The American sports stadium, in all its raucous glory, is a shockingly overlooked centerpiece of our national culture. In this game-changing romp, intrepid sportswriter Rafi Kohan finagles access to our most beloved fields to find out just what makes them tick: from old-timer Wrigley, creakily adjusting to the twenty-first century, to the flashy new lights of Jerry’s World in Dallas; from the uneasy return to enthusiasm at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium to the roller-coaster economy of LeBron’s Cleveland. Investigating quirky logistics and deeply ingrained traditions that encourage rowdy customs— like scalper turf wars window-shattering fighter-jet flyovers and death-defying halftime acts — Kohan debunks reductive truisms to expose the often punishing realities of building and maintaining these commercial cathedrals of sports worship. Rollicking and unforgettable The Arena is a must-read for superfans, shameless, bandwagoners, athletes, broadcasters, umpires, groundskeepers, architects, culture junkies, tailgaters, and anyone who’s ever eagerly headed off to the ballpark to catch a game.
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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