Monday, June 25, 2007

America's Pro Soccer Arena's - Part 1 Columbus Crew Stadium

Columbus Ohio would seem the least likely place for a first of anything in America's history (though "Columbus" himself was a trailblazer), still, the first soccer-specific pro stadium in the US was placed in this fine community. Columbus Crew Stadium immediately became the standard design and the basis for all those that have been built since and are being built today.

Generally, soccer specific stadiums are 20,000 - 30,000 in capacity (intimacy), have no track and field ring around the field (soccer fans are closer to the action), and create stronger team affiliation with their own facility (unlike the Kansas City Wizards that play in the NFL's Arrowhead to 40,000 empty seats every home game).

BTW: World-wide there is an explosion of stadium construction, and usually leisure (like watching events in stadiums) increases when wealth increases. Could the world be getting .... richer?

Columbus Crew Stadium Rating: B+

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