Some people go on vacation to take in some sun; others go on vacation to do something relaxing. However for sports junkies there is only one thing they want to do on vacation—watch some sports. North America is home to some of the greatest cities in the world when it comes to sports. Many cities have native teams for all the popular sports so no matter whether one is a fan of basketball, hockey, baseball or any other sport there is guaranteed to be a fun time to be had in these cities.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Looking for a city which has the largest trophy collection? Well then, best pack some bags and head to Boston. Boston, though it may not seem like it, is considered the best sports city in the United States—perhaps the world. They host four major league teams including the Bruins (NHL), Celtics (NBA), Patriots (NFL) and the Red Sox (MLB). Between these teams there are well over 30 different championship trophies between them. For the past ten years these teams have made history by triumphing so spectacularly at their given sports, giving sports fans in Boston a winning mentality and they have no problem showing it.
Boston is also home to the country’s oldest baseball stadium—iconic Fenway Park which is also one of only three vintage style ball parks that are still in use today. Due to Fenway Park’s history and iconic style it is a must see for sports fans who come to visit Boston. However, best order Red Sox tickets in advance, they have been sold out every home game day since 2003. The Red Sox used to be a joke, but after they shook off the Curse of the Bambino, Red Sock fever came alive again. No matter when any sports fan visits Boston there is almost always a game to take it, and with the unique sports fans of the city it is always a thrill.
New York City, New York, USA
New York City is considered one of the best cities in the world, and it is not hard to see why. It is home to some of the best chefs, hotels, and attractions in the world. There is no shortage of things to do while in New York City, but there is always one iconic thing every visitor to New York City must do—catch a Yankees game. Due to the legendary ball players of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter the Yankees are one of the most successful franchises in the world with 27 World Series titles.
Yet, the Yankees are far from the only sports franchise in New York City area. In fact, in the close vicinity of New York there are nine franchises, more than any other city in the world. These include the Yankees (MLB), Mets (MLB), Knicks (NBA), Giants (NFL), Jets (NFL), Rangers (NHL), Islanders (NHL), and Devils (NHL). This effectively makes New York City one of fierce sports mania with two of most major sports league teams. This leads to some interesting sports bar conversation on game day in the city. However, New York is not just home to many major league sporting teams but hosts a variety of other sporting events including the notorious New York City Marathon and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. For sports fans who want to indulge their interest in a more intellectual way, New York City is home to the National Sports Museum in Lower Manhattan that showcases the sports greats and history from all over the United States.
Dallas, Texas, USA
While Boston and New York City are both cities of impressive winners, Dallas is a city of sporting firsts. The city was the first city ever to host the Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA Finals all within one year. The city hosts the Mavericks (NBA), Stars (NHL), Rangers (MLB), and Cowboys (NFL). While it hosts all those other great teams, in Dallas, football is the king of sports. The Dallas Cowboys are world famous and are the most singularly valuable franchise in the NFL. To keep up with the rabid Dallas Cowboy fans, in 2009 the team moved into its new stadium with a capacity for 111,000 football fans. This capacity makes Cowboys Stadium the biggest domed stadium in the world. It also hosts the world’s biggest HD television to make sure that Cowboys fans can see every touchdown, fumble, and tackle in high definition.
While the Dallas Cowboys get most of the attention that does not mean any of the other Dallas based sports teams are not worth their salt. The Dallas Cowboys vastly overshadow the other sports team’s successes. The Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999, the Mavericks have won two NBA Championships, but the Texas Rangers still lack a World Series title. Dallas is truly the best Texas town in terms of sports regardless of if visitors are football fans or not.
The United States do not have the monopoly on great sporting cities, oh no they don’t. Canada has more than a few great cities when it comes to sports however many exclusively host hockey, Canada’s most beloved sport. Toronto, however, is the only Canadian city to host professional football, basketball, hockey, and baseball teams, successfully making it the Canuck capital of sports. With year-round sporting attractions, there is never a dull moment for sports fans in Toronto. The city is home to the Blue Jays (MLB), Raptors (NBA), Argonauts (CFL), and of course the beloved Maple Leafs (NHL). Sure, the Maple Leafs have been denied the Stanley Cup for 40 years, but for hockey fans in Toronto loyalty is the name of the game. They are as devoted to their native hockey team as any hockey fan in Canada. Toronto is also home to the Toronto FC soccer team and the Toronto Rock, a National Lacrosse League team. This successfully combines the best of American sports with the best of Canadian sports in one fine city.
Toronto is truly a sports Mecca in North America as it hosts the number one sports bar in North America as deemed by ESPN. The Real Sports Bar and Grill host 199 HD televisions as well as a massive 39 foot HD screen for the absolute best viewing experience outside of a stadium.