The fields of our dreams

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matt's Take:

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I've been to some pretty awesome stadiums. There was just something about old Municipal Stadium. I'm not sure if it was the rock hard seats or just the old baseball stadium charm that had been their since the '30s.

Sure, it’s been more than 20 years since I've sat in that stadium with my dad, but there was nothing better than catching the Browns and Indians play ball.

Given the over-the-top stadiums that now dot the landscape of the globe, Andrew and I decided to ponder a few of the places we'd like to visit, given the caveat that we've never been to any of them.

When it comes to college football, does it get any better than the Rose Bowl? For my money, I'm going to Pasadena, California to soak up some sun and history.

As for the pros, if you are going to go big, then go big. I'm talking about the new Cowboys stadium. Honestly, I really just want to stand on the star at the 50 yard line and say "Everything's bigger in Texas."

If you are looking for the perfect place for bat to meet ball, there is no other stadium on my list than Wrigley Field in Chicago. I've always wanted to wander onto the field and get lost in the ivy. I mean, come on, who hasn't?

Now when it comes to basketball arenas, I can't get that excited. But, I would have to sit on the sidelines at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hopefully from my seat, I'd be close enough to toss popcorn at Justin Bieber and catch a glimpse of Jack.

Since we are in the midst of the World Cup, I'm adding Wembley Stadium to my list of must visits. There's something about that place that I've loved since childhood.

When the puck drops, there is only one rink that's worth discussion. Any guesses?

It's Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. To me, this is the best of the best when it comes to hockey.

Andrew’s Take:

Have you watched baseball on television in 2014? Probably not. Networks would rather air CSI: Wichita Falls.

But I’m an addict, and I’ve managed to find the few ball games on the boob tube. I get why people aren’t watching: Games are taking longer than ever and there’s not enough content to fill in the gaps.

Recently, I caught part of a game just before bed. A New York Yankees pitcher was doing whatever they do between throws, and I caught myself longing to be at the game, in-person.

Then, during the next pitching lull, I found myself thinking about every other baseball stadium, which transitioned to all stadiums, across all sports.

Basically, I proved that a person could map out a majority of their bucket list in the time it takes for a Yankees pitcher to get a strike out.

So, here’s where I’ve never been, and where I want to go.

Baseball’s hard, because I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. My team offers the best experience, win or lose. But I’ve recently become obsessed with the Baltimore Orioles. I’ve seen Camden Yards from the outside and it looks beautiful. Also, screw the other teams in their division.

Football’s also hard, because, I mean, come on. Green Bay. If I’m going to visit another stadium, I want to get as close to a Lambeau experience as possible. Even though they play in crumbling piece of crap, I would love to see a game in Buffalo.

Hockey’s easy. I’ve never seen my favorite team play. A trip to Toronto is a no-brainer. Plus, I could couple a Maple Leafs game with a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Basketball may offer a bit of a surprise. I want to go to Oklahoma. It’s as close as you can get to a college experience in the NBA. And, speaking of college, I want to see Duke play at Cameron Indoor.

In college football, I’ve been to most of the big-time stadiums. So I’ll go with USC in the LA Coliseum, just because of the USC Song Girls.

And then, in honor of a once-every-four-years soccer summer, I’d love to watch Real Madrid play at home.