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OH, The Places YOU CAN GO
Tom Verducci
April 09, 2012
A DOZEN WELL-TRAVELED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WRITERS NAME THE NO. 1 FAN EXPERIENCES IN THE SPORTS THEY KNOW BEST
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April 09, 2012

Oh, The Places You Can Go

A DOZEN WELL-TRAVELED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WRITERS NAME THE NO. 1 FAN EXPERIENCES IN THE SPORTS THEY KNOW BEST

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1 Wrigley Field Bleachers

Watching a day game from the Wrigley bleachers is a definitive American experience, right there with walking the National Mall and driving the Pacific Coast Highway. The light, the wash of verdant grass and ivy, the commingled smell of grilled meats, cold beer and suntan lotion, and the instant camaraderie of strangers are exhilarating. The bonus is becoming part of the lineage: The bleachers have offered this magnificent view of game and country since 1937.

—Tom Verducci

2 Caribbean Series

Only 30 hours before the first pitch in 2008, nearly a third of Cibao Stadium—the host venue in Santiago, Dominican Republic—was without seats. Workers frantically bolted bleachers to concrete, but one might have wondered, Why bother? The annual round-robin tournament pitting teams from the D.R., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela remains one of baseball's best events, where a string of next-generation stars routinely brings the passionate crowds to their feet.

—Melissa Segura

3 College World Series

The College World Series is an ode to the purity of baseball. For a taste of the untainted game, go to Omaha in June, when organ music, like a gentle breeze, fills an intimate 24,000-seat ballpark. The smell of barbecue wafts through the summer air. The thrills of the two-week, double-elimination tournament reach March Madness levels. But it's the generosity of the Omahans and tailgating out-of-towners that makes the fortnight special. You're not just a fan at the Greatest Show on Dirt. You're family.

—Albert Chen

4 Duke vs. North Carolina

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