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The 8 Best Destinations For Sports Fans

03/27/2018 11:22am ET | Updated March 27, 2018

With various sporting events taking place across the world, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for sports. A Booking.com survey found that sports can significantly sway travel decisions, with one in five travelers planning their trips around major sporting events. That’s why Booking.com’s ultimate “Book the U.S.” list features the perfect accommodations for sports fans.

But what’s a game without game-day food? Since a quarter of global travelers say that they consider a strong “foodie” scene a prerequisite for picking a vacation spot, we’re also sharing some of the best foods to enjoy near each of the iconic sports destinations.

Fenway Park - Boston

Few things define Bostonians more than their love of their home baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. If you’re in town during baseball season, make sure you catch a game at historic Fenway Park and cheer for the home team with the locals. On your way, grab a famous sausage and pepper sandwich from one of the iconic street vendors outside the stadium.

Where to stay: Located just a short walk from Fenway Park, the Hotel Commonwealth has modern rooms, some of which even overlook the stadium. If that sausage and pepper sandwich didn’t fill you up, you can enjoy a selection of fresh seafood dishes at the onsite restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar.

Wembley Stadium - London

Renowned for its fashion, art and theater scene, the majestic city of London is also a great destination to watch sporting events. The soccer stadium of Wembley is one of the city’s favorite stadiums and the largest in the UK. You can have a quick bite at one of the kiosks on the stadium’s first and fifth levels, with a selection including fish and chips, burgers and pizza.

Where to stay: Overlooking the iconic Wembley Stadium and set next to the historic Wembley Arena, the contemporary Hilton London Wembley features a rooftop terrace as well as a bar inspired by the star athletes who have played at the stadium.

The Field of Dreams Movie Site© - Dyersville, Iowa

Although not technically a stadium, the The Field of Dreams Movie Site© is an iconic landmark for anyone who fell in love with the 1989 classic. Fans of the movie can run the bases of the field, tour the first floor of the home ― which is an exact replica of the movie ― or buy some souvenirs at the gift shop. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, Dyersville is full of family-style restaurants where you can stop by for a quick bite or a cup of coffee.

Where to Stay: For the first time, The Field of Dreams Movie Site© house is available for nightly rentals. It has the perfect view of the baseball field and is the best place to stay for the annual celebrity softball game on Labor Day Weekend. Grab a sumptuous country breakfast before watching some of your favorite players in action.

Luzhniki Stadium - Moscow

During the summer of 2018, Russia is going to be home to the biggest international soccer tournament in the world, and the striking Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the exciting final match. With a long history, the national stadium (the largest stadium in Russia) has been renovated and is certainly a landmark on its own. When it comes to dining, Olymp Junior is a great choice, with its close proximity to the stadium and its delicious Russian and Azerbaijani cuisine.

Where to stay: The Swissotel Krasnye Holmy offers panoramic city views, a stylish indoor pool and an award-winning bar. After cheering on your favorite sports team, you can relax with a refreshing cocktail at the onsite City Space Bar & Restaurant on the 33rd floor, while enjoying the spectacular city view.

Carrara Stadium – Gold Coast, Australia

Also known as Metricon Stadium, the Carrara Stadium will play a central role in an international, multi-sport event for The Commonwealth of Nations this April. The Metricon is one of the greenest and most contemporary stadiums in Australia, as well as home of the Gold Coast SUNS. Inside the stadium you will find a wide variety of take-away food options including pizza, fish and chips and sushi. However, the hot beef pie is the beloved snack in Australia, so you need to give it a try before heading back home.

Where to stay: Walking distance from the Carrara Stadium, the RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast is set on a 27-hole championship golf course. Travelers can enjoy light meals and drinks by the pool or a full meal in one of the resorts five restaurants.

Bryant-Denny Stadium - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Catch an Alabama Crimson Tide football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The stadium holds 101,821 fans, making it the eighth largest stadium in the world. It has become a football mecca, and you’ll find the place packed with Crimson Tide fans on Saturday afternoons. If you really want to get into the Crimson Tide spirit, stop by the Rama Jama’s before the game and try the National Champions Burger, which boasts 15 ounces of meat.

Where to Stay: Built at the turn of the 19th century, the renovated Bama Bed & Breakfast is the best location to take in all the Crimson Tide glory, conveniently located just two blocks from Bryant Denny Stadium, one block from the University of Alabama’s legendary strip, and five minutes from downtown Tuscaloosa. The historic home features five suites, some with views of the stadium. Because every day is game day in Bama, the Bama Football House offers a tailgate package, allowing guests to use the large, shaded side of the property for their ultimate pre-game party, complete with giant Connect4, Giant Jenga, or Bama Corn Hole.

Camp Nou - Barcelona, Spain

There’s an undeniable ease to life in Barcelona. Its glorious climate and lively beach culture dare you to live your life in the sun. For adventure, head to the Gothic Quarter, but to watch a soccer game at the largest stadium in Europe (an adventure in and of itself!), head to Camp Nou. This stunning stadium opened in 1957 and is best known as the home to Barcelona’s football team. A sandwich made with botifarra sausage is one of the city’s most beloved snacks and a popular alternative to the classic hot dog. Enjoy while inside the stadium!

Where to stay: The Flateli Roger 6 is a stylish apartment only a short walk from the Camp Nou stadium. It’s an ideal place to stay if traveling with a group of friends or family since it has two separate bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. In case you’re not in the mood to cook, head to La Barraca, an iconic restaurant founded in 1970 with authentic Spanish cuisine and soccer décor that celebrates the home team.

Allianz Parque - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nothing brings the world together like soccer. The 90,000-seat Allianz Parque (also known as the Palestra Italia Arena) is home of the Palmeiras, one of the most famous professional soccer clubs in Brazil. The stadium is surrounded by authentic Italian restaurants, such as Cantina Palestra, the first official restaurant of the Palmeiras. You will also find some of the best traditional Brazilian bakeries in this area, where you can enjoy tasty “salgados” (savory snacks) and sweets.

Where to stay: The Bê Hotel is a modern property located in the same neighborhood as the Allianz Parque. Guests can unwind on the rooftop seating area before watching a soccer game or attending a concert at the nearby stadium.

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