Observations on sports, from the perspective of "BrockTalk" Jackson
Monday, August 10, 2009
Home Sweet Home
It seemed like just another Sunday. There was darkness overhead without a hint of a breeze. Then all of a sudden the heavens opened up to reveal glorious sunshine and create a wonderful pleasing light wind. It was like someone upstairs was thinking of the followers below and the need to be set free from the dreary prison in which they were being held captive.
Of course, I speak of the roof opening at Rogers Centre during the Blue Jays game yesterday.
I'm not the biggest Rogers Centre (er, Skydome) fan, but it is something pretty amazing when that massive roof opens up and lets in all the sunshine.
So it got me thinking about my favourite stadiums in sports. Of course, I haven't been to ALL the stadiums, so I'm going to base my reviews on how they come across on tv. When I'm flipping the channels, if I see a game being played in one of these stadiums, they instantly capture my interest:
MLB Fenway Park, Boston. The green monster, the short porch in right, the proximity of the fans to the field. Originally opened in 1912, that place has stood the test of time (with some renovations of course)
NBA Staples Centre, LA. Jack Nicholson, Justin Timberlake, Denzel Washington...they're all courtside for the Lake Show (not so much when the Clippers play there.) The star power alone makes the Staples Centre a "must stop" when channel surfing. Plus the way they've lit the building/floor makes it even more Hollywood.
NFL Lambeau Field, Green Bay. Not so much in the fall, but in the winter, how can you NOT stop and check out the "frozen tundra" of Lambeau. Not to mention how cool it looks to have this massive stadium right in the middle of neighbourhood!
CFL Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, Regina. It's always a fun stadium to see on tv due to the wacko Rider Nation. It's like a train wreck watching the knuckleheads in the stands wearing watermelons on their heads and pounding their 12th Pilsner of the 1st half cheer on their Riders.
NHL Madison Square Garden, New York. A tough call, since so many rinks look like one another. But considering all the history in the builidng, watching a game from MSG in En-y-ce is special. Plus, when announcers say "the buzzer sounds to end the 1st period"...it's actually a buzzer! Gotta love the World's Most Famous Arena.
Which stadiums are your favourite? I'd love to know!