OT: Quickest turnaround for a North American arena/stadium ever?
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03-09-2013, 10:16 AM
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Camden Yards and the United Center were the game changers...which hurt the NBA more than anyone because so many of their buildings were built in the 80s, rendering them obsolete before their 10th birthday in most cases.
It's not just indoor arenas either...Chicago was at the forefront in one movement, but a dinosaur in another - U.S. Cellular Field (then Comiskey Park II) was the last pre-Camden Yards stadium built in baseball and by the time it was entering it's 10th year it was already one of the worst stadiums in the league. Over the course of half a decade they spent almost as much money as it cost to build it to renovate it into a more tolerable stadium. Timing can be a *****...had the White Sox decided to give their 80 year-old stadium another year of life they could have potentially been the team to kick-off the faux-retro trend in baseball instead of having a stadium firmly stuck in-between eras.
On a similar note to the Georgia Dome - the Edward Jones Dome, or whatever the hell they're calling the home of the St. Louis Rams these days. Opened in 1995 and acted as the reason why the Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis...and by 2015 it may be the reason they moved back to Los Angeles.
I always thought the Palace of Auburn Hills was the game changer for basketball arenas. The arena was built in 1989 and still looks modern 24 years later. I do agree with the White Sox. What a dud of a stadium that was. It looks like it was built in the 70's
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