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Top 25 Sports Venues of All Time

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There are tons of sports stadiums and arenas all over the world, some brand new and immaculately designed, some over a century old full of charm and history. Some are ugly, but those aren't on this list. Here are the 25 best sports venues ever.

25 - Michie Stadium

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25 - Michie Stadium

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Home of the Army Black Knights on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Blaik Field at Michie Stadium overlooks the Lusk Reservoir. It is a simple, beautiful stadium with a view of the Hudson River and is surrounded by forests and mountains with a very sparse amount of other scenery to impede the view of nature.

24 - Staples Center

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24 - Staples Center

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Opened in 1999, the Staples Center is the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers of the NBA, the Kings of the NHL and the Sparks of the WNBA. It also had the distinction of being the home of WWE SummerSlam for the 2009 through 2014 editions of the event. It is a major sports and entertainment arena, hosting a slew of concerts and events as well as The Grammys in 1999 and 2001 to present.

23 - Reliant Astrodome

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23 - Reliant Astrodome

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The former home of the NFL's Houston Oilers and MLB's Houston Astros, the Reliant Astrodome is also known as the home to many survivors of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, where it served as temporary housing during the disaster. The domed stadium holds claim to having the first-ever animated scoreboard, The Astrolite, which was made up of light bulbs made to animate words and characters. The building has not held any events in over five years.

22 - Dodger Stadium

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22 - Dodger Stadium

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A simple-but-beautiful ballpark, Dodger Stadium has been home to the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1962. The stadium has seen 11 no-hitters, two of which were perfect games. With the official capacity of 56,000, Dodger Stadium holds the title of highest capacity of any baseball park , and is the only park in Major League baseball to never raise the seating capacity.

21 - Three Rivers Stadium

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21 - Three Rivers Stadium

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Three Rivers Stadium held the first-ever night game in World Series History in 1971. The building opened in 1970 and was demolished in 2001. A big concert venue, the stadium saw performances by U2, Metallica, The Beach Boys, Genesis, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and more. The biggest feat here, though, was the Immaculate Reception that won the Steelers their first ever playoff game.

20 - Michigan Stadium

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20 - Michigan Stadium

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The Big House, home of the Michigan Wolverines, holds almost 110,000 fans in its regular configuration. The huge stadium was able to hold more than 80,000 fans as far back as its opening year in 1927 and is currently the largest stadium in the United States. Amazingly, the stadium has filled up with over 100,000 fans for every single game dating all the way back to 1975.

19 - Heinz Field

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19 - Heinz Field

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Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. was opened in 2001, taking the place of the Steelers' previous home, Three Rivers Stadium, and is located on the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Its main tenants are the Pittsburgh Steelers and college football's Pitt Panthers, who share the field through the majority of the teams' seasons. The stadium is open-ended at the scoreboard to allow for a view of the water and downtown Pittsburgh skyline.

18 - First National Bank Stadium

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18 - First National Bank Stadium

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Opened in 1989, FNB Stadium has been home to Johannesburg, South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs FC and was host of the 2010 World Cup, which popularized the name Soccer City for the building. It has hosted concerts from Metallica to U2 to Lady Gaga and more, and is notable for its beautiful and unique design, made to look like an African pot called a calabash.

17 - Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

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17 - Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

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Home of the Florida Gators' football team, the building best known as The Swamp has been designed and remodeled to be one of the most imposing playing fields for any visiting team. Its location and design also regularly sees the field reach temperatures above 100 degrees, which not only is tough for the opposition, but was what inspired the creation of Gatorade.

16 - AT&T Park

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16 - AT&T Park

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Opened in 2000 as Pacific Bell Park, the stadium stands in front of the China Basin, better known as McCovey Cove, a section of the San Francisco Bay that has been the landing pad for over 100 home run balls in the last 14 years. Barry Bonds has made history at the stadium for his Giants, hitting his 500th home run, record 73rd home run in the 2001 season and finally home run 756 in 2007 to break Hank Aaron's career record.

15 - Minute Maid Park

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15 - Minute Maid Park

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A beautiful stadium in Downtown Houston, Texas, Minute Maid park is the home of the Houston Astros. Much like Camden Yards, a previously-existing building was incorporated into the design, as the Union Station building serves as an entrance to the stadium. It is also referenced with the railroad tracks above left field. It has the third largest video board in MLB and the 2005 season saw the first World Series game ever played in Texas.

14 - Kaohsiung National Stadium

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From the side it looks like a giant dragon and from above a question mark, Kaohsiung National Stadium in Taiwan, China was constructed for the 2009 World Games. Its unique design features walls made with solar paneling, and the majority of the stadium's power source is indeed solar energy. It doesn't have much sports history, but the innovation and unique look give it a prime spot on this list.

14 - Kaohsiung National Stadium

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From the side it looks like a giant dragon and from above a question mark, Kaohsiung National Stadium in Taiwan, China was constructed for the 2009 World Games. Its unique design features walls made with solar paneling, and the majority of the stadium's power source is indeed solar energy. It doesn't have much sports history, but the innovation and unique look give it a prime spot on this list.

13 - Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

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13 - Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

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The Metrodome was home to the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers baseball and football teams. The domed stadium functioned best as a football stadium and featured a very odd-but-memorable configuration for baseball. The plastic bag-like right field wall caused opposing teams much trouble. The dome collapsed twice during the building's tenure and it was demolished in April 2014.

12 - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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12 - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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While Fenway Park may have the Green Monster, Camden Yards stands behind the old B&O warehouse, a very distinguishing building with arch-style windows. Opened only in 1992, the venue has been host to some big sports moments, most notably Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,131st-consecutive game in 1995 and Eddie Murray's 500th home run in 1996.

11 - Tigers Stadium

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11 - Tigers Stadium

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Even though it was demolished in 2009, Tigers Stadium lives on at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues thanks to dedicated fans. The building was home to the Detroit Tigers for 87 years until they left after the 1999 season. The stadium is known for being very attractive to hitters due to its small dimensions. The small confines were often described as a cigar box-style field.

10 - L.A. Memorial Coliseum

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10 - L.A. Memorial Coliseum

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The Coliseum is the current home to college football’s USC Trojans and was home to the NFL’s L.A. Rams and L.A. Raiders at different times over the years. It was originally opened on May 1, 1923 and has hosted the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984. The biggest accomplishments, however, may be the fact that it has played host to the Lingerie Bowl on three occasions and was the home of the fabled XFL’s Los Angeles Xtreme in 2001.

9- AT&T Stadium

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9 - AT&T Stadium

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The massive new NFL stadium recently renamed AT&T Stadium, opened as the new home of the Dallas Cowboys for the 2009 football season. The stadium has the third-largest HD video board in the world, which is actually larger than a basketball court. It has a retractable roof and since it opened in 2009, it has been home to the Cotton Bowl Classic. The record attendance is currently held by the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, attracting a crowd of 108,713.

8 - Stadio Guiseppe Meazza

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8 - Stadio Guiseppe Meazza

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More commonly referred to as San Siro, the nearly 90-year-old stadium in Milan, Italy is the current home to AC Milan and FC Inter Milan. Its semi-retractable roof structure is distinguishable by the shadow it casts on a large part of the playing field during different times during the day. The design of the building lives up to what you would expect from a stylish city such as Milan.

7 - Wembley Stadium

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7 - Wembley Stadium

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The new Wembley Stadium in London, opened in March 2007, plays host to a multitude of events from soccer to football, rugby, concerts and more. It was the soccer arena for the 2012 Summer Olympic games and has held eight NFL games. Heavy speculation points to the Jacksonville Jaguars being relocated to London to become Europe’s first NFL team. Wembley is easily recognizable by its giant arch that spans high above the stadium.

6 - Rose Bowl

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6 - Rose Bowl

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Until Michigan Stadium came along in 1927, the Rose Bowl had the highest capacity of any football stadium with over 102,000 seats. Its record attendance was met for the 1973 Rose Bowl game with 106,869 in attendance. While not a home to any team in the NFL, it has hosted the Super Bowl five times and also was the venue for soccer matches at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium is the current home of the NCAA’s UCLA Bruins football team.

5 - Lambeau Field

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5 - Lambeau Field

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The Frozen Tundra houses the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. Named after the late founder and head coach Curly Lambeau, it is possibly the most imposing stadium in all of pro football thanks to both its mystique (and statue of the legendary coach Vince Lombardi) and extremely cold temperatures, especially come time for postseason play.

4 - Wrigley Field

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4 - Wrigley Field

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The 100-year-old field saw its first game on April 23, 1914, long after the Cubs existed. It is an official landmark in the city of Chicago, Ill. and features a very well-distinguished, old-fashioned red sign welcoming fans to the ballpark. The ivy-covered outfield walls may be second to only the Green Monster at Fenway Park as the most recognizable feature in a MLB stadium.

3 - Yankee Stadium

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3 - Yankee Stadium

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The original no longer hosts a Major League Baseball team, but its next door neighbor is the new Yankee Stadium, featuring some of the original field’s trademark features, most notably the white-picket facade and right field porch just 314 feet away from home plate. The original stadium, opened in 1923, has seen 26 Yankee World Series titles, and the new stadium, opened in 2009, was christened with the Yankees' most recent World Series win.

2 - Fenway Park

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2 - Fenway Park

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One of the most recognizable figures in all of sports stands 310 feet away from home plate, but rises 37 feet into the sky: The Green Monster. Everybody knows about that huge wall, but Fenway also has one of the most interesting outfield configurations in baseball, with Pesky’s Pole only 302 feet from home plate and a notch between the Monster and center field that often confuses visiting outfielders and allows hitters to get extra bases.

1 - Madison Square Garden

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1 - Madison Square Garden

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This is the Mecca. There’s no other way to put it. They call it the World’s Most Famous Arena, a building that has played host to almost anything you can imagine. From the New York Knicks and Rangers, Led Zeppelin, Elvis and Michael Jackson to WrestleMania and boxing matches featuring all-time greats like Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson as well as the Fight of the Century between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, MSG is the greatest venue ever.

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