5 Bucket List Venues for the Die-Hard Sports Fan
Being able to experience a live sporting event is an experience that remains unrivaled even in the days of 4k televisions and game broadcasts with 15 different viewing angles. By attending live sporting events, the average fan is able to be a part of something bigger than themselves, experience the culture, and surround themselves with fans from all walks of life.
We’ve compiled a list of the five most must-visit sporting venues from all over the world for you to add to your bucket list. Let’s get things rolling!
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
Kicking things off on our list is Lambeau Field, which is considered by many to be the Mecca of American football. In the day and age of generic, billion-dollar stadiums, Lambeau Field has an undeniable “old world” charm to it. Some of the sport’s most memorable games have been played on the “frozen tundra” at Lambeau, including the Ice Bowl and two NFL Championships. The stadium itself features almost unrivaled sight-lines for a football game due to the fact that it still features the original bowl seating arrangement from the fifties. If you’re thinking about planning a pilgrimage to eastern Wisconsin to see a Packers game, be prepared to shell out some serious dough; the Packers have sold out every home game since the Eisenhower administration.
Wembley Stadium – London, England, UK
Despite the fact that soccer is an acquired taste to many in the US, Wembley Stadium absolutely belongs in our list for must-visit sporting venues. Rebuilt in 2007, Wembley plays host to England national team games and the FA Cup Final. Every game at the London stadium has a distinct big match feel to it, and with up to 90,000 fans in attendance, it can get deafeningly loud on a moment’s notice. Wembley has hosted NFL games each year since 2007, routinely drawing over 80,000 fans per contest. Europe’s second-largest stadium will play host to the finals of UEFA’s Euro 2020 international tournament, which should be a can’t miss item on every sports fan’s bucket list.
Old Course at St Andrews – Fife, Scotland, UK
Long-heralded as the home of golf, the Old Course at St Andrews is one of the most breathtaking and unique sporting venues in the world. The sport of golf was first played at St Andrews in the 1400s, and the Old Course itself was established in 1552. The Open Championship has been held at the course almost 30 times and the links themselves have been considered by many to be the best golf course in the world. The next Open Championship won’t be held at the Old Course until 2021, but seeing the best players in the world tackle the most awe-inspiring course in existence will surely be worth the wait.
Cameron Indoor Stadium – Durham, NC
College Basketball should be considered a religion in some parts of the country, and that definitely includes the state of North Carolina. There’s no place to see a basketball game quite like Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, which holds 9,300 of the craziest fans in sports. The cheering inside Cameron Indoor gets to such outrageous levels at times it has surpassed 120 Decibels on numerous occasions. As a frame of reference, 120 Decibels is about as loud as a chain saw revving at close range. Duke students have routinely camped out for almost two whole months in order to get tickets for the student section for rivalry games against their neighbors in the University of North Carolina. With such a limited number of seats, scoring a ticket to a Duke Basketball game might be tough but it’s definitely a worthwhile journey to make at least once.
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
In a sport so rich in tradition, Fenway Park stands tall as the sport’s must-visit venue to see a ballgame. Opening in 1912, just a week after the sinking of the Titanic, Fenway Park is the oldest stadium in the Major Leagues and has a field layout unlike anything else in the history of the sport. Standing in left field is the Green Monster, a 37-foot-high wall that fans can watch the game from–provided they have deep pockets. Opposite the green monster is Pesky’s Pole, named after Red Sox Hall of Fame shortstop Johnny Pesky. The foul pole stands just 302-feet from home plate, which is the shortest outfield distance anywhere in the MLB. Funky dimensions aside, there’s nothing quite like experiencing a game of baseball in a stadium that has been around for over a century.
(Image courtesy of Phil Roeder via Flickr.)