Sports, Architecture Stadiums

Chad Seifried and Donna Pastore wrote an interesting article on Cookie-cutter sports facilities in Sports History Review.

From 1953 to the late 1980s over thirty eight baseball and football stadiums sprang up across the US. From St. Louis to New York City and San Francisco, these places hosted both baseball and football teams. DC Stadium, later RFK Stadium, was one of them.

President Kennedy at the All Star Game

President Kennedy at the All Star Game

Despite their hard concrete shell and sameness, these stadiums were significant economic boosts for the team owners and more comfortable for the fans. The numbers of concession stands and restrooms climbed over the old stadiums.  RFK Stadium compares somewhat down from the average in both categories.

RFK ranked in the top third for parking spaces but in the bottom quarter for both luxury boxes and club seats despite being in the middle in total capacity for baseball and football games.

As Capital Sporting Grounds shows in its final chapter, the construction of the stadium was not a simple proposition. The stadium took 37 months to build, nine months more than the average for the 38 cookie-cutter stadiums and its cost put it right in the middle.

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