The sports culture of Boston might be more important than any other influence over the city in the last century. Locals pride themselves in supporting their legendary teams, by frequenting sports bars, going to games and celebrating at victory parades. Visitors will love checking out the iconic venues where these great teams call home.
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Oh, Fenway Park. Nothing says Boston more than a tour of this incredible landmark. They’re tried in vain to convince locals to tear it down and build a new baseball stadium, but no one will tolerate such a travesty. For more than a century Fenway has sat in the northwest corner of the city and hosts hundreds of games every year to a crowd of thousands. See one of these Boston Red Sox games or take a free tour in the off-season, then stroll down the adjacent street for a snack at the House of Blues, Who’s on First or Game On, to name a few.
There’s always a roar of the crowd coming from the Garden as teams like the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics are playing. This is the largest venue for sports and music in the city and can hold nearly 20,000 people. What used to be called the Fleet Center, the Garden had a makeover in 1995 and was re-branded. They do not offer tours, but it’s simple to visit with more than 200 events hosted in the space every year. The famous ‘Beanpot’ hockey tournament is also played there, featuring school teams from Northeastern, B.C., B.U. and Harvard.
Although this is not a venue for sports, it holds a lot of fun and history. Watch any of the Boston sports events from a giant bar, filled with hundreds of local fans gathered around giant screens. There is one near Fenway Park and another at the Seaport. If you only have a short trip, you can pop in for a beer at the location in Logan Airport. The bars and restaurants are named after the owner, who is a famous sports broadcaster and former Red Sox player.
People visiting Boston will have to make special plans to visit the home base of the New England Patriots, but its well worth the journey to be in such an impactful and famous location. In the city of Foxboro, about 45 minutes outside Boston is where the Pats play, as well as the New England Revolution soccer team and other special sporting events year-round. Driving is the easiest way to get there, but there is a commuter rail line that will run for concerts, games and shows.