It’s always been our goal to provide readers with information so that they could make the most out of any trip to see a live sporting event. Our ratings and rankings are really a secondary byproduct of our quest to gather data and recommendations.
We hope that this information is useful to you when you travel to see a game, and we hope you’ll come back to our website and share your own experiences; the good and the bad. As a community of sports travelers, we’ve learned over the years that there are more destinations than any of us could possibly see in our lifetime.
Perhaps this list of our top 100 stadium experiences of 2016 will inspire you to venture out into the sporting world and see a new town, community, and team. Happy New Year, and Happy Journeys!
#1 Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The current Oriole Park at Camden Yards, opened in 1992, is a trendsetter in Major League Baseball. Prior to its opening, the landscape of professional baseball was littered with boring, multipurpose bowl stadiums. Now nearly every team in the league has a great baseball stadium. Out are lackluster parks and in are fan friendly stadiums designed for the optimum fan experience. If Baltimore had built a standard, boring facility, baseball may not look and feel the way it does now.
#2 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Streets of St. Petersburg
While most street races offer views up close for fans, few boast what has become a hallmark of the St. Petersburg race; walkability. Centered around the downtown waterfront area, the race course is laid out with the front stretch located on the runway of the St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport. From there, the track snakes its way into the streets of downtown, passing Al Lang Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, running through the stadium’s parking lot before turning back towards the airport by circling around Pioneer Park.
#3 St Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium
Busch Stadium entered its 10th year of service in 2016 and began 2017 in style by hosting one of the NHL’s top events on January 2nd, the Winter Classic. A trip for any event to the home of the St. Louis Cardinals brings complete satisfaction, no matter who you root for at the game. In 2016, 11 new LED HD video boards were installed including one huge one in center field, all part of an $8 million remodel spend. WiFi throughout the ballpark is now available as well as a whole new slew of good food. Also, do not forget to enjoy the constantly improving experience at nearby Ballpark Village. In recent years, the club has added features in the surrounding blocks and have committed to a constantly evolving menu, elevating the home of the St. Louis Cardinals to being the gold standard among sports experiences.
#4 Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway
This is a bucket list experience for all sports fans, not just auto racing enthusiasts. After a three-year renovation, Daytona has become an even better sports experience.
#5 Winnipeg Jets, MTS Centre
The atmosphere at MTS Centre is one of the best in the league. Fans are loud and proud. This is experienced right from the arrival of the Jets on the ice, giving them a loud round of applause followed by the first Go! Jets! Go! chant prior to the singing of the anthems. This continues during the anthem(s) when the building does the "True North" shout out during O Canada! This started in the first season the Jets were back as an acknowledgement and thank you to True North Sports and Entertainment who brought the NHL back to Winnipeg.
#6 Fort Wayne TinCaps, Parkview Field
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Parkview Field and the Fort Wayne TinCaps have once again been named as Stadium Journey’s best ballpark experience in all of minor league baseball for 2016. This is the third consecutive season, and fifth out of the past six seasons, that Parkview Field has received this honor.
#7 Kansas Jayhawks, Phog Allen Fieldhouse
Stadium Journey’s top college basketball arena, and one of the top overall sports experiences, is Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, home of the Kansas Jayhawks. There is no place that does college basketball better than Allen Fieldhouse, and anyone attending a game there must ”pay heed;” the Phog is a bucket list venue for any sports fan.
#8 LSU Tigers, Alex Box Stadium
The Tiger baseball experience at Alex Box Stadium has it all: a powerhouse ball club, state of the art facility, great food selection, a rabid fan base, and an intimidating atmosphere for opposing teams. Fans of college baseball would be wise to make the pilgrimage to Baton Rouge part of their ballpark sports travel.
#9 Durham Bulls, Durham Bulls Athletic Park
The Durham Bulls are easily one of the most famous minor league franchises in baseball. That fame comes from the 1988 film "Bull Durham," a box-office hit that still tops critics lists as one of the best baseball films of all time. However, the club has a long and storied history before and since the movie. The first Durham team was known as the Tobacconists in 1902, ten years later the club would adopt the Bulls moniker. For nearly all of its history, they played at the original Durham Athletic Park (known locally as the DAP). The old wooden bandbox was full of charm and thankfully, it still stands at its original location a short distance to the north. Perhaps, the popularity of the film allowed for the construction of a new Durham Bulls Athletic Park (D-BAP) in 1995. The current park has undergone numerous renovations and expansions in its relatively short life. No longer the scrappy losers of their film counterparts, the Bulls made the jump to the Triple-A International League in 1998 the same year they began their current affiliation with the Tampa Bay Rays. This necessitated the first large restructuring of the park to its current 10,000-seat capacity. There have been five major renovations to the park, including changes in 2014 that nearly redesigned the park completely.
#10 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, Barber Motorsports Park
The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama is one of the hidden gems of the racing world. Nestled in the mountains of northern Alabama, just east of Birmingham, is Barber Motorsports Park, a premiere racetrack that rivals any others in the country. Who would have known that a track in the middle of the Deep South not called Talladega would provide fans with one of the best racing experiences in the world of sports?
#11 Portland Timbers, Providence Park
The DNA of soccer in the Rose City is embedded deeply among the populace. The team boasts an impressive sellout streak of regular season games while playing in a facility that combines the past and present and merges it into a one-of-a-kind facility. Its location in a small little neighborhood creates an ideal canvas for every visitor to enjoy thoroughly.
#12 Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park
The sightlines at PNC Park are great. However, one would be remiss if they missed the opportunity to catch the game with the fantastic view of the bridges, river and downtown Pittsburgh. Pick a seat somewhere behind the plate or along the bases with a great view of the outfield.
#13 Sporting KC, Children's Mercy Park
Children’?s Mercy Park is a tremendous stadium. Located just off the figurative yellow brick road of Kansas (Interstate 70), in an immense shopping, restaurant and entertainment district known as Village West, the home pitch of Sporting KC is one of the best venues to watch a sporting event of any kind.
#14 Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens handle the operations of their franchise outstandingly well and M&T Bank Stadium displays that effort with pride. The fans who attend games at M&T Bank Stadium will always have a memorable game day experience and get good value. The newly spent renovations and additions have made the purple colors and signage seem consistent, and scream out RAVENS at all points.
#15 San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park
The setting is as spectacular as any venue for any sport. Most would agree that AT&T is in a rare category along with Camden Yards in Baltimore as the two most incredible modern stadiums. The cozy 42,000-seat cathedral is nestled up against the basin and next to a newly gentrified area of the city that was once taboo to enter. From above, the stadium appears to sink below the ground and resemble a bowl below water level. The lawn is always immaculately manicured and maintains a brilliant green glow to it.
#16 Michigan Wolverines, Michigan Stadium
Since Jim Harbaugh's return to his alma mater as head coach there seems to be a revamped energy around Wolverine football games. With the recent ascendancy of the program, this may just be the perfect time to see a game at Michigan Stadium. The Big House and a Michigan football game should sit squarely on even the shortest list of must see venues for any sports fan. The grandiosity, history, and pure joy of a Saturday in Ann Arbor is a must for all avid stadium travelers.
#17 Columbus Clippers, Huntington Park
Huntington Park is widely considered one of the elite parks of Minor League Baseball, and for good reason. Character abounds in every corner of the park, making it a great setting for exploring. The park has a generally low profile from the outside, but seems much bigger once inside. The perimeter is lined with a brick facade with spaces with unique views onto the field from the outside. The main gate facing downtown is dominated by a statue of Harold M. Cooper, a key figure in Columbus baseball and namesake of the former stadium of the Clippers.
#18 Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field
Cleveland’s home has emerged from its most recent renovation as one that fans can look to as a beacon of baseball greatness. Boasting one of the best scoreboards in the world, a full-HD video board capable of both instant replays and in-game stats and graphics, the fans always know what is going on.
#19 Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center
The Lakers reclaim our top spot when it comes to NBA arena experiences. It may cost you a pretty penny, but a trip to see the Lakers at Staples Center is one destination not to be missed.
#20 Washington Huskies, Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium
As you drive east toward Seattle across the 520 bridge that spans Lake Washington, the stunning vista of Husky Stadium suddenly leaps out in front of you. You can’t help but be impressed (and maybe a little distracted) by the end-on view of the stadium, with its signature cantilevered metal roofs jutting out over the field, and the bright purple Washington logo staring you right in the face. Dark green conifers dot the shoreline just beyond the west end zone, and you can see boats docked just a few hundred feet from the stadium’s entrance.
#21 Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center
The Wild have really hung their hats on the "Home Ice Advantage" slogan that was borne out of their playoff run a few years ago, and it's quite the apt description of the atmosphere within the Xcel Energy Center. The place is raucous from the word go and it is the same regardless of the team's performance on the ice.
#22 South Carolina Gamecocks, Founders Park
A lot of the country considers college baseball an afterthought, but not in Columbia, South Carolina. Tailgaters, boiled peanuts, cold beer and shouts of "Go Cocks!" start hours before the first pitch is even thrown on game days outside Founders Park. Baseball season for the South Carolina Gamecocks is second only to football season. And even that is debatable, depending on who you ask.
#23 Minnesota Golden Gophers, Mariucci Arena
Well behaved, but highly passionate, is the best way to describe Gopher hockey fans. While the fans make up a huge part of the experience make no mistake, the venue and the university add a great deal to creating a magnificent live hockey experience.
#24 W&S Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center
This tournament has successfully transformed itself from a wonderful small and personal professional tournament to an impressive miniature grand slam event located in a small city setting in Mason, Ohio.
#25 San Antonio Spurs, AT&T Center
The atmosphere for a Spurs game is one of the best in all sports. This may be because the Spurs are San Antonio's only team in the four major sports leagues. As you enter AT&T Center, you'll get the festival feel that San Antonio has showcased to many tourists throughout the city.
#26 Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium has consistently ranked as one of the best stadium experiences in all of sports, taking the top spot on the Stadium Journey 2012 best stadium experiences list. The stadium is located in downtown and the streets are alive in speed blue walking up and down the packed streets. Touchdown Town is a definite must to spend one or two hours prior to the game for the live music, skills games, and drinks. You may even want to visit a few of the local bars and eateries for a drink or bite to eat, or just hang out on Georgia Street with fellow Colts fans for one ultimate hangout destination.
#27 Sacramento River Cats, Raley Field
The old cliché, "There isn't a bad seat in the house" definitely applies to Raley Field. Built in 2000, fan comfort and viewing ease were at the top of the priority list. Sightlines are great from any seat and lawn seating allows for an inexpensive way to bring the whole family. Low sitting lawn chairs are permitted in the grassy berms.
#28 St Paul Saints, CHS Field
There are many different ballparks that open each year in both the affiliated and independent leagues and each and every one of them provide customers with the opportunity to enjoy the game up close and personal. However, there are some ballparks that standout on their own. CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, may just be in a class all by itself.
#29 Seattle Sounders FC, CenturyLink Field
The size of the crowd does, in fact, make attending a Sounders game special, but there is much more. It is what the club and the fans do leading up to the game and during the match which make it one of the most rewarding game experiences in all of sports. There are the many subtle touches which make clear management’s consciousness of the details, promoting the brand at every opportunity, and adding value to the ticket holder?s experience. Arrive early, take it all in and participate.
#30 Arizona Diamondbacks & Colorado Rockies Spring Training, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Salt River Fields is often brought up in excited tones when the Cactus League is mentioned, and it is with good reason. No other park in the league, with the possible exception of Sloan Park, is in the same class. It?’s a great new stadium in a resort area, with seemingly unquenchable fan turnout, copious food options, easy access, tons of extras, and all of this provided at a decent value.
#31 Portland Trail Blazers, Moda Center
The Blazers are the longest tenured professional team in Portland, and have a huge following. Upon entering the arena, you can't help but notice the history of the Blazer franchise. All around the concourse, you see pictures of players, coaches, and executives alike. Bill Walton's jersey from the 1977 championship team is framed and on display.
#32 Charlotte Knights, BB&T Ballpark
The Charlotte Knights opened their new ballpark in April 2014, and the accolades have not stopped coming in. The park is maturing, and that has resulted in big increases in fan friendliness and customer service. The fans are maturing, as well, from gawkers checking out the new shiny thing to an audience participating in the experience of family friendly baseball.
#33 Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field
Thanks to the south scoreboard, Lambeau Field stands as the tallest building in the city. It remains steeped in history despite numerous renovations to meet the demands of today’s NFL. The longest active tenured home in professional football (third longest in professional sports) has hosted an Ice Bowl, a Snow Bowl, outdoor hockey, country music stars, and Wisconsin/LSU. The 80,000 seat Frozen Tundra is the center of the Wisconsin sports universe on eight Sundays each year and lives up to the ?Shrine of Pro Football? moniker.
#34 Alabama Crimson Tide, Bryant-Denny Stadium
This is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon. The fans, the city of Tuscaloosa, the food and the game itself make Bryant-Denny Stadium a very enjoyable experience. The people in Alabama love the Crimson Tide and they know how fortunate they are to have a team that wins consistently. That is why this stadium is a must-see if you are a fan of college football or just fan of sports in general.
#35 Ohio State Buckeyes, Ohio Stadium
Opened in 1922, ?The Horseshoe? has hosted generations of Buckeye fans and continues to evolve and expand to keep the beloved venue modern. Ohio Stadium has a capacity just under 105,000, and led all of college football in average attendance in 2014, and was second in 2016.
#36 Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park
Since taking over the team in 2001, the ownership group headed up by John Henry has invested close to $300 million into Fenway to keep it modern and to ensure its viability into the next century. For a park that initially cost $650,000 to build, it’s quite an upgrade. Capacity for the 2016 season has actually increased with the addition of 265 seats on the right field pavilion. Fenway Park is such an iconic venue that even casual baseball fans can recognize its unique design. Fenway Park is one ballpark that any baseball fan should visit at least once in their lifetime.
#37 Dayton Flyers, University of Dayton Arena
Among the impressive college basketball history, incredible game atmospheres, and enjoyable and affordable fan experience, Dayton’s UD Arena should be on any college basketball fan’s radar for an upcoming visit.
#38 Myrtle Beach Pelicans, TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark
Myrtle Beach is known by many in the southeast as a popular summer destination. The city is home to many beach resorts, tons of shopping, and famous golfing. A close neighbor to the outdoor mall, Broadway at the Beach, is TicketReturn.com Field. The field opened in 1999 and has been the only home the Pelicans have ever known. Since moving here from Danville, VA (and before that, Durham, NC), the Pelicans have done an amazing job of catering to both local die-hards and casual tourists. With the massive variety of food options and many entertainment options, TicketReturn.com Field is easily a premier minor league venue.
#39 Halifax Mooseheads, Scotiabank Centre
Home to the Mooseheads, Scotiabank Centre (formerly known as Halifax Metro Centre) is located in the heart of downtown, offering excellent options for the game day experience. One can spend the day exploring the sights of the Historic Properties, admiring artifacts at the Maritime Museum, and enjoying local crafts at the Seaport Farmers’ Market, the longest continually run farmer’s market in North America. Dining options are seemingly endless and within walking distance of the arena.
#40 Cleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans Arena
The combination of the Cavaliers' success on the court with progressive arena leadership makes for a stellar game experience. Quicken Loans Arena is more than two decades old, but has undergone major renovations over the years that have made the space feel incredibly modern. Cleveland, as a whole, is a city on the upswing and if you have the opportunity to visit, including a Cavs game would be well worth your time and money.
#41 St Louis Blues, Scottrade Center
The better quality product on the ice helps the overall experience, even despite post-season disappointment in recent seasons. But the real benefit comes from the experience each fan enjoys when they step inside the Scottrade Center for a professional hockey experience.
#42 Toronto Raptors, Air Canada Centre
It seems all that may be standing in the way of Raptors elite level status is LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hopefully the Raptors won't end up like the Atlanta Hawks that had great teams that could just never get past Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Either way, the Raptors are putting together an elite league experience and Jurassic Park is becoming a bucket list item.
#43 Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field
Heinz Field has several elements that set it apart from most NFL stadiums. The first is the FedEx Great Hall, a shrine to Pittsburgh?s long and successful history in the NFL. Amongst the displays are a history of the Terrible Towel; the actual lockers of several Steeler greats including Franco Harris, Mean Joe Greene and Lynn Swann, a section devoted to the Immaculate Reception, and salutes to each of the six Super Bowl winning teams the Steelers have fielded. A second very obvious feature is the two huge Heinz Ketchup bottles atop the scoreboard. If filled with ketchup, these bottles would hold more than one million ounces of this famous brand of condiment. The bottles ?dip and pour? whenever the home team reaches the red zone.
#44 Vancouver Canadians, Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium
The atmosphere at The Nat is truly special. Fun is the goal, and the C's have succeeded in this department. It is a beautiful stadium, highlighted by a view of the regal Queen Elizabeth Park. There is a wide range of ages working at the stadium, and everyone is extremely helpful and nice.
#45 Buffalo Sabres, KeyBank Center
The arena, located at the foot of Main Street in Buffalo, is the anchor of the emerging Canalside and Cobblestone districts, which has become the biggest attraction in downtown Buffalo. Attached to the KeyBank Center is HarborCenter, a mixed use facility with parking, two hockey rinks, fitness center and hockey training facility, restaurants and retail, and a new hotel. With the arena and HarborCenter, this is the only three rink facility in the NHL. Buffalo is positioning itself as a first class destination for tournaments and sports travel, and the hockey arena is right in the middle of things.
#46 Buffalo Bandits, KeyBank Center
The Bandits are one of the bedrock franchises of the NLL and have become an important part, as tenants of the KeyBank Center, of the redevelopment of Buffalo's downtown and waterfront. What make the Bandits such a great experience might just be the unprecedented fan participation in Buffalo. Many teams feature fan participation, but nothing quite like what you find in Buffalo, a pioneer in this kind of fan involvement.
#47 Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium
For a baseball stadium that screams baseball, there is so much more to do than watch the game. There is a large kids area that stretches from left field to center field beyond the outfield concourse. Batting cages, mini golf, a whiffle ball field, playground equipment, and a carousel are among the choices kids have. Some of the choices are free while others have a cost. Additionally, there is a concessions area that caters strictly to kids in the kids area. The numerous activities, things to see, and a great presentation of the game, make the atmosphere very tough to beat.
#48 Syracuse Orange, Carrier Dome
There's a reason that the Carrier Dome has been called the Loud House. Every game starts the same way. Welcome of the Jungle blares and every fan stands and claps until the first basket by Syracuse is scored. From there, you've got the normal ebb and flow of a basketball game, but so much louder than many other venues.
#49 Navy Midshipmen, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
There is a great sense of tradition at a Navy football game. There are memorials scattered all over the stadium. Class honors and battle names are evident nearly everywhere. The battle names on the front of the seating sections is pretty cool as they honor the many battles fought for American freedom.
#50 Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park
Affectionately known among fans as "The Juice Box," Minute Maid Park is a hitter's paradise, and a true must visit for any baseball fan. Built on the former site of Houston's Union Station train depot in the middle of downtown, Minute Maid Park combines the old world aesthetics that are a hallmark of baseball with all the modern bells and whistles of 21st century sports entertainment.
#51 Oklahoma Sooners, Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
About an hour before kickoff, the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band will come marching down Jenkins to the stadium playing the very recognizable Boomer Sooner fight song. You can also catch festive pregame atmosphere in the area known as Campus Corner which is an assortment of bars and restaurants just off the north end of campus.
#52 Texas Longhorns, Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
The atmosphere is summed up easily with the motto, “Come Early, Be Loud, Stay Late, Wear Orange,” and throughout the years Texas Longhorn fans have seemed to follow it. The 'Come Early' is seen throughout downtown Austin on game day as tailgaters take over the rolling hills of the forty-acre campus around Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, which covers both sides of I-35. The tailgate area is filled with wood-burning smokers, cowboy hats, and women wearing boots with dresses.
#53 New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden
When you enter Madison Square Garden you can feel that you are in a special place. Because of this, the Rangers don't need to add a ton of bells and whistles to the Garden. Madison Square Garden is an arena that is just loaded with tradition. You don't get the title "The World's Most Famous Arena" for nothing. Just walking around the arena you will notice the many big events that happened at MSG, from basketball to hockey to huge concerts.
#54 New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden
From the second you enter the building, Madison Square Garden feels like a special experience. The high-roofed entryway from 7th Avenue, often featuring the Knicks drumline, leads fans to a bright, welcoming foyer. The anticipation builds as fans ascend the escalators to their seats, and the energy extends to each of the wide, spacious concourses.
#55 Kentucky Derby, Chrurchill Downs
A trip to Churchill Downs is more than a trip to the most hallowed grounds of horse racing. A ticket to the Kentucky Derby is more than a ticket to the sport?s most venerable event. Spending the first Saturday of May in Louisville, Kentucky is an invitation to become a part of history. It presents the opportunity to witness an event that transcends sports, an event that transcends entertainment, an event that transcends time.
#56 Mississippi State Bulldogs, Dudy Noble Field
The fans in the Left Field Lounge have been known to cook up food and feed it to opposing players during the contest, making up for a bit of the ribbing those players take during the game.
#57 Arkansas Razorbacks, Baum Stadium at George Cole Field
Baum Stadium provides an elite atmosphere. There are tons of promotional contests and activities going on, the music between the innings is the type that people actually enjoy listening to and the PA announcer is very lively and keeps the crowd engaged.
#58 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, AMSOIL Arena
Every time the Bulldogs play at AMSOIL, the arena becomes the center of excitement in this quintessential Minnesota city. The passion for hockey in Duluth can't be emphasized enough and in no way is it better represented in the state than by the fans who show up at AMSOIL to cheer on their Bulldogs each and every game.
#59 Utah State Aggies, Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
It may not be the largest arena in Utah, but it has been recognized by several as the loudest and best venue to watch a college basketball game west of the Mississippi.
#60 Florida State Seminoles, Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium
Located in the state capital of Tallahassee, Florida State University has one of the top baseball programs in the country. The home of that program, Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium matches the quality of the baseball squad.
#61 Wisconsin Badgers, Kohl Center
Only two college hockey arenas are larger (Ohio State and Nebraska-Omaha), but even though it is a big arena, it is also easy to navigate and is comfortable, with plenty of excitement to fill the huge space. The arena is named for United States Senator Herb Kohl, who graduated from Wisconsin in 1956. Senator Kohl donated $25 million to the building of the Kohl Center.
#62 College World Series, TD Ameritrade Park
The College World Series began in 1947 and after two years in Kalamazoo and another in Wichita, the tournament made a move to Omaha, Nebraska, where it has remained to this day. From 1950-2010, the CWS was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, which also hosted the AAA Omaha Royals. By the early 2000s, though, it was clear that a new venue would be necessary to handle the increasing exposure the tournament was receiving. The result was TD Ameritrade Park, which was opened in 2011 to be the exclusive home of the College World Series, as well as Creighton Bluejays baseball. Lately the Big Ten baseball tournament is held here and a couple of minor league football clubs have used the stadium as well. TD Ameritrade Park is the largest non-MLB park in the country, with 24,000 seats, though more fans can be allowed in to take up standing room spots that lie around the entire concourse.
#63 Clarkson Golden Knights, Cheel Arena
When you enter the arena, you are immediately greeted by 13 NHL jerseys worn by former members of the Clarkson Golden Knights. This is the first of many displays along the concourse that helps you appreciate the history of the program, and it sets a nice tone for the visit. You'll also find a team photo of every squad dating back to 1906, and a wall with photos of each All-American for the men's and women's hockey teams.
#64 Texas Tech Red Raiders, Jones AT&T Stadium
Jones AT&T Stadium is a great looking stadium from the outside, with beautiful brickwork, and is a ton of fun on the inside, with a great crowd, good sightlines, and lots of fun traditions.
#65 Montana Grizzlies, Washington-Grizzly Stadium
When one thinks of Montana one might think of wide open spaces. But Washington-Grizzly Stadium is wedged into the University of Montana campus at the junction of Mount Sentinel and the Clark Fork River with very little room to spare. The density of the stadium and campus generates an energy that transmits to the tailgate parties happening on almost every spare patch of grass creating a festive environment on game day in Missoula.
#66 Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park
Keeping in line with the new generation of ballparks, but definitely going a step or two higher, there are plenty of luxury options at Coca-Cola Park. The park features four luxury suites (BSI Dugout Suites) directly behind home plate, and below field-grade level, offering an amazing view and perspective. There are a few other suite options and party porches for group outings, including the Coordinated Health Club Level suites located on the 300 level that features an oval shaped bar which is a social hub prior to, and during the game. Very visible on this level is the region’s? rich industrial and baseball history with beautiful reminders everywhere in the form of artwork and photos.
#67 Toledo Mud Hens, Fifth Third Field
The atmosphere for a Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field is about as good as you can ask for. Outside of the stadium, Fifth Third Field is very attractive with a combination of red brick and grey stone, which gives it a classic, yet modern look. When building Fifth Third Field in 2002, older buildings in Toledo were required to be incorporated as part of the stadium. The stadium fits in perfectly with the older buildings, which can be seen in right field and are used as part of the team merchandise store and Coop party deck and Roost seating area.
#68 Michigan Wolverines, Yost Ice Arena
Passed all of the tradition and success that the Wolverines have seen over the years, Yost Ice Arena is one of the premier destinations for all fans of hockey at any level. A truly unique experience, Yost merges modern convenience with old school tradition.
#69 Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium
AT&T Stadium is a venue that provides top notch entertainment year round. It is a one of a kind stadium that leaves expressions of amazement on the faces of fans as they walk in for the first time. The prices may be higher than other places around the NFL, but a trip to watch a Dallas Cowboys game in AT&T Stadium should truly be among the top of every sports fan's bucket list.
#70 Alabama Crimson Tide, Sewell-Thomas Stadium
In 2013, the University decided to undertake a $42 million renovation of ?The Joe.? Though technically a renovation, it is essentially a brand new stadium, as very little remains of the old facility. The purposes of the rebuild were to 1) improve the competitive balance of the team, 2) better accommodate the needs of the players, coaches, staff, media and fans, and 3) provide an enhanced fan experience through new amenities and better align the field to provide better sightlines of the action. Construction got underway at the end of the 2014 season and the Tide spent its entire 2015 season playing home games at Hoover?s Metropolitan Stadium, some 40 miles away.
#71 Baylor Bears, McLane Stadium
Like every great college football game, the atmosphere begins outside the stadium, and that means tailgating. However, McLane Stadium now provides what only a few campuses can do to their game day atmosphere, and that is "sailgating." Tailgaters get to set up tents all around the stadium grounds, as well as on the shores of the Brazos River, and some even tailgate in their boats.
#72 Florida State Seminoles, Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
Tradition is an act that when executed properly, sends chills down your spine. The flaming of the spear in Seminole lore is a sacred act, led by Chief Osceola and his steed, Renegade. As the spear is plunged into midfield before the start of the game, the entire crowd exhales ?in perfect unison.
#73 Michigan Wolverines, Crisler Center
The Michigan pep band plays a huge role in adding to the atmosphere. In general, a good pep band really helps to make college sporting events special, and Michigan has perhaps the best band in the country. A highlight is when the tuba section comes down to the court and dances around the court to the tune of the William Tell Overture.
#74 Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena
More than $47 million out of Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's pocket and private funding, and not a penny from the taxpayer, was used to bring Amalie Arena up to its current state of grace. The replacement of every single seat in the arena with cushioned seats (that all, including the 300-level, have cupholders) was complemented with the addition of a fully-functional electronic pipe organ located above a full-service bar called "Between the Pipes,” working Tesla coils hanging from the rafters in the corners of the facility, all four corners along the 100-level open to overlook the ice from the concourse, and the coup de grâce of the facility, the gigantic center scoreboard.
#75 Boston Celtics, TD Garden
The TD Garden underwent a massive renovation project which touched several areas of the venue. This comprehensive, $70 million arena-wide upgrade features redesigned modern concourses and new concession offerings, comprehensive renovation of Legends restaurant, the development of a new Pro Shop, and an upgraded technology infrastructure to support digital fan expectations well into the future.
#76 Kitchener Rangers, Dom Cardillo Arena at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Home for the Rangers is the city-owned Dom Cardillo Arena at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. The Aud, as it is locally known, was built as a Memorial to the local war veterans, and the arena inside was named after longtime mayor of Kitchener, Dom Cardillo. The hockey experience at The Aud is second to none and will even rival some professional experiences. A healthy mix of tradition and modern amenities, the Kitchener Rangers provide their fans one of the best experiences possible. They truly are, hockey royalty.
#77 Los Angeles Clippers, Staples Center
Clippers fans have a great reputation and show up in full force sporting their team's shirts and gear. For the last several seasons attendance records at home have been above 100% capacity, ranking them even higher for home games than their fellow NBA tenant, the Lakers.
#78 Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ball Park
Inside the ballpark, you will find lots of historic artifacts around the facility. One of the most impressive is the Crosley Field tribute that has players wearing jerseys from yesteryear. Giant newspaper displays of historic events, murals, and photo displays of iconic moments are scattered throughout the concourses. Outside the physical building, bronze statues of numerous team greats welcome fans through the main entrance and the rose garden outside the first baseline recognizes the beloved yet maligned hit king, Pete Rose.
#79 Colorado Rockies, Coors Field
Though the product on the field hasn't had a whole lot to cheer about the last few seasons, the ballpark is still a remarkable venue to visit. If you haven't been in a while, it may be time for a return visit, especially with the new airport RTD access.
#80 Creighton Bluejays, CenturyLink Center
The CenturyLink Center is a multi-purpose building and it is all about entertainment. There are a few items to see in the concourse. The clear highlight is the band that plays jazz tunes near the Creighton fan store. For the kids, there is also a Mutual of Omaha display with various animals to look at.
#81 Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center
Wells Fargo Center does many things right. It is large, but still offers a fan friendly view of the action. The enthusiasm of the fans brings a whole other aspect to the game atmosphere. It is overall a great arena for hockey action.
#82 Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training, Bright House Field
This Floridian architectural classic features a 360-degree main concourse, open to the playing field with 7,300 fixed seats with grass berm seating for an additional 1,500. Of course, there are always exceptions to these standard numbers as is evident every St. Patrick?s Day when the home team dons their green unis and plays in front of a sun drenched crowd in excess of 10,000 as was the case again this year when they toppled the attendance record with 11, 222 in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
#83 San Diego Padres, PETCO Park
San Diego and folks from Southern California in general have always had a laid back reputation and many choose to view the game in the same fashion. Adding to the So-Cal atmosphere is a grass hill beyond the outfield. Known as Picnic Hill, fans can bring their blanket and simply lay back on a nice sunny afternoon to catch some rays as well as the on-field action.
#84 Dayton Dragons, Fifth Third Field
The Dragons have become one of minor league sports great success stories. The team blends professional amenities (for fans and players alike) with the more casual environment of minor league baseball. A night at a Dragons game offers experiences to suit many different types of fans and appears to serve them all well. Dayton's Fifth Third Field offers one of the great baseball experiences in the minor leagues, and the Dragons sellout streak is well-earned.
#85 Auburn Tigers, Jordan-Hare Stadium
Jordan-Hare Stadium is one of the best places to watch a college football game in the country. The stadium is big, the fans are enthusiastic and there's plenty of food to enjoy. If you're a fan of college football, then you need to make the trip to the Plains in the near future.
#86 Oregon Ducks, Autzen Stadium
Fans are rabid, in a good way. There is green and yellow everywhere you look. The stands are loud, VERY loud. Every kick off, every defensive play, every special teams play, every successful advance on offense is met with a thundering cheer.
#87 Hershey Bears, Giant Center
The arena invokes memories of the old Hersheypark Arena. You can almost close your eyes and forget you are in a new arena. But even with your eyes open, you will witness a fantastic old hockey barn kind of arena. It really takes the best of the old and mixes it with new, modern amenities.
#88 Florida Gators, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Everywhere you look you see people dressed in Orange and Blue. The people are tailgating, eating, shopping, partying and rarely do you see an angry exchange among them. All of those people in one place and all of them get along. Even the few visiting fans are welcomed and some even comment on how surprised they are about the lack of hassle they have to endure.
#89 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Compton Family Ice Arena
The Compton Family Ice Arena is one of the better facilities in college hockey, and well worth a visit for any fan of the Irish, the sport, or for those who are following their favorite team on the road.
#90 Reading Fightin Phils, FirstEnergy Stadium
In recent years the team has used the slogan "Baseballtown" to refer to the stadium atmosphere. It is a perfect name, as the entire site feels perfect for America’s pastime. FirstEnergy Stadium is one of the finest and best parks you will find when traveling around the minor league landscape.
#91 Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field
The 1060 project at Wrigley Field continues to progress the overhaul of the famed venue and the results continue to impress. The ballpark continues to be fitted with modern day amenities, but stills holds its historical appeal. Plus, the team will soon be able to hoist a championship banner.
#92 Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park
Comerica Park provides a great atmosphere for fans of all ages. Whether you follow the history of the game, are there for a fun day out with family, or just want to sit back and watch baseball, you'll enjoy your time at Comerica Park.
#93 Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium
From before you even enter the stadium, you would be hard pressed to not have a good time. Tailgating is a big deal in Kansas City. It's easy to chat up Chiefs fans as you walk through the parking lots. They are a friendly bunch of folks and don't be surprised if you are offered a beverage or some great pregame food.
#94 Tulsa Drllers, ONEOK Field
Fans are laid back and as polite as can be. Lots of families and kids are in attendance for a Drillers game and the organization suits them extremely well. They respond eagerly to plays on the field, in addition to supporting strong batting and pitching performances.
#95 VCU Rams, Siegel Center
In the Siegel Center, the Rams have an intimate home that provides a tremendous home court advantage. The fans and their famous pep band (The Peppas) have created a remarkable college basketball atmosphere. It is not a stretch to state that a VCU home basketball game offers the true sports fan one of the best experiences in the United States.
#96 Chicago Bears, Soldier Field
Setting aside the debate over whether the 2003 renovation was an act of architectural desecration or a forward-thinking integration of old and new...for better or for worse, Soldier Field is utterly unique. No matter how many stadiums you visit, this is one that will stand out from the rest.
#97 Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena
Hockey is clearly here to stay in what fans cleverly call ?Smashville.? The home-ice advantage that the Predators enjoy has to be near tops in the league, and sellouts have become a regular occurrence.
#98 Stanford Cardinal, Stanford Stadium
Stanford football is one of the most successful programs over the last few years in college football, especially the Pac-12. The experience on game day is also one of the best there is. The stadium’?s location, fan base, and overall aesthetics make for a remarkable experience in a picturesque setting for fans to flock to.
#99 Vancouver Whitecaps FC, BC Place
There is a nice mix of fans at Whitecaps games as their following continues to grow in their third season. Soccer fans are passionate by nature and Whitecaps' supporters follow suit. They come in all shapes and sizes from young to old as the club is making an effort to generate a family commitment among its fans.
#100 Boston University Terriers, Agganis Arena
The atmosphere at Agganis Arena is driven by the large and active student section. Hockey is the undisputed king of the BU sporting kingdom, and on some nights it feels like almost the entire student body shows up to a Terrier hockey game. In fact, on many nights the student turnout is so large that they spill out from the constraints of their section to seats all over the arena. Students come armed with a solid repertoire of chants and routines designed to entertain the home crowd as well as infuriate and distract the opposition. Helping add to the noise at Agganis Arena is an excellent pep band, which, in addition to performing an impressive set list, joins in on the fun whenever possible.