BREAKERS TRIVIA

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The Breakers are the only team in major professional sports history to play three full seasons in three different cities, one in each location.
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As the team was located in cities near sources of open water (the Atlantic Ocean in Boston, the Gulf of Mexico in New Orleans, and the Pacific Ocean in Portland), it kept the Breakers name throughout its existence.
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When the team relocated to New Orleans for 1984, there were frequent unsolicited suggestions from fans to rename the team, redubbing it "New Orleans Pelicans" or "New Orleans Navigators." 
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Built in 1915 as a home for the Boston Braves National League baseball team, when the team moved to Milwaukee the stadium was purchased by Boston University.  In 1955 renovated the facility two years later, renaming it for William E. Nickerson, a member of BU's Board of Trustees.

The home of the Boston Patriots during their first four years, the site was seen as inadequate then let alone by the time the USFL and the Boston Breakers came along.  Boston University's modifications to the facility had reduced seating capacity to just over 20,000, and Breakers partners George Matthews and Randy Vataha's decision to sell the team after the 1983 season was largely based in their inability to secure use of a bigger, better facility for home games.

Today the facility is even smaller, as further modifications have reduced seating capacity to just over 9,000.

NICKERSON FIELD

Boston, Massachusetts


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The home of more Super Bowls (XII, XV, XX, XXIV, XXXI and XXXVI) was built in the early 1970's thanks in part to the man who later would bring the USFL to life - David Dixon.  Hosting exhibition games at Tulane Stadium in an effort to lure an NFL expansion team to New Orleans, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle advised Dixon the NFL would never move into the city without a domed stadium.  Dixon enlisted the support of Louisiana Governor John McKeithen, and five years later construction began.

With a 1984 seating capacity of 72,675 and the ability to seat 72,003 today, the Louisiana Superdome was, at the time of its construction, the world's largest domed structure.  Placed on 52 acres of land, the top of the dome stands 253 feet above ground level.

In addition to serving as the home of the New Orleans Breakers of 1984, six Super Bowls and the NFL's New Orleans Saints, the Louisiana Superdome has been used as a mass shelter from those unable to evacuate from the area during hurricanes, most notably in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina.  While the hurricane peeled parts of the roof off of the structure causing millions of dollars in damage and requiring a year of extensive renovations, the facility re-opened for football on September 25, 2006.

LOUISIANA SUPERDOME

New Orleans, Louisiana


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Built in 1926, Civic Stadium in Portland was the home of the USFL's Portland Breakers in 1985, but that wasn't the first pro football team to call the stadium home.  The Portland Storm/Thunder of the World Football League had previously occupied the facility, which seated 32,500 during the era.

Today Civic Stadium has a new name (PG&E Stadium) and a new purpose, serving as the home stadium for the Portland Beavers AAA baseball team.  Reconfigured several years ago, seating capacity for the facility has been reduced substantially, down to 19,566, and today would likely not be considered suitable for any pro football purpose.

CIVIC STADIUM

Portland, Oregon

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