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Arena by Kohan, Rafi
Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport
by Kohan, Rafi
 

Riotous fan behavior, wild behind-the-scenes machinations, and madcap histories dominate in this unrivaled exploration of the modern American sports stadium.

The American sports stadium, in all its raucous glory, is a shockingly overlooked centerpiece of our national culture. In this game-changing romp, intrepid sportswriter Rafi Kohan finagles access to our most beloved fields to find out just what makes them tick: from old-timer Wrigley, creakily adjusting to the twenty-first century, to the flashy new lights of Jerry’s World in Dallas; from the uneasy return to enthusiasm at Penn State’s Happy Valley to the roller-coaster economy of LeBron’s Cleveland. Investigating quirky logistics and deeply ingrained traditions that encourage rowdy customs? like scalper turf wars, window-shattering fighter-jet flyovers, and death-defying halftime acts?Kohan debunks reductive truisms to expose the often punishing realities of building and maintaining these commercial cathedrals of sports worship. Rollicking and unforgettable, The Arena is a must-read for super fans, shameless bandwagoners, athletes, broadcasters, umpires, groundskeepers, architects, culture junkies, tailgaters, and anyone who’s ever eagerly headed off to the ballpark to catch a game.
 
Published August, 2017 by Liveright Publishing Corporation, Hardcover, 416 Pages, ISBN: 9781631491276, ISBN-10: 163149127X, List Price $27.95.

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