Wrigley Field, Chicago: Home of the Cubs since 1916, it is, by default, the first corporate-named stadium. In 1937, Bill Veeck planted vines against the outfield wall to increase the property value, and, in 1988, lights were added to help ballpark custodians find chewing gum stuck under bleacher seats.
Madison Square Garden, New York: Named after Oscar Madison, local sportswriter who championed construction of The World's Most Famous Arena. Its latest incarnation opened in 1968, near the historic site of the first Bronx cheer, but Garden chairman James Dolan reportedly plans to raze the building and replace it with a premium cable package.
Wembley Stadium, London: Completed in 2007 at the cost of almost $2 billion, it is the world's most expensive stadium, with 2,618 toilets, more than any other venue; the original Wembley Stadium had a single, 12-foot-long trough.
Fenway Park, Boston: Built in 1912 to provide a safe, open public space for New England sports fans to congregate and complain.
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Q. Do you think the reason there are no longer Triple Crown winners is because thoroughbreds are not equipped to handle the present-day media frenzy that surrounds the chase? (Dan Hulihan; Rexford, N.Y.)
A. I'd lay the blame more on the hardships of present-day travel - most horses are worn down by heightened security measures at airports.
Q. Considering where it's been, were you surprised Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl ring could fetch $200,000 at auction? (Andrew Blankstein; Indianapolis)
A. Wow, 200 grand? When I auctioned off my first wedding ring, I only got enough to buy a Double Double at In 'N Out Burger.
Q. Is it true the EPA has considered new regulations concerning the environmental impact of a Skip Bayless-Stephen A. Smith "First Take" and might consider repurposing the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository to handle the growing threat? (Don Frese; Towson, Md.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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