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Football stadiums
Owens, Tom, 1960-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 26 cm.
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GV415 .O94 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV415 .O94 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The first book in a new series focusing on the history of sports arenas, Football Stadiums contrasts the stadiums used in the early days of pro football with those of today and those planned for the future. A behind-the-scenes look at the planning and developing of new stadiums, including what designers do to make fans feel part of the game. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and sparked with quotes from players, fans, managers, and designers, this book is perfect for the sports enthusiast and the pop culture history buff!

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Owens discusses many aspects of football stadiums: their design, replacement, funding, amenities, and history. If all that sounds a bit dry, rest assured that the book is not. He peppers the text with anecdotes, quotes, and well-chosen controversies that include such topics as how traditions are disrupted by the design of a new stadium and the advantages and disadvantages of playing in a stadium converted from (or shared with) a baseball field. Many photographs illustrate the text, and frequent sidebars expand it with commentary and fast facts. Fans who want to know about the history of a particular stadium will need to look elsewhere, but this is an entertaining introduction for kids who are curious about football fields as well as their favorite teams. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-An informative look at the economics, design, planning, and history of these popular arenas. Students can learn about architects who specialize in stadiums, model makers, and turf-management people, all of whom are essential in building sports palaces. Owens focuses on the HOK Sports Facilities Group, which designed 30 out of the 32 current pro-football stadiums. There are strong sections on choosing the site on which to build, planning with local government officials, following ADA guidelines, and designing the structures for the fans' comfort and viewing pleasure. The chapters on financing, the role of lobbyists, selling stock, and cities bidding against one another for rights to an NFL team may be building blocks for a unique lesson in economics. The controversy over preserving the past while creating the future is also part of this book. Quotes from players and fans bring a personal touch and an inside look at what a stadium means to people. A short chapter covers the Canadian Football League and alternate sites at which an NFL team may play. Color and black-and-white photographs enliven the presentation. While the immediate audience for this book may be limited to serious sports fans, there is a wealth of interesting turf covered here.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.