08 OCT 2014 - BY BEN TAUB
Of course, the US is home to a number of the world's most iconic sporting arenas, with Madison Square Garden having hosted some of the most famous boxing matches in history, and a number of other grounds being dedicated to American football, basketball and ice hockey. However, in honour of the World Series, we're now going to take a look at some of the country's top baseball stadiums, many of which play an integral role in the culture of the cities in which they are located. Visiting these is a great way to immerse yourself in the American way of life when you're on the other side of the pond, and if you've even a passing interest in sport then you're sure to find these incredible stadiums to be truly mesmerising.
Arguably the most famous sports team on the planet, the New York Yankees are the most successful side in Major League Baseball history, having won the World Series on no fewer than 27 occasions. Even people who have no knowledge of how the sport works will have heard the name Babe Ruth, who controversially signed for the Yankees from rivals the Boston Red Sox in 1920, before going on to hit more home runs than any other player in the sport's history (a record which still stands).
The Yankees play at the aptly named Yankee Stadium, which was first built in 1923 in the South Bronx. However, the original ground was actually closed in 2008, to be replaced by a newer version across the street for the start of the following year's baseball season. With a capacity for around 50,000 fans, the new Yankee Stadium is one of the most impressive sporting venues in the US, and is a great place to watch a game or simply look around as part of a tour.
As previously mentioned, the Yankees have a long-standing rivalry with another east-coast outfit, the Boston Red Sox. Interestingly, the sale of Babe Ruth from the Sox to the Yankees is seen by many as a watershed moment in baseball history, with many people believing that this incident led to a curse being placed on the side from Boston, ensuring that they didn't win another World Series for a staggering 86 years. The hoodoo was finally broken in 2004, although the team's incredible drought is part of baseball folklore and has contributed to the side's status as one of the most iconic sporting organisations in the world.
The Red Sox play at Fenway Park, which, having been built in 1912, is the oldest ball park still in use in Major League Baseball. Despite having been upgraded several times during its long history, the stadium retains many of its historic features. The scoreboard, for example, is still operated by hand.