Stadiums are some of the most exciting places to travel to, and with summer upon us, what better time than to start seeing them now? These larger than life structures hold more history than many give credit for. Exciting for a number of reasons, the most common simply seeing players or musicians you’ve idolized in live action.
Regardless of your allegiance in the world of sports, it’s a humbling experience to stand in a place that housed millions of patrons and iconic moments, with millions more to come. Without further ado, here are the top-10 United States stadiums to hit this summer.
10) AT&T Stadium
Better known as the home of America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys, this stadium was built in 2009 and has a maximum seating capacity of 85,000 — increasing to 105,000 with standing room. The stadium has a retractable roof, and one of the biggest high-definition video boards ever built with a 2,100-inch screen. Located in Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium is certainly a sight to see.
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9) Dodger Stadium
If you ever find yourself in Los Angeles, California, you wouldn’t be optimizing your stay by not visiting Dodger stadium. Opening in 1962, it’s the third oldest ballpark in the MLB. Baseball fan or not, it would be hard to catch a bad day here. With dry summers in southern California, Dodger Stadium has multiple records for consecutive games without postponement — making it a great place to relax and enjoy a nice day at the ballpark.
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8) Citi Field
Located in Queens, New York, Citi Field was built in 2009, replacing Shea Stadium, former home of the New York Mets. Although built recently, much of the stadium pays tribute to the history of baseball. All of the seats are green, in honor of the Polo Grounds, longtime home of the baseball Giants, and original home of the Mets.
The structure’s exterior pays homage to Ebbets Field, the stadium known mainly for housing the Brooklyn Dodgers. When at Citi Field visitors have to walk through the Jackie Robinson rotunda, honoring Jackie’s life and accomplishments. If you are in the Big Apple, Citi Filed is a must-see and those lucky enough to see a homerun at a ball game, will see the apple themselves.
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7) Staples Center
The Staples Center is a multi-purpose stadium located in downtown Los Angeles and home to the Lakers, Clippers and Kings. Since opening in 1999, it has hosted seven NBA finals series with the Lakers, as well as UFC 60, UFC 104, Grammy Awards, numerous concerts and HBO Championship Boxing matches. Located outside the arena, Star Plaza contains two enormous statues of legendary sports figures Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson. In 2006, Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored a career high 81-points in a game at home against the Raptors — second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Despite having only been around for 16-years, there has been a lot of history to witness at the Staples Center, and only more to come.
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6) Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium, also known as “The Cathedral” just by its name, has tremendous notoriety. It’s home to the most successful franchise in sports history, the New York Yankees. Decorated with shrines and statues in honor of the legendary Yankees of the past, Yankee Stadium provides a surreal experience everyone should get the chance to be apart of. The exterior is designed to look like the outside of the former stadium, built in 1923, while the field inside closely resembles it after the 1976 renovations.
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5) Soldier Field
Currently the oldest stadium in the NFL opening in 1924, and housing the Chicago Bears since 1971. The name “Soldier Field” is to dedicate the stadium to all American lives lost in wars. The stadium has a vintage look that gives those in attendance a classic ‘gridiron’ feel.
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4) Fenway Park
The oldest ballpark in MLB history, opening up in 1912, is home to the Boston Red Sox. Fenway has many unique features to compliment its small size. In left field there is a 37-foot wall named “The Green Monster” — a spectacle all hitters must face at some point in their career. Another feature is right-center field’s bullpen, built in 1940, dubbed “Williamsburg” by sports writers, and said to have helped Ted Williams hit more home runs, as the wall became 23-feet closer.
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3) Wrigley Field
The second oldest park in MLB history is a place everyone in Chicago should visit. Home of the Cubs, Wrigley field, like fenway, has many “at-home” features no other ball park provide. Perhaps the most noticeable feature is the outfield brick and ivy covered walls — a feature difficult for outfielders. Wrigley Field also has a gigantic sign at the front of its stadium, and provides stadium seating on the surrounding building rooftops. Chicago is often referred to as the windy city, and in the months April and May, they are often “blowing in” as a result of the stadiums close proximity to Lake Michigan. Nonetheless, Wrigley field is 101-years old and surely a historic sight to see.
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2) Lambeau Field
Lambeau Field, built in 1957, is home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. Known for its extremely cold games, it has been nicknamed “the Frozen Tundra”. It’s also home of one of football’s greatest traditions, “The Lambeau Leap”. When a Packers player scores a touchdown, he normally jumps over the wall and into the stand to celebrate with fans. Lambeau is also the third largest stadium in the NFL with a seating capacity maxing out at 80,735.
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1) Madison Sqaure Garden
This is without a doubt the greatest stadium ever built in history. Although home of the Rangers and Knicks, Madison square Garden is more than just a sports, arena it is home to many iconic moments in American pop culture history. Many concerts such as, George Harrisons Concert for Bangladesh, and The Concert for New York City following the attacks of 9/11. Also included are, John Lennons final concert appearance in 1974 before his untimely murder in 1980. The first ever Wrestlemania was hosted by the Garden as well. Basically, anyone who has ever been anyone, has performed, played, or made some sort of appearance at the Garden.
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