The Bucket List Of Great Sporting Venues in the United States
When it comes to iconic sporting venues we create some of the best in the world. I know other countries have soccer stadiums that are bigger and there are some pretty quirky architecture too. However, we've produced some of the most iconic sporting venues in the world that have hosted teams and athletes that go well beyond just "American Heroes" to become true international legends. Visiting places like this can help bring back memories, inspire youth, and are simply a great excuse to go out and visit a new city!
Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers is at the top of our list since as popular as the team is - you gotta really be a fan to visit here. Honestly the area isn't well developed like other more urban stadium destinations are but once you get here there's a special feeling about the place.
The Gillette Stadium is an incredible stadium, not least for its 66,000 capacity and modern facilities but because it’s the venue in which you can enjoy Tom Brady on a regular basis.
Home of the New England Patriots, and MLS side the New England Revolution, the stadium is around 30 miles outside of Boston in Foxborough and has not only seen major sporting events, but welcomed the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen too.
The Patriots have sold out every game since they moved in in 2002, so as you can imagine the atmosphere is electric.
That will continue in the 2019/20 season, with the Patriots 7/1 favorites to retain their Super Bowl crown with many football betting tips predicting it could be another record breaking year for them.
If you fancy an outside bet however, Kansas City Chiefs are currently best priced at 8/1 with Betfred to win the Super Bowl, whilst you can get 10/1 with Ladbrokes for The Los Angeles Rams to be triumphant.
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden has been home to many sports down the years, hosting Wrestlemania three times, Stanley Cup Finals and NBA Finals.
The venue is the regular home of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, but it’s boxing where it really claims legendary status.
It’s hosted some huge fights down the years including The Fight of the Century between Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier, as well as names such as Jake LaMotta, Rocky Marciano, Lennox Lewis and Bernard Hopkins.
Anthony Joshua will be the latest name on that list as he takes on Jarrell Miller in June of this year, and there really is nothing like an MSG Fight Night.
20,000 fans pack into the stadium and you really do sense something in the air, with a real buzz taking over.
Fights are fewer and further between these days, as many top fighters move over to Las Vegas, but when they do arrive in Manhattan, they’re ten times as special.
The venerable Fenway Park in Boston's backbay neighborhood has seen a lot of updates in the past few years. However, it is still the oldest baseball park still in use by a major league team. It opened in 1912 and has seen world series teams that can't be beat ... as well as some of the most disappointing losses in history. Don't worry though, regardless of who's playing, a visit to Fenway Park in Boston is always an experience to remember.
Like Fenway, Chicago's Wrigley Field is a bucket list destination for sports fans. Since opening in 1914, it has seen some of the most frustrating moments in baseball, century-long curses, and more recently some of the most exciting moments too. The Wrigleyville neighborhood that surrounds the park is a fun and vibrant place with businesses that have grown up with the park and contribute the the experience of visiting, almost as much as the Cubs do themselves.
Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta National Golf Club is perhaps the most recognizable golf club on the planet and anyone to have played it can count themselves incredibly lucky.
Home to The Masters, the first golf major of the year, the course is steeped in history and is regularly named as the finest course in the world.
It has an 86-year history and many of the finest golfers have recorded sensational victories here as they fight for that famous green jacket.
Every member of the club receives a green jacket, however only the winner of the Masters is allowed to remove it from the grounds of Augusta, and that’s only during the period in which they are the current champion.
It’s traditions make it an incredible experience, and there’s nothing like following a Masters tournament live from the Georgia golf club.
Churchill Downs is another venue steeped in tradition and has held the Kentucky Derby since 1875.
Over 150,000 pack into the grounds every first Saturday of May as the world’s finest horses cap off the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival.
Down the years some legendary horses have won the first leg of the American Triple Crown, including the likes of Secretariat, Dark Star and Seattle Slew.
The festival sends a real buzz around the state, in particularly Louisville where the big race takes place. It’s traditional grandstands make for a truly spectacular backdrop and one that will continue to be provide some of the most important in the sporting calendar.
- Written by James Hills
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