago Tribune, where he covered the Bears, and has worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Anchorage Daily News. His books include Pittsburgh Steelers: The Complete Illustrated History and Chicago Bears Stadium Tales.
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