The world’s most stunning sports venues

Ultra modern stadiums and technologically futuristic arenas from around the world

Professional sports are an outrageously lucrative business globally, and all of that money has created some magnificent and luxurious venues. Explore some of the most indulgent sports stadiums and escapes in the world.

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AT&T Stadium

Arlington, Texas

The home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team cost $1.33 billion dollars to build when it was completed in 2009. How could an NFL team possibly justify creating one of the most expensive sports venues ever built? By building one of the most architecturally extravagant stadiums in the world. It's only the fourth largest NFL stadium but it's the largest column-free room in the world. Yes, room. Its 300-foot-tall arches create a gargantuan room with an electric, retractable roof. The front and rear facades of the stadium also feature the largest operable glass doors in the world, at 120 feet tall and 180 feet wide.

Besides the structural wonders, including the 60-yard-long HD screen that hangs above the field, the stadium also offers a stunning VIP package. Valet parking beneath the stadium also connects to elevators that lead straight to the suites. The stadium brags over 3,000 LCD displays, some of which are in mirrors in the suites. Field level suites place fans only a few yards behind the endzone. The Cowboys require a 20-year lease agreement for suiteholders. To purchase single-game entrance to a suit through a website that offers this opportunity will cost upwards of $12,000.


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The Maracanã

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Built for the 1950 World Cup, the Maracanã soccer stadium became the largest sports stadium in the world. It seated 199,854 fans for the final game of the 1950 World Cup but has since undergone renovations that reduced the capacity to a more reasonable 78,000. In 2016 it was the venue for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. The stadium's new roof is made of opaque fiberglass and protects 95% of the seats from the sun. Pope John Paul II once celebrated a mass at the stadium. VIP packages include a private concierge, all-inclusive catering and access to exclusive arena clubs. Club membership includes an open bar, theater-style seats, a grand buffet and an upscale lounge area. It's a massive, classic stadium hosting some of the world's biggest events.


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Cheltenham Racecourse

Prestbury Park, U.K.

Cheltenham Racecourse is located in a natural ampitheatre where up to 68,000 fans watch the most prestigious horse racing events. The Cheltenham Festival, which the racecourse hosts every March, draws the best British and Irish-trained horses. The venue offers Long Run Suites, that stretch the length of the course and accommodate 24 to 40 guests. They offer the usual amenities: fine dining, bars and totepool betting in the hallway. The Cheltenham Hotel No 131 offers the highest quality sleeping accommodations for a stay at the racecourse. It has eleven elegant, wood-trimmed, Victorian-aesthetic rooms and two basement floors of drawing rooms-turned-restaurants and fine bars.


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Yankee Stadium

Bronx, New York

Yankee Stadium was a classic baseball venue, full of history and heroic stories of World Series wins. So they tore it down and built a replacement full of technology and expenses. The bleachers are gone but the new stadium holds 50,287 people in more comfortable seats. For the fan looking for a deeper experience of baseball luxury, Yankee Stadium offers suites that include granite bars and private lounge areas furnished with leather and glass. A personal concierge, private entrance, preferred parking and a private restroom create the best viewing experience in baseball. Suites start with a $1,000 first installment, and some go for as much as $800,000 a year.


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MetLife Stadium

The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The shared home of the New York Giants and New York Jets NFL teams boasts the top luxury package in football. For $750,000 a night, ticket holders can gain access to the Commissioner's Club Suite. Leather seats, cherry wood and a fireplace await the lucky guests of this (don't forget) football stadium. It also provides VIP parking, a private entrance, a wet bar and enough HDTVs to make a fan forget they're at the game. The stadium's five premium lounges cover 130,000 square feet inside the venue but there's still room for a martini lounge and on-field patios, not to mention the Coaches Club. It's a private deck five yards behind the home team's bench with food and drinks, accessible at any time during games of events.


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Hartwall Arena

Helsinki, Finland

Things you expect to sit on at sports events: hard, plastic seats; hard, wooden seats; flat cushions; bleachers; violently angled folding chairs. Something you don't expect to sit on at a sports event: a wooden bench inside your private sauna. But lucky guests watching the Finnish ice hockey team from Skybox 408 can replace their clothes with a warm towel and relax in their own, 25-person sauna walled by beautiful wood that offers a view of the game. The suite also includes a private bar and sofa lounge, decorated in the home team's colors. The one-way glass windows overlook the rink from the upper level and make the towel optional. Grab tickets for just under $3,000 US.


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Ski Dubai

Dubai, UAE

Where else can you find 22,500 square meters of ski slopes inside a mall? Oh, right: in the middle of the desert. Inside the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is the world's largest indoor snow park. While not technically a sports venue, it is a giant sports complex where visitors can experience bobsled runs and tobogganing hills. Besides its location in the desert, inside a building, Ski Dubai is astonishing because it's open for skiing and snowboarding all year. Guests can reach the Avalanche Cafe by taking the ski lift to the top of the slope (inside the mall). Beginners can take skiing lessons before trying any of the more challenging slopes (inside the mall). There's even "the world's first indoor sub-zero zipline" that will drop visitors 150 meters down the slope (inside of a mall!). Five slopes, including one with freestyle equipment, rise 25 stories at their peaks and create an astonishingly authentic skiing experience. Tickets include rental snow clothing and gear. And for less than $150 US (510 AED), Ski Dubai offers a remarkable luxury opportunity for an unbelievable price.

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8 of the Best Donut Spots In the United States

Celebrate National Donut Day with our favorite treats across the country.

November 5th marks one of 2020's two National Donut Days.

Occurring in both June and November, National Donut Day allows fans of those delectable yeasty treats to embrace their sweet tooth. But like any niche food group, people often take their donuts very, very seriously, and there are countless places to get your fix.


Below, we've rounded up some of the best donut spots across the country. From coast to coast, these bakeries are sure to impress even the pickiest donut-heads.

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop – Modesto, CA

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's worth taking a short trek out east towards Modesto for some of California's best donuts. Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop has remained family owned since its opening over 30 years ago, providing both tried-and-true classic donuts as well as experimental flavors and holiday specials. Even their 24-hour service doesn't diminish the line that trails out the door most mornings.

Dough — New York, NY

Dough \u2014 New York, NY

Donuts might not be the first circular, doughy treat you think of when it comes to New York City. If you've had your fair share of bagels, the Big Apple also boasts some spectacular donuts at Dough, a go-to spot for both tourists and locals alike. Here, you'll find a host of Latin American-inspired flavors that are hard to come by anywhere else; their Dulce de Leche flavor is a customer favorite, while the tangy Hibiscus donut is just as good for Instagramming as it is for eating.

Blackbird Doughnuts — Boston, MA

Blackbird Doughnuts \u2014 Boston, MA

Boston's Blackbird Doughnuts is a no-frills donut spot specializing in both brioche "raised" donuts and old-fashioned cake donuts. With a small menu of year-round donuts and a rotating cast of seasonal flavors, Blackbird keeps it simple and classic. Why mess around?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop — Brooklyn, NY

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop \u2014 Brooklyn, NY

For over 60 years, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has been calling the quaint Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint home. Since then, the bakery has remained a popular spot for both regulars and new visitors passing through the area. Here, you won't find uber-trendy decor or gimmicky recipes, just damn good donuts that prove the power of long-standing local businesses.

Pip’s Original — Portland, OR

Pip\u2019s Original \u2014 Portland, OR

In both their mobile catering van and brick-and-mortar locations, Pip's Original is a staple for small, sweet treats in Portland. They're known for their tiny donuts that come in inventive seasonal flavors like marionberry-lavender and mango ghost pepper. But even if you opt for one of the more traditional flavors, Pip's Original proves good things can come in small packages.

Round Rock Donuts — Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Donuts \u2014 Round Rock, TX

Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts—located just north of Austin—are impossible to miss. These donuts' distinct yellow-orange color, caused by fresh eggs in the original recipe, make them stand out among the crowd. While this classic outpost can easily churn out hundreds of dozens of donuts a day, they also offer Texas-Sized Donuts, which are just as ginormous as you'd imagine. Round Rock Donuts are not only delicious and easily recognizable, but they're a slice of Lone Star history.

The Holy Donut — Portland, ME

The Holy Donut \u2014 Portland, ME

In Maine's Portland, you might not find tiny donuts or a decked-out catering van, but you will find a slightly healthier alternative. The Holy Donut was founded on the premise of creating tasty donuts that used all-natural ingredients to make a treat you could feel good about eating. The secret ingredient is fresh, mashed Maine potatoes, which make these donuts delectably moist without sacrificing flavor.

Donut Friend — Los Angeles, CA

Donut Friend \u2014 Los Angeles, CA

As expected of a city so focused on entertainment, Los Angeles' Donut Friend puts an edgy spin on their inventive donut flavors. Their year-round menu features donut flavors with names like Green Teagan and Sara, Fudgegazi, and Bacon-182 that are sure to delight the rock music nerds. For everyone else, the delicious donuts speak for themselves.