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Two things:

1. Why is this thread in "Sports Logos" instead of "Sports in General?"

2. I don't think anyone had posted this image of the Rams playing at Busch Stadium before they built the dome:
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Note that oddly enough they left the dirt patches in.

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Hasn't been posted yet and was definitely unique. Soon to be abandoned Turner Field back when it was the Olympic Stadium.

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Metro Atlanta taxpayers must really love subsidizing pro sports with their tax dollars. Both stadia are in more than fine shape. Turner is 17yo and the dome just turned 21. Given the fact that multiple studies have concluded that stadia provide little to no economic benef other than subsidizing the teams themselves. Not to mention ATL's reputation for being one of the most fan apathetic towns in the country.

The only Atlanta stadium to be exempt from criticizing is the Omni, and that's because construction crews didn't take into account the city's humid climate impact on the arena's steel.

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Other than that, Atlanta's sports fans tend to be duked into grand larceny lax about financing new sports stadiums.

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Unless my memory is failing me (which is quite possible), we have manage to go 10 pages without mentioning Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Landshark/Sun Life Stadium.

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IIRC, back in '93-94, the Marlins infield used a really dark brown dirt infield as well.

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In the Busch Stadium pic above, In '95, they had to leave the dirt in because the turf cutouts that went in the sliding pits were sticking up too high. They had problems with the automatic tarp on the first base line too, they had to fill it in with dirt because the cover sat down too low.

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In the Busch Stadium pic above, In '95, they had to leave the dirt in because the turf cutouts that went in the sliding pits were sticking up too high. They had problems with the automatic tarp on the first base line too, they had to fill it in with dirt because the cover sat down too low.

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Wait is that just brown astroturf? Is there at least dirt where the players have to slide?

I umpired some baseball games this past summer at Salem State University (Massachusetts). The baseball field is all turf, but I think I remember the pitching circle being real dirt.

The players get used to it, although the ball does roll pretty far.

I wondered if it was going to be weird for the players to slide on turf instead of real dirt, but no one said it felt any different, only that there is a greater likelihood of sliding past the base, because turf/pellets have less friction than real dirt.

Those turf fields drain very well after rainstorms, so I don't see them going away.

The downside is that in warm weather, add 15-20° to the air temperature to get the on-field temperature. I've seen a fellow umpire's cleats start to melt from the heat (if there is a runner on base, one of the umpire will be positioned between the pitching mound and second base, and there can be long stretches of time where that umpire does not get to move around much).

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Wait is that just brown astroturf? Is there at least dirt where the players have to slide?

I umpired some baseball games this past summer at Salem State University (Massachusetts). The baseball field is all turf, but I think I remember the pitching circle being real dirt.

The players get used to it, although the ball does roll pretty far.

I wondered if it was going to be weird for the players to slide on turf instead of real dirt, but no one said it felt any different, only that there is a greater likelihood of sliding past the base, because turf/pellets have less friction than real dirt.

Those turf fields drain very well after rainstorms, so I don't see them going away.

The downside is that in warm weather, add 15-20° to the air temperature to get the on-field temperature. I've seen a fellow umpire's cleats start to melt from the heat (if there is a runner on base, one of the umpire will be positioned between the pitching mound and second base, and there can be long stretches of time where that umpire does not get to move around much).

ya, infact turf field have to be watered to keep them cool and keep the field from melting during the day, and ya it also gets hotter because the sun is being absorbed by the black pellets that then radiate the heat upwards from the ground

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Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

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The hell? This stadium has the same roofing as the Metrodome?

Yep, but it's a baseball only stadium unlike the convertible Metrodome was or the Football/Soccer stadium like BC Place in Vancouver, Silverdome, etc... were. And unlike all of its brethren it's still standing with no long term plans to tear it down. They even came up with a catchy nickname for it, "the Big Egg".

In fact there's really only one remotely US style ballpark in Japan down in Hiroshima.

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Wait is that just brown astroturf? Is there at least dirt where the players have to slide?

I umpired some baseball games this past summer at Salem State University (Massachusetts). The baseball field is all turf, but I think I remember the pitching circle being real dirt.

The players get used to it, although the ball does roll pretty far.

I wondered if it was going to be weird for the players to slide on turf instead of real dirt, but no one said it felt any different, only that there is a greater likelihood of sliding past the base, because turf/pellets have less friction than real dirt.

Those turf fields drain very well after rainstorms, so I don't see them going away.

The downside is that in warm weather, add 15-20° to the air temperature to get the on-field temperature. I've seen a fellow umpire's cleats start to melt from the heat (if there is a runner on base, one of the umpire will be positioned between the pitching mound and second base, and there can be long stretches of time where that umpire does not get to move around much).

ya, infact turf field have to be watered to keep them cool and keep the field from melting during the day, and ya it also gets hotter because the sun is being absorbed by the black pellets that then radiate the heat upwards from the ground

My old junior college played on an all turf field and there were times where it was downright miserable. It was in Rocklin, California (just east of Sacramento) and it was known for being sweltering hot. It was at one point the training camp home of the 49ers, but they ended up moving because the heat was so terrible. I remember a game that opened the season where it hit 115 degrees, and it was close to 140 on the field. Guys from both teams were dropping like flies. As bad as games at Sun Devil Stadium can be, I swear that games there were still worse.

Anyone heard of schools changing from the rubber pellets to cork in order to keep the temperature down? Anyone ever played on one of those fields?

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Here's an oldie, but a goodie that everyone who has ever seen "The Natural" should recognize.

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War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo which was basically a football stadium that had a diamond shoehorned into it for almost 30 years (in a reverse of the similar set up at the LA Coliseum when the Dodgers played there). It was also the first home of the Bills.

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Here is a few international stadiums the NFL has held games at.

Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

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Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

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When were the Mexico and Tokyo games?

Mexico was in October 2005. Tokyo was a pre-season game in 2005. That Tokyo game is Atlanta v. Indy so there's that

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Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

050807_1.jpg

The hell? This stadium has the same roofing as the Metrodome?

Yep, but it's a baseball only stadium unlike the convertible Metrodome was or the Football/Soccer stadium like BC Place in Vancouver, Silverdome, etc... were. And unlike all of its brethren it's still standing with no long term plans to tear it down. They even came up with a catchy nickname for it, "the Big Egg".

In fact there's really only one remotely US style ballpark in Japan down in Hiroshima.

Not only is it staying, but the Tokyo Dome is basically a huge iconic building for Pro Wrestling in Japan, with New Japan Pro Wrestling holding their legendary January 4th show every year which is akin to Wrestlemania here in the States.

Both the Tokyo Dome and Madison Square Garden are the main meccas of Pro Wrestling.

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There's actually been a ton of NFL games played internationally. I remembered a Cowboys game in Mexico in the 90's and that got me searching: American Bowl There's fruitful searching there if someone wants to dig up the pictures, since obviously none of those are NFL stadiums.

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