Baseball's Opening Day is here, and across the country folks are trudging off to ballparks for the unofficial first day of spring (here's a hint: bring your gloves). A lot of those people are going to games at gleaming new stadiums, marvels of modern architecture and convenience. But most of those new sports palaces are lacking a little something, namely history.

So what if you can get five different kinds of sushi delivered to your plush, plus-size seat? Give us hard metal bleachers, hot dogs of unknown provenance, and steamy (not in the good way) bathrooms, but most of all, give us Jackie Robinson stealing home, Franco Harris intercepting a pass on offense, and the best introduction in sports history. Of course we all know we can't actually have those moments again, because the places where they happened are either rubble, parking lots, or the very same new stadiums we go to today. But we can still reminisce and imagine the good old days with this look at 50 Demolished Sports Stadiums We Love. Play ball!

By Patrick F. Albertson

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