The 8 Best Destinations For Sports Fans
With various sporting events taking place across the world, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for sports. A Booking.com survey found that sports can significantly sway travel decisions, with one in five travelers planning their trips around major sporting events. That’s why Booking.com’s ultimate “Book the U.S.” list features the perfect accommodations for sports fans.
But what’s a game without game-day food? Since a quarter of global travelers say that they consider a strong “foodie” scene a prerequisite for picking a vacation spot, we’re also sharing some of the best foods to enjoy near each of the iconic sports destinations.
Fenway Park – Boston
Few things define Bostonians more than their love of their home baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. If you’re in town during baseball season, make sure you catch a game at historic Fenway Park and cheer for the home team with the locals. On your way, grab a famous sausage and pepper sandwich from one of the iconic street vendors outside the stadium.
Where to stay: Located just a short walk from Fenway Park, the Hotel Commonwealth has modern rooms, some of which even overlook the stadium. If that sausage and pepper sandwich didn’t fill you up, you can enjoy a selection of fresh seafood dishes at the onsite restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar.
Wembley Stadium – London
Renowned for its fashion, art and theater scene, the majestic city of London is also a great destination to watch sporting events. The soccer stadium of Wembley is one of the city’s favorite stadiums and the largest in the UK. You can have a quick bite at one of the kiosks on the stadium’s first and fifth levels, with a selection including fish and chips, burgers and pizza.
Where to stay: Overlooking the iconic Wembley Stadium and set next to the historic Wembley Arena, the contemporary Hilton London Wembley features a rooftop terrace as well as a bar inspired by the star athletes who have played at the stadium.
The Field of Dreams Movie Site© – Dyersville, Iowa
Although not technically a stadium, the The Field of Dreams Movie Site© is an iconic landmark for anyone who fell in love with the 1989 classic. Fans of the movie can run the bases of the field, tour the first floor of the home ― which is an exact replica of the movie ― or buy some souvenirs at the gift shop. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, Dyersville is full of family-style restaurants where you can stop by for a quick bite or a cup of coffee.
Where to Stay: For the first time, The Field of Dreams Movie Site© house is available for nightly rentals. It has the perfect view of the baseball field and is the best place to stay for the annual celebrity softball game on Labor Day Weekend. Grab a sumptuous country breakfast before watching some of your favorite players in action.
Luzhniki Stadium – Moscow
During the summer of 2018, Russia is going to be home to the biggest international soccer tournament in the world, and the striking Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the exciting final match. With a long history, the national stadium (the largest stadium in Russia) has been renovated and is certainly a landmark on its own. When it comes to dining, Olymp Junior is a great choice, with its close proximity to the stadium and its delicious Russian and Azerbaijani cuisine.
Where to stay: The Swissotel Krasnye Holmy offers panoramic city views, a stylish indoor pool and an award-winning bar. After cheering on your favorite sports team, you can relax with a refreshing cocktail at the onsite City Space Bar & Restaurant on the 33rd floor, while enjoying the spectacular city view.
Carrara Stadium – Gold Coast, Australia