Some wines and beautiful people get better with age, while others fade with age. The same is true for sports sites. Some stadiums and arenas deteriorate and become derelict after only a few decades, while others are still vital and appreciated a century after their construction, aided by occasional renovations. Cubs and Knicks fans love Wrigley Field and Madison Square Garden, respectively, as much as their teams.
Vivid Seats determined the oldest major sports venue in each state with at least one top-tier professional league team using data from stadiums, arenas, leagues, and news websites. Major sports were defined as all teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLS and NWSL, professional leagues with teams playing at a total of 145 venues. The average age of these places is 22.4 years, and only 20 opened in 1990 or earlier.
NBA arenas appear most frequently on this list, with nine of the 28 venues hosting men’s basketball teams. MLB comes in second with eight; the NHL and WNBA sites have six each; the NFL has five; the NWSL has four; and MLS stadiums appear three times.
Locations were chosen based on the original opening date. Renovations have not been taken into account, except in cases where the original structure has been demolished.