It’s no secret that the greatest achievements in sports history benefited from the venue that contained them. After all, the pitch, field, park, or area contribute as much to the high-octane action as the players on the field.
So, what makes a good sports venue a great one? That depends. Some of the items on our list rode technological superiority to the top of the heap while others benefit from a long history of all-time greats.
The world is full of awe-inspiring sights to see, but for sports fans the list starts here. Today on Travelversed, we take a road trip to the mecca of sports – buy some peanuts or cracker jacks, and pay homage to the greatest venues in the history of sports with us.
Madison Square Garden
When it comes to sports meccas, there’s no place bigger than The Garden. Madison Square Garden, located in New York City’s Manhattan borough, is the crown jewel of professional sports. It’s home to iconic sports franchises like the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks, has played host to some of the most important boxing matches in the history of the sweet science, and is a rite of passage for chart-topping musical acts from around the world. Let’s just say that if the walls of MSG could talk, they wouldn’t be using their indoor voices.
Wembley Stadium is a marvel of human innovation and a testament to the UK’s love for soccer. It boasts a staggering 90,000 seats (second largest in all of Europe). It hosts the English national football team, the FA Cup Final, Premiership soccer, rugby, boxing, and live music events.
Though the stadium was recently updated in 2007, it still sits on the same ground as the original Wembley Stadium that was built all the way back in 1923. It’s a storied building with an incredibly rich past and a promising future.
Our lone Canadian entrant, the Bell Centre is a multi-purpose live event venue in Montreal, Quebec. It’s the (in)famous home of the Montreal Canadiens and is widely regarded as one of the busiest arenas in the world.
Live music, marquee MMA fights, controversial wrestling matches, sold-out hockey games … the Bell Centre is ground zero for MTL entertainment and you owe it to yourself to visit it at least once in your life time. May we suggest a hockey game on, oh … a Saturday night? A truly unforgettable experience.