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Three historic stadiums you must visit in your lifetime.


That's picture of my Dad and I in January of 2019, attending a Green Bay Packers playoff game. Note my dad is dressed with slightly less layers than I am, as twenty years of living in the southern and western United States have made me a bit less immune to a January afternoon game with a temperature of five degrees Fahrenheit.


LAMBEAU FIELD

Lambeau Field is my top choice for stadiums that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. As the oldest stadium in the NFL and opened in 1957 as City Stadium. Although the stadium has had many upgrades throughout the years, the main bowl itself has been left unchanged to preserve the history of the experience and the nostalgia of the past. Many of the legends of the game have played on that very field looking up at those same stands, from Bart Starr to Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers and many more.


The stadium itself is located in Green Bay nestled among a regular neighborhood on the Southwest side of town. In fact, half of the fun is parking in people's front lawns and enjoying the many tailgating opportunities on the walk to the stadium. There's no other team and venue in sports quite like Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers. A stadium in a neighborhood of fans and a team owned by the fans themselves, it's truly a legendary site to behold where the true history of football unfolds right before your very eyes. For more information on Lambeau Field, visit https://www.packers.com/lambeau-field/.


WRIGLEY FIELD

Wrigley Field, located off West Addison in Northern Chicago, is another stadium that seems to pop up out of nowhere right in the middle of a residential area affectionately known as Wrigleyville. The Chicago Cubs played their first game in the park that came to be known as Wrigley Field in 1916. I've had the pleasure of attending a number of games at Wrigley Field, usually cheering for the visiting Brewers, and many times getting boo'd right out of my seat - but all in good fun!


The stadium is unique in a number of ways, from the warm up pitching mounds just outside the foul lines in the outfield, to the iconic rooftops in the backdrop that host home game parties. If you want the best experience with the "real" friends, sit in the bleachers next to the ivy. For more information on Wrigley Field, visit https://www.mlb.com/cubs/ballpark.


FENWAY PARK


Fenway Park is home to the Red Sox and located in Boston near Kenmore Square. The original stadium was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934. The stadium itself was home to 11 World Series and has a number of features in the park named after historic players or moments in the park's history, like the Lone Red seat and Pesky's Pole. Most people are familiar with the Green Monster, the stadium's towering left field wall, I was fortunate enough to catch an early season game there on a trip to Boston. Using public transportation, it was incredibly easy to get to, however, it was 45 degrees outside and pouring rain. So, although the weather didn't provide for the greatest experience, I was incredibly excited to visit the sites and sounds of the stadium, and was happy to cheer along to Sweet Caroline during the bottom of the 8th. For more information on Fenway Park, visit https://www.mlb.com/redsox/ballpark/information.


Those are my top three must visit stadiums, but I'm sure there are a number of readers who feels another stadium should have made the list. What do you think? Which ones did I miss?






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