There’s barely a nation in the world that doesn’t enjoy sport in one form or another, whether the sport in question is soccer, basketball, cricket, American football, boxing or something else. Each country boasts its own impressive stadiums or arenas to host sporting events, and they’re well worth checking out. In some cases, it’s almost a sin to not visit them to take a tour of them while you’re visiting. Below is a look at some of the world’s most amazing sporting arenas to visit if you ever happen to be exploring that part of the world.
The AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and holds a capacity of 80,000. It’s one of the most expensive sports ever built, having come to a total construction cost of around $1.2 billion, but when you step inside, the level of luxury and attention to detail will leap right out at you. There are 3,000 LCD displays in the building, so you don’t have to miss a minute of the action. The stadium also houses one of the biggest 1080 HD video displays in the world, which contains 25,000 square feet of video displays. The team are also performing well on the field, they’re currently fifth favorites to win the Super Bowl in February according to the latest NFL odds.
Wembley Stadium, in London, England, is the home of the English national soccer team and is the largest sports venue in the UK. It has 90,000 seats and is also the second largest sports venue in Europe. The stadium has been the venue (or one of the venues) for some big sports events in the past, including the 1966 World Cup, Euro 96, the 1948 Summer Olympics and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. One of Wembley’s most distinctive features is the 133-metre tall arch above the north stand, which makes the stadium visible right across London. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy events at the stadium, however, as Wembley has welcomed lots of different musicians. Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Taylor Swift will all perform there in 2024.
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden, in New York City, is the most famous arena in the world. It’s the home of the NBA’s New York Knicks and was the scene of the local team winning their first NBA championship, the 1970 championship, when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by four games to three. The arena has also been the venue for other memorable sporting events, including the “Fight of the Century”, which took place between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971, and the 1994 Stanley Cup championship, which saw the New York Rangers defeat the Vancouver Canucks and end a drought of 54 years without a league championship title win.
For something a little bit different, why not visit the Ryōgoku Kokugikan arena, in Tokyo, Japan? This arena, situated just a minute from the train station, is the home of Japan’s national sport, sumo wrestling, and accommodates more than 10,000 people. It opened in 1985 and hosts three annual national tournaments per year, which take place in January, May and September. There you’ll see the powerful sumo wrestlers battle to push each other out of the sumo circle. The matches are fast-paced, and the food and the noise from the crowd are reminiscent of an older era in Tokyo.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
The Cameron Indoor Stadium, which belongs to Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, has a special place in American hearts. This stadium is the home of the university’s Duke Blue Devils and has seen lots of players play for the team before becoming major NBA stars, including Kyrie Irving, Jason Tatum and RJ Barret. The stadium seats 9,000, which creates a more intimate feel, and is renowned for the unique games and a seating arrangement that allows the wildest fans to be down on the floor close to the players. Every game played at the stadium feels as if a moment of sporting history is being made (which it is in a sense). Get there and be part of it.
The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl Stadium opened in 1922 and is located in Pasadena, California. This athletics stadium is also the home of the UCLA Bruins and has been the venue (or one of the venues) for a host of other sporting events. That includes five Super Bowls, the 1994 World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the Copa America Centenario and the 2002, 2006 and 2010 BCS National College Football Championship Games.
The world is full of amazing sports arenas that would delight any sports fan. Other arenas you might wish to visit when travelling include Fenway Park, the home of baseball’s Boston Red Sox; Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs; and the Lambeau Field, where the NFL’s Green Bay Packers play their home games.
- As per the Public Gambling Act of 1867, all Indian states, except Goa, Daman and Sikkim, prohibit gambling
- Land-based casinos are legalized, with certain guidelines, in Goa and Daman, as per the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act 1976
- Land-based casinos, Online gambling and E-gaming (games of chance) are legalized in Sikkim under the Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Rules 2009
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