Saw part of a game between the Raiders and the Bucaneers last night, and they were playing on a field that was joint-use - a football field and a basebnall diamond, with the yardage lines painted over the gravel for the base-lines.
How come? is that common in the U.S? I would have thought that the NFL teams were rich enough to have their own stadiums, or at least have artificial turf that covered over the baseball diamond entirely?
Yes it is fairly common. I don’t have an exact tally but I would guess that more NFL teams share stadiums either with a baseball team or another NFL team than don’t. This time of year until the World Series is over it isn’t uncommon to see football being played on a baseball diamond. My guess is they didn’t have time since the last baseball game to do a complete transition to all grass, or turf, or whatever they use there.
Memorial Stadium in Baltimore was also dual-use, but wasn’t used that way after '83, when the Colts left. That was before my time, but I do vaguely remember seeing Orioles games there as a child, and later (after the O’s got their new ballpark) seeing the CFL No-Names and the NFL Ravens play there. It’s been torn down now. I don’t miss it!
You saw last night (if you could see the Steelers-Dolphins game) why a dual-use stadium can be really, really bad in bad weather. As I said somewhere else, the infield was basically a big mud puddle.
For that matter, I’m not sure any dual-use stadium has ever been a very good stadium for either sport. The Vet was notorious, of course, for being an absolutely awful stadium, especially the playing field. Others, like the Astrodome, would work fine for football (if you don’t mind artifical turf and domes), but was pretty bad for baseball (baseball should not be played on artifical turf and in a dome).
Busch Stadium in St. Louis used to be a dual-purpose stadium before the football Cardinals moved to Arizona. It’s now a baseball-only stadium (and scheduled for demolition next winter to make room for New Busch Stadium) following a 1996 remodel. They replaced the turf with real grass, put new scoreboards in and rebuilt portions of the stadium where it converted from baseball to football.
I’m really not a big fan of dual-purpose stadiums, mainly because they have to be built for football first, meaning they’re terrible baseball stadiums.
I thought it must have been at Oakland, since most of the fans were wearing Raiders gear.
They had a name! perfectly fine one: the “Baltimore CFL Colts”. Then the old Colts got upset. Hey, they left town, why should they get to dictate the name of the new team?? So then they were the Baltimore Stallions. Stallions, better than Colts, of course - more mature and … well, you get it.
Now we just call them the Als. Or, since they’re playing here this weekend, “the Roughriders’ next victim.” (He said, with fingers crossed…)
For out-of-country readers, that’s Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, dynamited last year in favor of 2 single-use stadiums. I thought it was an awesome place to watch football, bad for baseball.
The turf was awful, but that had nothing to do with being dual use; it was a municipally owned venue and the city bought awful turf… but paid millions to replace it just 3 seasons before knocking down the Vet! :smack: