Any diehard sports fan will tell you that part of cheering on their favorite team, is the atmosphere that they are doing it in. A world-class sports venue offers history, nostalgia, crazy fans and probably some great tasting food as well. But what really makes a great sports venue is the architecture and structure that goes into it. Here are some of the worlds greatest sports venues that offer architectural structures that are unlike anything else
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
The Chicago Cubs may be cursed to not win a World Series anytime soon, but that doesn’t stop people from flocking to Wrigley Field when they are in Chicago. From the second you come across the stadium, you are in sheer amazement of its beauty. Not only is it located directly in the middle of a city, surrounded by apartments and Fortune 500 companies, but you are welcomed with an iconic red marquee that greets you as soon as you approach the stadium. Inside, Wrigley is best known for it’s ivy-covered outfield walls that naturally changes throughout the baseball season. Wrigley is also the only remaining MLB stadium to offer a hand-turned scoreboard, instead of a Jumbotron. Wrigley field has been around for nearly 100-years, and it keeps getting better as it ages.
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
Another baseball park to make this list is Fenway Park in Boston. Fenway is the oldest MLB stadium that is in use, and is recognizable due to “The Green Monster,” which is what the large wall in leftfield is referred to. The section that is in center field is also quite popular, known as “The Triangle” that extends to 420 feet. The triangle makes it difficult and unusual for outfielders to play deep balls that may be homeruns in other parks. And in Section 42, Row 37 is Seat 21, a single red chair that symbolizes what was once the longest home run ever hit in Fenway Park. Although it’s been said that other players have hit longer homeruns in recent history, the Lone Red Seat is a historic feature in the park. Fenway has seen continual improvements over the century that it’s been in existence, yet it still is only one of a handful of MLB stadiums that doesn’t hold more than 40,000 people. Nonetheless, the stadium is still one of the most iconic in the world.
Wembley Stadium – London, England
Wembley Stadium ranks right up there with one of the most well known stadiums in the world. From the outside, the stadium is an architectural marvel with beautiful glass windows that line the entire front of the structure. But what may be the most popular is the curved atrium that skies above and across the entire stadium. It is this part of the stadium that makes Wembley visible for miles and miles into the city of London. Wembley has been home to NFL football games, national European football championships and much more. No trip to England is complete without seeing a match at Wembley.
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and that seems to be the case with AT&T Stadium. Originally known as Cowboys Stadium, as it is home for the NFL franchise with the same name, this massive facility is the fourth largest in the NFL and can hold up to 105,000 people. But it’s not just about the amount of people that can watch, as it is the attention to detail that was put into this building. Upon approaching the stadium, you can tell you are coming into a futuristic building, made of nearly all windows on the outside and a huge retractable dome on the top. But what may be the most unique part of this stadium is noticeable from the moment you walk indoors. At the center of the stadium is a massive High-Definition display that was once a Guinness World Record holder for the largest of its kind. AT&T Field was also one of the first stadiums to cost at least $1 billion to build, although that is much more common now that they set that trend into motion.
Sports are great no matter where you watch them. However, they can be even more enjoyable when you are in an environment that takes your breath away. All of the stadiums on this list offer historic architectural features that are unlike any other buildings around the world.
Jason Kane is still working on getting to every MLB stadium. His love for the beauty of a well-built stadium manifests itself in his blog posts for Federal Steel Supply Co.