A Step Back Through History
~ ZZ Troutski
Sportsmen and women love the outdoors. They love the thrill of the hunt, or the silence of the water while looking to catch the perfect bass for dinner; they love the hiking and exploration that the mountains provide, as well as the mountain biking and plain, old walking that leads them to places and locations they’ve never seen before.
However, there are a few locations that have most definitely been seen before – whether at home or in the outside world – that have a history of serving the sports world. Each one has its very own past, and not one should ever be lost from the firm ground of America.
Recently, with headlines speaking about actual treasured locations that are now being lost after centuries due to a present-day battle, more people want to find a way to make sure that their prized-locales will never see the age of destruction.
When it comes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we’re talking about a location that is truly among the top ones where sports people are concerned. Built way back in 1909, the Speedway was the first auto racing track built in North America, which became a much-needed place to test the development of consumer automobiles, along with auto racing, itself. The most famous race in the world is held at the IMS; the Indianapolis 500 – and can literally never be destroyed.
Back in 1914 Wrigley Field opened, and it has been a staple of the American people ever since. Home of the Chicago Cubs in 1916, even though Babe Ruth called it a ‘dump’ when he and the rest of the Yankees played there during the 1932 World Series, all Americans truly find this site beautiful. Although the ‘old-fashioned’ charm of the stadium was changed a bit when correct stadium seating was put in so people could better enjoy themselves, Wrigley Field still offers the ivy-covered brick wall that’s a staple in all pictures of the past. Wrigley is pure history.
For the football fans out there only one field – no matter what team you route for – is a true staple when it comes to the United States. Lambeau Field in Green Bay will not win any awards for being the most beautiful, comfortable or warmest ever – this is true. But only the Green Bay Packers can claim the first and deepest connection to its local neighborhoods. This is the only team owned by a corporation where every single citizen of Green Bay is a shareholder.
Lambeau Field was built in 1957, and it is truly a source of pride. And seeing as that the street it sits on is Lombardi Avenue and the one and only trophy every NFL team vies for yearly is named after Lombardi – then Lambeau Field deserves the right to stay exactly where it is.
To list another for baseball may seem mean to the other sports, but if you have Wrigley you need to have Fenway; the oldest park in MLB history. Home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway’s strange dimensions were actually determined by the city block where the stadium would be built. (A rather strange-shaped block, to say the least.) And even though the sight of Fenway may be more than a bit different than with other ballparks, Fenway is true and utter American history.
No one should ever harm Churchill Downs considering the history, background and the famous Kentucky Derby running that occurs there every year. This is the place of thoroughbreds, as well as anther track dedicated to the horseracing industry: Saratoga.
Saratoga opened in 1863, making it the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. The oldest wins!
So as you enjoy the Great Outdoors, remember that there are some locations that are simply being lost around the globe; treasures that will never be seen again and can never be brought back to life once they are gone. Hopefully, we in the U.S. will make sure that our treasures – no matter what they may be – are protected for many generations to enjoy.