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5 of the Most Famous Stadiums in Sports
With baseball in full swing, basketball and hockey in the middle of their respective playoff tournaments, football just coming off the hype of their annual draft, college football gearing up for the fall season and soccer leagues wrapping up their regular season in preparation for European tournaments and the Olympics, sports are clearly in full swing all around the globe. Thatâs got us thinking about all of the historic and iconic places that are hosting games in the next few months. We canât possibly touch on all of them, but here are some fun facts about five of the most historic stadiums in all of sports:
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2. Fenway Park â The iconic home of the Red Sox opened its doors for games in 1912. Many of its unique design elements, such as the uneven outfield wall dimensions (and the massively tall left field wall known as the Green Monster), have been copied by dozens of more modern baseball venues to one degree or another. Fun fact: The Green Monster wasnât always green. The park was open for 35 years before the wall was painted and got its famous moniker.
3. Lambeau Field â While it may have undergone some renovations in recent years to bring it up to date, Lambeau Field has long been considered an American football landmark. Initially called City Stadium, it was renamed after former coach Curly Lambeau and is the oldest stadium in the NFL. Did you know it also hosted the coldest NFL game on record? The temperature during the 1967 NFC Championship against the Dallas Cowboys was a balmy, comfortable -25 degrees.
5. Wimbledon Centre Court â Youâd probably be hard pressed to find any tennis fans decked out in striped overalls at this venue, but that doesnât change the fact that itâs one of the most iconic locations in sports. Built in 1922, Wimbledon has hosted some of the most storied matches in the sportâs history and is still considered the pinnacle of tennis competition. Fun fact: Unlike other tennis tournament locales that have become more relaxed over the years when it comes to attire, any player who sets foot at Wimbledon must be clad almost entirely in white. Not even shoes can feature another color.
There are plenty of places around the world to catch a game, but itâs the historic places that set the standard for all the venues that followed, and the history of those famous stadiums is what fans cling on to. What are some of your favorite moments from your favorite stadiums? Share them with us in the comments below!