The United States is the home to the most popular sports organizations in the world. Nowadays, people can watch every game at home or on the go with a phone, but this article is highlighting five stadiums/arenas sport’s fans should catch a game at in person.
1. TD Garden
The home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins is the TD Garden.”The Garden” is a multipurpose arena that holds both hockey and basketball games. Formerly known as the Boston Garden, its first event was a boxing match in 1928. In 1995, Boston welcomed a new home by replacing the Boston Garden with the now named TD Garden. The main message when constructing the new arena was to keep the old garden feel.
“The Garden” has been home to 23-league championships between the Celtics(17) and Bruins(6). The history of both teams is showcased throughout the stadium. The halls have memorabilia on every inch and the rafters rain in banners with championships and retired jerseys. It’s truly a sight to take in.
2. Fenway Park
One of the oldest sports stadiums in US, Fenway Park has been home to countless of Hall of Famers throughout the Red Sox history since 1912. It was cursed by the great Babe Ruth to never win a championship again in 1920. This curse last until 2004 when the Red Sox won the World Series, adding two more in 2007 and 2013.
Fenway Park is mostly known for its unique features throughout the stadium. The first and biggest feature is the Green Monster, which is located in left field. It stands at just about 38-feet tall made of all wood, and features a manual scoreboard on the bottom.
Another nifty feature in Fenway is the “Lone Red Seat.” The seat represents the farthest hit home run ball hit by Ted Williams in 1946. The ball was measured at 502 feet from home plate. This feat have yet to be eclipsed since Williams.
3. Lambeau Field
In 1957, the Green Bay Packers opened this stadium, but it wasn’t until 1960 when the Packers renamed the stadium to Lambeau Field after founder, player and head coach Curly Lambeau. It stands to be the oldest continuously run football stadium in the NFL. Lambeau does have the rich history, but it’s more about the fans and experience. The stadium was built right in the middle of a community. There are some people who can even throw a rock from their front lawn to the stadium.
A majority of the stadium’s seating are bleachers rather than an individual seats, and the fans, considered by many to be the most loyal fans in all of sports, embrace it. And, being publicly owned, the fans own the team. The most notable aspect of Lambeau Field is the “Lambeau Leap”. The leap is taken by a Packers’ player after scoring a touchdown, a tradition that’s been around for decades. The last thing to do is a Lambeau experience, which is going to a game in negative degree weather. Lambeau is known for some of the coldest games in NFL history, so why not get the full experience by catching a game deep into winter.
4. Wrigley Field Wrigley Field is another historic ball park. Opening in 1914, the home of the Chicago Cubs is the second oldest sports stadium, right behind Fenway Park. The franchise had a championship drought as well. In 2016, the Cubs erased their 108-season drought without winning a championship.
Some of Wrigley Field’s features creatures a unique stadium feel, with the most obvious being the ivy-covered outfield wall. It’s the only one in baseball and has specific rules to it. If a ball gets lost in there then it counts as two bases. But, if a player tries to play the ball in the ivy, then the play is still alive. Just like Fenway Park, Wrigley uses a manual scoreboard for its games. Another iconic piece of the stadium is the marquee in the entrance of the stadium, originating in 1934. Through the years they’ve to decided to add to and repair it, but it’s kept the original Cubs theme.
One of the best parts of Wrigley Field isn’t even in the stadium, it’s Wrigleyville, the scene around the outside of the stadium. It’s a place where Cubs fans go before or after a game. Fans actually attend the bars if they don’t have tickets to the game or if the Cubs are on the road. The experience is amazing, but be sure to wear some Cubs apparel.
5. CenturyLink Field CenturyLink Field is the most modern stadium on this list, but the game-day experience is unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been home to the football Seattle Seahawks since 2002, with the fans earning the name “the 12th man”. Seattle was very upset after the SuperSonics were pulled away from them by the NBA, so now the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders (who also share the stadium) are their pride and joy.
The Seattle fans make so much noise within CenturyLink Field that it’s recorded earthquake results. It’s actually twice held the Guinness World Record for loudest roar in an outdoor stadium. First at 136.6 decibels in 2013, followed by a measurement of 137.6 decibels in 2014. This experience is one of the most raucous experience in sports today.