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Top 12 Stadiums to Experience the 12 Days of Christmas

By Paul Swaney -- December 12, 2012 7:11 PM EST

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This time of year, when thinking of the number 12, it is hard not to think about the 12 Days of Christmas. For me personally, the version by the Muppets and John Denver comes to mind. When thinking of stadium travel, it was a tricky list to compile, but here is our list of the best stadiums to see the items mentioned in the favorite carol.

  1. Stanford Stadium - Home of the Stanford Cardinal

    A Partridge in a Pear Tree

    There is no team that we can find that actually has a pear tree as its mascot, so we look to Stanford, home of the Cardinal. Some may think that the Stanford mascot would be the well known bird, but alas it refers to the official team color, Cardinal red. The tree is used as its unofficial mascot in reference to "El Palo Alto," Spanish for the tall stick. It does refer to a specific coast redwood tree located on the San Francisquito Creek.

  2. Olympic Stadium - Home of the 2012 Summer Olympics

    Two Turtles Doves

    At the first modern Olympics in 1896, doves were released as a symbol of peace. The tradition was not continued until the 1920 games in Antwerp, Belgium. The tradition has continued every year since that time.

  3. Fifth Third Field - Home of the Toledo Mud Hens

    Three French Hens The Toledo Mud Hens have been in existence since 1902, and team name of Mud Hens dates back to 1896. Next to the iconic San Diego Chicken, the Mud Hens mascot, Muddy, may be the best fowl to see in foul territory in all of baseball.

  4. M&T Bank Stadium - Home of the Baltimore Ravens

    Four Colly Birds

    To be honest, I always thought this lyric was four "calling" birds, and I was all set to place Phog Allen Fiedhouse, home of Kansas Jayhawks basketball on this list. What better place for a calling bird than the Rock-Chalk-Jayhawk chant by the KU faithful? But it turns out that a jayhawk is not even a real bird.

    A colly bird, is a type of blackbird, so we instead head to M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. To be 100% correct, a Raven is technically a "blackbird," but it is a black bird, so we'll go with it...

  5. Staples Center - Home of the Los Angeles Lakers

    Five Gold Rings

    If you are looking for five gold rings in sports, your best bet is to catch a Lakers home game and hope to run in to Kobe Bryant. While he probably won't be wearing his five championship rings, he does own that many. Former Laker legend Magic Johnson also has five championship rings.

  6. Honker Stadium - Home of the Yuba City Honkers

    Six Geese-a-Laying

    This is a tough one, so we head to Yuba City, California for our geese. The Yuba City High School athletic teams use the Honkers as their moniker, making them one of the few teams in the world to use a goose as its mascot.

  7. Sydney Cricket Ground - Home of the Sydney Swans

    Seven Swans-a-Swimming

    The black swan is an important part of the culture and symbolism of the aboriginal people of Australia. However, the best known swan in Australian sports is likely the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League. Their mascot, Cyggie, is a big part of the game experience when seeing some Aussie Rule Football at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

  8. Minute Maid Park - Home of the Houston Astros

    Eight Maids-a-Milking

    Williams College has a purple cow for a mascot, so that may be a better fit here, but instead we travel to Houston, Texas and Minute Maid Park. The Astros play in one of the most unique ballparks in all of Major League Baseball.

  9. AT&T Stadium - Home of the Dallas Cowboys

    Nine Ladies Dancing

    The most iconic cheerleaders in all of sports belong to the Dallas Cowboys. The squad is as old as the Cowboys themselves, dating back to 1960.

  10. McBride Field - Home of the Kenyon College Lords

    Ten Lords-a-Leaping

    The Lords of Kenyon College, a small school just northeast of Columbus, have been playing football at the quaint McBride Field since 1962. The team plays in the Division III North Coast Athletic Conference.

  11. Student Recreation Center - Home of the UC-Riverside Highlanders

    Eleven Pipers Piping

    Although the UC-Riverside Highlanders aren't so named for any connection that the school has to Scotland, you can't help but think of bagpipes when you think of Highlanders. You may also consider visiting Alma, Michigan where you can see the Alma College Scots, especially during the Highland Festival which takes place each May.

  12. Ross-Ade Stadium - Home of the Purdue Boilermakers

    Twelve Drummers Drumming

    You won't find twelve drummers drumming, but it does take several percussionists to handle the world's largest drum, played by the Purdue marching band. It has been played since 1921 and stands more than 10 feet high.

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