Although 25 years and 100 seasons have come and gone without a parade down Broad Street, Philadelphia can proudly say it is the city with the best sports facilities in the country.
Really. Think about it.
We don’t have Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, but Philadelphia is at the top of the rankings in each major sport. While it would be nice to have a place like Fenway Park, Boston has to suffer (for once this decade) through having TD Banknorth Garden. It might as well be called the Concrete Rectangle Garden. It has to be the ugliest exterior of a modern American sports arena.
Philadelphia is home to two modern and state of the art stadiums built in the last 5 years (Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field). ESPN ranked The Bank the 4th best ballpark while The Linc ranked 6th. In addition, the CoreStates Center…I mean First Un….Wachovia Center is merely 12 years old with many recent upgrades including the massive AT&T Pavilion.
For those traditionalists, the Spectrum remains operational as the home of the Phantoms, KIXX, circus, and various ice shows.
Even though it isn’t a professional sports arena, don’t forget about The Palestra (the Cathedral of college basketball). The Palestra is over 80 years old and hosts Penn Quakers athletics as well as the Big Five.
The Best of the Rest
(Note: Finalists only included cities with at least four professional teams)
Chicago (Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, Soldier Field, United Center
Denver (Coors Field, Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium, Pepsi Center)
Dallas (Ameriquest Field in Arlington, American Airlines Center, Cowboys Stadium as of next season)