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The Baseball Hall of Fame Museum holds some of the game's most prized collections. See thousands of baseball artifacts and photographs telling the story of baseball's history. There is also a research library where enthusiasts can read about the history and future of America's enduring love for the sport. Visit the museum store and take your pick from the various caps, shirts, gloves and mugs on display.
Yet pervaded with glories of a medieval village, Wimbeldon is gleefully sheathed in rolling green expanses. A rustic, old world vibe pervades this district, while its bustling town center is dotted with exquisite eateries, boutiques and entertainment establishments. Quite famously, it attracts droves of enthusiasts during the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, a huge playground to forge sporty spirits, to see, and be seen. However, the glory of Wimbledon goes beyond tennis. It is a modest cradle of culture and history, and famed institutions like the magnificent Southside House, Wimbledon Museum, the Baroque New Wimbledon Theatre and the Polka Theatre attest to that fact. Having been a setting in an array of comics and children's novels, Wimbledon is an obscurely beautiful and picture-perfect place waiting to be discovered.
Ascot Racecourse offers exciting entertainment with an array of events and facilities. In addition to the famous races, the center also houses a variety of corporate and social events, from business functions to weddings or civil unions. If you are in the mood to throw a lavish summer party, the party organizers at the racecourse can arrange events.
A world-renowned racecourse commemorating Henry Churchill, the Churchill Downs is the holy grail for aficionados of horse racing. Spread across more than 140 acres (56 hectares), the track rekindled Louisville's hope for horse racing after two of the city's favorite venues were shut down. Since its inception in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has prospered on this track garnering many raves from jockeys and equestrian sports lovers from across the globe. Featuring more than 70 luxury suites, the interior of the site is decorated with murals of Kentucky Derby winners thus celebrating the augustness and exclusivity of the sport. A museum, stables and a clubhouse are also a part of the Thoroughbred racetrack's extensive layout.
Nürburg's Nürburgring stands as one of the motorsport world's most famous (and most dangerous) race tracks. Besides racing events and hosting of the German Grand Prix every other year, the Ring also holds the music festival Rock at the Ring every July. Aside from event days, there is an interactive museum about cars, racing and the track itself as well as a shop selling clothes and souvenirs.
This serpentine course encompassing the Lake Lloyd has set many a race fan's heart aflutter with adrenaline as speedsters zoom through the tracks. Daytona International Speedway is among the US' most coveted race tracks and was built between 1957 through 1959 by William "Bill" France, Sr, the founder of NASCAR. This outdoor sports facility features asphalt and dirt tracks with difficulty levels and is planned in such a way that spectators get a fine view from almost any angle. Home of major motorsports events such as the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 and Coca-Cola Firecracker 250, it is also known as the World Center of Racing. Touted to be the only one of its kind in the world, it not only hosts thrilling motor races but also hosts several gaming events as well.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the world's first ever racing track to earn the epithet of a 'Speedway'. Boasting a capacity of 400,000 spectators, this track can be aptly described as the holy grail for motorsports aficionados across the globe. Since its construction in 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted several prestigious racing events but the revered Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 have always been its major crowd pullers. The on-site Hall of Fame Museum houses NASCAR and racing memorabilia and artifacts. At any given time at least 75 vehicles are on display for the public.
This world-famous baseball stadium has been a staple of the Boston entertainment scene since its opening in 1912. The diamond is flanked on its left side by the Green Monster, an iconic 37-foot (11.28-meter) field wall featuring a manually operated scoreboard. A unique piece of civic history, Fenway Park is one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums currently in use, and it proudly hosts the Boston Red Sox. With a seating capacity of over 37,000 spectators, the stadium ripples with excited energy on game days when steadfast local fans cheer proudly for the home team.
Wrigley Field is one of the country's oldest ballparks and also one of the prettiest. You won't find any Astroturf here because the fans would not allow it. The real grass is kept a lush green, and the ivy grows thick and heavy along the outfield walls. Now home to the Chicago Cubs, at one time the Chicago Bears football team played here. Even if you are aren't a sports fan, you will enjoy a visit to this stadium. There's enough sense of history to satisfy anyone looking for a slice of the past. Make sure to grab a hot dog and a beer before finding your seat to watch the ballgame. Don't have a ticket? You can try to get a free peek of the game at "The Knothole" - a 20-foot (6 meter) long rectangular opening on the Sheffield Avenue side of the stadium. Don't forget to check out the statue of famed radio and television broadcaster Harry Caray outside.
Home to the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field is open year-round and functions as a Packer's historical center as well as a playing field. Originally opened 1957, this venue now seats over 72,000 and boasts itself to be the longest continuously occupied stadium in the NFL. During the off-season you can still enjoy this facility by visiting the Lambeau Field Atrium and the Packers Hall of fame. For information on upcoming games and events, visit their website.
An impressive sight and the crowning glory of the football community in Spain, Camp Nou is one of the largest stadiums in Europe. Home ground of the beloved FC Barcelona soccer club, known simply as Barça to locals, this spectacular stadium was constructed in 1957 on a separate piece of land when the expansion of the Camp de Les Corts stadium was deemed impossible due to lack of space. The stadium is sometimes referred to as the 'house that Kubala built', in reference to the great Slovak-Hungarian goal scorer who played for Barça through the 1950s. Kubala was so popular with spectators that the stadium was even unable to accommodate the extraordinary masses that flocked to watch him play on more than one occasion. Camp Nou can accommodate more than a whopping 99,000 spectators at a time, and is profoundly iconic for its vibrant bleachers, painted in the club's royal blue and red colors.
Old Trafford, nicknamed "Theater of Dreams," is a famous football (soccer) ground located in Greater Manchester. Opened in 1910, it is home to the celebrated Manchester United Football Club. It has been the setting for prestigious tournaments like the FIFA World Cup, Euro 96 and the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final. The venue was chosen to host nine football matches for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Apart from football, games like shinty, baseball and cricket were also played here. Legendary artists like Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen have hosted their concerts at Old Trafford. The space is also rented out for private events and functions like weddings and Christmas parties. Tourists can be a part of the regular stadium tours arranged here.