There may be no bigger sports city in the US than Boston, and no bigger fan base than Massachusetts and New England. Baseball's Red Sox, who finally broke their curse for the first time in decades in 2004 (and again in 2007) with their World Series win, play on the hallowed grounds of historic Fenway Park, which turned 100 in 2012 and is the oldest standing baseball stadium in the U.S.
Throughout the years, Fenway Park has been used not only for Major League Baseball (MLB), but also for other sports such as football, soccer, and hockey. It has also hosted many non-sporting events including concerts by Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. Find it on the Big Screen in Field of Dreams (1989), Fever Pitch (the American version from 2005), The Town (2010), and Moneyball (2011). There are tours daily on non-game days.
Known by locals as "The Boston Garden", TD Garden is a multi-purpose arena and home to hockey's Boston Bruins and basketball's Boston Celtics, both of whom have won their leagues' top title prize in the last several years. The New England Sports Museum in the Garden exhibits the history of all sports and sports teams in the Boston area, including the Boston Marathon, the famous Beanpot hockey tournament, and Boston's role in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team gold medal.
American Football's New England Patriots play at Gillette Stadium, about 45 minutes south of Boston. The stadium, which is just a decade old, also houses the New England Revolution soccer team. Adjacent to the stadium is Patriot Place, a 1.3 million square foot lifestyle and entertainment center which includes an open mall, health center, movie theatre, four-star hotel, and "The Hall" museum. The Hall is a two-level interactive museum honoring the New England Patriots' accomplishments and multiple Super Bowl championships.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the Western Massachusetts city of Springfield honors exceptional basketball players, coaches, referees, and other major contributors to the game worldwide. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting basketball at all levels. Since 1959, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has inducted 313 major contributors to the sport.
The landmark structure of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame museum is one of the world's most distinctive monuments. The museum features hundreds of interactive exhibits and serves as an extensive library on the history of the sport. 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Volleyball Hall of Fame is located in Holyoke, in Western Massachusetts, where the game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan at the local YMCA. The Volleyball Hall of Fame opened in 1987 and pays tribute to extraordinary players, coaches, and other leaders who have made significant contributions to the game of volleyball. It also features an exhibit dedicated to the history of the sport.
Did you know baseball was invented in Massachusetts? Although it was first created in the Berkshires, it's Cape Cod that has made going to the beach synonymous with going to a ballgame. The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame is located in the heart of Cape Cod on Main Street in Hyannis. The Hall of Fame features the plaques of all 81 inductees as well as memorabilia from the 10 teams in the league. The Cape Cod Baseball League was featured in the 2001 movie Summer Catch.
The Boston Marathon, undoubtedly the most beloved American marathon, was started in 1896 and continues to this day to be the most popular and most difficult to qualify for. Every year on the third Monday in April, thousands of runners depart from the Boston suburb of Hopkinton and run, jog or hobble the 26-mile trek through pristine villages and winding country roads, past Boston College, up Heartbreak Hill and down Commonwealth Avenue to the finish line in Copley Square. It's a spectacular event you have to see in person to truly experience.