Imagine traveling to every big league city in the United States and
Canada and attending a home game of every team. All 30 Major
League baseball parks. Every National Football League Stadium. All
the big arenas that house NBA and NHL teams. Think about
tailgating at the venues, checking out the local sports museums and
shrines, hanging out at cool sports pubs and eateries, and
sightseeing all around town.
Picture meeting officials, athletes and VIPs from the sports teams.
And getting the celebrity treatment, including invites in the media.
Think about making friends all across the country.
The Farrells and the Kulyks celebrating the finish line - 2002
For two best friends from Buffalo, New York, this has been the sports
lovers' adventure of a lifetime. We started hitting the road in 1998,
and hit the finish line in December, 2002 at Ford Field in Detroit. At
the time 121 teams playing in 102 different venues in 49 different
But the Ultimate Sports Road Trip is a journey that has no
conclusion. As new venues in the four major sports are replaced, we
head back to check them out. Minor league baseball and hockey,
college football and college basketball games are also in the plans,
as are sports trips beyond North America
The site is organized into directories by sport and by league offering
a snapshot of each of the game and venue experiences that the
USRT has accomplished over the past two decades. We welcome
your feedback, support, participation and fellowship..
Click on the banners to take you to their sites
National appearances on NBC's The Today Show and ESPN Sportscenter, stories on
ESPN.com and in Sports Illustrated, and countless local appearances in print and on
of all the attention. Click on the "Media" link above for complete list of affiliate
|THE HISTORY OF THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
This all began down in Tampa, Florida back in 1999 when we were down there
attending the NHL All Star Game. Talk began about the idea of visiting all 30 NHL
Then baseball was added. We started putting together the list. The beers flowed,
and so did the ideas, and by the end of the evening we had flipped over those place
mats on the tables, and had scrawled out a list of arenas and stadiums and teams
for all the four major sports. The Ultimate Sports Road Trip was hatched! Our rules
were simple... we had to attend a home game of EACH of the 121 teams in their
current and active venue. So as teams moved to new digs, or in a couple cases,
relocated, we had to go back. When we hit the finish line at 121, it would be all the
teams in their current venues.
And since new venues are still opening and being built, (and a 122nd team was
added when the NBA expanded) we go back to make an official visit, so the list will
always be complete and up to date.
For the NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA you will notice that we rank and score each of the
teams. We assign a maximum of 10 points for these criteria: architecture/design,
concessions, scoreboard/electronics, ushers/staff, fan support, location,
banners/retired numbers, event presentation, fan amenities, and bonus points for
unique elements. Please keep in mind these scores were generated when the venue
was first visited, and does not take into account changes or upgrades that were
made since. Accept it as a subjective and whimsical look at the teams and
Copyright 2001 -2016 the Ultimate Sports Road Trip. Any images or stories on this site can be used only with authorization.
|THE ULTIMATE SPORTS ROAD TRIP
|122 Teams. 107 Venues. 51 Cities. 4 Sports.
TO THE RAFTERS AT FIRST NIAGARA CENTER!
From 1970 to 1978, Buffalo was the home of the NBA Buffalo
Braves, and we think that it is time we recognize that
magnificent chapter in Buffalo sports history by raising a
banner to the rafters to forever memorialize our franchise.
Click on the banner to the left to link a feature article which
appeared in Artvoice in 2009. It lays out the entire project,
the cause, and why this needs to get done!