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Following your hometown team might be tough when you're on the road -- but it shouldn't be hard to incorporate sporting events into your travels. Many stadiums and the matches they host are worthy of experiencing during your vacation. These are the dozen best venues, covering a mix of sports, at which to marvel and cheer:

1. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club plays host to none other than that crown jewel of tennis tournaments: Wimbledon. The prestigious event and its setting are steeped in tradition that dates to 1877. You'll see grass courts, a retractable roof, attendees conforming to dress code, and ball boys and girls. (www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/index.html)

2. Fenway Park is as synonymous with Boston as the Tea Party. Since 1912, it's been one of the principal backdrops of America's pastime. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Roger Clemens, and a collection of modern stars have called the place home. If you can't get there in person, check out the 2005 film Fever Pitch. (boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/index.jsp)

3. The Rose Bowl is where college football's most anticipated game often plays out. The Rose Bowl is the sport's longest-running bowl game, and traditionally pits the Pac 10 and Big 10 champions. Tickets for that granddaddy game are expensive and hard to come by, but that's not true for UCLA games; the Bruins play all their home games at the massive stadium. (www.rosebowlstadium.com)

4. The Field of Dreams, in Iowa, continues to inspire long after the Hollywood blockbuster's credits rolled. Playing a game of catch at the free attraction can be a spiritual experience. (www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/distance.html)

5. Churchill Downs sees crowds of more than 150,000 on the first Saturday in May for the world-famous Kentucky Derby, a horserace run yearly since 1874. Though the race only lasts two minutes, the surrounding events and energy ensure an experience to be remembered for a lifetime. (www.churchilldowns.com)

6. Cooperstown, New York is a municipal shrine to baseball and considered the birthplace of the sport. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the main attraction, but there are a number of related venues. While in the historic town, also visit the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum. (www.thisiscooperstown.com)

7. Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã Stadium could very well be the Southern Hemisphere's premier place to catch the world's most beloved sport. The soccer stadium has seen greats such as Pelé, as well as crowds approaching 200,000 packed into its official capacity of 90,000.

8. AT&T Park may not have the history of the other sporting venues listed here, but it offers just as much of a world-class experience. The field's proximity to the San Francisco Bay provides exciting views, a refreshingly cool breeze, and the excitement of Giants' home runs deposited into McCovey Cove. (sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/index.jsp)

9. Lambeau Field is where the gladiators of the modern age stage their clashes. It's among the NFL's top stadiums, and the grittiest games have unfolded before legions of fans who've toughed out Green Bay, Wisconsin's late-autumn and winter weather to cheer on the Packers since 1957. (www.lambeaufield.com)

10. Wrigley Field is approaching a century of baseball, second only to Fenway Park in age. The charming Chicago stadium has seen quite a few historical happenings, including Babe Ruth's called shot during the 1932 World Series. (chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/index.jsp)

11. Madison Square Garden is where New York City has gone since 1968 to see a sporting event, be it basketball, boxing, or hockey. The fourth incarnation of the venue by this name is one of the world's busiest arenas in the world, hosting more than 300 events per year. (www.thegarden.com)

12. Autzen Stadium is not the place for those sensitive to sound. The raucous University of Oregon crowd, known as "the twelfth man," starts screaming at the game's first whistle and doesn't let up. It's one of college football's most hostile stadiums for opposing teams. (www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=22175)