April 27, 2012

Stadiums - shrines for sporting travellers

Devashish Fuloria

Players perform and go, but stadiums remain as the custodians of sport. Rohit Brijnath in Live Mint writes about how stadiums are theatres and museums at once.

For sporting travellers—like the grown bankers I saw reduced to babbling boys as they prepared for a maiden visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) last winter—the geographies that matter in sport are not cities, but the arenas within them. The Nou Camp, Fenway Park, St Andrew. Nope, never been to any. Nor to Rio’s Maracana, which is why it would be sinful not to pack a bag for the 2014 World Cup and at least stand in an arena which, during the 1950 World Cup, held 199,854 people.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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