Have you got some sports nuts in your travel posse? Sometimes it’s hard to get everyone excited about traveling, and even if they’re up for it, not everyone wants to do museums and historical stuff all the time-and I count myself in that group too..lol. Here’s a great way to get your ardent sports fans excited about road trip travel and connect on a whole other level.
Whether it’s major league baseball, basketball or our personal obsession-hockey, there are arenas all across the country to inspire and awe your sports fans-heck even soccer is catching on. Even if you’re traveling during the off season, you can still satisfy your sports junkies by visiting the stadiums, hall of fames and other historic sports sites. For example, though we didn’t get to catch a game, we loved touring Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers-a placed steeped in football greatness-and really enjoyed their on site mini hall of fame/museum. The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. was also a treat-even for me, and though I’m not a huge basketball fan I could appreciate the history and the fun activities. Lilia and I even got to try our hand at sports broadcasting sitting in the booth and reading the teleprompter then watching our taped playback. Too much fun. Heck, you can even tour the Louisville Slugger factory!
Some folks like Tom DeAngelo have taken on a quest to see every major field or arena across the country for a particular sport-baseball probably being the most popular since it’s a summer season sport. Some folks like my friends Tracy and Larry (who I profiled in another story) are on a mission to see their favorite team, the Boston Red Sox play an away game in every city. Even checking out a minor league team can be fun, like we did in Wichita, Kansas, where a seat near the dugout can cost as little as $10. There are tons of ways to go about it, but any way you slice it, it’s a great way to explore the country and indulge a love of sports.