Guide to Iconic Sporting Arenas in the US

Sport in the United States is an important part of the American culture, with its venues equally iconic as the sports themselves.

Iconic sporting venues in the US have become important places to visit for sport fans across the world, and there is no shortage of them in North America.

From the Super Bowl venues to everyone’s favorite basketball stadiums, this guide gets down to the very heart of the American sporting culture.

So check out America’s most iconic sporting arenas now!

Madison Square Garden

Located right in the heart of New York City, Madison Square Garden is the longest active major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area. It is also the third busiest arena in the world in terms of ticket sales and is extremely popular for ice hockey, basketball, boxing, wrestling and concerts.

Location: New York City, NY

Opened: 1968

Capacity: 19,763

Yankee Stadium

Serving as the home to the New York Yankees, this stadium is one of the world’s most famous ballparks and is located in The Bronx in New York City. The new stadium (replacing the one built in 1923) was opened in 2009 and pays homage to the original sporting masterpiece. It was the third most expensive stadium in the world to construct and has hosted events such as the New York University’s graduation ceremony and has seen the likes of Jay Z and Eminem grace its grasses.

Location: The Bronx, NY

Opened: 1923

Capacity: 57,545

Augusta National Golf Club

Playing host to the Masters Tournament since 1934, the Augusta National Golf Club is currently ranked as the number one course of America’s 100 greatest courses. It has seen the likes of many golfing legends play on its grounds and boasts a layout and setting that is instantly recognizable to any keen golfer.

Location: Augusta, GA

Opened: 1933

Capacity: Not applicable

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium located in Chicago, serving as the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. As America’s only remaining Federal League Park, Wrigley Field has stood the test of time and is known for its ivy covered brick outfield wall, the unusual wind patterns off Lake Michigan and the iconic red marquee over the main entrance.

Location: Chicago, IL

Opened: 1914

Capacity: 41,118

Cowboys Stadium

Serving as the home to the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, this stadium is recognizable by its dome shape and retractable roof. Replacing the Texas Stadium in 2009, the current stadium boasts the world’s largest column-free interior and the largest high definition video screen. The stadium is also used for concerts, basketball games, boxing matches, college football and motocross races.

Location: Arlington, TX

Opened: 2009

Capacity: 111,000

Churchill Downs

Most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs officially opened in 1875 and is America’s most iconic racing track. Instantly recognizable by the twin spires atop the grandstand, the arena is also home to the Kentucky Derby Museum, which tells of the fascinating history of the event and the arena.

Location: Louisville, KY

Opened: 1875

Capacity: 165,000

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

If fast cars are what you are after, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the place to be. Home to the famous Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and Brickyard 400, this original speedway boasts a modern course and also hosts the United States Grand Prix for Formula One.

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Opened: 1909

Capacity: 400,000

Lambeau Field

Home to the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field is an outdoor football stadium located in Green Bay. Also known as the New City Stadium, the arena’s recent transformation has turned the venue into a year-round tourist destination with a host of new amenities and attractions.

Location: Green Bay, WI

Opened: 1957

Capacity: 72,928

Cameron Indoor Stadium

“Cameron Crazies” go wild at the Cameron Indoor Stadium located on the west campus of Duke University. Home to the Duke Blue Devils men’s and women’s basketball teams, the women’s volleyball team and the men’s wrestling team, Cameron Indoor Stadium takes college sport to a whole new level.

Location:  Duke University, Durham, NC

Opened: 1940

Capacity: 12,000

Rose Bowl

Hosting the famous Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day, the Rose Bowl Stadium is located in Pasadena and is regarded as a National Historic Landmark. The stadium is also famous for hosting events during the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, along with the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final. The stadium has also seen some amazing concerts take place on its grounds, including U2 in 2009.

Location: Pasadena, CA

Opened: 1922

Capacity: 92,542

Fenway Park

As the oldest major league baseball stadium still in use, Fenway Park is as iconic to American culture as the sport itself is. Ballpark home to the famous Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park is also a host to concerts, soccer and hockey games, and political and religious campaigns.

Location: Boston, MA

Opened: 1912

Capacity: 39,928

Oriele Park at Camden Yards

This retro ballpark was the first of its kind constructed and is now home to the Baltimore Orioles. Known simply as Camden Yards, this stadium averages around 40,000 visitors per game and is accompanied with the Sports Legends at Camden Yards Museum, which is housed in the old Camden Station.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Opened: 1992

Capacity: 48,876

The Astrodome

Regarded as the world’s first domed sports stadium, the Astrodome can be found in Houston’s Reliant Park complex. Nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Astrodome has housed exciting acts like Elvis and the Rolling Stones, saw The Battle of the Sexes tennis match in 1973, along with the Game of the Century between the University of Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins.

Location: Houston, TX

Opened: 1965

Capacity: 62,000

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Hosting the Olympic Games a record two times, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a National Historic Landmark that is now home to the University of Southern California Trojans football team. Also playing host to Super Bowls and World Series, this iconic venue is easily one of America’s most treasured.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Opened: 1923

Capacity: 93,607

Louisiana Superdome

Commonly known simply as the Superdome, this important sporting arena is the largest fixed dome structure in the world. Home to the New Orleans Saints, it is one of the few sporting facilities in the country that can host major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl and the Final Four.

Location: New Orleans, LA

Opened: 1975

Capacity: 76,468

Notre Dame Stadium

Opening its gates in 1930, Notre Dame Stadium was one of America’s first sporting venues and is located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Sellouts are a norm here and every game draws crowds in their tens of thousands.

Location: South Bend, IN

Opened: 1930

Capacity: 80,795

Daytona International Speedway

Home to the prestigious Daytona 500, this international speedway is the number one destination in Florida when it comes to motor sports. The venue itself boasts a hi-speed oval, a sports car course, motorcycle course, karting and motorcycle flat track, along with the 29-acre Lake Lloyd, which hosts power boat racing.

Location: Daytona Beach, FL

Opened: 1959

Capacity: 168,000

Talladega Superspeedway

Located in Talladega, Alabama, this speedway is most famous for its steep banking and for hosting NASCAR events like the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. Countless records have been made here and some of the most memorable races and crashes in motor sport history have called this arena home.

Location: Talladega, AK

Opened: 1969

Capacity: 175,000

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