Thousands of cheering fans. Tons of games that made history. These seven stadiums across the United States have seen some of the greatest victories and have some of the most dedicated fans. If you’re a sports fan, put these stadiums on your bucket list, and plan a special trip to go see a game there.
1. CenturyLink Field
The Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and the Seattle Sounders FC of the MLS both call this field home. Although visually it may seem like just another professional sports stadium, the defining feature of this one is when the Seahawks gear up for competition. In 2013, the Seahawks fans broke the Guinness World Record for loudest road in a sports stadium. The deafening sound proves that this is not just another ordinary stadium, and if you want to be a part of their attempt to re-claim the title after the Kansas City Chiefs too it back in 2014, you’ll want to add this stadium to your bucket list.
2. Harvard Stadium
Perhaps one of the oldest rivals in college football belongs to Harvard and their annual meeting with Yale. Catch the rivalry at Harvard Stadium, which was built back in 1903. It was designate a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and even housed the New England Patriots for a season in 1970. Although most of Harvard’s campus is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Stadium lies just south in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. This stadium is a must on your bucket list!
3. AT&T Park
Right on the San Francisco Bay with spectacular views, the home field to the baseball playing Giants is one of the most unique in the MLB. It was built to replace Candlestick Park and officially opened in 2000. It’s chock full of iconic structures, including a children’s slide housed inside of a giant Coca Cola bottle in Center Field, a mini whiffle ball park for kids, and classic San Francisco Trolley in right center field. In addition, the park serves up some scrumptious Garlic Fries. Be sure to check out the bay behind the field; if a home run goes into it, you’re sure to see some fans kayak out to retrieve the souvenir.
4. Ohio Stadium
There’s nothing quite like college football on a Saturday afternoon, and at Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium, that rings true. Packed with fans who travel across the state just to watch the Buckeyes take on their opponent, this stadium knows how to cheer on its team. The Buckeyes claim to have “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and usually perform an entertaining and creative halftime show, marching into formations that, in the past, have resembled a game of Pac-Man, dinosaurs, and much more.
5. Wrigley Field
When it first opened in 1914, Wrigley Field was named Weeghman Park. It was renamed a year later and changed to Cubs Park before being named Wrigley Field in 1927. Today, the park is one of the most historic and storied stadiums in the country. Iconic vines were planted in 1937 and continue to creep up the outfield walls to this day. The park was the last of the old-school major stadiums to install lights and play a night game, which happened in 1988. Put this historic ballpark on your bucket list of stadiums to visit.
6. Lambeau Field
The Green Bay Packers of the NFL call this stadium home, but originally the field was used by high school teams, too. It also used to feature a simple chain link fence around it back in its earlier days, and fans were allowed to bring in their own beer (as long as it was in a can) up until 1982. Some of the greatest names in football, like Vine Lombardi, who coached the Packers, and Bart Starr, who led the team as a quarterback, spent significant time at Lambeau Field, so expect a true football experience when you visit this stadium.
7. Fenway Park
A Boston landmark, Fenway Park has been virtually unchanged since it was first opened in 1912. The signature green, manually operated scoreboard, huge left field wall nicknamed the Green Monster, and classic stadium seating are among the historic features you can expect to see when you visit this place. Plus, you’ll be in the same place where baseball legends played in some of their greatest games; it is the oldest baseball park in America. If you’re a baseball fanatic this is the place for you.