1. Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
I have been here a few times for LA Clippers games and it is by far my favorite basketball arena. The stadium itself although built in the 90s, looks practically brand new. It is very "glitzy" and therefore fits right at home with the LA lifestyle and culture. There is purple glass all over the stadium that lights up at night and gives it a distinct look. There is also a courtyard on the back side of the stadium with all kinds of statues of various Laker legends.
Even at Clipper games, you will get your fair share of celebrities attending the games. At both games I went to I saw comedian Erik Griffin (Montez from Workaholics). Overall, I am a yuge fan of the Staples Center and would highly recommend that you checkout a game if you are In La La land during the NBA or NHL season.
2. U.S Airways Center (Now Talking Stick Resort Arena), Phoenix, Arizona
Back when the Phoenix Suns were good during the mid-to-late 2000's, I came here quite often. The stadium has a similar feel to the Staples Center, but a little bit more toned down. They still have the glass and its still pretty glitzy, but not quite to the level of the Staples Center. There is also a courtyard, but this one is in the front entrance to the stadium. Another thing I like about U.S Airways Center is the food selection is terrific. They have a Karls Jr., which is a yuge bonus.
3. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
I have been here a few times as well and as much as I hate to say it, I may in fact like it better than Fenway. It is the third oldest baseball stadium, although a distant third and was built in the 1960s. So it has character for sure, but also doesn't feel as old as Fenway. Both times I have been here I sat about 10-15 rows back behind home plate and there really is nothing better than watching a baseball game staring out at the palm trees in the outfield watching a game. One important thing to point out is that Dodger Stadium is up on a hill by itself surrounded by a big parking lot, a very different set up than Fenway. Overall, I am a huge fan of Dodger Stadium and very much hope to kick it back there this summer.
By Spencer Roush