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The New Cathedrals
Politics and Media in the History of Stadium Construction

Robert C. Trumpbour

Cloth $34.95s    |    0-8156-3132-4    |    2006

A compelling analysis of stadium history, exploring the intersection of civic leadership, sporting institutions, and media coverage to reveal cultural attitudes that transcend sport.

Stadium construction has altered the physical landscape of many major metropolitan areas throughout North America and has had a profound psychological and economic impact on these urban centers. How athletic facilities have been constructed, from the ritual-centered beginning of stadium construction in ancient Greece to large-scale construction of professional sports facilities in present day global centers, reveals a culture’s values and priorities and how it defines its recreational needs.

With in-depth analysis and research, Robert C. Trumpbour examines the political institutions, commercial entities, civic leadership, and media organizations that influenced new stadium construction. The author analyzes three significant recent historical periods: the Progressive Era, when modern fireproof stadiums were first built; the late 1960s and early 1970s, when multipurpose stadiums were built in downtown areas to promote urban redevelopment; and the late 1990s, when retro ballparks were designed to accommodate commercial and entertainment space. Charting this evolution, Trumpbour convincingly argues that there has been a dramatic shift in the role of the media, with media access emerging as a vital element in setting the ground rules for the stadium construction debate. Written in lucid, jargon-free prose, this book combines a detailed history of stadium construction with an analysis of current stadium issues.

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Robert C. Trumpbour is assistant professor of communications at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College. He has written numerous articles on media studies and stadium construction.

6 x 9, 368 pages, notes, bibliography, index, 1 table

The New Cathedrals

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