One of the best things about America is the variety of sporting venues around the country. From Fenway Park, to Cameron Indoor Stadium, Daytona International Speedway and Lane Stadium in my own backyard, they pepper the landscape and are all unique.
Traveling to sporting events in these locations has become a passion. It's almost a hobby and it's somewhat of a hunt. Some folks collect baseball cards, stamps or coins. I collect stadiums.
Touring Major League Baseball has given me a chance to see America. The liklihood of going to Seattle, Milwaukee or Anaheim would be slim if it was not for the iconic stadiums and teams. Starting in 1995, each stadium was visited for a game through the finishing trip to Seattle in 2019.
Many hours went into creating this map. Staring with photos on Google Maps, each stadium was traced in Adobe Illustrator and sized exactly the same. Every park is oriented to its exact direction. As for the roof being opened or closed, it depended on the day of the game visited. Arizona had the roof opened, but Houston had it closed.
Only first visits are recorded on the map. Since the trip to Fulton County Stadium in 1995, both Turner Field and Truist Park have been checked off the list. Add in Nationals Park as well.
Working in NASCAR after college gave me a major opportunity to visit racetracks. Living in the center of the East Coast makes driving to a track an easier task than a majority of the country. In fact, of all the tracks east of the Mississippi River, Blacksburg is actually the center point.
Like the MLB map, each racetrack was traced in Adobe Illustrator and sized using the same ratio to show comparison in size.
Several tracks were visited for Busch/Nationwide/Xfinity races first, including Martinsville in 1993, Richmond in 1994, Nashville in 2008 and Kentucky in 2008. If a Cup race was later attended, it takes priority on the map. A few tracks have had different layouts, like Charlotte, Daytona, Indianapolis and Bristol, which are featured multiple times on the map.
Unlike the previous two maps, this one features circular markers coded based on home/neutral sites and whether Virginia Tech was playing or not.
College Basketball is the most recent collection of visits. Despite growing up a Virginia Tech fan and living so close, I didn't attend a basketball game until February 2003. Since then, I've learned to love what college basketball has to offer. Tech's invitation to the ACC only accelerated that.
Like the football map, this one is similar, based on home/neutral sites and if Virginia Tech was playing.