Thursday, June 03, 2010

Stadia

Britain’s Sports Pro magazine has selected what they call “the world’s best sports venues” based on ''legacy, location, history, size, versatility, grandeur and technology'--and Melbournians are up in arms that the MCG, AKA the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AKA the Cathedral of Sport, only ranks fifteenth, a lowly ranking they say for "the spiritual home of Australian sport"; a place oozing with history that hosts an average crowd of around 50,000 spectators twice a weekend over the Australian winter, and over 90,000 in AFL finals season.

I must confess, I’m not too happy myself.  But there are some stunning stadia that are on their list.

WorldGamesStadium-taiwan-600x400 World Games Stadium, Taiwan

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Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, Abu Dhabi (above and below)

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Cowboys Stadium, Dallas

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Wembley Stadium, London

NouCamp-barca-600x400 Nou Camp, Barcelona

MeydanRacecourse-dubai-600x400 Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

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Flushing Meadows, New York

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“The G” in action

No-one will be surprised to hear that Eden Park didn’t make the cut.

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