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Exploring the world through the prism of sporting events and stadiums... I have been traveling to stadiums and sporting events around the world, for over 30 years. 

Michigan Basketball

University of Michigan Basketball Media Day in 1990, when I was a Photo Editor of the Michigan Daily student newspaper. Even back then, I was eager to capture the unusual angles, as shown on this photograph of Michigan center Eric Riley. During my free time on road trips, I began exploring and photographing stadiums.

Michigan Basketball

Ken Smoller (aka “Stadium Vagabond”) is a photographer and writer based in Brookline Massachusetts, with childhood roots in Chicagoland. In over three decades of extensive traveling, he has photographed over 2,250 stadiums in 47 states and 24 countries. Ken’s mantra is that one of the best ways to understand the culture and fabric of a city or country is through its sporting arenas and stadiums. This quixotic never-ending photographic scavenger hunt began while Ken was a Photo Editor at the Michigan Daily in the early nineties, the student-run newspaper for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While Ken had the privilege of a media access during his college days, most of the photographs are from the perspective of a ticket-buying fan. 


Ken started the “Stadium Vagabond” blog ( during the pandemic in 2020 as a way to share his photographs and stories from years of sporting journeys. The site gives a small window into Ken’s photo archives, which total over a million images. Many photographs predate digital photography and are scans of film prints or negatives.  These scans vary in degrees of quality based on the age and quality of the negatives/prints.


Most recently, Ken Smoller’s photographs of old Comiskey Park’s final years, the longtime home of the Chicago White Sox until 1990, were featured in the documentary “Last Comiskey”, including the film’s poster. The widely acclaimed film is available for viewing at

Coming Spring 2024 on Eckhartz Press, Ken Smoller will be releasing the “Last Comiskey” book based on the documentary by Matt Flesch.  The book will include a “First Pitch” Foreword by White Sox icon @OzzieGuillen about family life at Comiskey.


Follow @stadiumvagabond for updates.

Last Comiskey Book Cover

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