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Old 11-17-2009, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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I made this thread, because I wanted to see what people thought was the most known and premier venue in sports/music in the U.S.? If I had to pick a premier venue, I would have to select Madison Square Garden, followed by Staples Center in Los Angeles. I feel like these two venues are the most talked about arenas in the country, which hosts all the famous sporting events and all of the most well known concert performers not only in the country, but all over the world.

One arena (MSG), is known for being the world's most famous arena, while the other arena (Staples Center), is the current capital of the basketball world, and has hosted some talked about events in it's short 10 year history like Michael Jackson's Memorial, the Grammy's and the Oscars.

For all of you, which arena/venue is the most prominent in the U.S., and why would you feel like that arena/venue is the most prominent?
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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Madison is popular for namesake and historical importance, but that doesn't equal "premiere" in my mind. I'd think that would go to the Staples Center.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:54 AM
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The first two Billion-dollar sports facilities in the US are the new Yankee Stadium in NYC and Cowboys Stadium in Irving, TX, both of which opened this year. Those would have to be considered the most well-appointed new venues.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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The first two Billion-dollar sports facilities in the US are the new Yankee Stadium in NYC and Cowboys Stadium in Irving, TX, both of which opened this year. Those would have to be considered the most well-appointed new venues.
I may be mistaken, but it seems the OP is thinking more along the lines of an arena that houses both sports and music. Yes, the new Yankee Statidum is fierce, but it functions mostly as a baseball field, not a sports/music venue.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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If they could get the Houston Astrodome fixed up; It would easily be one of the best venues in this country.....again.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:48 AM
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I may be mistaken, but it seems the OP is thinking more along the lines of an arena that houses both sports and music. Yes, the new Yankee Statidum is fierce, but it functions mostly as a baseball field, not a sports/music venue.
I don't know much about Yankee Stadium, but living in Texas, we hear a lot about Cowboys Stadium. It has already hosted a U2 concert and more music events are planned. Its 100-footer is one of the biggest video screens in the world.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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There are so many nice arenas in the U.S. I'm not sure I could pick one that stands above the rest. Almost every medium to large sized city has one...and some of them, like Tulsa's BOK Center, are brand new and really beautiful.

BOK Center
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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When I created the thread, I was mostly thinking about arenas, but I guess you can throw stadiums into the mix as well. Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park & Wrigley would be the premier baseball venues in the country, and for football, I would say that Cowboys Stadium, Giants Stadium and Lambeau Field would be the premier NFL stadiums.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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One more thing:

In my opinion, I would say that Madison Square Garden is the best, and most electric arena in the U.S. I'll never forget the first time I visited the Garden in 2006 for the Big East Tournament. I loved the seats I had, and I loved the fact that the arena was right square in the middle of Midtown where you could walk a few blocks to Times Square and are just a hop and a skip from all of the most happening spots in Manhattan. There aren't many if any arenas in the country with a central downtown location, as well as history and significance like the Garden. My future trip to NYC will include a stop over at MSG, and hopefully a Knick game.
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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it's really hard to target premier

in AZ the University of Phoenix stadium has had a pretty good start

annual host of the fiesta bowl, has hosted a BCS championship game (and is in the rotation for future games), hosted a super bowl, will host wrestlemania this year, large concerts like U2, hosted NCAA mens basketball western regional, etc

the stadium has some state of the art features and offers a premier experience to many people in search of a venue

but I wouldn't say that it's iconic

MSG definitely is iconic

a place like Red Rocks Ampitheater stands out as an iconic music venue
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