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Tracing pro football's influence across 12 American cities

A photographic history of football in America

Super Bowl II in the Orange Bowl at Miami, Florida on January 14, 1968. AP Photo by Harold Valentine.
Super Bowl II in the Orange Bowl at Miami, Florida on January 14, 1968. AP Photo by Harold Valentine.

To tap into the football fever sweeping the country in advance of Super Bowl 50, Curbed took a look back at the sport's influence on cities across America.

Tracing Atlanta's Limited, Checkered Super Bowl Legacy
While the Falcons have never actually won the championship game, the city does have a Super Bowl legacy — though, admittedly, not always a good one. Atlanta has twice played host to the NFL title game, once in 1994 and again in 2000, in the Georgia Dome. With the Dome's day's numbered, let's check out the legacy of the biggest game in pro football here in the ATL.

New England's Pro Football Stadiums Before Gillette: a Gallery
Before they debuted in their $325,000,000 Gillette Stadium in Foxborough in September 2002, the New England Patriots played home games just about everywhere in the region going back to the franchise's 1960 start as the Boston Patriots.


Solider Field was utilized as a venue for the 1933 World's Fair. Photo: Getty Images.

The Storied (and Sometimes Strange) History of Soldier Field
While made nationally famous as the home of "Da Bears," Chicago's Soldier Field has a storied history as a municipal gathering place and host to countless events of the sporting, civic, and even religious nature (though those that attend Bears games might argue that it is a house of worship even today). Take a look back at how Chicagoans have utilized the famous stadium over the last century.

A Brief History of Washington, D.C.'s Five Football Stadiums
Curbed DC compiled the history and photographs of five football stadiums in D.C. proper, from the long lost Griffith Stadium to the soon-to-be-razed RFK Stadium.

Detroit PAL Secures Funding; Tiger Stadium Redevelopment Starts this Spring
After years of discussion, the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) announced that it will break ground on its new headquarters this spring, located on the site of the former Tigers Stadium. Navin Field, also known as Briggs Stadium and Tiger Stadium, has had a long, complicated past. It served as home to the Tigers from 1912-99 and the Lions from 1938-74, until they moved to the Pontiac Silverdome. Let's take one last look at the historic field before its redevelopment.

Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles in 1947. Photo via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

A Guide to the Long-Lost Pro Sports Stadiums of Los Angeles
The NFL is returning to Los Angeles with a super-fancy new stadium in Inglewood. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams (and possibly the Chargers) will play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where they played some of LA's first pro football games back in the 1940s. With new and old stadiums back in the spotlight, we're looking back at some of the Los Angeles stadiums that have already come and gone long ago.

Photographic History of the 10 Super Bowls Hosted in Miami
No city is more ingrained in Super Bowl history than Miami. South Florida has hosted what has become the grandest sporting event in the world 10 times, which is tied with New Orleans for the most ever. This 42-year run spans from Super Bowl II in 1968 at the Miami Orange Bowl to Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 at Sun Life Stadium.

Looking Back on the History of New Orleans Football Stadiums
While the Superdome might be New Orleans's most recognizable football venue, New Orleans has a storied stadium past—from the many iterations of Tulane's stadium to decades of high school games at Tad Gormley.

NFL in NYC: Pro Football's History in the Five Boroughs
New York may have three teams in the National Football League, but pro football hasn't been played in New York City since the 1980s, when the New York Jets departed Shea Stadium for the greener pastures of the Meadowlands. But it's not as if New York City doesn't have a rich history with the NFL: Each of NYC's five boroughs has hosted a pro football team (yes, even Staten Island), with both the Giants and the Jets having long careers in the city before moving to New Jersey.

Temple University's former stadium hosted several NFL games. Photo courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries.

6 Old Stadiums in Philadelphia You Probably Didn't Know About
South Philly may be home to all of the city's stadiums today, but you might be surprised to know that North Philly was where all the magic began.

Before Levi's: A Look Back at San Francisco's Storied Stadiums
With the Super Bowl rolling into Levi's Stadium this weekend, there's plenty of celebrations happening all over the city. Before the game gets under way, let's take a look back at San Francisco's stadiums of yesterday. Here now are the past 125+ years of football in photos.

The Denver Broncos: 68 Years of Football at Mile High Stadium

In honor of the Denver Broncos' 8th trip to the Super Bowl, let's take a look at the history of the place where it all started: Mile High Stadium.