A Crowded Field

St. Louis’ new Major League Soccer stadium is planned for land just northwest of Union Station, across Market Street. When it’s complete in 2022, St. Louis will once again have three major league stadiums — Busch Stadium, Enterprise Center and the MLS stadium — all in a row, within about a mile of each other.

So we wondered, how common is that? Do other cities have “stadium districts”? Or, is it more likely that pro sports stadiums are spread apart?

To find out, we looked at the 153 teams across the five major professional sports leagues in North America — MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL and NHL. These teams play in more than 100 stadiums across 50 metro areas. About half of those metros have at least three pro sports stadiums currently built or at least planned to be constructed soon. Then, we found which three stadiums in each metro area are closest together.

 

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