The Arena by Rafi Kohan
The Arena by Rafi Kohan
The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket Scalping, Mascot Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport by Rafi Kohan, is a 401-page hardcover published in 2017 by Liverite Publishing Corporation a division of W.W.Norton and Company, and is a stated first edition. The dust jacket has a closed tear to the front cover. Inside the book is in very good condition.
The American Sports stadium, for all its Rockets glory, is an overlooked centerpiece a veritable temple of our national culture. A hologram for communal worship, this is where history is made on grass, artificial turf, hardwood, and even ice where nostalgia flows as freely as $10 beers where everything thrills from exploding fireworks to running cheerleaders. In the arena, and altogether new and riveting sports classic, intrepid sportswriter Rafi Cohen criss-crosses the country, journeying from one beloved monument to the next. As he finagles access to the unexpected corners and hidden corridors of our most frequent fields, he discovers just what makes them tick and what keeps coming back time and time again. Beginning with the old timers, Kohan pays his respects to Chicago's ivy laced Wrigley and Green Bay's lovable Lambeau, which of creakily adjusted to the 21st century while maintaining those age of crooks fans have prize for Generations. Juxtaposing is cherish time capsules with mighty new mammoths like Dallas is AT&T Stadium, Kohan examines the oft punishing realities of how they are built, from architectural ambition to controversial funding and political strong-arming.
Meanwhile, just outside the turnstiles and he's commercial cathedrals, whole ecosystems flourish, buzzing with charming merch men and cutthroat ticket scalpers. Trips to Cleveland Progressive Field in Quicken Loans Arena illuminate such shadow economies, revealing the remarkable impact of team and even just a single player (yes we're looking at you LeBron) can have on an entire city. With infectious enthusiasm and wit, Kohan also explores the behind-the-scenes Logistics and deeply ingrained Traditions Within These bustling facilities, cracking open a secret world of Unforgettable characters groundskeepers mascots, halftime performers who worked tirelessly to make the live event worth the price of admission.
If you've ever wondered how they coordinate those fighter jet flyovers with the national anthem, how many hot dogs they serve in a day at Citi Field, how boozy pregame tailgates are kept in line, or what on earth AstroTurf is made of, look no further. As rowdy and rollicking as its subject, the arena is a must-read for DieHard fans, Shameless bandwagoners, umpires, broadcasters, groundskeepers, culture junkies, tailgaters, and anyone else who's ever eagerly headed off to the ballpark to catch a game.