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Angels' Mike Trout likes Drake. The Nationals' Bryce Harper opts for Sinatra. Some go with a feel-good ballad from an 80s band called The Outfield. At least a half-dozen players use "Turn Down for What." This is the world of baseball "walk-up" music, the songs that blare through the stands as the batters of the home team stroll to the plate.

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The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing.

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The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the known universe. The only thing is Brazil is a long trek for most of us, and, y'know things around the world cup tend to get a bit... rowdy? Well, Google Maps is bringing Street View to all 12 of the stadiums, so you can explore them from the convenience/safety of your own couch.

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If your stadium is underwritten by a corporation, you've probably noticed how hilariously tacked-on these sponsorships can feel. Let's face it: dog food, orange juice and insurance don't always mesh with baseball history. But these redesigned logos attempt to make the unholy union of ballparks and brands a little less jarring — and they do a damn good job.

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When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was hailed as technological marvel, the first enclosed, air-conditioned stadium ever — and the "eighth wonder of the world," according to some Texans. By 1995, it was so dilapidated that players refused to use it. Today, it's an abandoned shell with a different nickname: "the lonely landmark." And no one knows quite what to do with it.

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From a pair of ideas floated in April, the Falcons have chosen the official conceptual design for their new stadium, set to begin construction next year. It features an eight-piece roof that will twist closed — essentially an iris diaphragm. We hereby nominate, for a nickname, "The Sphincter".