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Legendary Sports Spots Around the World

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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.

Cooperstown, NY, United States
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Wimbledon

The only Grand-Slam still played on grass, Wimbledon has 19 main courts, but Number One and Centre Court are where to catch the major matches. The Wimbledon Tennis Championship draws thousands of visitors each year, including many celebrities keen to watch their favorite players, and so is the place to see and be seen each summer. Tickets for Wimbledon are by ballot form in December, so check the website for details. A few hundred tickets go on sale at 10:30a at the door on each day of the championships for those not lucky enough to have procured them earlier. Wimbledon also hosted tennis during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Merton, United Kingdom
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Ascot Racecourse

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.

Ascot, United Kingdom
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Churchill Downs

Home to the famous Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs represents the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown (The Preakness and Belmont Stakes are the other two). Churchill Downs first opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby in that same year. Aside from witnessing the "Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" (that is if you can procure tickets to the race), it still a great place to visit outside of the first Saturday in May. The season runs from April to November and even if you can't make it to the Derby, you can still wear your favorite hat and order a Mint Julep.

Louisville, KY, United States
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Nürburgring

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.

Nürburg, Germany
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Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway hosts several racing competitions that are world famous. This speedway has the capacity to accommodate a huge crowd, enhancing the excitement and anticipation. A few of the major events that are held here include the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Duel. There are so many races here, it could be called a second home to several well-known drivers. Visiting here is a dream come true for racing fans.

Daytona Beach, FL, United States
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

This legendary track hosts some of the most anticipated auto racing events in the world. The track was the first speedway, being constructed in 1909, and to this day is the highest capacity sporting venue in the entire world, able to hold up to 400,000 spectators. The Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the US Grand Prix are the track's most famous events. 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.

Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Fenway Park

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! Do try to catch a game on your next visit to Boston.

Boston, MA, United States
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Wrigley Field

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.

Chicago, IL, United States
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Lambeau Field

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.

Green Bay, WI, United States
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Camp Nou

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.

Barcelona, Spain
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Old Trafford

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.

Manchester, United Kingdom
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