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Stadiums I Need To Get Back To

Posted by Sean Rowland on September 9, 2014

A lot has changed since my 2003 visit to Montreal…namely a camera that does not use film!

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While my ultimate goal if I’m able to visit a stadium is to see one I have never been to, there is also a part of me that wants to go back to an old place. Of course there are amazing home team venues that I could experience a game in over and over (The Palestra, Camp Randall Stadium, Providence Park, etc.), but the facilities that follow below are ones that I feel the need to return for a specific review reason. Most of the stadiums on my return list are because they pre-date the digital camera era, so I desperately want to get cleaner pictures. Two of those, I plan on taking care of within the next few months: Syracuse’s Carrier Dome and Montreal’s Bell Centre. In addition, here are a few places that I’d like to work in a return:

 

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1)  Madison Square Garden  –  New York Rangers

A three-year renovation transformed the Garden with a lot of changes. Concourses are wider, while the seating bowl is unfortunately more a standard arena set-up. I’ll have to see if the atmosphere has changed for myself.

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2)  PNC Field  –  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

I’m struggling on whether this qualifies as a new stadium altogether as opposed to a renovated one. Former Lackawanna County Stadium closed for a year and essentially was re-built. The team went through a new branding as well. I’m leaning towards making this a new stadium, but we’ll put that decision off until later.

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3)  MCU Park  –  Brooklyn Cyclones

This is the highest rated minor-league ballpark out of the 48 that I have been to and I think the fan support/atmosphere has a lot to do with that. While the Cyclones are still a huge draw, I’m curious if the game atmosphere is what I thought it was ten years ago, when I quite early and green in my travels. Regardless, still a great ballpark, just a pain to get to.

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4)  Reilly Center  –  St. Bonaventure Bonnies

Another one with a re-evaluation of the atmosphere, but I mainly want to go back because it was a snowstorm during my visit way back in 2002. I didn’t get a chance to see much of the exterior and we were relatively late so there was not much time to roam the Reilly Center.

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