World Cup Destinations

Here's a look at the countries that will host the FIFA Women's World Cup matches in 2015 and 2019, and the FIFA Men's World Cup matches in 2018 and 2022.

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Olympic Stadium & The Orbit
Olympic Stadium & The Orbit

Olympic Stadium & The Orbit

Olympic Stadium is the centerpiece of the 2012 London Olympic Games. It will be home to many sporting events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Looking for a great view of Olympic Park? Take an elevator to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture for a spectacular panoramic view. 960 1280

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Inside Olympic Stadium

Inside Olympic Stadium

Here’s an inside peek at the track inside Olympic Stadium, where US track and field athletes -- like Allyson Felix and LoLo Jones -- will keep spectators on the edge of their seats as they race to the finish line. 960 1280

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Olympic Park

Olympic Park

In East London, Olympic Park is home to 8 venues, including Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Velodrome. Pick up souvenirs at the London 2012 Megastore at World square; eat fish and chips on Britannia Row; or listen to live music at the Bandstand on River Lawns inside the Street Market. The city has gone all out to make the Park a multi-purpose entertainment venue. 960 1280

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Olympic Village

Olympic Village

Located in London’s Olympic Park, the Olympic Village will be the site where athletes from around the world will unwind and take a break from tense competitions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Village has residential apartments for approximately 17,000 athletes and officials, along with shops, restaurants, medical facilities, media and large areas to stay fit and train with fellow athletes. 960 1280

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Handball Arena

Handball Arena

The Handball Arena’s design is simple, efficient and flexible. This venue, built with a sustainably-sourced copper roof, seats almost 7,000 fans. After the Summer Games, the arena will become a new multi-sports facility for community sports, including basketball, handball, badminton and boxing. A health and fitness club with changing facilities and a café for local community use are planned. 960 1280

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Velodrome

Velodrome

You may not know it, but the Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues of the London 2012 Games. It will host indoor cycling, and just outside the building, a new outdoor BMX track was built specifically for the Games. 960 1280

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Basketball Venue

Basketball Venue

According to Olympic officials, the Basketball Arena (pictured) will be most heavily used venues within Olympic Park, with competition events taking place almost every day. It’s also one of the largest temporary venues ever built for the Olympic Games. 960 1280

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Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre

The Lee Valley White Water Centre was opened to the public last year, and it was the only venue the public was able to enjoy can use prior to the Olympic Games. Lee Valley will host the Canoe Slalom competition for 5 days and includes 4 separate events. 960 1280

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Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium, the biggest of the 6 stadiums hosting the London Olympics, will be used to hold the soccer tournament during the Games. The stadium seats over 90,000 people, and it’s the second largest stadium in Europe. 960 1280

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Riverbank Arena

Riverbank Arena

The Riverbank Arena is the hot spot if you’re a field hockey fan. This venue has 2 pitches, one with seats for spectators and one area that will be used for athletes to warm-up before a game. This is the first Olympic Games where the hockey pitches aren’t green. Pink is used for the area surrounding the pitch and blue for the field of play -- making it easy to spot the yellow ball. 960 1280

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Aquatics Centre

Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre is where everyone will be watching the matchup between swimming rivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. This venue, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, is one of the permanent venues specifically constructed for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. 960 1280

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

Some of the biggest tennis players in the world will play on the grass-courts in Wimbledon for the Summer Games. Home to the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon is a perfect venue to host one of the biggest tennis tournaments the UK has ever seen. As the only remaining grass-court tennis venue, it will host the venue for the 2012 Olympic Tennis matches. 960 1280

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Royal Artillery Barracks

Royal Artillery Barracks

This temporary venue at The Royal Artillery Barracks has 3 temporary indoor ranges for Pistol and Rifle Shooting. Outdoor shot gun ranges were also built for Trap and Skeet events. The innovatively designed venue has brightly colored opens to provide natural ventilation and light. 960 1280

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Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena - University of Kentucky
Named after legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, KY, has definitely seen its share of victories. The University of Kentucky Wildcats own the record for the most wins in Division I men's college basketball history, and play in the largest basketball arena in the US. With arguably the most passionate fans in college basketball and more than 23,500 seats, they don't get more wild then Rupp Arena and the fans of Big Blue Nation.
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Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome - Syracuse University
The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, has to pull double duty as it plays host to 2 of Syracuse University's major men's sports programs. The football program plays in the 49,250-seat stadium, but the Orangemen are known for their excellence on the basketball court. With such a massive stadium, the basketball fans are large in numbers and as loud as can be, making the Carrier Dome one of the toughest places for any opponent.
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Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse - University of Kansas
You can find tradition nearly everywhere inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. Need proof? The Kansas Jayhawks play their home games on James Naismith Court, the inventor of basketball. With the second most wins in men's college basketball history, Rock Chalk Nation cheers loud but chants even louder.
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Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena - University of Arkansas
The "Basketball Palace of Mid-America" resides in Fayetteville, AR, and is home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. One of the newer stadiums on our list, Bud Walton Arena was constructed in 1993. Its history was cemented in the arena's inaugural season as the men's team won the national championship.
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University Arena

University Arena

University Arena - University of New Mexico
The Pit, formerly known as University Arena, is one of the loudest arenas in all of college basketball. You can hear the 15,000-plus fans howling, as the University of New Mexico Lobos duke it out on Bob King Court in Albuquerque, NM.
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Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher-IBA Arena - Oklahoma State University
Located in Stillwater, OK, Gallagher-Iba Arena is home to Oklahoma State's Cowboys. Built in 1938, Gallagher-Iba Arena still has its original maple floors, and is known by many as "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country."
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Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym - Vanderbilt University
Probably the most unique stadium in all of college basketball belongs to Vanderbilt University. Memorial Gym in Nashville, TN, features the team benches on opposite ends rather than sides, along with a cinematic, triple-deck structure. Memorial Gym is said to give the Commodores home court advantage because of its unusual design, making it one of the most difficult places for opposing teams to come away with a win.
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Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion - Stanford University
Known for the Sixth Man, the raucous student section of Cardinal fans, Maples Pavilion has become one of the most notorious venues on the West Coast. With fans sitting just inches from the court, opposing teams face a difficult task every time they travel to Stanford, CA.
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Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion - University of California Los Angeles
When it comes to Los Angeles basketball, most people think of the Lakers. But rivaling the recent success in their home stadium, the Staples Center, is Pauley Pavilion, the home of the UCLA Bruins. LA is known for its flash, and in classic LA fashion, Pauley Pavilion has seen its share of superstars. With the "Wizard of Westwood" John Wooden coaching such legends as Lew Alcinder (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton, and owning the most national championships in men's college basketball history, it's clear why the Pavilion made our sweet 16.
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Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium - Duke University
One of the most historic basketball venues in the country also happens to be one of the smallest. Home of the Duke Blue Devils, and only seating 9,314, Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC, is known as one of the most electric stadiums in all of basketball. There have been many legendary coaches in college basketball but perhaps none more than the court's namesake, Mike Krzyzewski, or as he's known by most fans, simply "Coach K."
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Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum - Utah State University
If you're trying to concentrate, the Smith Spectrum, home of the Utah State Aggies, is the last place you want to be. Over the past decade, the spectrum has gained a reputation as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams due to its disturbingly loud student section. Located in Logan, UT, the Smith Spectrum has a seating capacity of 10,270.
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The Palestra

The Palestra

The Palestra - University of Pennsylvania
When you think of top college basketball venues, you think of the big programs that have been dominant for decades. But the "Cathedral of College Basketball" belongs to the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Philadelphia, the Palestra opened in 1927 and has a capacity of 8,722.
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The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome - University of North Carolina
Just down "Tobacco Road" from Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rival Duke University, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels play their home games in Chapel Hill, NC, at the Smith Center, better known as the Dean Dome. With jerseys once worn by the likes of Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo hanging from the rafters, there's no doubt that the Dean Dome is one of the most historic venues in all of college basketball.
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Hinkle Fieldhouse - Butler University
Home to the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team, Hinkle Fieldhouse, which was built in 1928 and renamed in 1966 after Paul D. Hinkle, is one of the oldest college basketball stadiums still in use. The fieldhouse is also a US national historic landmark.
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Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall - Indiana University
The Hoosiers may have been up and down on the court for the past decade, but that can’t erase their incredible history in Assembly Hall. Over an 11-year span from 1976 to 1987, legendary coach Bob Knight led the Hoosiers to 3 national championships, including a perfect season in '76. And who can forget the moment Bob lost his temper and hurled a chair across the court against Purdue in '85? Moments like these, good and bad, have created a special environment for Hoosier fans in Bloomington, IN.
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