Archive for April 5, 2009

Modernity vs. nostalgia

Posted: April 5, 2009 in sports opinion

Carlos Zambrano stepped into it with his off-the-cuff remarks, but let’s really look at it.

“You come into a ballpark like this and you see great things,” the Cubs ace told The Associated Press on Saturday before his team’s 10-1 exhibition loss at the sparkling ballpark in the Bronx.

“You wish that Chicago’d build a new stadium for the Cubs,” he said.

Wrigley Field needs to be replaced? ‘Los, how about you don’t stress yourself thinking, ok? It only gets you into trouble.

Let’s get to it. I’m all for modernizing facilities but a wholesale replacement is unnnecessary. Have a place for the players and *sigh* corporate sponsors, but leave the rest of the stadium alone.

Wrigley Field is one of a few stadiums in baseball, let alone sports, that are must-see. The others are Camden Yards in Baltimore and Fenway Park in Boston. With the new Yankee Stadium, that removes one from the list. The House that Ruth Built is now the House that Guilani Financed.

Let’s continue with other sports. For football, you have Soldier Field in Chi, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, and of course the new Cowboy Stadium down in TX. Possibly, the Meadowlands up in NJ/NY.

College football, there’s Ohio State and Michigan. Professional basketball, Madison Square Garden, of course. Possibly the Staples Center in LA, but I’m not really sold on it.

For college basketball, you have Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS, Rupp Arena in Kentucky, Cameron in Durham and the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill.

Did I miss anyone? I’m sure the other writers will chime in with there suggestions.