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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pro and College Sports Venues Near Military Bases

It's no secret that service members love sports: from NFL football to
NASCAR, service members, much like the civilian population, which has
a love affair with both college and professional sports. It's a fair
bet that wherever you are stationed this February, you'll be able to
watch the two best teams in the NFL play in the Super Bowl.

Professional sports teams appreciate the fan base they have in the
military and some clubs offer military discounts to service members.
And many of America's military installations are not far from stadiums
where championship sports are played.

Here's a sampling:

Hanscom Air Force Base: If you're lucky enough to be stationed at this
Massachusetts base, you're just a hop and a skip from Boston and
legendary Fenway Park, which is home to the Boston Red Sox. Fenway was
built in 1910 and is a charming place to watch a baseball game. The
park is nestled right into the city of Boston, so you can take a
subway car to the game and take in the atmosphere of the city.

Los Angeles Air Force Base: This is the only active-duty Air Force
base in the L.A. area. Football fans can easily visit the Rose Bowl in
Pasadena, where many classic college and professional football games
have been played. The stadium, of course, hosts the traditional Rose
Bowl college football game each Jan. 1, but it's also the home stadium
of the UCLA football team, which plays powerhouses like USC each year.

Naval Station San Diego: Sailors can head over to Qualcomm Stadium,
which is home to the San Diego Chargers football team and the SDSU
Aztecs football team. The stadium is owned by the city of San Diego
and has hosted a number of Super Bowl games. The stadium was built in
1967 and the Chargers are friendly and supportive of the military

Fort Lewis: Soldiers stationed at Fort Lewis are close enough to
Seattle to enjoy all the city has to offer, including two new sports
stadiums. In the last several years, both the Seattle Mariners
baseball team and the Seattle Seahawks football team got new stadiums
after the old Seattle Kingdome was demolished. The dome was not very
well loved, and certainly a poor place to play baseball. The Mariners
now enjoy playing at Safeco Field while the Seahawks are settled into
their home at Qwest Field

Pearl Harbor: On the island of Oahu in Hawaii you've got Marines,
Sailors and Soldiers living relatively close to each other, and the
only sports facility worth talking about is Aloha Stadium. Long known
as the home of the NFL Pro Bowl, this one-of-kind facility is home to
the University of Hawaii football team and serves as the place for
just about anything you could imagine in the Honolulu area. Whether
it's a swap meet, concert or football game, service members will enjoy
a trip to Aloha Stadium.

Active-duty service members should present their military IDs and
identify themselves before they purchase sports tickets; there's
always a chance an organization has military personnel discounts.