Five Global Stadiums to Enhance Your Sporting Experience

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Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Camp Nou in Barcelona.

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Jun 20, 2012 —  If history has taught us anything, it’s that it isn’t the size of the stadium that matters, but how you use it. And what the great sports venues of the world all have in common is a longstanding account of glory, rabid spectatorship, and individuality. As with the Roman Coliseum, it wasn’t just the architectural beauty, but the centuries of infamous bloodlust and extravagant battles that happened inside its walls that made it remarkable. Likewise, today’s great arenas rise above the rest with an immeasurable amount of ancient history and modern-day pride infused into their atmospheres.

Imagine being stuck between a hundred-thousand Catalonians chanting in unison when fires erupt (safely) in the stands during a match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, or witnessing the Queen of England herself cheering on an agonizing tennis duel. There’s hardly a baseball experience like watching the Red Sox sweep their hundred-year-old foes, the Yankees, in a place so beloved that even the foul-poles have personalized names.

Below are five sporting venues that are intertwined in folklore, where legends have been born and heroes have been tested, and depending on your sport of choice and location, are must-visit destinations come game time.

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    Camp Nou

    Concert Venue / Stadium

    Camp Nou - Concert Venue | Stadium in Barcelona.
    Barcelona

    Carrer d’Arístides Maillol
    08028 Barcelona

    90 218 99 00

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    Fenway Park

    Concert Venue / Stadium

    Fenway Park - Concert Venue | Stadium in Boston.
    Boston

    4 Yawkey Way
    Boston, MA 02215

    617‑226‑6666

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    The All England Lawn Tennis Club

    Stadium

    The All England Lawn Tennis Club - Stadium in London.
    London

    Church Road
    Wimbledon
    London SW19 5AE

    020 8944 1066

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    Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

    Bullring / Concert Venue

    Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas - Bullring | Concert Venue in Madrid.
    Madrid

    Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
    Calle de Alcalá, 237
    28028 Madrid

    91 356 22 00

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    Wrigley Field

    Concert Venue / Stadium

    Wrigley Field - Concert Venue | Stadium in Chicago.
    Chicago

    1060 West Addison Street
    Chicago, IL 60613

    773‑404‑2827

User Comments

Gabe L. Aug 8, 2012
This is missing ATT Park in San Francisco. They have a giant Coca Cola shaped slide to ride on during games. It's also at the Embarcadero, overlooking the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate. I had my high school graduation there over the dugout. When it was my turn to get my diploma I was up on the jumbotron and my graduation cap fell off in the wind. They also have killer garlic fries.
Alex K. Jul 31, 2012
Notre Dame is great, especially when I walk out with a USC victory!
Matt Y. Jul 27, 2012
The Rose Bowl? The Grand Daddy of the all? Notre Dame Football stadium with touchdown jesus in the background. MSG is far and away the best place to watch basketball.
Anonymous Jul 27, 2012
Going to a Red Sox vs. Angels game at Fenway Park this August! I can't wait to say that I got to sit on the Green Monster... Sure to be an amazing time!
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
It's a shame that Tebow is not there anymore. I guess you'll have to rely on Peyton.
Sara G. Jul 26, 2012
I loved Shea Stadium growing up. Also, I know baseball is as American as it gets, but I've really enjoyed watching the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium too.
Alex K. Jul 26, 2012
My first experience at Fenway included dancing on the dugout during the 7th inning stretch. Unforgettable night! Nothing beats The Green Monster.
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
I grew up going to games at the Old Mile High Stadium in Denver. Nothing beat watching Elway come back in the 4th - even when it 10 below outside.
Shirish J. Jul 26, 2012
True Dat! Nothing beats the 'Theater of Dreams' . Pretty surprising the stadium of the world's most popular and valued team is not on the list :(
Deepak H. Jul 26, 2012
Lord's Cricket Ground as well! Cricket since 1814...Not many sports can have that bragging rights!
Danny M. Jul 26, 2012
Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore should be on this list. The warehouse is one of the iconic landmarks in baseball and the stadium is an amazing place to watch a game. By far one of the best baseball stadiums in the world.
Deepak H. Jul 26, 2012
Stamford Bridge did not make it in here! Very sad...
Anonymous Jul 26, 2012
Nothing tops a match at Old Trafford. And I'm partial to Fenway over Wrigley.
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