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"With the loss of virtually all of our major sports franchises, and the rise in suburban living, Liberty City has become a soccer town."
— GTA III Website.


The Liberty Memorial Coliseum, also known as Bush Stadium on the official GTA III website, is a multipurpose stadium located in Aspatria on Staunton Island, Liberty City. The stadium appears in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

Description

According to the gates at the stadium, it was opened in 1923. The stadium is assumed to be multi-purpose, as it hosts football and soccer, and appears to have a running track. The bleachers of the stadium have the name of the city's football team, the Liberty City Cocks.

During the events of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the stadium is shown undergoing renovations. It is also advertised as the venue of Crowfest '98.

In Grand Theft Auto Advance, there is a side-mission unlocked after all six races in Staunton Island. The layout of the stadium is different, with a rectangular shape and parking lots surrounding it.

Influence

The stadium is meant to be Liberty City's version of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York City. Its main entrance is similar to that of the L.A. Coliseum, while its shape most closely resembles Harvard Stadium in Massachusetts, and the interior resembles Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Trivia

  • If the player is able to reach the stadium in GTA III, the stadium field is textured but is not completely solid, with some unsolid holes leading to Blue Hell. In Liberty City Stories, the field is completely unsolid.
  • The GTA III website's quote about the stadium is a reference to Major League Soccer's former strategy of marketing towards suburbs and families, with soccer stadiums often being built in suburban areas during the 2000s.
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