Sports are an integral part of culture. Whether you consider yourself a fan of sports like football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, or auto racing, there's no denying that many sports stadiums have earned a reputation for providing a unique experience.
Older stadiums are often known for the atmosphere they provide, while newer stadiums utilize technology and modern engineering. Even if you aren't a huge sports fan, you'll want to attend an event at some of the most famous stadiums in the US and Canada.
Many stadiums feature interesting exhibits or interactive experiences. Some have breathtaking views of the city skyline or a body of water. Stadium food is delicious and offers some unique dishes even if you sometimes have to pay a pretty penny to try it.
Sports fans will tell you that while there's nothing wrong with staying home and watching the ballgame on TV, there's nothing like actually going to the stadium for the communal experience. Being surrounded by thousands of people who are passionate about the game and their team is enjoyable even if you really aren't into it as much as they are.
While there are several stadiums worth visiting around the world, the US and Canada are home to stadiums that house popular sports leagues like the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League. Throw in other sports like tennis and auto racing and you have plenty of stadiums that are worth visiting to choose from.
If your travel plans take you to or near any of the areas that are home to these stadiums, do your best to take in a game or another event. You may even be able to take a tour of the stadium if you can't attend one.
20 Oriole Park at Camden Yards
When this stadium opened up in 1992 it was seen as revolutionary. The home of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles features a sleek and retro design and was partial inspiration for other stadiums like Comerica Park and Citi Field. This stadium can hold more than 45 thousand people and replaced the former Memorial Stadium. Fans were able to submit their designs for the bullpen area which was the first MLB stadium with a two-tiered bullpen. You can also check out the statue of Babe Ruth called Babe's Dream. In 1995 Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in the stadium which drew a huge crowd.
19 Notre Dame Stadium
There are a handful of iconic college football stadiums and Notre Dame Stadium in certainly one of them. The home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is located in Indiana and opened in 1930. It holds more than 80 thousand rowdy college football fans who are very dedicated to their team. If you're a sports fan this is a unique experience you won't be able to find anywhere else. You'll be reminded that Notre Dame is a Catholic university when you see the famous “Touchdown Jesus” mural which is officially entitled The Word of Life. Notre Dame itself is an iconic college that was established in 1842.
18 Arthur Ashe Stadium
Tennis anyone? There are plenty of football and baseball stadiums on this list but there's nothing like experiencing a great tennis match in person. Arthur Ashe Stadium is located in Queens, New York. It hosts several events including the US Open tennis tournament each year. This stadium opened in 1997 and holds more than 23 thousand people. Named after the tennis legend, Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis stadium in the entire world by capacity. One of the coolest features at this stadium is the retractable roof. It's made of two 800 ton fabric panels and cost $150 million and was completed in 2016.
17 Daytona International Speedway
If you're looking to get outdoors and enjoy the sport of racing, Daytona International Speedway is one of the most popular places to do so. The stadium has a capacity of more than 100 thousand and is home to the Daytona 500 as well as the Coke Zero 400. Daytona was completed in 1959 and is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. If you arrive early or need a break from the race you can check out the UNOH Fanzone which is a popular attraction. The tri-oval shaped race track is 2.5 miles long and is made of asphalt. If you want to see the major event, the Daytona 500 takes place each February.
16 Arrowhead Stadium
If you like your stadiums loud and filled with passionate fans a great place for you to visit is Arrowhead Stadium. The home of the Kansas City Chiefs, this large arena holds more than 76 thousand fans. One thing tourists can't get enough of in Kansas City is barbecue, and you can get your fair share at the stadium while enjoying the game. Arrowhead Stadium opened in 1972 and is a part of the Truman Sports Complex which means it's located adjacent from Kaufmann Stadium where the Kansas City Royals play baseball. Arrowhead was renovated in 2010 for a hefty price tag of $375 million.
15 Lucas Oil Stadium
This relatively new stadium opened up in 2008 when it replaced the RCA Dome. Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. The stadium is full of technology and utilizes plenty of modern engineering. There two super sized HD scoreboards and the retractable roof actually divides in two. There's a huge movable glass window wall that allows you to see downtown Indianapolis when it's opened. Whether you like football, technology, engineering, or just a good time this stadium is a great place to visit. You can also experience this stadium by checking out the Indy Eleven of the United Soccer League.
14 PNC Park
If you find yourself in the Pittsburgh area you owe it to yourself to take in a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park. Even if you don't like watching baseball very much you will see spectacular views of the Alleghany River and downtown Pittsburgh. This stadium is known for its food including the “Tastes of Pittsburgh” series. There are some fun and interesting ways to get to the stadium including taking a water limo on the Alleghany and walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge since vehicles are prohibited on game days. PNC Park has a capacity of more than 38 thousand.
13 Bell Centre
Because hockey stadiums are indoors they aren't often seen as being attractive places to visit like their counterparts who are home to outdoor sports. The home of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens cost $270 million to build and is in a great location. The Bell Centre features more non-sporting events than almost any other stadium in Canada or the US. If you do want to take in a hockey game there's a Family Zone that offers reasonable prices. It's easy to get to and from this stadium thanks to the metro stations. There are some great hockey teams in the United States but there's nothing like taking in a hockey game in Canada itself.
12 EverBank Field
There's plenty to do in Florida but one place you might not have considered visiting is EverBank Field located in Jacksonville. The stadium opened up in 1995 when the Jacksonville Jaguars weren't very good. Even though the stadium is very nice they still had attendance problems and spent more than $60 million in renovations and improvements to make it much more worth visiting. One of the major attractions is the “Party Deck” which features two wading pools. This is one way to enjoy the nice Florida weather while taking in a football game and enjoying some food and beverages with friends.
11 Allen Fieldhouse
Professional sports often have the best stadiums, but that's not always true. Allen Fieldhouse is home to the Kansas Jayhawks who always seem to be a contender. The atmosphere is one of the best reasons to visit this stadium and it only fits just more than 16 thousand fans making it more of an intimate venue. The court is named after James Naismith who was the school's first coach and the inventor of the game of basketball. Allen Fieldhouse opened in 1952 and is home to Kansas' men's and women's teams. It has hosted several NCAA tournament games as well as concerts and speakers.
10 AT&T Park
Even if you aren't much of a baseball fan, a trip to San Francisco's AT&T Park should certainly be on your itinerary. The stadium is the home of the San Francisco Giants who have been very successful in the past decade. AT&T Park offers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay where home runs sometimes land. In fact, many people hang out in canoes in McCovey Cove to enjoy the atmosphere and see if they can get one of the baseballs that may land in the body of water. Some of the cool features in this park include the Four Fingered Baseball Glove and a huge Coca-Cola bottle.
9 AT&T Stadium
Be careful you don't mix up AT&T Park and AT&T Stadium. At the first one you'll be going to a baseball stadium in San Francisco, but at AT&T Stadium you'll be going to watch the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. The stadium opened up in 2009 and is often referred to as “Jerry World” after owner Jerry Jones who was responsible for the stadium being built. When the stadium was built it was home to the world's largest HD television screen. There's a Party Pass section where 25,000 people can watch the game standing up and there are 80,000 actual seats.
8 CenturyLink Field
Even if you aren't a Seattle Seahawks fan, you'll want to experience what it's like to sit in the stands at CenturyLink field in Washington state. This stadium opened up in 2002 and the Seahawks fans who gather there are collectively known as the “12th man”. The stadium is also the home of the Major League Soccer Team the Seattle Sounders if you're looking to get a more affordable ticket. There are concerts that take place at the WaMu Theater and you can take a train right up to the stadium. This stadium broke a Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd so you might want to bring your ear plugs.
7 MetLife Stadium
You might be surprised to learn that the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets both play in the same stadium. You might also be surprised to learn that the teams actually play in New Jersey and not New York. The lights inside of the stadium change color based on which team is playing that week. There are 20 large LED screens that play videos so you can be entertained no matter where you sit. MetLife Stadium was home to the Super Bowl in 2014 and was the first cold weather stadium without a dome to do so. The stadium opened in 2010 and can seat more than 82 thousand.
6 Madison Square Garden
While it might not have the latest and greatest technology or any breathtaking views, Madison Square Garden is iconic and has a rich history. It plays home to the NBA's New York Knicks as well as the NHL's New York Rangers, and the WNBA's New York Liberty. MSG has become known as the “World's Most Famous Arena” and you'll likely see celebrities like Spike Lee court side. There are plenty of concerts that take place in Madison Square Garden as well. This stadium opened in 1964 and can fit more than 19 thousand for basketball. It's one of the busiest music arenas in the world and one of the most expensive sports stadiums in terms of building and renovation expenses.
5 Yankee Stadium
The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and is home to Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. The stadium cost a whopping $2.3 billion dollar to build. This stadium replaced the old Yankee Stadium but it still pays its respects to the rich history of the team. Attractions at the stadium include the New York Yankee Museum and the Great Hall. Yankee Stadium is also the home of the Major League Soccer team New York City FC and has special college football and NHL hockey games as well as concerts and other major events. Yankee Stadium holds more than 47 thousand people.
4 Fenway Park
The home of the Boston Red Sox is an iconic Major League Baseball stadium. Fenway is the oldest stadium in MLB but it has undergone plenty of renovations over the years. Fenway Park has made its way onto the National Register of Historic Places so even if you don't like baseball it's a place worth visiting. The “Green Monster” is the name of the very tall left field wall and you'll have a chance to see one of the last scoreboards that's manually operated. Fenway Park has been around for more than 100 years and holds more than 37 thousand fans.
3 Wrigley Field
When thinking about baseball stadiums to visit, one of the first that likely comes to mind is Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. It's one of the oldest stadiums in MLB and features the iconic ivy-covered walls where baseballs often get stuck. Wrigley Field opened up in 1914 on the North Side of Chicago and has a capacity of more than 40 thousand. This fan friendly stadium was the first ballpark that let fans keep foul balls. It was named after William Wrigley Jr. of the Wrigley gum company. It also features a hand turned scoreboard and some unusual wind patterns from Lake Michigan.
2 Lambeau Field
One of the most iconic NFL stadiums is Green Bay's Lambeau Field which is home to the Packers. The stadium was opened in 1957 and can hold more than 81 thousand fans. Packers fans are pretty hardcore and the team is actually owned by the fans themselves. You'll be sure to see lots of Packers fans braving the cold weather and wearing their cheesehead hats. You can also visit the Packers Hall of Fame which includes their 13 NFL championships. If you get a front row seat you might catch one of the players when they do their famous Lambeau Leap.
1 Michigan Stadium
There aren't many college football stadium experiences like going to watch the Michigan Wolverines play at Michigan Stadium. Known as “The Big House” the stadium holds more than 100 thousand people and is the largest football stadium located in the Western Hemisphere. This stadium opened in 1927 and was renovated in 2010. It's also the second largest stadium in the entire world which is surprising considering it doesn't house any professional teams. In 2013 more than 115 thousand fans set a record for college football attendance when Michigan played Notre Dame. It has hosted the NHL Winter Classic and is used for the school's graduation ceremonies.