Top 6 Nearby Sports Venues to Put on Your Bucket List

Watching sports is a favorite pastime of many Americans. Whether that’s watching games on TV or heading to your team’s arena or stadium, it’s entertainment at its finest. We’ve compiled a list of the top stadiums near you that you could visit for a long weekend, or maybe some of these venues are in your city! Regardless, we recommend adding these iconic venues to your bucket list.

1. Ohio Stadium

Columbus, OH

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“The Shoe” is a place where patriotic Buckeyes chant “O-H-I-O” with all their heart. Not all students and alumnae have the same level of enthusiasm for their university – this one stands above many. Get swept up in the passion and excitement with a football game at The Ohio State University!

2. Michigan Stadium (The Big House)

Ann Arbor, MI

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With a name like “The Big House,” you know it must be a good time. This is the largest stadium in the US by capacity and the world’s second biggest.  Even if you’re a fan of the Buckeyes, checking out this venue is well worth it. You know what they say, “keep your enemies closer.”

3. Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame, IN

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Notre Dame football games bring swarms of alumnae and students in a sea of navy blue and gold. Many families have a tradition of going to games each year and travel from far and wide to attend. Games at this stadium are quite the sight to see.

4. Churchill Downs

Louisville, KY

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If you live in Ohio or Kentucky, you are lucky to be within driving distance of this spectacle. Women in their tea hats, men in their seersucker suits, all squeezed tightly together in the stands waiting to see if their bets on their horses (and their jockeys) will pay out big time. It’s definitely worth traveling there at least once in a lifetime!

5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, IN

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While not everyone considers NASCAR racing to be a sport, the venue is undoubtedly a must-see. It’s a whole different ballpark than the other venues we’ve shared with a different crowd. Well-worth the visit!

6. Wrigley Field

Chicago, IL

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This list wouldn’t be complete without a stadium from America’s favorite pastime, and Chicago is the perfect weekend trip for those of us in the Midwest.

Did you know that while it is an MLB requirement for all stadiums to have padded walls in the outfield, Wrigley Field was grandfathered in with its outfield walls covered with ivy. Check it out!

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That Wraps It Up! What Do You Think?

If you’ve been to any of these venues, can you vouch for how breathtaking they are? Which venues would you add to the list? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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