Many Americans know more about the stadiums that loom over their cityscapes or college campuses than they do about any other aspect of the nation’s geography. Stadiums serve as iconic monuments of urban and university identities. Indeed, the power of sport in modern American culture has produced ‘sportscapes’—landscapes literally shaped by their devotion to athletic competition. Curiously, given the importance of the secular cathedrals in American culture, historians have paid little attention to these edifices. The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport seeks to remedy that oversight. This book will analyze stadiums from a variety of perspectives, paying special attention to the links between the ‘built environment’ in which Americans watch and play games and the larger social environments that the nation’s sporting practices inhabit. The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport explores the role of stadiums in shaping urban identities, determining the economics of intercollegiate athletics, influencing local and national politics.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
1. Prologue – Cathedrals of Sport: Mapping New Territories Mark Dyreson 2. Setting the Scene – Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice: When Americans Really Built Programmes to Foster Healthy Lifestyles, 1918–1940 Roberta J. Park 3. Far More Than Commercialism: Stadium Building from Harvard’s Innovations to Stanford’s ‘Dirt Bowl’ Ronald A. Smith 4. If We Build It Will They Come? The Plans for a National Stadium and American Olympic Desires Mark Dyreson 5. ‘Ivy-Coloured Glasses’: The Myth of Wrigley Field Gregg Twietmeyer 6. Stadiums, Boosters, Politicians and Major League Baseball’s Reluctance to Expand: An Exploration of Post-Second World War US Trends Michael Lomax 7. From ‘The Finest Ballpark in America’ to ‘The Jewel of the Waterfront’: The Construction of San Francisco’s Major League Baseball Stadiums Maureen M. Smith 8. If They Built It? Stadium Dreams and Rustbelt Realities in Cleveland Philip Suchma 9. Civil Rights and Sports Landmarks: Discrimination, Jobs and Activism in the Construction of Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium Robert Trumpbour 10. Epilogue – Cathedrals of Sport: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future Robert Trumpbour