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.
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.
24. Louisiana Superdome (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Built: 1975 - Capacity: 76,468
Home of the New Orleans Saints and Tulane Green Wave, and the annual Sugar Bowl and New Orleans Bowl. Host of five NCAA Final Fours, including the 2012 Final Four. Attendance for the 2012 semifinal was 73,361.
The stadium acted as an emergency shelter during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. During the storm, the roof began peeling and the field level was flooded. The stadium was not used again until the Saints’ home opener in 2006.
Photo by Steve Driskell. Post-Katrina photo from Melanie Innis.
6. Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Built: 2008 - Capacity: 63,000 (football) 70,000 (basketball)
Home of the Indianapolis Colts, and site of Super Bowl XLVI and the 2010 and 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
The stadium’s exterior was built to mimic the traditional fieldhouses of Indiana. The roof is retractable, and the large window on the north end of the stadium can be opened for views of downtown Indianapolis.
Photo by Carl Van Rooy. Linked photos of Colts and Final Four from Brian Hubbard and Flickr user slack13, respectively.
5. Kyle Field
College Station, Texas, USA
Built: 1927 - Capacity: 83,002
Home to the Texas A&M Aggies, formerly of the Big 12, future member of the SEC.
Photo by Clark Moody.