The renovated Independência stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, just re-opened. Built originally for the 1950 World Cup and now the permanent home for América, it has a capacity of 25,000, with at least double that in terms of intimidation factor judging from these pics.
Aerial shots by Secopamg on Flickr.
Impressive. Certainly a far cry from what the stadium looked like before the renovation.
29. Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Built: 1875 - Capacity: 50,000 (seated), 164,858 (record, 2011 Kentucky Derby)
Home of the annual Kentucky Derby and the 2011 Breeders’ Cup.
This racecourse is a National Historic Landmark, earning the title in 1986. It is modeled after Epsom Downs in England.
Happy Derby day! Photo by Greg Verdino. Click the source for larger versions.
Starting today, a new list will be updated alongside the Stadium Bucket List, called the Former Stadium List. It will include stadiums that have been destroyed or gone unused.
1. Ali Sami Yen Stadium
Built: 1964 - Capacity: 23,477 - Closed: 2011
Former home of Galatasaray SK.
The stadium became known only as “Hell,” as Galatasaray pulled many upsets in European competition over clubs like AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The stadium was replaced by the Turk Telekom Arena, which is an amazing facility in itself. However, this is hard to top.
Photo by Flickr user esmerrrr.
27. Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Built: 1912 - Capacity: 37,493
Home of the Boston Red Sox.
The stadium celebrated the 100th anniversary of its opening today, April 20th 2012, with the Sox losing 6-2 to the New York Yankees. It is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.
The stadium may be most beloved because of its oddly shaped ballfield, due to the small footprint the park was built into. The right field pole is at only 302 feet, but the wall quickly curves to be much deeper. Lansdowne Street abuts the left field wall, so a large wall was built. In the park’s early years, a hill in front of the wall held berm seating, as can be seen in this picture. Also note that the “green monster” wasn’t always green.
Both pictures from the Library of Congress, circa 1912.
26. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California, USA
Built: 1923 - Capacity: 93,607
Home of the USC Trojans. Former home of the Los Angeles Rams, Raiders and Dodgers. Host of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, as well as the first Super Bowl (then called the NFL-AFL Championship Game.)
It is one of only eight sports stadia to enter the U.S. National Historic Register*.
Photo by Flickr user MetroLA.
*: The list in the link includes some golf courses, historic districts and casinos that were not counted as sports stadia.