In the 21st century, architects and engineers are the artists of modern times. So, pack your passport and camera as we visit some of the most breathtaking stadiums from around the globe.
Jordan Field opened in 2010, and sits literally in the shadow of Harvard’s football stadium in Boston, MA – the venerable football stadium can be seen in the background, and is actually open to the public; plenty of joggers and other athletes can be found inside running the steps or walking around the concrete stands, and several Harvard athletics team use the field itself for practice.
From L.A. to The O.C. (Los Angeles to Orange County), southland sports fans will never suffer from a shortage of teams to cheer for. With fans having a choice of two teams to cheer for in each major sport, as of this 2018 season, Major League Soccer fans throughout the southland will also have their choice of two teams to cheer for with the addition of the Los Angeles Football Club.
The Portland soccer scene is one that has been booming for the better part of the last decade. With the success of the Portland Timbers, culminating in their recent MLS championship, the city has continued to be a guide for what soccer teams are doing right. Part of this success comes in the form of the Portland Thorns. While women’s professional soccer has struggled outside of the USA National Team, the Thorns have thrived. The team has two championships, play in the home of the Timbers, pack the stands every night, and now hold the NWSL single-game attendance record, with over 21,000 fans watching women play professional soccer at one time.
On July 14th, MLS squad D.C. United opened their new home, Audi Field, with an inaugural match win against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Some fans may most remember the Yamil Asad score that became the first goal in Audi Field history, but all should eventually be happy to leave the team’s long term home of RFK Stadium, built in 1961 and home from the team’s beginning up to the end of last season.
Audi Field was specifically made for MLS regulation soccer. The stadium interior is beautiful. The seats are comfortable and have built-in cup holders. The width from seat backs to the next row seat fronts is very comfortable, I witnessed people over 6ft in height not hitting their knees on the backs of the seats in front of them. The tilt of the seats is 30 degrees on the east and 35 degrees on the west which makes the seating steep. Steep seating coupled with the row staggering of the seats gives fans less of a chance that a tall fan in front of them can block their field view. The field was green and immaculate, the scoreboard was bright and detailed, the sound system was just right and as a whole all parts of the stadium came together to make a great experience.