By Sarah Wengert
Pro baseball recently ended with the Red Sox on top, pro basketball just kicked off, and the country is in the throes of college and pro football. As a travel nurse you have a unique, awesome opportunity to root for home teams all across the nation, so, in the same spirit of our top 10 music towns blog, PPR brings you this definitive list of top 10 cities for sports-loving travel nurses. Batter up!
It doesn’t get much more peak Boston sports than recent headlines like, “World Series Champion Red Sox Ride into Patriots Game on Duck Boats.” That’s right, Massachusetts was on fire with the news that the Sox clinched the 2018 World Series championship. It was their ninth championship, amidst a history that includes a legendary, decades-long dry spell. A game at Fenway Park is a must for any traveler — there is perhaps no better feeling of spectator sports community than shouting the lyrics to “Sweet Caroline” with thousands of fellow fans. Beantown also goes bonkers for the Celtics (winner of most-ever NBA championships at 17), Bruins, FC Boston, New England Revolution, and, of course, five-time Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots. The city also has a coed tennis team called the Boston Lobsters, so that’s pretty cool.
From Magic to Kobe to King James, the L.A. Lakers are where it’s at for Angelenos. The Los Angeles sports cup (not that kind!) definitely runneth over, with two pro baseball teams, two pro hockey teams, three pro basketball teams, two pro soccer teams, and two pro football teams. As for college sports, Los Angeles- area universities have brought home nearly 200 national championships — many from the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins. Also, save the date: The City of Angels will host the Olympics for the third time in 2028.
Bulls, and Bears, and Cubs — oh my! The Windy City boasts a proud tradition of baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and more, including the famed Michael Jordan-helmed streak in which the Bulls won six NBA championships in eight years. The Cubs brought that same kind of energy back to town in 2016 when they won a National League pennant for the first time in 71 years and a World Series championship for the first time in 108 years! Even non-sports fans will appreciate taking in a game at iconic Wrigley Field surrounded by all that “Go Cubs, Go!” energy. Pro sports teams in Chicago include the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire, Sky, and Red Stars.
While you’ll still find retro SuperSonics t-shirts throughout the Emerald City, the beloved team was lost to the city in 2008. But Seattle has rebounded with passion for its Seahawks, which won their first-ever Super Bowl in 2014, and the Sounders, which have qualified for MLS Cup Playoffs in every season of its 10-year existence, won the U.S. Open Cup four times, the Supporters’ Shield once, and the MLS Cup once. Seattle audiences also cheer for the Mariners, Storm, Reign FC, Seawolves, and in 2020 will welcome a yet-to-be-named hockey club.
The city of brotherly love famously erupted in 2018 when the Philadelphia Eagles took home their first Super Bowl championship. These are some fierce fans, with a team that’s sold out every game since its 1999 season and typically ranks best in its league for attendance. Pro sports fans also flock to see the Phillies, 76ers, Flyers, and Union, plus the city is home to nine NCAA schools! Planning is underway for The Museum of Sports in Philly, which would be a “permanent, interactive museum celebrating America’s greatest team and athletes” celebrating all major sports with displays of “world-class collections of priceless memorabilia, a high-tech array of digital and virtual reality activities” and much more.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the fan base! Houston is home to six pro teams: Texans, Astros, Dash, Dynamo, Rockets, and SaberCats. The city also boasts a whopping 30-plus minor league and semi-pro teams as well as five NCAA division I college programs. And anybody that’s ever seen an episode of “Friday Night Lights” knows that even high school sports in The Lone Star State are truly an affair to remember!
This one’s a two-fer because the entire Bay Area is SO stacked with sports. While the iconic Oakland Raiders are about to be making a somewhat messy departure for Las Vegas, this region still boasts an abundance of great sports teams. Bay Area fans are treated to games from the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Earthquakes, San Jose Sharks, Oakland Athletics, and, of course, the Golden State Warriors. Their winning 2018 championship run put the Warriors in a tie with the Chicago Bulls for the third-most NBA championships in history. In addition to more traditional athletic contests, the Bay Area hosted the 2013 America’s cup and is home to a robust emerging and extreme sports scene that includes surfing, mountain biking, handball, skateboarding, boating, windsurfing, and more.
Things are just peachy for sports fans in Atlanta, Georgia. Root for the home team here at games for the Falcons, Braves, Hawks, United FC, Dream, and Legends. College football fans will be pumped to learn that Atlanta is also home to the College Football Hall of Fame as well as Bobby Dodd Stadium, the oldest, on-campus NCAA division I football stadium, which was built in 1913 by Georgia Tech students.
Like Los Angeles, New York City is a major sports mecca, including being home to iconic teams like the Yankees. In addition to the Yanks, NYC is the place to check out the Giants, Rangers, Knicks, Jets, Mets, Islanders, Red Bulls, Liberty, Brooklyn Nets, Sky Blue FC, and NYC FC. The Big Apple also plays regular host to big-deal sporting events like the U.S. Open and, if you ever wish to take an excursion upstate, you can visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Green Bay bills itself a “year-round sports town” but the first thing that comes to every sports fans mind when the city is referenced is the iconic Green Bay Packers team. There’s some serious history at play with this team, which has been located in Green Bay just shy of 100 years, winning a record 13 NFL championships and four Super Bowls. Additionally, Lambeau Field is a true sports landmark that’s been home to the Packers since 1957. Sports fans will also enjoy the Green Bay Blizzard, Green Bay Phoenix, Green Bay Bullfrogs, all kinds of great collegiate action, and more.
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