Any Questions #292 - "Baseball Stadiums"

Mar 31, 2017

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about baseball stadiums.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase MANY PEOPLE. Rearrange the letters to spell two five-letter words: one for a type of tree and one for a type of flower. What are they?
Answer: MAPLE and PEONY.

On-air questions: Well Mike, This is our last show of March — and that means, in just a few days, baseball will be back. And with the Red Sox’ over-under set at 92.5 wins, I know you’re pumped for the new season. So today’s show, if you’ll indulge me, is all about baseball.

1. Set to host the all-star game this summer, a National League stadium is the second in the big leagues to feature a pool. It also has a home run structure including flamingos and seagulls, as well as twin 450-gallon aquariums behind the backstop and a Latin American grill. What team plays in the stadium, which opened in 2011?
2. Baseball’s newest stadium is set to open April 14th when the San Diego Padres come to town to face a team that spent the previous 20 seasons in a former Olympic venue that now belongs to the state university. What team will play this year in SunTrust Park?  
3. Now known as Guaranteed Rate Field and previously U.S. Cellular Field, what American League team’s stadium off the Dan Ryan Expressway, which played host to the 2005 World Series, features sculptures in honor of Minnie Minoso, Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas?
4. What major league baseball team’s home stadium also hosted six regular season NFL games from 2008 to 2013, 112 miles and one international border away from that team’s home?
5. The New York Mets’ new stadium, CitiField, opened in 2009. It features homages to one-time New York City ballparks Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. The outside façade looks like Ebbets Field, and the green seats recall the Polo Grounds. What three still-active MLB franchises played in those stadiums?

Extra credit
1. The Cleveland Indians played their last season in Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1993. Popularly known as “the mistake by the lake,” it seated up to 78,000 people — the most in baseball. What lake does its nickname refer to?
2. Without a full-time baseball tenant since 2004, Montreal’s domed Olympic Stadium has hosted preseason games in each of the last four seasons. In what city does the team that left in 2004 now play?

This week's challenge
Start with the name of a bygone major league stadium. Rearrange the letters and you can spell the name of another nearby stadium that is home to a different sport. What are the stadiums?

On-air questions

1. Miami Marlins (Marlins Stadium)
2. The Atlanta Braves (previously played in Fulton County Stadium)
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Toronto Blue Jays (the last NFL game was a 34-31 overtime loss by Buffalo to Atlanta)
5. Yankees, Giants, Dodgers

Extra credit
1. Lake Erie
2. Washington, DC