For the past 88 years the red brick Palestra has been at the heart of Philadelphia’s pulsating sports scene.

Michie Stadium has long been on Stadiafile’s ‘must visit’ list. One of the most historic college football venues in the country

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMMUNITY STADIUM
Home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Capacity: 27,350 (soon to be 30,000)
Brighton, UK
Architect: KSS Design Group, 2011

The American Express Community Stadium – aka The Amex – the year-old home of the Championship’s Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is situated just outside the beautiful seaside city of Brighton. Last week Stadiafile took a tour of the new facility and watched the Seagulls dismantle Newcastle United in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

Home of Portsmouth Football Club
Capacity: 21,000
Portsmouth, UK, 1898

Fratton Park is one of the few UK stadiums left designed by renowned Scottish stadium architect Archibald Leitch. Unlike his work at White Hart Lane or Villa Park, which has been covered by renovations over the years, if you squint, Fratton Park looks largely as it did when first built over 100 years ago.

…AND ITS THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS VENUE THIS GENERATION

Today I visited downtown Brooklyn’s Department of Motor Vehicles and discovered they’ve built an arena next door!  Super.  So, after renewing my driver’s license in a stunningly quick twenty minutes, (hat tip to the fine folks at the DMV), I bounded over to the new building for a first look and was very pleased.

Stadiafile visited London’s O2 Arena (re-named ‘North Greenwich Arena’ for the Olympics) for the Olympic basketball semi-final between Spain and Russia. From inside and out, the tent – the largest of its kind in the world – is the main event.

After tireless effort, copious browser refreshing and great consternation, we finally outwitted the enigmatic tickets.London2012.com website and ripped three tickets to the Great Britain-Brazil Olympic Women’s Football match at the colossal Wembley Stadium from our laptop’s Vulcan grip. Historically, Wembley is one of the football world’s great cathedrals, and on this night “the home of football” became a more modern, inclusive version of itself. Over 70,000 men, women and children packed the giant stadium to set a record as the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s football match in the UK.


Fans of the New York Mets exiting home games between the years 1964 and 2008 at Shea Stadium led a familiar march. Depending on the outcome of the game, fans would dejectedly shuffle or elatedly bounce down one of eight, 10-story-high circulation ramps