Sports are such a large part of the American culture. Whether it’s college or the pros, almost everyone has a favorite league, team, or player they love watching on game day. While many typically watch from the couch at home, almost every sport is best watched live from the stands. Nothing beats cheering on your favorite team and the stadium atmosphere that comes with it. In the United States, we have some of the most fascinating and oldest stadiums in the world. You may not be able to visit them now, but once sports reopen their doors to fans, you’ll definitely want to check out these historic stadiums.
Dodger Stadium (1962)
Home to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium is the oldest MLB stadium west of the Mississippi River. While it’s not the oldest in the league, it still manages to find itself packed with fans 58 years after it’s construction. That’s no surprise though as the Dodgers are one of baseball’s best teams.
Lambeau Field (1957)
When it comes to historic stadiums, Lambeau Field is definitely a crowd favorite. Located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, this stadium can fit over 81,000 Packers fans at once. That sure is a lot of cheeseheads.
Notre Dame Stadium (1930)
Up next is Notre Dame Stadium which is home to none other than the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. This coliseum styled arena is one of the most recognized stadiums not only in college football but in the world too.
Bryant-Denny Stadium (1929)
The next of our oldest stadiums in the United States also hails from the world of college football. Bryant-Denny Stadium has been home to the Alabama Crimson Tide since it was built in 1929. Not many other stadiums on this list have hosted such dominant teams.
Soldier Field (1924)
Home to no one other than the Monsters of the Midway, Soldier Field is our next historic stadium. While the Chicago Bears didn’t play home games here until 1971, the stadium still retains the original Greek columns that were built nearly a century ago.
Rose Bowl Stadium (1922)
Located in Pasadena, California, the Rose Bowl Stadium celebrates its 98th birthday this October. Fun fact: Up until 1928 the Rose Bowl was the shape of a horseshoe. It took six years after construction finished for the south stands to be built.
Camp Randall Stadium (1917)
Our first stadium over 100 years old on this list is Camp Randall Stadium. The Wisconsin Badgers have called this place their home ever since their opening day victory against Minnesota on November 3, 1917.
Yale Bowl (1914)
This next college football stadium to pass the century mark finds its place in the Ivy League. When it first opened, the Yale Bowl was the largest stadium in the world and the first to ever come with seating that enclosed the field!
Wrigley Field (1914)
Wrigley Field is the second oldest baseball field in the MLB. Home to the 2016 World Series Championship winning Chicago Cubs, this stadium is one of the best with its Ivy wall. The most loyal of fans are even able to watch games from nearby buildings.
Fenway Park (1912)
The oldest Major League Baseball stadium on this list is the 108-year-old Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox don’t plan to leave anytime soon as it’s said to be usable until at least 2061.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909)
One of the only and oldest stadiums not related to football and baseball on this list is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sitting on an area of 560 acres, the racetrack has the capacity to hold nearly 400,000 people in all.
Kyle Field (1904)
Kyle Field, home of the Texas A&M Aggies, has been standing since 1904. It wouldn’t take too long for the school to win it’s first National Championship only 15 years later in their 1919 season.
Harvard Stadium (1903)
The second Ivy League football stadium on this list is home to no school other than Harvard. Harvard Stadium has even managed to see some NFL action, as the stadium was the host site for the New England Patriots 1971 and 1972.
Franklin Field (1895)
Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest football stadium in the U.S. It was even the place where the first game was broadcasted on radio in 1922.
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Churchill Downs (1875)
Taking the top spot of the oldest stadiums in the United States is Churchill Downs. With a capacity of 170,000, this historic icon will look to celebrate its 150th birthday in just five years
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