6 Local Sports Venues to Put on Your Bucket List

Watching sports is a favorite pastime of many Americans. Whether you watch games on television or head to your team’s arena or stadium, sports are entertainment at its finest. We’ve compiled a list of the top stadiums near you. As you plan for retirement, you could visit these spots 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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Ohio Stadium, famously called “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. 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 United States by capacity and the second largest in the world. 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, traveling far and wide to attend. Games at this stadium are quite the sight to see!

4. Churchill Downs  

Louisville, KY

If you live in Ohio or Kentucky, you are lucky to be within driving distance of this spectacle. Women in their tea hats and men in their seersucker suits, all squeezed tightly together in the stands waiting to see if bets on their horses (and their jockeys) will pay out big time.

At least once in your lifetime, whether during or before your retirement, consider attending an event at Churchill Downs.

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. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a whole different level compared to the other venues we’ve shared. 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 Midwesterners. With your newfound time in retirement, consider venturing in that direction.

Fun Fact: 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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