America's Top 10 Most Sports-Crazed Cities

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Thanks to TravelAndLeisure.com for this week's top 10: america's most sports-crazed cities. You can read the full list here. 1. Philadelphia Heartaches over the years may have only deepened the fans commitment. To mingle (or commiserate) with localswho, alas, dont rank well in the survey for being athletic themselvescheck out a Chickies and Petes sports bar, and try the famous crab fries. Or, make like Rocky, and run up and down the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.   2. Boston With seven championships in 11 yearsfrom the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, and Red SoxBoston fans have plenty to be proud of. Not that they would gloatof course notbut Boston locals are also pretty brainy and tech-savvy, according to voters. Sports tourists can explore Fenway (which celebrates its centennial in 2012), or follow in the footsteps of Boston champions by doing a Duck Tour, which every big team has done after bringing home a title since 2000.   3. Chicago Wrigley attracts plenty of stadium puristsyou can take insider tours around the field, dugout, and press boxand it may have helped the city score at the top for its cool local architecture. Another way to experience the sports scene is to chow down: at Michael Jordans Steak House, Harry Carays Italian Steakhouse, or on the more casual end, Pequods Pizza. The latter is covered with Blackhawks memorabilia and is an excellent place to sample the citys top-ranked pizza.   4. New Orleans Who dat? indeed: the city that won the survey for civic pride, wild weekends, and live music knows how to shower affection upon its beloved Saints. If youre in town on a game day, head to Champions Square, just outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, for music, local cuisine, and the chance to embrace another great spectator sport: people-watching, another survey category that New Orleans has won yet again.   5. Devner Fans in the Mile High City may harbor fantasies of being called in from the stands to help Tim Tebow win the game. It wouldnt be a bad idea: the locals rank as the most athletic in the nation, according to voters.   6.Kansas City The surveys champion for affordability has a serious case of basketball fever: every March, Kansas City hosts more college basketball games than anywhere else in the country. Its also a great destination for fans of sports museumsnotably, the interactive College Basketball Experience and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Just dont miss a chance for tailgating-style cuisine: this year, Kansas City also won the barbecue category.   7. San Juan This is the only city in the survey where the word football usually means soccer, but San Juan sports fans also have passion for boxing and baseball. It has hosted the Caribbean World Series nine times. Voters also gave the city high marks for its hotel optionsthe Ritz-Carltons casino is a popular place to watch gamesbut you can get year-round baseball magic, as well as margaritas, at Old San Juans Lupis, owned by former Yankee Eduardo Figueroa.   8. Baltimore Camden Yardstwo blocks from Babe Ruths birthplace, and the first of the new traditionalist stadiumscelebrates its 20th anniversary next year, and its a must-stop for baseball stadium lovers. For football-related thrills, look for Ravens refueling along Water Street at spots such as the Havana Club and the local Ruths Chris.   9. Dallas/Fort Worth While still heartsick over the Rangers World Series loss, Dallas fans do have the NBA champion Mavericksand a love-hate relationship with the over-the-top Dallas Cowboys Stadium. But you dont need stadium tickets to hang with fans: at downtowns Victory Park, you can watch the local teams away games on moving TV screens. It may be the best entertainment in town, according to voters, who ranked Big D near the bottom for theater.   10. Providence, RI Rhode Island sports enthusiasts are often happy to hop a train to support Boston teams. But if youre staying local, the Dunkin Donuts Centerhome of the beloved Providence College Friars basketballis well situated near some of the citys highly ranked micropubs, such as Trinity Brewhouse and Union Station. Locals also love the AAA baseball Pawtucket Red Sox, whose stadium was home to the longest game in professional baseball history (33 innings). Click here to read 'The top 20 Sports-Crazed Cities'

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