There’s nothing more American than a trip to a sporting stadium, sampling the three great sports of the United States. American football, baseball and basketball are the top three sports in the country and dominate stretches of landscape in some of the famous cities in the country.
If you’re planning to visit the States – no trip can be complete without a visit to one stadium or if you’re a sport fanatic you may opt to make it a tour of the great venues. We’ll now tell you three of the stadiums that you can ill afford to miss.
Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
Stadiums don’t come more iconic than the home of the Green Bay Packers – perhaps the most storied franchise in the NFL. Named after the founder of the team Curly Lambeau, the venue opened in 1957 and has seen some truly iconic moments in the history of the game. It holds a capacity of 81,441 and sells out every single week, despite the frigid temperatures that are recorded in Wisconsin in late December and early January.
The fans are the most passionate in the NFL – the Packers are the only team to be owned by their supporters. Season tickets are so hard to come by that locals even begin listing their children for spots at birth. The atmosphere is unmatched in the league and features one of the great traditions – the Lambeau Leap after a Packer player scores a touchdown. It’s not for the faint-hearted especially in winter, but it’s certainly a bucket-list venture if you’re lucky enough to get tickets.
Staples Center (Los Angeles, California)
If the Packers are the storied franchise of the NFL, the Los Angeles Lakers are the icon in the NBA, although the Boston Celtics will also contest that title. The Staples Center does not hold the grandeur of Lambeau, but seeing the Lakers on home court is something you must see if you’re in Los Angeles. It holds a capacity of around 19,000 for basketball games, although that differs as it is used as a multi-purpose arena for ice hockey, boxing and concerts.
The Staples Center opened in 1999 and has witnessed the Lakers win two NBA Finals on home court – the first in 2000 when they defeated the Indiana Pacers and again in 2010 over the Celtics. Two of the greats of the game Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have called it home – with LeBron on a mission to win the franchise’s 17th title in the 2019/20 season and they can currently be backed in the latest basketball odds at 13/4 to win the crown. Seeing LeBron in person before he retires would be a highlight moment as well as the talented Anthony Davis.
Fenway Park (Boston, Massachusetts)
The Boston Red Sox were synonymous for being a losing franchise for 86 years, suffering the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ after allowing Babe Ruth to leave the team for the New York Yankees. Boston’s eventual triumph in the World Series in 2004 ended the curse and they’re now one of the most successful teams in baseball. However, Fenway Park never lost its status as perhaps the most illustrious of venues in the country during that dry spell and continues to be to this day.
It was constructed in 1912 and although renovations have been made since, it is still a true view into the past. Fenway boasts a modest capacity of 37,755, but the atmosphere inside the ground when the Red Sox are rolling is unmatched in the MLB. The Green Monster provides the ultimate test for hitters aiming to clear the wall, measuring 37.167 feet high, although the challenge comes being 94 metres away from home plate. If you’re looking for a true American experience, Fenway is the place to be – right in the heart of Boston.