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The Braves' New Ballpark Is An Urban Planner's Nightmare  The Braves' New Ballpark Is An Urban Planner's Nightmare 

In 1965, voters from the five counties that still make up metro Atlanta—Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Clayton and DeKalb—went to the ballot box to decide the future of the region’s public transportation system. The counties that voted “yes” would begin planning a regional rail system that would eventually be called MARTA…

The Raiders Robbed Las Vegas In America's Worst Stadium Deal The Raiders Robbed Las Vegas In America's Worst Stadium Deal

When the Las Vegas Raiders kick off in 2020, they’ll be playing in the most expensive stadium in the world. The total projected cost of the site checks in at around $1.9 billion, a number topped only by the Rams’ and Chargers’ new complex in Inglewood that will cost approximately $2.1B, though that number reflects the…

I Tried Chessboxing And I Will Never Do It Again I Tried Chessboxing And I Will Never Do It Again

BERLIN – Let me say something obvious: fighting someone is exhausting. The switch—or whatever you want to call it—that flips when the lizard part of your brain tells the rest of you to hold off on metabolizing or thinking is inescapable. When you’re a novice fighter like me, the only thing you can think about is…

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Corinthians, São Paulo Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Corinthians, São Paulo

Do you like tales of political corruption mixed with a healthy serving of corrupt sports institutions? Look no further than Arena Corinthians, nicknamed Itaquerão.

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Castelão, Fortaleza Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Castelão, Fortaleza

So I don't really know how to say this, but Arena Castelão was actually completed ahead of schedule and came in under budget. It makes me uncomfortable.

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Estádio Nacional, Brasília Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Estádio Nacional, Brasília

Estádio Nacional has the grim glory of being the most expensive stadium in Brazil, costing some $900m in public funds. (Now with more pictures!)

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

FIFA would like you to know that Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte is "one of the most historic venues in Brazilian football." Their sister city is Ft. Lauderdale. Trust your instincts.

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre

The Estádio Beira-Rio is a beautiful, if not slightly underwhelming, piece of architecture that gives Porto Alegre two modern multi-use pitches in the course of two years. There's a good chance they didn't need both.

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Pernambuco, Recife Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Pernambuco, Recife

The United States are out. Why do I even bother with anything? It's all over, I don't want to talk to anyone.

​Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador ​Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

If you go to Arena Fonte Nova, eat as much Acarajé possible. That is my only advice.

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Da Baixada, Curitiba Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Da Baixada, Curitiba

Arena da Baixada is on the less-sucky end of Brazil's list of World Cup stadiums, but that's not to say it doesn't also kind of suck.

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá

Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá might as well been built with soybeans and political skullduggery.

Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Das Dunas, Natal Why Your World Cup Stadium Sucks: Arena Das Dunas, Natal

The United States open up their World Cup against Ghana today at Arena das Dunas. This is why it sucks.

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