The Best Arenas and Stadiums in America

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Fenway Park, Boston

Fenway Park, Boston
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Some Red Sox fans believe Bruce Springsteen singlehandedly lifted the 86-year Curse of the Bambino when he and the E Street Band performed at Fenway in September 2003. A year later, the Red Sox won the World Series after coming from behind to beat the Yankees in the playoffs. Springsteen's rock show was the first concert at Fenway since 1973, when Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles performed at the Newport-New England Jazz Festival. Since then, the historic ballpark has welcomed monster acts from the Stones and the Police to Aerosmith and – yep – Springsteen again, who played the Standells' Boston classic "Dirty Water" as an encore.

Capacity: 37,500

Website: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/index.jsp

Fun fact: The Sox website claims Fenway stopped concerts because of "violence" at the 1973 jazz festival starring Wonder and Charles. Thirty years later, the festival's organizer, George Wein, had a more straightforward explanation: "We lost money."

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