By Greg Lewin
The powerful symbolism of sports can only be captured and shared by a powerful vessel for that symbolism, the sports stadium. Stadiums are the great places where the spirit of competition and the inspiration of performance are given the form and substance that helps us transcend the ordinary and experience the extraordinary. It is the place where dreams are realized, connections cemented, and memories memorialized. Our experiences participating and watching sports are amongst the most powerful in our lives.
When the passion of sport is embraced by a community, in a special space, it becomes more than sport: it becomes a binding public ritual. And the ritual of sports has a uniquely important place among the rituals that define our lives. Sport is the one ritual that allows us to cross the divisions of faith, identity, demographics, and politics. It is our place for public healing. It gives us the space we need to escape from the contemporary chaos and challenges of modern life and live with passion, joy, and without consequences.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.” -Nelson Mandela