Americans love sports! According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 60 percent of Americans would consider themselves sports fans, and the sports industry continues to grow. In 2017, seven of the 10 most watched broadcasts in the United States were sports-related, the only outliers being the Academy Awards and Donald Trump’s inauguration and congressional address. The only TV broadcast in history to crack the top 10, dominated almost exclusively by Super Bowls, was the finale of M*A*S*H* in 1983.
While nothing beats the excitement of watching your favorite team take the field, great sports experiences extend beyond game time. We asked 10Best readers to vote for their favorite experiences in the world of sports – the best movies, traditions, must-see stadiums, attractions, stadium foods and colleges for sports fans. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners:
Best Attraction for Sports Fans: Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
Pro Football Hall of Fame exterior — Photo courtesy of Michael (Miche) Spring / Flickr
Famous players and epic moments from NFL history come alive at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, a shrine for gridiron-obsessed sports fans. A football-themed hotel and restaurant are also in the works.
Best College for Sports Fans: University of Texas at Austin
The Texas Longhorns take the field during football season — Photo courtesy of Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
The University of Texas in Austin enjoys sporting success across its programs, but on Saturdays in fall, football is king. Regardless of the team’s success, hordes of burnt orange-wearing fans turn up in their cowboy boots to cheer on the team. Another bonus: Texas weather is ideal for tailgating.
Best Must-See Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.
Allen Fieldhouse ranks among the loudest stadiums in NCAA basketball — Photo courtesy of Batistaya / WIkimedia Commons
With seating room for 16,300 fans, Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas ranks as the second largest basketball arena in the Big 12. It’s also one of the loudest arenas in college basketball and one of the toughest places to play for visiting teams. The Kansas Jayhawks have enjoyed a home record of 140-3 since 2007.
Best Sports Movie: Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams from Universal Pictures — Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures
A voice in the cornfields whispers, “If you build it, he will come,” prompting Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to build a baseball diamond on his land in rural Iowa. Soon enough, the ghosts of baseball’s greatest players begin to show up, led by the legendary Shoeless Joe Jackson in this fantasy-drama sports flick about dreaming big.
Best Sports Tradition: Rolling Toomer’s Corner at Auburn
Toomer’s Corner gets covered in toilet paper after an Auburn Tigers win — Photo courtesy of Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via USA TODAY Sports
Anytime the Auburn Tigers win a football game, fans descend upon the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue – a spot known as Toomer’s Corner for the Toomer’s Drugs store situated there – to celebrate. Toilet paper in hand, fans throw toilet paper on just about every stationary object in sight.
Best Stadium Food: Momocho Nachos at Progressive Field in Cleveland
Momocho Nachos at Progressive Field are made to order — Photo courtesy of Delaware North
Momocho, a favorite Cleveland Mexican restaurant, now serves their spicy fare to hungry fans at Progressive Field. The Momocho take on classic ballpark nachos includes made-to-order tortilla chips topped with queso fundido, slow-cooked meats and a choice of salsas.
Congratulations to all these winning sports attractions and experiences. Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to rock the vote in other Readers’ Choice categories.