Some people may dream of a European vacation or a honeymoon in Hawaii, but you may be the person who wants to spend at least one day visiting the area’s most famous sporting venues.
What trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field? How can you spend a weekend in The Big Apple without seeing a hockey or basketball game at Madison Square Garden – aka “The World’s Most Famous Arena?”
For most sports fans, these places are must-see, but even if you don’t know the difference between the NFL’s Bucs and Major League Baseball’s version, the following venues still offer something for everybody.
(New) Yankee Stadium
Home to the 27-time World Series Champion New York Yankees and the future home of the New York FC of Major League Soccer, Yankee Stadium was built in 2009 for a whopping $1.5 billion. One of the highlights of the structure is the “Great Hall,” located between the outside and inside walls from gates 4 and 6, which displays banners of the Yankee’s biggest stars and massive LED screens. For the baseball traditionalists, there’s also a New York Yankee Museum located at Gate 6 which features memorabilia and spotlights major moments through its rich history.
Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, will let you experience the local vibe and feel of Boston. What makes Fenway different from the other venues on the list is that it is neither new or modern; in fact, it’s the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball. It has, however, undergone nearly continuous upgrades and renovations to keep it working. It’s perfect for those who enjoy the history of their travel destination as Fenway is officially on the National Register of Historic Places.
This massive masterpiece opened 15 years ago and is home to the 2014 Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks and the 2016 MLS Cup winning Seattle Sounders FC. Although it is home to champions, the complex also houses the WaMu Theater, a public plaza, and is a place of major concerts and trade shows outside of sporting events.
Easily accessible from nearly anywhere in the city, the $270 million Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is a must-visit venue while visiting historic Montreal. Best known as the home of one of the NHL’s original teams, the Canadiens, this venue is also one of the world’s busiest for non-sporting endeavors.
Home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, this baseball park has many features to make it a must see even if you aren’t a baseball fan while visiting the Steel City. Its location offers a spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh on the Alleghany River. PNC Park is also famous for its great food experiences to be had with the “Tastes of Pittsburgh” that includes traditional baseball foods, Pittsburgh specialties, and non-traditonal choices, making this ballpark a fun visit for everyone in your party.