Whether you’re a major sports fan who wants to visit the best stadiums across the country, a curious athlete, or an entrepreneur looking to build your own sports facility— you love sports. And if your business mind is feeling inspired to build a sports complex of your own, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve got inspiration galore.
As a specialized commercial construction firm, sports complexes are kind of our thing here at APX. For fun, we’ve pulled together a list of 9 of the best sports complexes across the United States based on the following categories:
- Famous, Iconic Stadiums
- Unique Facilities
- Up-and-Coming Complexes
Iconic Sports Complexes
If you’re looking to tour the most famous stadiums across the country, then you absolutely need to start with the three we’ve picked out here. These big names have a solidified place in sports history, and their iconic status lives in infamy.
1) Madison Square Garden: Basketball & Ice Hockey 🏀
Madison Square Garden is perhaps the most famous stadium in the entire country. Located in New York City, this huge venue most famously is the home of the New York Knicks NBA basketball team and the Rangers NHL hockey team. However, this impressive venue also hosts:
- Professional boxing
- College basketball
- Pro wrestling
- Dog shows
- Award shows
The original Madison Square Garden opened in 1879! But the current, modern stadium was built in 1968. If you’re a dedicated sports fan or looking to glean inspiration for a large-scale sports complex, you can’t miss this iconic facility.
2) Fenway Park: Baseball ⚾
As the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, Fenway Park in Boston is a household name. Home to the Boston Red Sox, this intimate stadium has a quirky asymmetrical design. There’s a timeless charm that goes hand in hand with a trip to Fenway.
Fenway Park was built in 1912, and it’s located right in the heart of Boston’s Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood. This famous field has hosted the World Series 11 times, and the Red Sox themselves won 6 championships at their home field.
3) Lambeau Field: Football 🏈
As one of the most well-known football stadiums in the NFL and the host of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field was actually originally named New City Stadium for the first eight seasons. It was renamed to Lambeau Field in 1965 in memory of Curly Lambeau— a Packers player, founder, and long-time coach.
This impressive stadium is the third-largest venue in the NFL, with a capacity of 81,441. It’s the oldest continually operating stadium in the NFL, which is pretty impressive if we say so ourselves. Its biggest defining feature is the fact that it’s an open-air stadium in a cold-winter city, so if you ever visit, be sure to bundle up.
Unique Sporting Facilities & Stadiums
Football, baseball, and basketball often get all the time in the limelight. Many people have at least some familiarity with a major stadium that hosts one of these popular sports. But what about the less-common sports? There are plenty of unique sporting venues across the country, too.
4) Kentucky Horse Park: Equestrian Sports 🏇
While equestrian sports are popular across the country, nothing quite says “the races” like Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Park, situated in Lexington, is an internationally known equestrian competition venue. This facility has even nicknamed itself an “equine theme park!” Across the 1,200-acre complex, guests can:
- Watch live equine presentations
- Ride horseback on trail rides
- Visit museums
- Watch events like horse jumping, dressage, and vaulting
5) Ninja Nation: Ninja Warrior 🥷
American Ninja Warrior isn’t just a television show— it’s a real sport! If you want to master the art of extreme obstacle courses or watch budding athletes show off their impressive skills, pay a visit to Ninja Nation in Castle Pines, Colorado.
You can train in ninja sports, compete, or watch a competition at the facility. Ninja Nation is actually a franchise, so you could even open your own complex in your community!
6) NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center: Archery 🏹
The world’s largest archery center is located in Yankton, South Dakota. The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is an impressive indoor and outdoor facility situated on 100 acres. Beyond archery, this complex also has:
- Fitness studios
- Indoor tennis courts
- Indoor air rifle shooting
- Pickleball courts
This indoor range is huge and offers the chance for archery athletes to train all year round.
Up-and-Coming Sports Stadiums
There are a handful of new stadiums across the country that haven’t quite reached “iconic” status yet, but they’re sure garnering a lot of attention. Be sure to visit these up-and-coming venues!
7) Allianz Field: Soccer ⚽
Since our team at APX is based in Minnesota, we had to shout out Allianz Field. Home to Minnesota United FC, Allianz Field in St. Paul hosts thousands of soccer fans each season. As support and demand for Minnesota United grew, it was clear they needed their own stadium.
Allianz Field opened in 2019, and it features:
- All natural grass field
- 19,600 seating capacity
- Very close proximity to public transportation
- Native shade trees
- A 2,920-seat supporters’ section
Architects and sports fans alike should definitely pay a visit to this sleek and bustling stadium.
8) EnMarket Arena: Ice Hockey 🏒
As a brand new 2022 addition to Savannah, Georgia, EnMarket Arena is a 9,500-seat multi-purpose arena that’s home to the Ghost Pirates— a hockey team part of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League).
This impressive stadium also hosts concerts and other live events, making it a fantastic addition to Savannah’s bustling culture.
9) Future Legends: Youth Sports 🏆
We’ve touched on professional sports arenas, but what about the athletic stars of tomorrow? The Future Legends complex in Windsor, Colorado, fills that exact need. This 118-acre complex also freshly opened in 2022, and it features:
- 8 outdoor baseball diamonds
- 10 multi-purpose fields
- 16 volleyball courts
- Indoor bubble sports arena
- Professional stadium
- Onsite hotel for athletes and families
- And more!
This campus sits an hour north of Denver and exists to offer the best facilities for young athletes. Regional youth sports tournaments of all kinds are hosted right here at Future Legends. You don’t want to miss out on this unique experience!
Build the Next Big Stadium in Your Community
We don’t know about you, but we love geeking out about these impressive sports complexes across the country. Our team at APX Construction Group specializes in commercial construction projects like sports stadiums, and we always look forward to helping our clients bring their vision to life while remaining on schedule and on budget.
Whether you plan to build a major sports stadium in your city or create opportunities for young athletes in your community with a smaller-scale complex, you’ll need to partner with a general contractor who makes the process easy and stress-free.
Reach out to APX today for a free consultation!