It can be said that there is a sporting rivalry between the cities of Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Older people will remember the 1971 and 1979 World Series between the Orioles and the Pirates. Both series were won in Game 7 by the Pirates.
It was a time when the only time American and National League teams played was in the World Series.
It was then.
And it’s still the days.
Of course, it’s pretty much every year that the Ravens and Steelers continue the intensity of the fight for the American Football Conference North Division championship.
Baltimore’s Oriole Park and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park tied for second place in the recent USA Stadium Report published by Betsperts.
While we discuss this, can we debate pierogi versus crab cakes or debate the best water in town – one harbor in Baltimore or three rivers in Pittsburgh?
What was the name of the stadium – Three Rivers Stadium – where the two World Series games were played in Pittsburgh. In Baltimore, games were played at Memorial Stadium.
The two concrete monoliths are no more, Pittsburgh’s cookie-cutter stadium from the 1970s wave, which stood for 30 years, and the one in Baltimore, built in 1949, stood until its demolition in 2001 .
So while one stadium was pulled down and razed after 30 years, Oriole Park at Camden Yards – that’s its official name – is holding firm as it celebrates its 30th season.
Who knows why one and not the other?
Old doesn’t mean the past all the time, though.
The Stadium Report winner is Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
It was built in 1957, a 65-year-old stadium that spills nostalgia – even when snow falls on the building.
Fourth, Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, a football stadium that saw snow fall on it when Shepherd played his only national championship football game in 2015.
Busch Stadium – the third version – is ranked fifth, and old Wrigley Field in Chicago – the second oldest baseball stadium in Major League Baseball behind Fenway Park – is tied at four for sixth place with Oracle Park in San Francisco , American Family Field in Milwaukee and Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Target Field in Minneapolis completes the top 10.
Looks like the green monster has lost its appeal.
In the most popular category, So-Fi in Los Angeles tops the list.
The second is Nationals Park in Washington.
Fortunately, FedEx Field is nowhere to be found.
It’s a stadium that should be buried with the imploded remains of Three Rivers and Memorial stadiums, as well as stadiums like the Veterans and Riverfront.
Baseball stadiums seem to be where it is in this report.
Should the Ravens and Steelers football stadiums be rated highly?
Or, you would think that when the two are playing, a large empty parking lot where an indoor mall previously existed would work just fine.