15 Bucket List Experiences for Football Fans

From college to the pros, fans of America's most popular sport won't want to miss these games and destinations.

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BEIJING 2008

BEIJING 2008

Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the National Aquatics Centre during day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Phelps finished the race in 1.52.03 -- a new world record.  960 1280

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ATHENS 2004

ATHENS 2004

Pyrros Dimas of Greece jumps in the air as he celebrates a successful lift in the men's 85 kg category weightlifting competition during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall. 960 1280

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SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY 2000

Xuan Liu of China in action at the women's gymnastics beam final in the Sydney Superdome on day 10 of the 2000 Olympic Games.   960 1280

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ATLANTA 1996

ATLANTA 1996

Igor Potapovich of Kazakhstan soars through the flame-lit sky to clear the bar and claim fourth in the pole vault at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.  960 1280

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BARCELONA 1992

BARCELONA 1992

Michael Jordon, Scottie Pippen and Clyde Drexler receive their gold medals as members of the US basketball "dream team" during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. 960 1280

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SEOUL 1988

SEOUL 1988

Greg Louganis of the U.S. diving team sets himself for a dive in the springboard event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where he won the gold with a score of 730.80 points. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1984

LOS ANGELES 1984

Carl Lewis of the U.S. receives the baton from teammate Calvin Smith as he brings the team to victory with a new world-record time of 37.83 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay during the 1984 Olympic Games at the Coliseum Stadium in Los Angeles.  960 1280

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MOSCOW 1980

MOSCOW 1980

Maria Caridad-Colon of Cuba in action during the women's javelin event of the 1980 Olympic Games at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow. Caridad-Colon won the event with a distance of 68.40 meters. 960 1280

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MONTREAL 1976

MONTREAL 1976

Bruce Jenner of the U.S. celebrates during his record-setting performance in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.  960 1280

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MUNICH 1972

MUNICH 1972

Competitors rise out of the blocks at the start of the men's 200 meter final at the Olympiastadion in Munich.  960 1280

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MEXICO CITY 1968

MEXICO CITY 1968

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed their Black Power salute, a human rights protest and one of the most overtly-political statements in the 110-year history of the modern Olympic Games. 960 1280

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TOKYO 1964

TOKYO 1964

The start of the 100-meter butterfly swimming race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 960 1280

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ROME 1960

ROME 1960

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia, running barefoot, draws away from Abdesselem Rhadi of Morocco near the finish of the marathon at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He went on to win with a new Olympic record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds.  960 1280

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MELBOURNE 1956

MELBOURNE 1956

Chris Brasher of Great Britain during the steeplechase final event at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 960 1280

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HELSINKI 1952

HELSINKI 1952

Nina (Romashkova) Ponomaryova of modern day Russia, represented the Soviet Union. Here, she throws the discus at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. She won the Soveit Union's first Olympic medal and set a new Olympic record. 960 1280

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LONDON 1948

LONDON 1948

Danish competitor Major N Mikkelsen fails to win the jumping test event as his horse demolishes a fence at the 1948 Olympics in London. 960 1280

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BERLIN 1936

BERLIN 1936

American athlete Jesse Owens runs at the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany, where he won four gold medals. Behind him, an athlete wears a swastika on his vest. 960 1280

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LOS ANGELES 1932

LOS ANGELES 1932

Thomas Hampson of Great Britain breaks the tape ahead of Alexander Wilson of Canada to win gold and set a new world record at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. 960 1280

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AMSTERDAM 1928

AMSTERDAM 1928

The Chilean goalkeeper fails to prevent Portugal from winning at the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. 960 1280

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PARIS 1924

PARIS 1924

Preliminary rounds in the water polo competition take place in the pool at Piscine des Tourelles during the Paris Olympics in 1924. 960 1280

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ANTWERP 1920

ANTWERP 1920

Suzanne Lenglen of France competes in the women’s tennis event during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. 960 1280

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STOCKHOLM 1912

STOCKHOLM 1912

The opening ceremonies of the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. 960 1280

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LONDON 1908

LONDON 1908

Women archers participate at the 1908 London Olympics. 960 1280

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ST. LOUIS 1904

ST. LOUIS 1904

The 100-meter freestyle race, which was won by Hungarian swimmer Zoltan Halmay at the 1904 Games in St. Louis. 960 1280

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PARIS 1900

PARIS 1900

The tug-of-war was a controversial affair, with a combined Sweden/Denmark team beating France in the 1900 Paris Olympics. 960 1280

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ATHENS 1896

ATHENS 1896

The start of the 100-meter sprint at the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 in Athens. 960 1280

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Die-hard Ravens fans pose at a tailgate party outside of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. 960 1280

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The 49ers

The 49ers

Fans tailgate before the Arizona Cardinals and 49ers game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. 960 1280

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Browns Backers, Cleveland Browns Stadium

Browns Backers, Cleveland Browns Stadium

A few of the 'Browns Backers' set up their tent in the parking lot of Cleveland Browns Stadium in Ohio. 960 1280

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Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts fans tailgate in the parking lot outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, site of the 2012 Super Bowl. 960 1280

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Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings

A DirecTV satellite is set up at a Minnesota Vikings tailgate party outside of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. 960 1280

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Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals fans set up shop in the parking lot of Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. 960 1280

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Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

Fans erect a teepee at this tailgate party outside of Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. 960 1280

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Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

Inflatable figures of Green Bay Packers players “wait” for the big game in the parking lot outside of historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. 960 1280

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Paul Brown Stadium

Paul Brown Stadium

Some fans take tailgating to a whole new level, including this Cincinnati Bengals fan outside of Paul Brown Stadium. 960 1280

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Extreme Tailgator

Extreme Tailgator

These Indianapolis Colts fans even go as far as setting up their own personal bar in the parking lot. Can you say extreme tailgater? 960 1280

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Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

A Philadelphia Eagles fan shows off his customized car, equipped with 2 beer taps on the hood, in front of Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 960 1280

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Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders

Tailgaters roast a pig in the parking lot of the O.co (formerly Overstock.com) Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders. 960 1280

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Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

This Packers fan and his "best friend" set up their trailer and tent in the parking lot of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. 960 1280

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New York Giant Fans

New York Giant Fans

New York Giants fans -- donned in blue, red and white -- brave extreme elements to get pumped up before a football game. 960 1280

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Dallas Cowboy Fans

Dallas Cowboy Fans

It’s a family affair in Dallas! Fans relax, socialize and grab a bite to hit before watching the Cowboys hit the field running. 960 1280

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Stadium vs. Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium

The Seattle Seahawks play their home games at CenturyLink Field, just south of downtown Seattle. The $360-million facility includes a roof that protects about 70% of the 72,000 seats available in stadium. Owners claim that the stadium has the largest executive suites in professional sports. You make the call! 960 1280

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Stadium vs. Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium

Head to the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA -- just 33 miles from downtown Boston -- to see the New England Patriots play their home games. The 1.9 million-square foot stadium has 68,756 seats, including 6,000 club seats and 2,000 suite seats. According to the Stadium’s website, every seat in Gillette Stadium is focused toward midfield to provide optimum sight lines for Patriot fans. 960 1280

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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

The Seattle Art Museum, also commonly referred to as "SAM," opened its doors in 1933 and has just about 25,000 pieces in it’s collection. Although the museum is closed Mondays -and Tuesdays, you can get your fix of modern and ethnic art the other 5 days of the week. 960 1280

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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, this museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world. 960 1280

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Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Although Seattle is the birthplace of the Starbucks coffee craze, it’s also known for having some of the freshest seafood in the country. 960 1280

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Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Boston is known for having some of the best clam chowder in New England. 960 1280

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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

From Pike Place Market to the city’s 12 neighborhoods, downtown Seattle is home to more than 1,000 retailers both big and small. 960 1280

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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Newbury Street has been a trendy shopping spot for Bostonians since the late 1970s. 960 1280

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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

With 13 stops, the Central Link light rail travels from Sea-Tac Airport to downtown Seattle. 960 1280

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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

Boston’s MBTA, better known as The T. 960 1280

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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Olympic National Park is a must-see. Just a short ferry ride from Seattle, the park encompasses 6,000 square miles of snowcapped peaks, lush forests and emerald lakes. 960 1280

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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Going all the way back to 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. It consists of 50 acres of land, including the famous “Emerald Necklace” of parks that extends from Common south to Roxbury. 960 1280

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Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

With 28 HDTVs, several beers on tap and tasty bar food, Dub Pub is the premier destination on the Eastside to watch your favorite team on football Sundays. 960 1280

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Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Owned by and named after the legendary Red Sox color commentator, Jerry Remy, Jerry's features 2 "Big Monster" 11-foot TV screens, as well as more 36-inch flat screens then you know what to do with. And we can’t forget the great food. 960 1280

  

Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

The 604-foot structure was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair and has been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic structures ever since. 960 1280

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Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

The Paul Revere statue outside of the Old North Church in Boston’s North End, where the famous "1 if by land, and 2 if by sea" signal was sent. 960 1280

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