Liberty Memorial Coliseum
Liberty Memorial Coliseum
The Liberty Memorial Coliseum in Grand Theft Auto III.
|Location:||Aspatria, Staunton Island|
The Liberty Memorial Coliseum, also known as Bush Stadium in the official GTA III website, is a multipurpose stadium located in Aspatria on Staunton Island, in the GTA III—GTA Vice City Stories rendition of Liberty City.
The official website of GTA III describes the fans that go to the stadium:
Bush Stadium: Where Liberty City Sports fans get off. With the loss of virtually all of our major sports franchises, and the rise in suburban living, Liberty City has become a soccer town. Proud soccer moms are passionate about the Liberty City Cocks, while the men just love the LC Beavers. It is a passionate rivalry which has been known to spill over into violence, including SUV hit and runs and screaming, bitter fights between angry housewives. Go Cocks! Up the Beavers!
According to the plaque above the stadium's entrance, Liberty Memorial Coliseum was built in 1923, the same year as the original Yankee Stadium, and underwent an extensive renovation in 1998, during the events of Liberty City Stories. The stadium is similar in appearance to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, particularly its main entrance. The stadium is assumed to be multifunctional; the stadium hosts football and soccer matches and has a running track, similar to the L.A. Coliseum before its renovations in the early 1990s. The bleachers of the stadium have the name of the city's football team, the Liberty City Cocks. Presumably, it is also the home stadium of the Liberty City Beavers, similar to Giants Stadium, and its later replacement, MetLife Stadium, hosting both the New York Giants and New York Jets.
The stadium is a drop-off point for "Taxi Driver" in GTA III in which the location is generically named Football Stadium. During events in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the stadium is shown undergoing renovations, and is also advertised as the venue of Crowfest '98; the stadium is also a destination for "See the Sight Before Your Flight."
- In GTA III, the field and bleachers are textured but have incorrect collision data, including a large hole that allows the player to fall through Blue Hell. In GTA Liberty City Stories, the field and bleachers are nonexistent but the same collision data is used.
- Bush Stadium is a reference to two things. One, it is a reference to "bush", a slang term for a patch of genital hair. It is also an obvious reference to then U.S. president George W Bush.