One of the most iconic American sports arenas, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, in Kansas City, Missouri, is where you’ll find the headquarters of NASCAR and the National Football League. It’s also the home of the Kansas City Wizards, the Major League Soccer team.
The venue opened in 1960 and has seen some incredible sporting events. In 2016, Kansas City hosted Super Bowl 50, which is now tied with the 2017 version for the most-watched TV event of all time. The NFL championship game drew a then-record 64.7 million viewers.
The fact that such prominent American sports teams call Arrowhead home is a testament to the sports arena’s incredible history. In 2009 and 2010, the venue was rated number two on Foursquare’s list of the top 20 most haunted places in North America. The list is a combination of creepy factors, such as history and architecture combined with stories of unexplained events and eerie noises overheard by visitors.
Arrowhead Stadium isn’t the only location worth traveling for sports fans. Another iconic structure, the New York Yankees’ Yankee Stadium, is located in the Bronx, New York. Opened in 1923, the ballpark saw a lot of action in its day, hosting Ruth and DiMaggio in their primes and a tiebreaker playoff between the Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals in 1949. Today, it’s home to the New York Rangers, the AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Other stadiums have seen incredible turnbacks in history. The Washington National Park’s Robert F. Kennedy Emmett McIntyre Field, for example, witnessed the downfall of a political family when Joe McCarthy unveiled his Anti-Communist Cards on June 24, 1954. The field was named after McCarthy’s brother, Kennedy Emmett McIntyre, who was assassinated in a road rage incident on June 18, 1954. The field suffered a lot of tear downs and renovations before it was preserved in its current state in 1992.
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20. New York Yankees’ Yankee Stadium
This lists todays’ most famous stadiums, which is home to the New York Yankees. The stadium is located in the Bronx and is part of the complex that houses the New York Yankees and Metropolitan Museum of Art. It had a major renovation in the 2000s, which brought it back to its original glory.
Constructed in 1923, the stadium has seen a lot of action over the years. It was home to the baseball’s original Boys Club, the All-American Girls Baseball Team, and the All-Star Game in 1933. Aside from sports, the stadium hosts concerts, exhibitions, and special events.
Other stadiums you might want to see if you visit New York City include the New York World Federation Cup in Flushing Meadows (1934), Madison Square Garden (1936), and the American League Cup (1940).
19. Arrowhead Stadium
The Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Opened in 1960, the stadium is a classic stadium, with its open grassy arena setting and large overhangs on the western fringe. The venue has also been known to acclimate well to playing weather, making it one of the most iconic American sports arenas of all time.
The Kansas City Chiefs play home games at Arrowhead Stadium, but they don’t solely owe their success to the stadium. The team has had some of the most productive gardens in the NFL over the years. Including the use of new strategies and tactics, such as the hut system to organize their defense, the Chiefs have averaged nine wins per season over the last four years.
In addition to the Chiefs, the stadium is also home to the Kansas City Rockets of the NBA and the Wizards of Major League Soccer.
18. San Francisco Bay Area’s AT&T Stadium
Next on our list is the AT&T Stadium in San Francisco, California. Designed by architect Arthur Trefil, the stadium was part of a $160 million plan to expand and renovate the former Candlestick Stadium. The final play in the 1966 World Series was played at the AT&T Stadium. Due to its remote location on Shore Drive and the short trip required by flight seats, this stadium has seen fewer events than expected.
Still, it’s an incredible stadium, with its glass brick and steel columns and its unparalleled view of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Other stadiums in the San Francisco Bay Area include the O. Co Coliseum (1965), which is now home to the San Francisco 49ers, and Candlestick Park (1949), home to the San Francisco Seals and Seawolves. This list doesn’t include the Pac Bell Park (2003), which is shared by the San Francisco Bay Area consortium.
17. Minneapolis Tornado Tropics Stadium
The last stadium on our list is the Minneapolis Tornado Tropics Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The $50 million stadium is a hybrid of stadium and convention center, built in 2007 and opened in 2008. It features an apron feeling the concrete steps, a stadium convention center, with the concrete and metal steps that lead up to the entrance gateway.