This Friday will mark the 100-year anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. Fenway is only the oldest baseball stadium by 2 years, Wrigley Field opened in 1914, but the third oldest park is Dodger Stadium which opened in 1962. Five decades separate Fenway and Wrigley from the rest of the pack. There is also similar separation from the oldest stadiums/arenas used in the three other major American sports.
The oldest NFL stadium is Lambeau Field; which opened in 1957 and is home to the Green Bay Packers. Like Fenway and Wrigley, Lambeau Field has gone through modernization but has managed to keep some of it’s charm. Rows 1 through 60 are bench seating which runs all around the field. (Note: The Soldier Field currently used by the Chicago Bears is not the same stadium that opened in 1924. The original was torn down in 2002 and a new stadium was built in the same place.)
The oldest NBA arena surprised me: Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warrior. Situated next to the Oakland Coliseum, this arena opened in 1966 and has been the Warrior’s home since 1971.
The oldest NHL arena may not surprise you, but it’s age might. Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, opened in 1968. The current arena is MSG’s fourth incarnation. MSG I and II were located at East 26th and Madison Avenue and opened in 1879 and 1890 respectively. MSG III opened in 1925 and was located on 8th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. That arena served as the home for the Knicks and Rangers until MSG IV was opened in 1968 on 8th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets.
So, as you watch the festivities this weekend, remember that while Fenway Park may only be 2 years older than Wrigley Field, both historic ballparks are decades older than anything else in American sports.
P.S. During my research for this piece I found that this thing exists in Singapore: