Venue Vacations: Visit These Standout Stadiums

Venue Vacations: Visit These Standout Stadiums

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Why not make this the year when you tick off some sporting venues from your bucket list? From the newly rechristened home of the Dallas Cowboys to America’s most famous baseball fields, these books get into the best places to catch a game, sticky seats or not.

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    1. The House That Ruth Built

    The most famous of all major league venues has to be Yankee Stadium, and Robert Weintraub details the monument’s first year in “The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923.” The Bronx Bombers now play in a new park, but the team’s tradition remains inextricably linked to the old stadium. Learn how it all started in this ode to the glorious past.

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    2. Cowboys Stadium

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, and sports venues are no exception. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones–who inked a multi-year, multimillion dollar branding deal with AT&T this week to rename the Cowboys’ home turf AT&T Stadium–wanted spectators to be awed by his team’s $1.2 billion facilities, and he succeeded. In “Cowboys Stadium: Architecture, Art, Entertainment in the Twenty-First Century,” Dallas Morning News architecture critic David Dillon and Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel follow the construction of the coliseum, discuss its groundbreaking design and critique the world-class contemporary art collection inside.

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    3. The Big House

    The Michigan Wolverines boast an impressive college football tradition and a facility to match. “The Big House: Fielding H. Yost and the Building of Michigan Stadium,” covers the creation of the building that hosts more than 100,000 screaming, blue-clad fans on autumn Saturdays. Yost made it happen, serving as both project manager and football coach. If only he could have played quarterback. …

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    4. Temples of the Earthbound Gods

    “Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires” bounces between the capitals of Brazil and Argentina, honing in on how the building of soccer stadiums played a role in the development of each city. Christopher Thomas Gaffney tackles history, spirituality, violence and anarchy in this portrait of two vastly different societies connected by one sport.

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