Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Park District Bears Down

Soldier Field is under the control of the Chicago Park District. And, on the whole, they do a pretty good job. The climate in Chicago isn't the most friendly for a natural grass surface, so sometimes they need a little help.

From Sherwin-Williams.

Example 1:

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Example 2:

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Notice how the end zone is just a little greener than the field or the area behind the end zone? The logos are also nice and bright. No one can fault them for touching up at this point in the season. But it's curious why they didn't spruce up their midfield logo.

I'm going to put out a feeler to the CPD to find out why the sidelines and goal lines were painted red.

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The Bears will be able to check out a well maintained midfield logo this Sunday when they travel to Lambeau Field to take on their division-rival Packers.


Until next time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Down on Main Street

I like to call the the area between the hash marks, "Main Street." By definition, it gets the most foot traffic on the field. Every play starts there and it is a difficult area to maintain.

The Candlestick Park grounds crew has been having trouble, as we can see below...

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and here...

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Until next time.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Football at Yankee Stadium

November 20 will see Army and Notre Dame play at Yankee Stadium.

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Until next time.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Red Turf Installation Photos

The red turf (previously) of Eastern Washington University has been installed and the Eagles have put up a slideshow.

Until next time.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Heavy rains in Iowa recently caused the Squaw Creek near Ames to flood parts of the campus of Iowa State University. Jack Trice Stadium was nearly surrounded by water but the field did not flood.


Hilton Coliseum, the ISU basketball arena, was not so lucky. This shot shows the nine feet of water inside the arena with the basketball court floating!


The ISU women's volleyball team will play their home games at Ames High School. No dollar figure of damages has been released.

In better news, the pitch at Wembley Stadium was relaid using the Desso system. It's the system used at Mile High Stadium that has fibers 'sewn' into the dirt that gives the roots of the grass something to attach to. We'll see how this hold up. I suspect that the problems at Wembley relate to the alleged lack of air circulation. But what do I know, I'm just a blogger.

Lastly, the AstroTurf at the Florida Citrus Bowl is almost done.

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Until next time.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Citrus Bowl Installation Web Cam!

The folks at AstroTurf are installing their product in the Citrus Bowl currently and have set up a web cam for our viewing pleasure. Here's a still from earlier today:

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Until next time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's Been a While

It's really hard to have a blog when you have a full time job!
'Nuff said.

Boise State is getting their blue turf replaced for free.

Texas Tech got a new practice field.

Eastern Washington has begun installation of their red turf.

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That building in the background looks like an East German apartment building circa 1967.

I haven't written anything in months and completely missed blogging about the World Cup and their stadiums.
But, I did find this video showing Qatar's proposed stadiums for their 2022 World Cup bid. Enjoy

Until next time. And I promise I won't be gone so long!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Turf for the Ravens

M&T Bank Stadium got some new turf recently:

and....embedding the Baltimore Sun video doesn't seem to be working. Who's in charge over there? Bubbles? Never mind.

Here's a link to the article.

Instead, here's a video of sod being installed at M&T Bank Stadium in advance of last summer's AC Milan/Chelsea soccer match.

Happy Mother's Day!

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

LP Field Flooded

Storms in Tennessee recently left 13 inches of rain behind. As a result the field and the locker rooms at LP Field in Nashville flooded. The floods have killed 11 and thousands have been displaced, so, all things considered, your football stadium getting wet isn't such a big deal.

The people of Tennessee need assistance, and donating to the Red Cross is a good way to help.

Until next time.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Old Firm Derby .....and the Green Monster?!?!?

The most intense soccer rivalry is in Scotland. Rangers (in blue, below) and Celtic (white with green hoops) both reside in Glasgow and when they play it's known as the "Old Firm Derby"


Recently, I came across a piece about the possibility of both teams playing a pre-season game at Gillette Stadium. It interested me, but not enough to get me fired up to post it.

Then, this morning, I was directed to a piece on the BBC news site saying that this game might be played at Fenway Park! I'm not a fan of soccer in baseball parks and the capacity at Gillette is much higher than at Fenway, but it would be something to see those two old rivals (first meeting: 1888) in one of the oldest ballparks in America. Money quote from Sam Kennedy, Red Sox C.O.O.:

"We recognise it's a very special match between two very historic teams and the thought is that a very historic venue like Fenway Park would be appropriate to host that rivalry.

"We're hopeful that we can make it a reality."

I'll keep an eye on this. After having the Winter Classic earlier this year, it would be quite the feather in Fenway's cap to host the Old Firm Darby.

Until next time.

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Blue Turf

Just a quick one today.

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Boise State is famous for having blue turf. But, sometimes the fibers can have something of a sheen or glare that irritates the fans and doesn't look so good on television. The fine folks at FieldTurf were aware of the situation, and will work this summer to get the situation resolved. Money Quote:

Athletic director Gene Bleymaier says light-reflecting fibers in the current artificial field cause problems for people watching the game in person or on television.

Bleymaier says FieldTurf wants to fix the problem and is doing it for free. The school did not estimate the cost of the project.

Big thanks to Tim Snyder for the tip on this one! He's got a blog of his own: Red Rider Sports Blog, check it out. We bloggers are always putting each other over, that's how we roll.

Who knew somebody was actually reading this?!?!?

Until next time.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Two Teams...Two Cities...One Stadium?

Well, I'll be the first to admit this isn't a fresh item, but I've been busy.

The San Francisco Bay area's two NFL teams play in stadiums that have seen better days. Candlestick Park opened 50 years ago. (The 49ers started playing there in 1971.) The Oakland Coliseum opened its doors in 1966. Each team has been working on a new stadium but nobody is in danger of getting anything done soon.
But that hasn't stopped an Alameda County politician who just so happens to be on the board of the Oakland Coliseum from getting the Coliseum to study the issue of one stadium for both teams.
Money Quote:

"There is only going to be one stadium in the Bay Area, and it's not going to be in Santa Clara," said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, a member of the Coliseum board who voted with his colleagues last week to spend $125,000 on a study of a new Oakland stadium.

It probably makes sense on a number of levels for the two teams to share a stadium, but I don't think it's going to happen.

But there's more. June 8 will see voters in Santa Clara going to the voting booth to decide on Measure J. (Named for Jerry Rice?) This will provide funding for a stadium for the 49ers. There is opposition. Money Quote:

It's believed in some circles that the Santa Clara project ultimately won't be viable unless the 49ers and the Raiders share the facility. It's also believed that the Raiders strongly prefer sharing a facility in Oakland.

Either way, the vote is going forward on June 8. A positive outcome doesn't guarantee that the stadium will be built. If the "nays" win, it's pretty much dead.

I just don't see those two teams sharing a stadium. We'll see how this develops

Until next time.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Now THIS Man Is Into Stadiums!

Do you think it's odd that I pay attention to the field, as well as the game being played on it? I understand, I don't take it personally.

I've got nothing on Scott Poleykett of England. He loves soccer and visiting the multitude of 'grounds' around England. He's made it to over 2,400 so far. Money quote:

He began his hobby 12 years ago when he photographed the old Wembley Stadium with his father.

Afterwards he bought a picture book with information about every football ground in the country. "It led to a bit of an obsession," he said.

Wow! I thought I was impressive because I've been to two old Minnesota Twins stadiums.

Until next time.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Target Field is Open!!

The Minnesota Twins opened their brand-new ballpark with a 5-2 win over the Red Sox yesterday!

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The Twins ground crew has opted to go with a simple criss-cross roller pattern on the lovely real grass. It was a beautiful day for the game.

Here's a nice video tour of the new ballpark. Pay attention to the part about some of the seats having wooden backs!

New ballparks don't spring up overnight; the groundbreaking for Target Field was August 30, 2007. No new ballpark post would be complete without a time lapse video of its construction. MLB apparently doesn't like people to embed it's videos so I'll just leave the link here.

It's a beautiful ballpark, and someday I'd love to sit in any one of the 39,504 seats and take in a game.

Until next time.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Adios Texas Stadium!!

Texas Stadium was imploded this morning.

Until next time.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Jersey: Home of New Stadiums

Things have been quite busy in The Garden State as of late! The New York Red Bulls opened their brand new soccer-specific stadium recently, and today was the 'soft-opening' of the New Meadowlands with a lacrosse triple-header.

The Red Bulls hosted the Chicago Fire in their first Major League Soccer game March 27 and the reviews are positive. The New York Times had a nice animated infographic on the stadium. You can check it out here.

Just up the expressway (sorry, I don't have the exit number), New Meadowlands stadium opened today with three lacrosse games. I don't have any quality photos yet, but here is a nice video about the stadium.

Discussing the inside of the new Meadowlands Stadium

Next sporting event there will be a soccer friendly between Mexico and Ecuador.

Outside New Jersey, tomorrow, Sunday April 11 will see out Texas Stadium. It hosted it's first Cowboys game October of 1971, nearly 40 years ago. I'll post some video of the implosion this week.

Until next time.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Vandals Strike in Ann Arbor

Vandals recently struck at Michigan Stadium:

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Money quote:

Damage to the block “M” at the 50-yard line of Michigan Stadium in a weekend vandalism incident likely was done with a large utility knife and caused $1,500 to $2,000 in damage, the stadium's facility manager said Wednesday morning.
A 6-foot by 8-inch chunk of FieldTurf was carved out of the block "M" in a similar fashion someone would cut carpet, Chris Ehman said.

The damage is expected to be repaired in time for the spring football game next weekend.

Until next time.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Blogger ALMOST Suckered in April Fools Joke!!

Sorry I've been away. I've been taking a hiatus to attend to some things.

But I had to come back for this....


LSU has topped Eastern Washington and chosen to go PURPLE with their new field turf!

Or are they?

Money Quote:

The turf will be installed by Turfus and Sons, a subsidiary of Vandalay Industries, which is the largest producer of the rubber material found underneath dangerous playground equipment.

Vandelay Industries? I'll admit, I almost swallowed this one hook, line, and sinker. If I hadn't waited a day, I would've posted a breathless report. Thankfully I waited a day and read the whole 'press release'.

Well played, LSU!

Until next time.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quick hit!

The Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, is converting from FieldTurf to AstroTurf. The FieldTurf was comprised of 1,400 trays. The AstroTurf will be in rolls. Was the consideration the quality of the surface for the sports? No way, as usual the decider was the almighty dollar. Money quote:

With far fewer seams than the old FieldTurf, the new surface is expected to minimize tricky hops on ground balls. But Rogers Centre executives were not focusing on infielders' peace of mind when they made the move to ditch FieldTurf after five years of use.

The FieldTurf surface comprised 1,400 trays of fake grass. It took about 40 hours to remove, stack and store the trays so the stadium could be used for a trade show or rock concert. The new AstroTurf comes in long rolls -- roughly 90 pieces for the baseball field -- allowing crews to finish a stadium conversion in roughly half the time.

With the quicker conversion, more non-sports events can be booked around Jays baseball and Toronto Argonauts football games, generating more revenue for the under-used facility, said Rogers Centre CEO Paul Beeston.

The stadium hosted it's first Blue Jays game on June 5, 1989 so it will be some time before they need a new stadium when we can dream of a real grass field.


Until next time.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Quick hit!

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It's still the depths of winter up in Minnesota, but pitchers and catchers for the Twins will report this Sunday. Once they break camp at the end of March they'll be heading to their brand-spanking new stadium: Target Field.

It's built with a terrific view of downtown Minneapolis, a lovely grass playing field (grown in Colorado).

But, how will it look when the players are actually playing? Thanks to the videogame "MLB 10: The Show" we know.
Check it out:

By the way, the stadium will feature "Knotholes" so fans without tickets will be able to watch the game for free. What could possibly go wrong with this?

Until next time.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

As Turn 2 Turns....


NASCAR kicked-off their season this past Sunday with the 52nd running of the Daytona 500. The premier event of the season featued 500 miles of 200 m.p.h. side-by-side racing and an exciting finish.....that was interrupted by two red-flag delays totaling over two hours to fix a pothole. Yes, The Great American Race was halted, twice, to fix what we civilians face every day in traffic. Here's a shot of the first attempt to fix the pothole.


See the guy with the blowtorch? He's heating the material used to fill in the hole. It needs to be hot to work. The cold temperatures apparently didn't allow the material to set up and cure properly so 36 laps later we had this


For the second fix, NASCAR called for each of the 43 teams to come to their trailer. There, they asked for the teams to bring over their Bondo body filler. That was then put into the hole and the race continued with cars bottoming out when they went over that spot.

So how does this happen? Well, the track was last paved in 1978, so the asphalt isn't exactly new. There has been a lot of rain in the Daytona area so far this year and combined with the cold temperatures can cause problems with asphalt.

NASCAR takes great care of their tracks but, as someone once said, "stuff happens".

Was the hole there before the race? Money quote:

The morning before every Cup race, each speedway (Daytona included, as officials confirmed) has a team of people who walk every inch of the track. Some will line up across Turn 1, some in Turn 2, some on half the backstretch, etc., looking for any signs of a problem on the pavement.
Unless the hole already had started, there's no way track engineers could foresee it coming, even if they walked right over it, which someone probably did.

What is NASCAR doing about it? Another money quote:

Daytona International Speedway today has begun installing reinforced concrete in Turn 2, according to DIS President Robin Braig.

“This is the correct course of action to repair the track,” Braig said. “Our team of engineers and asphalt specialists with North American Testing Corporation has previous experience with concrete being used on an asphalt track and it is a proven solution.”

The next NASCAR race will be in early July. We'll keep an eye on the track.

Until next time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Thousand Words About Pictures

I am not a photographer. I take pictures of my kid and I know when to turn the camera flash on; but I have no pretensions about being the least bit good at it. I don't know anything about lighting or composition or really anything about taking a good picture.
I don't take any of the pictures for this site. I steal them. At least the professional ones anyway. The pros receive some compensation along the way, so I don't feel bad about it. I haven't had any occasion to use an amateur picture. I'm not sure how I'll cross that bridge if/when I come to it.
It's easy. For the still pictures I just right-click and save the image address, then paste that into the field on the photobucket and rip it off. For the shots from television, it's a little tricker. I do a 'targeted' screen grab while the action is happening and hope for the best. Then import them to photobucket and use it over here.

Why do I bring all this up? Because I just found one of the jaw-dropping pictures of a stadium I think I may ever see.
It is an amazing a photograph as you're likely to find, in fact, it won the World Press Photo "Sports Features 2nd Prize Singles" award.

Until next time.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'm Back

Sorry for the interruption!

  • The East-West Shrine game was played at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 23, and I didn't hear anything about bad turf for the game. If you recall, there were major problems at that venue for the two bowl games played there.
  • Super Bowl XLIV was played in Miami this past weekend and the field looked terrific (as usual). I didn't get any captured shots of the field but I did hear that Stadium Associates is selling chunks of the turf. I checked out their site and noticed a little bit of a typo: The picture of the box says it's from Super Bowl XLVI (46) instead of XLIV (44).


Until next time!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Little Bit About Torrey Pines

The PGA Tour returned to the mainland last week and this week The Farmers Insurance Open tees off at Torrey Pines (South and North Courses) in San Diego. The South Course is something of a rarity in two respects. Along with Bethpage Black, it is a course open to the public that has hosted U.S. Open. Even rarer, they've had a female superintendent. Sports Illustrated had a nice piece three years ago about Candice Combs, her rise to become super of the South Course, and other female superintendents. Money quote part one:

"She's probably the most prestigious woman in the industry right now," says Carmen Magro, a former course superintendent who is head of the turfgrass program at Penn State, one of the foremost training grounds for supers in the U.S. "If she has a successful Open," he says, "that will be huge for women in this industry. It will absolutely open doors." And that--breaking golf's grass ceiling--makes Combs proud. "That means something to me," she says. "Hopefully, I'm going to give one for the team."

Of the roughly 10,500 superintendents and 5,500 assistants who belong to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, only 79 supers and 72 assistants are women. Of the 2,000 members who have reached the association's highest level of certification, women--Combs among them--make up barely 1%.

"We're few and far between," says 27-year-old Patty Reedy, who was recently elevated from assistant to head super on the South course at Los Angeles Country Club, making her one of only 16 women supers at private clubs. The lack of numbers isn't surprising. The job entails exhausting physical labor and grueling hours and is complicated by nature's whims and golfers' demands. "This is no place for suits and high heels," says Andrea Bakalyar, 34, super at the Wee course at Williams Creek in Knoxville, Tenn. "It's not for everybody. It's not an easy career."

Money quote part two:

"I love this job," says Nancy Dickens, 47, superintendent and head agronomist of Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. "Every day provides me with an interesting challenge that tests what I know." When she was in her early 30s, Dickens jumped off the corporate ladder at Hallmark Cards after realizing that she didn't want to be chained to a desk. An avid golfer, she began researching jobs in the industry. "Back then I never thought that a woman could do this," she says.

The profession has changed dramatically in recent years. The old greenkeeper was a manual laborer with a green thumb. Says Bruce Williams (a third-generation super who as head of the grounds at L.A. Country Club hired Reedy), "The key to the old days was, you had to withstand the physical part of the job to move yourself through the ranks. Back then, unloading a fertilizer truck was backbreaking. Today we do it with a forklift. The physical aspect is still there, but it isn't make or break anymore."

The path to running a course now runs through university programs like Penn State's, where one or two women (out of a total enrollment of 45) matriculate annually, up from one every few years a decade ago. Reedy was in one of those programs, at Texas A&M. Initially, though, she had no interest in golf or golf courses. "Growing up, I liked doing yard work," she says. "It's as simple as that." In 2001 when a friend took a summer internship in Boston, she went along and found one too, in Brookline under Spence. "The rest is pretty much history," says Reedy, who went on to work at Skokie (Ill.) Country Club for three years before moving to L.A.

What does it take to get a course ready to host a PGA Tour? Well, quite a lot. It starts off eight to ten weeks in advance when a PGA Tour agronomist visits the course for a review and it goes from there. If you've read this far, you'll want to go to the PGA Tour Agronomy Course Conditioning Guidelines and check it out.

Until next time.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Red Turf Confirmed!!

Today, Eastern Washington confirmed their plan to install red FieldTurf in Woodward Field. Tennessee Titans All-Pro and Eastern Washington grad Michael Roos and his wife donated $500,000 towards the project. From the press release, here's a large money quote:

Eastern Athletic Director Bill Chaves, who is working with associate athletic director for development Marc Hughes on the project, said EWU needs to secure additional funding through private contributions before actual replacement can be started. It is hoped that the project can be funded and completed in time for the 2010 season.

"There is no doubt that one of Boise State's claim to fame has been their blue turf and like it or dislike it, it has certainly brought them a tremendous amount of notoriety," said Chaves. "In a similar vein we have a tremendous opportunity at Eastern to do the same by differentiating ourselves with the red turf while providing a superior playing surface."

So, Boise State and the University of New Haven have blue turf, and now EWU has red. Is this going to be a trend? If we see UNH and EWU playing in BCS bowls anytime in the near future, it just might.

Until next time.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Red Turf?!?!?!?!?


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Is this what the future holds for Eastern Wasthington University? There are numerous rumors on the internet. One person said that the announcers on the East-West Shrine game talked about it and said it was a done deal. I'm still chasing this rumor down.

Until next time.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Winston-Salem Will Be Getting Sod

The Winston-Salem Dash are the 'Class A-Advanced' affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and they'll be opening a new stadium this spring. That means sod. Around 2 or 3 acres of the stuff. They'll be installing Tifway 419 (from Sandhill Turf) in March to be ready for their April 13 home opener. The Winston-Salem Journal has our money quote:

Charles "Chuck" Hutchings, a senior project manager for Samet Corp., the general contractor building the ballpark, said that crews are hoping to have the sod installed at the Dash ballpark by the middle of March.

"We're waiting to get it as close to the growing season for sod to implant, which is warmer temperatures, where the sod will actually take root," Hutchings said.

Until next time!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Late Post

I can't believe I didn't include this in the post I just finished!

The Bob Hope Classic is being held on four courses over five days this weekend. If the rain lets up, that is. Palm Springs has been doused by torrential rains the past few days and it has really thrown a wrench in the works of the tournament. The tournament normally be wrapping up the third round this afternoon, but because of the rain, the second round hasn't even been completed yet. Money quote from The Desert Sun:
“I've never seen this much water on the golf course before,” said Tim Putnam, who has served as La Quinta Country Club's course superintendent for eight years.
The La Quinta course is back in the tournament this year and is widely regarded as one of the best conditioned courses on the PGA Tour. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is clear and sunny. I hope they get things worked out!

Until next time.

Quick hit!

Not a lot today. I just wanted to put some old items out there.

Until next time!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Great Metrodome End Zone End Line Mystery...solved!

Welcome to all who have found their way over from Uni Watch. I've been reading it regularly for several months and have become a fan, and even a contributor on occasion.
In the January 18 post, reader Andrew Bartsch noted that the Metrodome end zones had "a separate, distinct end line". I took a long look at the photos that were linked and studied the tapes of Vikings games on NFL Videos and determined that they were actually the same end zone. It's the one on the right when watching on television. The picture of Tony Romo is simply from the reverse angle.
But that doesn't answer the question: Why is there a green stripe in the end line at the Metrodome?

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As we see above, the green stripe is clearly visible. I decided to go straight to the source and emailed Al Kuehner the Supervisor of Field and Grounds for the Metrodome. His answer is actually fairly straightforward:
We have a 15’ wide rubber warning track for baseball which surrounds the stadium. The back of the end zone is 6” from the track.
Regulation lines on a field are four inches wide. That leaves a two inch strip of green turf.
Why don't they paint that? I don't know, I didn't ask. I felt grateful to him for just responding, after all, this is just some blog, not ESPN.

This issue got me digging into my Metrodome stuff and wanted to bring up some other things as well.
The Metrodome had the Twins and Vikings time-sharing the facility and it leads to some interesting things:
The six foot end line isn't painted in at all during baseball season.

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The Twins had a concentric ring pattern in the turf emanating from the pitchers mound. It's still there even in the playoffs.



It's pretty easy to tell where first base was.

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I'm not sure if this Vike was catching a pass at the 30 or sliding into third base.

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In the course of my research I found a great site about baseball stadiums past and present: Clem's Baseball Blog. Check out the Metrodome page.

Until next time!

Sun Life Stadium

Just in time for the Superbowl, the facility previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, and Land Shark Stadium has new name.

Sun Life Stadium. It's got a real ring to it, doesn't it? You can almost hear Brent Musberger while we look from the blimp: "You're looking live at Sun Life Stadium!"

That's a little over three years per name.

Until next time.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Let's fire up the Way-Back Machine!!

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Let's get this thing going!

The other day at Uniwatch there was a link to the first Monday Night Football game on YouTube. It was some ISWT gold!! First, note the length of the grass, you can barely see the tops of their shoes. By the way, this picture is from where they re-enacted the coin toss. Back then, it would take place about 30 minutes before the game.

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This game was September of 1970, late in the season of the Cleveland Indians who shared Municipal Stadium with the Browns. Overall the place looked pretty good, including the Browns end zone:

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Astroturf was widely used back then, and speaking of artifical turf, Howard Cosell.


By the way, the third man in the booth was Dandy Don Meredith. Here's a shot from his playing days. The Saints played at Tulane Stadium and the ground looks a little...rough.


Before we go, remember sponsors from the good old days?

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While watching this game I noticed link on the side to the video of Super Bowl I and got some great shots.
This was the best shot of the midfield. No NFL shield at midfield because it was still two leagues at that point.


The end zones were painted but weren't done with the teams customary design as they are now.
The Packers did have the NFL shield in their end zone:


And the Chiefs end zone had the AFL logo:


I'll keep nosing around YouTube and other places for more finds like this.

Until next time.