The Sports world: “Cookie Cutters”

Nick Jones, Reporter

    In a time where sports teams were sprouting up across the country and more and more people were moving into these cities and suburbs, city planners have decided to save room, time, and money to create stadiums with multi-use for multiple teams. These stadiums have become known as “cookie Cutters”. These stadiums were bland circles of seats and grass. These stadiums would feature no view of the city or environment around them with the only purpose in making money. Many stadiums followed the same design and only a handful would have something distinguishing them from one another. 

   Many people remember these stadiums all looking alike, each stadium was able to be used for baseball, football, basketball, and even soccer. Some of the stadiums that were notable at the time were located in cities with baseball and football teams as it would end up saving more money and space than having two completely separate fields. 

   The first of these “donuts” is RFK stadium in Washington D.C. RFK is also one of the many still standing though it closed in 2017. This stadium hosted the Washington Nationals, the Washington Red Skins (now the Washington football team) and D.C. United soccer club. RFKs design led to the construction of circular stadiums in Shea Stadium in New York, and Atlanta-Fulton county stadium in Atlanta. 

   Many teams were catching onto the concept and decided to put their own spin of some of these stadiums. The Astrodome in Houston became the first domed stadium on the United states followed by the Kingdome in Seattle in 1976. Both of these stadiums are no longer in use.

   One of the most memorable Multi-Use stadiums would be Busch Memorial Stadium. Unlike the other stadiums at the time, Busch Stadium added a little pizazz to its structure including a berm in the outfield, and giant trusses that gave the stadium a more pleasant view. Sadly, this stadium was demolished in 2005.

   Skip ahead to current times and only three of the stadiums still stand, RFK stadium, The Astrodome, and the Oakland Coliseum still stand with Oaklands being the only one still in use. RFK is slated for demolition in early 2022. The Astrodome sits on the national register of historical places with no plans in the future. 

   The history of these stadiums showcased a mess of technological failure and innovation. Even though these stadiums may not be in use anymore they show the newer generation of sports fans a low point on stadium architecture.