Providing cities with a sense of identity, sports have been a reason to give otherwise unknown cities a name on the map. Professional sports have allowed fans to become a part of something larger than themselves. Having a professional sports presence in a city allows these places to flourish because of the visitation it promotes. While many incredible sports cities exist around the world, the five below are ones that sports mega fans must visit.
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Known as “The Windy City,” Chicago, Illinois, has more to offer than its big buildings on the Navy Pier. On the north side of the city, you can locate the big white flag with the “W” that directs you to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
Wrigleyville, a north side neighborhood, has many lively sports bars and pubs as well as baseball-themed shops. Visit the Cubby Bear or Sluggers Bar to get a taste of what this historic suburb has to offer. Chicago also has the White Sox, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and Sky sports teams.
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California, is a tourist magnet not only because of its climate and entertainment industry, but also for its sports teams. Home to two NFL teams, two NBA teams, two MLB teams, an NHL team, a soccer team, and a WNBA team, Los Angeles is a massive sports hub. The Lakers have had many notable players on their team, such as Wilt Chamberlain, who once scored 100 points in a game.
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Located in the northeast United States, Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest cities in America with top sports teams. As five-time Super Bowl Champions, New England Patriots fans constantly flood the city. Along with the Patriots, Boston has the Celtics, Bruins, and the Red Sox. The Red Sox play at the oldest ballpark in baseball, Fenway Park in the Fenway District, a place where you can hang out in the local sports bars with other Red Sox fans before games.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hockey practically comes as second nature to Canadians. Home to the Hockey Hall of Fame and the renowned Maple Leafs, Toronto is a city painted blue. In addition to hockey, Toronto also has the Blue Jays who play at the historic Skydome, as well as the Raptors, Argonauts, and Toronto Football Club.
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As one of the biggest college sports hubs in the world, Louisville, Kentucky, is also home to the Louisville Slugger Museum, Churchill Downs, the Muhammad Ali Center, and the University of Louisville Cardinals, a major NCAA school. Louisville also holds the annual Kentucky Derby, the largest sporting event in the state. You’ll want to consult a good Louisville city guide to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action here.
The five cities above are inspirations for sports in the past, present, and future with their focus on fan inclusion and history. For the sports lovers, it’s time to put aside your allegiance to your team and explore these cities and their love of the games.