Leaving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway out of the top three is questionable; leaving it out of the top 20 borders on insanity.
—ROB CLEVELAND, Leesburg, Ind.
His Favorite Venue
Hard to understand how you overlooked the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. No other stadium in America has two Olympic Games, one World Series, two Super Bowls and a presidential nomination acceptance speech ( John F. Kennedy's) on its resume. Five Heisman Trophy winners played home games there. The Pope and Billy Graham played the Coliseum, too. So did Jerry Garcia.
ANDY FURILLO, West Sacramento, Calif.
Pride of the Yankees
It was great to read about the rich history of Yankee Stadium, and the pictures were even better (This Old House, June 7). The Gothic architecture served as an ideal backdrop for the many memorable sporting events that were staged there. Unfortunately, classic ballparks such as Fenway Park and Tiger Stadium will soon be replaced by generic facsimiles that might look nice but will have all the character of the local Wal-Mart.
JOHN EHRMANN, Waterford, Mich.
A week after Yankee Stadium was closed for renovations in 1973, my cousin and I drove down to the old park. We happened to see a bunch of old wooden seats piled behind a gate in rightfield. For the $50 we paid to a guard, we bought two blue seats. When we got back home, my uncle asked, "What are you guys going to do with those pieces of junk?" Those seats may have been junk then, but they are jewels today.
New Milford, Conn.
I've been a firm believer that the best thing the Yankees could do would be to move to a brand-new ballpark in New Jersey, which would be easier for me to get to, would be in a safer area and would draw more fans. After reading William Nack's article on the history of the Stadium, I've changed my mind. It would be a sad day in sports history if the Yanks were to move from this hallowed ground.
BOB PANAZZOLO, Carteret, N.J.
Home Sweet Home
I was surprised by the absence of Ohio Stadium from your list (Our Favorite Venues, June 7). Howard Dwight Smith designed it after Rome's Colosseum and Pantheon, and its shape resembles the Greek letter omega, or "O" for Ohio. The design won a gold medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1921. Ohio Stadium is older than Yankee Stadium and holds more fans.
ROBERT B. STEVENSON, Columbus, Ohio
The inclusion of Notre Dame Stadium and the Rose Bowl is more interesting when you consider what's been excluded: the home of the most storied college football program- Michigan Stadium.
DANNY MERCIER, Ann Arbor, Mich.
The greatest upset in college football was played there: Hurricanes over Cornhuskers. The greatest pass in college football was thrown there: Flutie's Hail Mary to beat Miami. The greatest NFL playoff game was played there: Chargers over Dolphins. The greatest season in NFL history was played there: 1972 Miami Dolphins. I was at the Orange Bowl and saw them all.
SCOTT M. ZAHLER, Atlanta
Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., has been sold out for every football game since the 1960s, despite its location in a state with fewer than two million people. Where else can you see grown men wearing red-and-white-striped bib overalls and corncob heads?
GREGG DOHMEN, Columbus, Neb.
I offer Richard Hoffer my seat in the last row (95) of Penn State's Beaver Stadium to take in the spectacular view of Mount Nittany, the blue-and-white uniforms, the black shoes, the 96,000 fans and Joe Paterno.
DION RUMSEY, New York City