We know it’s only April, but it’s also NFL Draft season, and the league recently released its 2017 schedule. So it makes sense that — in the midst of the NBA and NHL playoffs and the start of the Major League Baseball season — the Travel Channel unveiled its list of 15 bucket-list destinations for football fans.
We wondered about the list’s order of importance when the Super Bowl came in at No. 15. But kudos to the Travel Channel for bringing attention to several less traditional destinations. The Pat Tillman Memorial (No. 14) outside the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., honors the former Arizona Cardinal who gave up a lucrative $3.6 million contract after the 9/11 attacks to enlist in the U.S. Army. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
Heritage Field (No. 13) is located on the site of the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants — also known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played” — which took place at the original Yankee Stadium (demolished in 2010). A park complex known as Heritage Field now occupies that hallowed ground.
Vince Lombardi’s gravesite (No. 11) at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Middletown, N.J., even makes the list.
Other destinations include EverBank Field (No. 12), home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and an epic video board that stands 60 feet high and stretches 362 feet; Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (No. 11), site of Super Bowl I — and two Summer Olympic Games; Notre Dame Stadium (No. 9) and its “Touchdown Jesus”; the Rose Bowl (No. 5), the largest stadium to host postseason bowl games, with 92,542 seats; and Lambeau Field (No. 3), the steeped-in-tradition home of the Green Bay Packers located in the NFL’s smallest city.