We think of gladiatorial combats unfolding in the historic Roman Colosseum, just as we picture a tennis match being played out at Wimbledon in London. When we think of golf, we conjure up images of Augusta and St. Andrews, and one would be hard pressed to consider a soccer match taking place anywhere other than Wembley Stadium.
Unfortunately, pro sports in America have taken for granted the stadiums in which they play. Consider the fact that other than the Chicago Bears, every NFL team plays in a stadium that is less than 60 years old (and even Soldier Field, home of the Bears, underwent a renovation in 2003). A majority of baseball stadiums have been built in the past 20 years.
The temporal argument is just a piece of the puzzle, however, as naming rights often belong to the corporation with the deepest pockets, which has bastardized any tradition in American professional sports.
College football is different, though. Many teams play in true relics, shrines even, of the game. Many of the stadiums are 60 years old or longer and have undergone minor renovations, if any. When stepping foot inside one of these hallowed halls, one can truly breathe in the tradition of years and years of athletes, coaches, students and legends that have passed before them. College football stadiums remain one of the few uncorrupted areas of American society.
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