Over the years I have lamented the community's loss of Phoenix Union's old Montgomery Stadium-this usually comes up when there are gripes regarding title game facilities and the bantering that goes back and forth between the boneheads that think the games should be played at 10,000-seat junior college facilities and those that realize this isn't feasible and how fantastic it would be if our state had a mid-sized complex that can fit 20-30K people and wasn't under the control of one of the local universities or pro teams. Montgomery Stadium was such a venue, and AZCentral recently provided some a few great shots of the stadium (and it's subsequent demise) in their Then & Now pictorial feature:
In recent years the loss of Montgomery has reminded me of the similar situation Oklahoma City found itself in, where the OKC Public Schools' Taft Stadium found itself in what seemed like perpetual disrepair. Suggestions of flattening the landmark site and starting from scratch were unpopular, and the stadium sat as a largely-unused eyesore until last spring when renovations were completed to allow Taft to become the home for Oklahoma City's lower-division pro soccer team.
I know not everyone has the same affinity for old buildings as I do, I just think it's cool that one town's landmark was granted a second life.