Every sports fan I know has a “venue bucket list.” I’ve worked at a variety of sports venues, all unique and have their own quirks. As a fan, I’ve been to a handful of games at some pretty awesome arenas, ballparks, and stadiums, but I will say that there are so many more historic and iconic venues I have on my bucket list.
5. Arthur Ashe Stadium
Now this one isn’t going to be on most peoples list however, I played tennis in high school and then club tennis in college. I want to see a U.S Open in my lifetime and being able to sit in the Arthur Ashe Stadium would be huge for me. It is part of the Bille Jean King National Tennis Center and she is an icon in my book! If you don’t know who she is watch Battle of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Steve Carell. It’s a fun watch even if you don’t know much about the sport of tennis! So long story short, I want to soak in all the tennis history in this venue.
4. Madison Square Garden
I’ve been to New York once on a show choir trip and unfortunately didn’t make it to the Garden. Not only have some incredible teams played in that building, home of the New York Rangers, but also some incredible musicians have graced the stage. Mostly I want to see a hockey game in the center of New York…
3. Churchill Downs
This is another sport I only care about once a year; horse racing. It was my great grandmother’s big bucket list item to see the Kentucky Derby so this one has a bit of sentimental value to it. The 7 Days Out documentary on Netflix also made me very intrigued about the sport and the spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby. Plus I want an excuse to wear a crazy hat to an event.
2. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The only football stadium on my list because I’m not really a huge football fan personally, but that being said, this stadium is a memorial for those that served in World War 1. It’s the only venue to host 2 summer Olympiads, home to multiple college football teams and professional teams. Here’s a little more history directly from the Coliseum’s website:
“On March 29, 2008, the LA Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox set a Guinness World Record for the largest attendance ever at a baseball game with a crowd of 115,300. Other historic events include Billy Graham’s appearance in 1963 in front of 134,254 (still an all-time Coliseum record), Nelson Mandela’s 1990 triumphant return to the United States, the first ever Papal Mass by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and the 1976 Bicentennial Spectacular.”
You’re going to want to add this one to your list.
This is the most epic ballpark in the entire world. Don’t @ me. P.S. I’m a huge Red Sox fan, so there isn’t really much explanation needed as to why this is my number 1! I just want to see 1 home run over the Green Monster in person, is that too much to ask?
And there ya have it! Before you yell at me, I’ve already been to a handful of venues, so don’t yell at me if I missed you’re favorite one. What is the number 1 sports venue you have on your bucket list?