If you’re a sports fan like I am, you may think that watching games at home in HD is the best. And it is. But it’s also awesome to see games live, especially if the stadium is old and iconic. Here are seven stadiums from around the world worth checking out.
The Rose Bowl
Home to the Granddaddy of Them All, college football’s Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California is the game’s most iconic setting. Sitting beneath the San Gabriel Mountains, you can practically hear Keith Jackson’s voice just looking at it.
You can’t bring up iconic stadiums without mentioning Boston’s Fenway Park. It opened on April 20th, 1912 and while it’s undergone some renovation, it’s pretty much the same now as it was then. The only drawback is you’ll have to listen to Sully complain about how he “spent foddy dollas on fahkin beeh.”
Sticking with baseball (and the United States), Chicago’s Wrigley Field is still home to the North Side’s lovable losers. It opened in 1914, two years after Fenway, and has been the Cubs home since 1916. It’s undergoing some controversial renovations, but it’s still pretty cool to see outfielders crashing into the ivy.
Moving over to the UK, Manchester, England’s Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United. Even if you can’t get tickets to a game, there’s a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and museum.
Technically named Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, after a Brazilian sportswriter, and colloquially called the Maracanã (named after a small river that flowed through the neighborhood), this is Rio de Janeiro’s iconic soccer stadium. Built to host the World Cup in 1950, it also hosted 2014’s World Cup and will be the site of the opening and closing of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Talk about Old School. Rome’s iconic Colosseum once hosted mock naval battles, Christians being fed to lions, and gladiators disemboweling each other. While it’s not longer used for those events, It’s been standing for almost 2000 years. Get in while you can.
Okay, maybe this isn’t an iconic stadium per se, but is the last dual-use football/baseball stadium still in use in the United States. Both of the current tenants, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics, claim to want their own, separate stadiums pretty much anywhere else, but no one seems to want them. Sure the toilets back up and run with raw sewage, but it’s the only place left where you can see football being played over a dirt infield in September.