Because making a top 5 list is the only way to get your shit read…
I wonder how many people have this as a tattoo.
Last night marked the final baseball game played at “The House that Ruth Built,” the Bronx’s own Yankee Stadium. Now while it is well known that the staff of OKNPFB are all Seattle Mariners fans stuck in the New York metropolitan area, we have nevertheless enjoyed every game we’ve attended at Yankee Stadium. It is the quintessential baseball stadium.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating the storied history of this great ballpark, but their is a fine line between between honoring it and going all gay for it. (Digression – this is assuming the stadium is a dude and the majority of Yankee fans, despite strong homo erotic behavior and tendencies, are straight males. Disregard this if you are either a woman or a gay dude. – End digression)
Last night, one of the commentators (no, I don’t know the Yankees radio personalities by name) said the many ceremonies preceding the game were “celebrating the most famous sporting venue in the history of the world.”
Hold it right there, buster. The whole world? All of history? A baseball stadium? I think not, sir.
First off, there is no doubt that it is the most famous baseball stadium and at a minimum in the top three of most famous venues in America. It is true that foreign players often speak of wanting nothing more than to play there, but these players come from a very small number of countries, primarily Caribbean and East Asian nations. I would be willing to guess that if you asked the majority of people in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, they probably wouldn’t know of its existence.
Now you can argue that point forever, and I hardly give a shit if you do, but one thing that is astoundingly evident is how Yankees fans are the some of the most self-centered in all of sports. Not the doucheiest fans, mind you; you still have that honor Philadelphia. Though you’d be an asshole if you endured 100 years of heartbreak.
So here it is, my list of 5 4 sporting venues that are more famous than Yankee Stadium:
Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
Image stolen from Wikipedia, or some other place.
The “Bird’s Nest” as it came to be called is one of the most famous venues on Earth if only due to the sheer number of people who have seen or know of it -wait, that’s what famous means, ah fuck it. Being that the Olympics were the most watched television event, let alone sporting event, in the history of forever, it definitely gets a sport in the top 5.
Fun facts: The stadium was built for $423 million, approximately 1/10 of what it would cost to build in the West. Save money by not providing a things like decent wages or safety! I’m just kidding, I’m pretty sure steel is cheap there, too!
Wembley Stadium (Both New and Old), London, England
Don't think I'm giving you a pass, American soccer fans, that shit still isn't right.
London’s Wembley Stadium holds over 90,000 people, most of whom have adorable British accents. In whatever form, Wembley has hosted the World Cup Final and hosted the UEFA Champions cup a record five times. According to the 90% of the world, that’s a big deal. Listen, I know its soccer, take a break.
Considering the hundreds of millions of people that watch that crap, Wembley is more famous. Plus if you take into account internationally broadcast concerts such as Band-Aid or the concert for Dianna or whatnot, I think it gets into the top 5.
The old stadium held even more, and over 240,000 bum rushed the stadium for a 1923 championship. It has also hosted the Olympics and several pre-season American (Real) Football games.
Salt Lake Stadium, Calcutta, India
Built on top of where Temple of Doom took place.
See, thing are getting tricky now. Might have to pull out some wild cards. Check me out on this one, Salt Lake Stadium in Calcutta is the second largest stadium in the world (next to the soccer stadium in North Korea) and is in a country with over a billion people. Being that there are well over a billion people in the know about this place, and there are likely far fewer fans of baseball, this place beats Yankee Stadium.
Flavian Amphitheatre, Rome, Italy
You saw this coming, right?
At nearly 2,000 years old, the Roman Coliseum is one of the oldest structures in the world as well as being THE most famous sporting facility in the history of the world. Not only is it the most famous, it’s also the coolest. It sat over 50,000, had a retractable roof, was floodable for sea battles, and an estimated 500,000 people were killed in the bloody ‘games’ of the time.
Seriously, if I could pay to watch Christians get eaten by lions, I would, despite how uncomfortable the stone seats must’ve been.
Me = Jealous of the spectators.
So that’s it, the top five four sports facilities that are more famous than Yankee Stadium. I thought about putting in the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquette Club, but decided against. Leave me a comment with an arena you think is more famous than the “House that Ruth Built.”