Great players define the sport. But even the greatest of players needed a venue where to deliver his greatness. That’s where this article comes in.
There are some sporting venues that are better than others. Then there are those that are filled with memories. There are also those that overflow with greatness. And then more. There are so many iconic venues in sports and we’ve listed them down for you. However, all are equally great that I cannot simply pick which is #1 or #20. That’s for you to decide. So here they are, in alphabetical order:
All England Club at Wimbledon
Imagine the Queen of England or any of its monarch watching a tennis match. That’s at the All-England Club and they’re watching Wimbledon at Centre Court. Wimbledon is arguably the most popular tennis tournament in the world and it is the only grand slam event played on grass. Since 1877, Wimbledon has been played at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club based at Church Road, Wimbledon, London in England.
I can just hear the fans singing their anthem “You’ll never walk alone” across its hallowed halls. Anfield is the seventh largest stadium in England and is home to one of the most popular and well-supported soccer teams on the planet. The Liverpool Reds call Anfield home and have done so since 1892.
The Green Jacket is one of the most precious prizes in all of the sports and it is only given to the winner of golf’s Masters Tournament. The Masters is the only major to be played in the same venue since its inception in 1934 and that venue is the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia in the United States.
The Boston Celtics are the winningest franchise in the NBA with a total of 17 NBA titles won. The Celtics team of the ’60s won eight straight NBA titles and 10 during an 11 year period when they were led by the legendary Bill Russell. The parquet floors of the Boston Garden was also home to the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson during the ’80s.
Camp Nou is home to one of the greatest soccer teams in history. Located at C. d’Arístides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain, it has been home to Barcelona FC since its completion in 1957. It is the third largest football stadium in the world in terms of capacity. It was where the final of the soccer competition of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was held.
It has a high definition video screen that measures from the 20-yard line to the other 20-yard line and cost $1.65B to build. Known as Jerry’s World because of owner Jerry Jones and Cowboys Stadium because it is home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, the AT&T Stadium has a seating capacity of 80,000, making it the 4th largest stadium in the NFL.
Fenway Park is the oldest stadium in the MLB. It has been the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. It has hosted the World Series 11 times with the Red Sox winning six times and the Boston Braves once. From Babe Ruth to Ted Williams to Pedro Martinez, who doesn’t recognize Fenway Park?
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Known as The Brickyard, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home to NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 and of course the Indianapolis 500 which is also known as the Indy 500. Located on the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road which is approximately six miles west of downtown Indianapolis, this speedway has a permanent seating capacity of 257,325 which makes it as the largest capacity sports venue in the world.
One of the most historic football fields in America, Lambeau Field is home to the Green Bay Packers. And when we talk about the Green Bay Packers, we talk about Lombardi roaming in the sidelines and Brett Favre thrived. Favre won only one Super Bowl during his legendary career but who could forget the big plays he delivered on the completely icy field?
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Named after its founder Thomas Lord, the Lord’s Cricket Ground is widely regarded as the home of cricket. The current ground celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014 and is the current venue for the Royal London Cup. It is also home to the world’s oldest sports museum, the MCC Museum which contains among others The Ashes Urn, one of crickets treasures.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was named in memory of the L.A. veterans of World War 1. It is the only stadium to have hosted the summer Olympics twice and will be the first to hold it three times as Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics again. Currently, it is home to the USC Trojans of the NCAA and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL.
Madison Square Garden
It is called the Mecca of Sports and among the venues here, it may be among the Top 5, at least. The Madison Square Garden in New York is home to the New York Knicks of the NBA but we remember some of the epic performances of Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller in this building. The Garden is also home to the New York Rangers of the NHL. Everyone knows Mark Messier.
Old Trafford is home to the great tradition and rich history. As the home of the Manchester United Red Devils. It has a seating capacity of 74,994, making it the largest club football stadium in England and the largest stadium overall after Wembley. The “Theater of Dream” has been home to the Red Devils since 1910
When we talk about streetball or basketball in the streets, the first court that comes to mind is Rucker Park. It’s where the legendary Julius Erving made his mark and where the name Dr. J was founded. Situated in Harlem, Manhattan in New York, it is considered to be the playground of legends, having produced some of the best players the NBA has ever seen.
It is the home of golf. The Old Course at St. Andrews was where the first golf game was played in the 15th century. It is the home of the British Open golf tournament or simply The Open Championship, which is the world’s oldest golf tournament. The Old Course has hosted the Open Championship a total of 29 times, the most by any golf course.
Stade Roland Garros
If Wimbledon is to grass then Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France is to clay. The French Open is the only tennis grand slam played on clay and it is held at Stade Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal is the winningest player at Roland Garros with a record total of 12 French Open titles.
Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player in the world. The United Center is the house that Michael Jordan built. Home to the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, the United Center was the site of some of MJ’s greatest performances. Jordan and company won a total of six NBA titles during the ’90s and all those banners hang over the United Center.
If America has Madison Square Garden, England has Wembley Stadium as its premier sporting venue. Originally a football stadium, Wembley has also been the site of some of boxing’s biggest bouts. Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko fought at Wembley in front of the biggest crowd ever in boxing, estimated at 90,000.
The New York Yankees are the most popular sports team in the world and during the early days of baseball, the old Yankee Stadium was home to the best team in the majors. 26 World Series banners are displayed at Yankee Stadium. From Babe Ruth to Lou Gehrig to Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra down to Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Alex Rodriguez. All these greats once called Yankee Stadium as their home.