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Today, the Masters gets underway in Augusta, Ga. It’s one of the most-revered events on the sports calendar, one that lures in both diehard and casual golf fans alike.

Part of the attraction is the venue. But it’s not just that Augusta National Golf Club is a great course, complete with its famous creeks, ponds, trees and azaleas. It’s also the fact that the place is a living history book.

Every April, a trip around the track provides both golfers and fans with flashbacks to some of the game’s most-iconic moments. It’s the spot Gene Sarazen made “the shot heard round the world” on No. 15 in 1935, carding a double-eagle that propelled him to victory. It’s Amen Corner, where Arnold Palmer staved off Ken Venturi in 1958 with one masterful escape after another. It’s the 18th green, where Jack Nicklaus made a putt to win in 1986 at the age of 46. The list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, other sports don’t pay as much attention to tradition. They tear down old venues, replacing them with shiny, new monstrosities loaded with luxury boxes, concessions and other amenities.

While change is fine, it certainly robs sports of its history. This is certainly the case in football, where some of the greatest all-time NFL moments occurred in places that are now parking lots, bulldozed to the ground in the name of progress.

If old stadiums weren’t razed in the NFL, what venues would make the list of the most-sacred places in the history of the sport? In honor of the Masters, here are the top 18:


18. Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.)

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Home of the “Fog Bowl” and “Sweetness.”

Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, this stadium has been the home of the Bears since 1971. During that time, some magical moments have occurred on its turf, including Walter Payton breaking Jim Brown’s all-time rushing record, the infamous “Fog Bowl” during the 1988 NFC playoffs and Mike Brown’s back-to-back OT game-winners in 2001.


17. Foxboro Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

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Snow games were memorable at Foxboro

The Patriots called this venue home from 1971-2001, a place that provided two of the most memorable snow-related moments in NFL history. First, there was the infamous “Snowplow Game” in 1982, when head coach Ron Meyer had the grounds crew clear a spot for his kicker to make a game-winning field goal, and “The Tuck Rule Game” in 2001.

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  1. Where’s CenturyLink?! Toughest place to play in football!!!! #12thman #GoHawks #Broncossuck

    • ok we got it your team was great this year. time to stfu now.like the hawks but gosh damn you guys are getting annoying.

    • When your team wins more than one NFL Title, then maybe your stadium will make the list. Green bay has won 13 NFL Titles, the Bears have won 9, that is one of the reasons they made this list. Oh, by the way, the Super Bowl is just a name given to the game by Lamar Hunt, founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. The end result of winning that game is the NFL Championship.

  2. callerbear

    The Met! I vividly remember a Twins “Bat Day” there in the late ’60s. Imagine 20 thousand hardwood bats pounding in unison on the metal flooring of the upper decks. The noise was incredible! And the Vikings playing in below-freezing weather while not permitted to use hand-warmers on the sidelines because you don’t have them on the field. The Purple People Eaters were -tough-.

    • The Monsters of the Midway are the Chicago Bears who play at Soldier Field. The Chicago Cubs baseball team play at Wrfigley Field.

  3. How about Arrowhead Stadium! This is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. This stadium was ahead of its times in Architecture built in 1972. It has hosted some great games. 1993 saw Joe Montana come to the Chiefs in an epic battle against Steve Young and the Chiefs won by 27-24. There were a couple of 13-seasons in the 1990′s. This is definately one of the most sacred stadiums.