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Stadium Journey's Top 100 Stadium Experiences of 2013

By Paul Swaney -- January 06, 2014 12:40 AM EST


We are very pleased to present our third annual list of the best stadium experiences from the previous year. The writers at Stadium Journey have now reviewed more than 1,700 venues from around the world. This year, we have focused on presenting our list of the 100 best stadium experiences in the United States and Canada.

It's been a wonderful year, and we can see again that there are both iconic venues and small unknown arenas on our list. Our complete list is below, including our ranking by league. For complete descriptions of our ratings, please read our reviews or check out the January issue of Stadium Journey Magazine.

Stadium Journey's ranking of the best stadium experiences of 2013:

1. Amsoil Arena

Home of the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs

Duluth, MN

2. Daytona International Speedway

Home of the Daytona 500

Daytona Beach, FL

3. Compton Family Ice Arena

Home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

South Bend, IN

4. Lucas Oil Stadium

Home of the Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis, IN

5. Fenway Park

Home of the Boston Red Sox

Boston, MA

6. Heinz Field

Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh, PA

7. Xcel Energy Center

Home of the Minnesota Wild

St Paul, MN

8. Notre Dame Stadium

Home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

South Bend, IN

9. AT&T Center

Home of the San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio, TX

10. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Home of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore, MD

11. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium

Home of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Pensacola, FL

12. Verizon Center

Home of the Washington Capitals

Washington, DC

13. Staples Center

Home of the Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles, CA

14. Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Home of the BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells, CA

15. Mariucci Arena

Home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minneapolis, MN

16. TD Ameritrade Park

Home of the College World Series

Omaha, NE

17. Parkview Field

Home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps

Fort Wayne, IN

18. Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Home of the Kansas Jayhawks

Lawrence, KS

19. Amway Center

Home of the Orlando Magic

Orlando, FL

20. Lindner Family Tennis Center

Home of the Western & Southern Open

Mason, OH

21. Rupp Arena

Home of the Kentucky Wildcats

Lexington, KY

22. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Home of the Colorado Rockies Spring Training

Scottsdale, AZ

23. CenturyLink Field

Home of Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle, WA

24. FedExForum

Home of the Memphis Tigers

Memphis, TN

25. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark

Home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach, SC

26. Bryant-Denny Stadium

Home of the Alabama Crimson Tide

Tuscaloosa, AL

27. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Home of the USC Trojans

Los Angeles, CA

28. AT&T Park

Home of the San Francisco Giants

San Francisco, CA

29. Huntington Park

Home of the Columbus Clippers

Columbus, OH

30. Wrigley Field

Home of the Chicago Cubs

Chicago, IL

31. Trustmark Park

Home of the Mississippi Braves

Pearl, MS

32. Darrell K Royal- Texas Memorial Stadium

Home of the Texas Longhorns

Austin, TX

33. Bristol Motor Speedway

Home of the Food City 500

Bristol, TN

34. Dudy Noble Field

Home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs

Starkville, MS

35. Churchill Downs

Home of the Kentucky Derby

Louisville, KY

36. Carolina Stadium

Home of the South Carolina Gamecocks

Columbia, SC

37. Baum Stadium at George Cole Field

Home of the Arkansas Razorbacks

Fayetteville, AR

38. CenturyLink Center

Home of the Creighton Bluejays

Omaha, NE

39. Dow Diamond

Home of the Great Lakes Loons

Midland, MI

40. Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

Home of the Utah State Aggies

Logan, UT

41. Kohl Center

Home of the Wisconsin Badgers Hockey

Madison, WI

42. Hinkle Fieldhouse

Home of the Butler Bulldogs

Indianapolis, IN

43. Raley Field

Home of the Sacramento River Cats

West Sacramento, CA

44. AT&T Stadium

Home of the Dallas Cowboys

Arlington, TX

45. The Rose Bowl

Home of the Vizio Rose Bowl Game

Pasadena, CA

46. Blaik Field at Michie Stadium

Home of the Army Black Knights

West Point, NY

47. Spartan Stadium

Home of the Michigan State Spartans

East Lansing, MI

48. Michigan Stadium

Home of the Michigan Wolverines

Ann Arbor, MI

49. Reliant Stadium

Home of the Houston Texans

Houston, TX

50. Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Home of the Durham Bulls

Durham, NC

51. Ohio Stadium

Home of the Ohio State Buckeyes

Columbus, OH

52. Bank of America Stadium

Home of the Carolina Panthers

Charlotte, NC

53. Fluor Field at the West End

Home of the Greenville Drive

Greenville, SC

54. Tampa Bay Times Forum

Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa, FL

55. PNC Park

Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh, PA

56. Lambeau Field

Home of the Green Bay Packers

Green Bay, WI

57. Crisler Center

Home of the Michigan Wolverines

Ann Arbor, MI

58. Busch Stadium

Home of the St Louis Cardinals

St Louis, MO

59. FirstEnergy Stadium

Home of the Reading Fightin Phils

Reading, PA

60. Streets of St Petersburg

Home of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg

St Petersburg, FL

61. Target Field

Home of the Minnesota Twins

Minneapolis, MN

62. BMO Harris Bradley Center

Home of the Marquette Golden Eagles

Milwaukee, WI.

63. CenturyLink Field

Home of the Seattle Seahawks

Seattle, WA

64. Chase Field

Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Phoenix, AZ

65. MCU Park

Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones

Brooklyn, NY

66. Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium

Home of the Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver, BC

67. Scottrade Center

Home of the St Louis Blues

St Louis, MO

68. Memorial Stadium

Home of the Clemson Tigers

Clemson, SC

69. BC Place

Home of Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vancouver, BC

70. Kyle Field

Home of the Texas A&M Aggies

College Station, TX

71. Kauffman Stadium

Home of the Kansas City Royals

Kansas City, MO

72. Barclays Center

Home of the Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn, NY

73. Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Home of the New Orleans Saints

New Orleans, LA

74. Breslin Center

Home of the Michigan State Spartans

East Lansing, MI

75. University Arena (The Pit)

Home of the New Mexico Lobos

Albuquerque, NM

76. Dean Smith Center

Home of the North Carolina Tar Heels

Chapel Hill, NC

77. Charlotte Motor Speedway

Home of the Bank of America 500

Charlotte, NC

78. ACC Baseball Tournament

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Durham, NC

79. Ed Smith Stadium

Home of the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training

Sarasota, FL

80. Frank Erwin Special Events Center

Home of the Texas Longhorns

Austin, TX

81. Haymarket Park

Home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers

Lincoln, NE

82. JELD-WEN Field

Home of Portland Thorns FC

Portland, OR

83. KeyArena

Home of the Seattle Storm

Seattle, WA

84. Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium

Home of the Florida State Seminoles

Tallahassee, FL

85. Rainbow Harbor

Home of the Red Bull Flugtag at Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

86. UFCU Disch-Falk Field

Home of the Texas Longhorns

Austin, TX

87. World Arena

Home of the Colorado College Tigers

Colorado Springs, CO

88. Alex Box Stadium

Home of the LSU Tigers

Baton Rouge, LA

89. Bell Centre

Home of the Montreal Canadiens

Montreal, QC

90. Marriott Center

Home of the BYU Cougars

Provo, UT

91. Memorial Stadium

Home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers

Lincoln, NE

92. Van Andel Arena

Home of the Grand Rapids Griffins

Grand Rapids, MI

93. Al Lang Stadium

Home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies

St Petersburg, FL

94. Fifth Third Field

Home of the Toledo Mud Hens

Toledo, OH

95. Carrier Dome

Home of the Syracuse Orange

Syracuse, NY

96. LoanMart Field

Home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

97. Petersen Events Center

Home of the Pitt Panthers

Pittsburgh, PA

98. Coca-Cola Park

Home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Allentown, PA

99. JELD-WEN Field

Home of the Portland Timbers

Portland, OR

100. Toyota Center

Home of the Houston Rockets

Houston, TX

Our best by league include:

Best of MLB

1. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

3. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

4. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

5. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

6. Busch Stadium, St Louis Cardinals

7. Target Field, Minnesota Twins

8. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

9. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals

10. PETCO Park, San Diego Padres

Best of NFL

1. Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Colts

2. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh Steelers

3. AT&T Stadium, Dallas Cowboys

4. Reliant Stadium, Houston Texans

5. Bank of America Stadium, Carolina Panthers

6. Lambeau Field, Green Bay Packers

7. CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks

8. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Saints

9. First Energy Stadium, Cleveland Browns

10. Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Eagles

Best of NBA

1. AT&T Center, San Antonio Spurs

2. Staples Center, Los Angeles Lakers

3. Amway Center, Orlando Magic

4. Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets

5. Toyota Center, Houston Rockets

6. Staples Center, Los Angeles Clippers

7. Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City Thunder

8. Pepsi Center, Denver Nuggets

9. Moda Center, Portland Trail Blazers

10. AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami Heat

Best of NHL

1. Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota Wild

2. Verizon Center, Washington Capitals

3. Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa Bay Lightning

4. Scottrade Center, St Louis Blues

5. Bell Centre, Montreal Canadiens

6. United Center, Chicago Blackhawks

7. Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix Coyotes

8. Staples Center, Los Angeles Kings

9. SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose Sharks

10. MTS Centre, Winnipeg Jets

Best of College Football

1. Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

2. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama Crimson Tide

3. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC Trojans

4. Darrell K Royal- Texas Memorial Stadium, Texas Longhorns

5. Blaik Field at Michie Stadium, Army Black Knights

6. Spartan Stadium, Michigan State Spartans

7. Michigan Stadium, Michigan Wolverines

8. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State Buckeyes

9. Memorial Stadium, Clemson Tigers

10. Kyle Field, Texas A&M Aggies

Best of College Basketball

1. Phog Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas Jayhawks

2. Rupp Arena, Kentucky Wildcats

3. FedEx Forum, Memphis Tigers

4. CenturyLink Center, Creighton Bluejays

5. Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Utah State Aggies

6. Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler Bulldogs

7. Crisler Center, Michigan Wolverines

8. BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette Golden Eagles

9. Breslin Center, Michigan State Spartans

10. University Arena "The Pit," New Mexico Lobos

Best of College Hockey

1. Amsoil Arena, Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs

2. Compton Family Ice Arena, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

3. Mariucci Arena, Minnesota Golden Gophers

4. Kohl Center, Wisconsin Badgers

5. World Arena, Colorado College Tigers

6. Ralph Engelstad Arena, North Dakota Hockey

7. John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Michigan Tech Huskies

8. Agganis Arena, Boston University Terriers

9. High Point Solutions Arena, Quinnipiac Bobcats

10. Matthews Arena, Northeastern Huskies

Best of College Baseball

1. Dudy Nobly Field, Mississippi State Bulldogs

2. Carolina Stadium, South Carolina Gamecocks

3. Baum Stadium at George Cole Field, Arkansas Razorbacks

4. Alex Box Stadium, LSU Tigers

5. Haymarket Park, Nebraska Cornhuskers

6. Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, Florida State Seminoles

7. UFCU Disch-Falk Field, Texas Longhorns

8. Goodwin Field, Cal State Fullerton Titans

9. Hawkins Field, Vanderbilt Commodores

10. PK Park, Oregon Ducks

Best of Minor League Baseball

1. Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

2. Parkview Field, Ft Wayne TinCaps

3. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, Myrtle Beach Pelicans

4. Huntington Park, Columbus Clippers

5. Trustmark Park, Mississippi Braves

6. Dow Diamond, Great Lakes Loons

7. Raley Field, Sacramento River Cats

8. Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham Bulls

9. Fluor Field at the West End, Greenville Drive

10. FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading Fightin Phils

Best of Minor League/Junior Hockey

1. Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids Griffins

2. CenturyLink Arena, Idaho Steelheads

3. J. Benson Cartage Center, Ottawa 67's

4. U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati Cyclones

5. Dom Cardillo Arena, Kitchener Rangers

6. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City Rush

7. Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto Marlies

8. Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, Abbotsford Heat

9. Allen Events Center, Allen Americans

10. Independence Events Center, Missouri Mavericks

Best of MLS

1. CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders FC

2. BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

3. JELD-WEN Field, Portland Timbers

4. Sporting Park, Sporting KC

5. BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston Dynamo

Best of NASCAR

1. Daytona International Speedway

2. Bristol Motor Speedway

3. Charlotte Motor Speedway

4. Homestead-Miami Speedway

5. Phoenix International Raceway

6. Texas Motor Speedway

Best of Special Events

1. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, BNP Paribas Open

2. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, College World Series

3. Western & Southern Open, Lindner Family Tennis Center

4. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Colorado Rockies Spring Training

5. Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby

6. The Rose Bowl, The Rose Bowl Game

7. Streets of St Petersburg, Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg

8. Durham Bulls Athletic Park, ACC Baseball Tournament

9. Ed Smith Stadium, Baltimore Orioles Spring Training

10. Rainbow Harbor, Red Bull Flugtag Long Beach

Best of Other Great Venues

1. JELD-WEN Field, Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)

2. Key Arena, Seattle Storm (WNBA)

3. Al Lang Field, Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)

4. US Airways Center, Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football League)

5. Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, Montreal Alouettes (CFL)

6. Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota Swarm (NLL)

7. Wisconsin Field House, Wisconsin Badgers Volleyball (NCAA)

8. Mattamy Athletic Centre at The Gardens, Ryerson Rams Hockey (OUA Hockey)


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