Many Americans know more about the stadiums that loom over their cityscapes or college campuses than they do about any other aspect of the nationâ€™s geography. Stadiums serve as iconic monuments of urban and university identities. Indeed, the power of sport in modern American culture has produced â€˜sportscapesâ€™â€”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 â€˜built environmentâ€™ in which Americans watch and play games and the larger social environments that the nationâ€™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.
Table of Contents
1. Prologue â€“ Cathedrals of Sport: Mapping New Territories Mark Dyreson 2. Setting the Scene â€“ Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice: When Americans Really Built Programmes to Foster Healthy Lifestyles, 1918â€“1940 Roberta J. Park 3. Far More Than Commercialism: Stadium Building from Harvardâ€™s Innovations to Stanfordâ€™s â€˜Dirt Bowlâ€™ Ronald A. Smith 4. If We Build It Will They Come? The Plans for a National Stadium and American Olympic Desires Mark Dyreson 5. â€˜Ivy-Coloured Glassesâ€™: The Myth of Wrigley Field Gregg Twietmeyer 6. Stadiums, Boosters, Politicians and Major League Baseballâ€™s Reluctance to Expand: An Exploration of Post-Second World War US Trends Michael Lomax 7. From â€˜The Finest Ballpark in Americaâ€™ to â€˜The Jewel of the Waterfrontâ€™: The Construction of San Franciscoâ€™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 Pittsburghâ€™s Three Rivers Stadium Robert Trumpbour 10. Epilogue â€“ Cathedrals of Sport: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future Robert Trumpbour
Mark Dyreson is an associate professor of kinesiology and an affiliate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University. He has published more than fifty journal articles and book chapters and several books including Making the American Team: Sport, Culture and the Olympic Experience (University of Illinois Press, 1998), Crafting Patriotism for Global Dominance: America at the Olympics (Routledge, 2008), and, with J.A. Mangan, Sport and American Society: Insularity, Exceptionalism and 'Imperialism' (Routledge, 2007).
Robert Trumpbour is assistant professor of communications at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College. He is the author of The New Cathedrals: Politics and Media in the History of Stadium Construction (Syracuse University Press, 2007). He has written in and has been invited to speak at a variety of venues, including an invitation to Harvard Law School, on the politics of ballpark construction. Trumpbour is active in several organizations, including AEJMC, MAPACA, NASSH, and SABR.