20 Coolest Places To Watch a Game

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterOctober 31, 2012

20 Coolest Places To Watch a Game

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    The "man cave" has sure come a long way over the last few decades. Remember when men were relegated to the garage or a barely finished basement to display their sports memorabilia collections or have the guys over for a poker night or to watch the big game on Sunday?

    Well, for many men today, those days are nothing but a hazy and distant memory. The man cave has slowly evolved from a primitive but comfortable sanctuary into elaborate and often high-priced showcases of masculinity.

    These retreats provide men with a haven to escape the stress of work and family life and are often a way to relive their glory days. 

    It seems everyone from celebrities, musicians and professional athletes to every Joe on the street has a man cave these days. And some of them are nothing short of epic.

    Let's take a look at 20 man caves—listed in no particular order—that will blow your mind. 

Larry the Cable Guy's Sweet Lodge

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    The Deets

    Dan Whitney, or "Larry the Cable Guy," has built himself a pretty awesome man cave that successfully captures the look and feel of a lodge while ensuring that you're entertained by more than a fireplace.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Whitney's man cave is the very definition of homey. You are certain to find plenty of cold beer and delicious snacks served in large wooden bowls.

The Wealthy Father-in-Law Experience

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    The Deets

    This man cave in Mount Kisco, N.Y., shuns the contemporary Scandinavian aesthetics IKEA popularized; instead, it gives you the game in an environment that might just make you believe you've traveled back to 1985 and assumed the life of a wealthy heir named Chet. 

    Just look at that television; I bet the images are wonderfully pixelated.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Did you ever want to feel like one of those people who came from "old money"? You know, with a last name like Hollingsworth and a birthright membership to the yacht club?

    This man cave is the true wealthy in-law experience. Say "yes" when your new father-in-law asks if you want a Tom Collins, and tell him about all your new business ideas.

Black and Gold Fantasy

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    The Deets

    A 2,500-square-foot basement completely decked out in Pittsburgh Steelers decor and memorabilia, which also has a full bar, 72-inch HD television and a top-of-the-line home theater system.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here 

    Obviously, if you're a Steelers fan, George Danesky's man cave in Blue Ridge, Ga., is a veritable slice of black and gold heaven. But even the most diehard Ravens fan would have a blast watching the latest clash between the bitter NFL rivals in the splendor of Danesky's basement.

    You have all the amenities of a high-end sports bar, without the crowd or outrageous beer prices.

'CAN'T WAIT' To Watch the Game with Bart Scott

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    The Deets

    What doesn't New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott's man cave have? Highlights include a "4,500-pound, 500-gallon, eight-foot-long saltwater fish tank," two 50-inch flat-screen televisions, an f'ing portrait of Scott composed of LEGOs and a guitar autographed by Prince.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Scott's decadent man cave was built through a joint venture of Maxim Magazine and the Animal Planet show Tanked. If you could get past surreal experience of watching a game with Scott among such luxury, you'd have quite the array of amenities at your disposal, including a kegerator.

    If Mark Sanchez happens to be there, you can tell him, "It's time to put Tebow in," when he accidentally drops a cheese puff.

The Monument to Dale Earnhardt

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    The Deets

    Robert Butterfield's NASCAR-themed man cave in Sierra Vista, Ariz., is practically a Dale Earnhardt museum. From floor to ceiling, the room is packed with memorabilia and No. 3-dedicated decor.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    If you're a fan of the late Dale Earnhardt and/or NASCAR, would there be any more awesome place to watch the Daytona 500, other than at the track itself? You might find the temptation to play with some of the model cars too strong to resist, but you would probably run the risk of losing the hand with a man this obsessed.

A Most Perfect Lair

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    The Deets

    Need I do more than point out that this magnificent man cave features a stripper pole? If that isn't enough, you can see the elegantly styled bar in the mirror accompanying the stripper pole.

    You must check out the entire gallery to fully appreciate this accomplishment.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    It's as if Dan Stanoszek got together a focus group of dudes between ages 21 and 35 and designed this space on their collective vision. I'm not sure how well exotic dancing and watching the game go together, but wouldn't it be fun to find out?

    Besides, the stripper pole was his wife's idea. Your conscience is clear!

Who Needs NFL Red Zone?

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    The Deets

    The guy who built this worked closely with a home theater design company to create what's described as the "Ultimate Sports Den." It features nine—yes, nine—flat-screen televisions linked to nine different DirecTV receivers.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Anyone who's ever been at the mercy of regional NFL broadcasting rights knows how frustrating it is to miss the first quarter of your team's game while Jaguars-Chiefs goes into OT. This cutting-edge man cave is a virtual sports war room.

    In fact, I would half-expect to get call from NORAD at some point.

Just Don't Inhale, Fo' Shizzle

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    The Deets

    Welcome to Snoop Dogg's man cave, where you'll find a giant painting of the "Dogg-Father" himself, a direct phone line to Denny's and two 50-inch flat-screen televisions.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Do I really need to explain why it would be cool to watch the game with Snoop Dogg? The real question is: Are you cool enough to watch it with him?

For the Bourbon Lover

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    The Deets

    Dan Uche of Kansas City, Mo., created this Jim Beam-themed outdoor man cave, which has a full bar, multiple televisions and the locally brewed Tank 7 ale on tap.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Has any space ever appeared as welcoming and friendly as this wooden masterpiece? You know that if you watched the game here, you're guaranteed to eat good food, drink good bourbon and have some great conversations (and likely get wasted).

Cure for the Lockout Blues

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    The Deets:

    NHL theme. A frigg'n floor that looks like ice. And...bubble hockey.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    As of right now, you'll have to settle for replays of classic NHL games or minor league action, but there is no doubt that this is the perfect environment to watch hockey. And what better way to kill time during the intermissions than striking up a game of bubble hockey?

Team Getting Blown Out? No Problem

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    The Deets

    This man cave in Westlake Village, Calif., is for those people who spent way too much money at the arcade—back when arcades still existed. This room has it all: a pool table, shoot 'em basketball games, pinball and other classic arcade games.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Watching the game here would be awesome if only for the experience of being at an arcade with an infinite number of tokens. However, the truly cool element of this man cave is if your team is getting destroyed—or the game is just a snoozer—you definitely won't be bored.

Ready for World War III

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    The Deets

    This man cave is filled with guns. Lots..of..guns. I'm assuming that those chairs on the right are facing a television. But who knows; they could just be facing more guns.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Okay, this man cave definitely straddles the line between cool and scary, but you know you'll probably never be in a room like this one ever again.

The Loyal Alumni

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    The Deets

    This is the room of a college graduate who not only loves his team, but who has a good chunk of change to invest in making each Saturday an amazing experience. This man cave is outfitted with, "three 32-inch Sharp LCDs, a 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen fixed display, a Sharp 1080p DLP projector, 7.2-channel surround sound, a PlayStation 3, Lutron lighting and Crestron touchpanel control" (h/t ElectronicHouse.com).

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Considering the Tebow overexposure, it may be difficult to be in the same room featuring his jersey and an obvious fan. You should get over it though, because it would be a blast watching Florida-Florida State in this fan-friendly man cave.

Hop on a Harley

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    The Deets

    If you are a Harley-Davidson guy, this man cave has everything. If you're just a guy, this room has everything.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Even if you're not into the whole Harley/motorcycle lifestyle, you have to admit this man cave is pretty sweet; you'll have a fantastic viewing experience, even if you drive a Prius. However, I'm guessing that wearing leather isn't optional.

The Man Cave with a Giant Lazy Susan

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    The Deets

    Ryan and Jessica Donaldson in Sykesville, Md., won this man cave renovation courtesy of the DIY Network. Ryan is a Redskins fan, and his wife is a Ravens fan, so the room was built allow the two to rotate around like a dish of macaroni casserole on a lazy susan.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    I'm not sure how practical the concept of the turntable seating area is, but it's cool as a pure spectacle. I'd get it rotating for no reason at all.

The House of Pain

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    The Deets

    This is a prime example of the adorable loyalty of the long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan. A man cave tribute to their beloved team, filled with memorabilia, souvenirs and booze to kill the pain.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    This is a perfect spot to sit back, watch a double-header and listen to your buddy rehash the entire "Bartman" drama from his tortured perspective.

Truly DIY, Truly Cowboys

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    The Deets

    Julio Renteria is obviously a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, and his converted garage is awesomely DIY. This place has everything you could want to watch the Cowboys-Redskins game, without the awkward feeling you aren't allowed to touch anything.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    You know Renteria and his friends know how to have a good time, so if you spend a Sunday afternoon in his man cave, you know you will too.

The No-Frills Philly Experience

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    The Deets

    Built with his own two hands behind his house, John McWilliams' man cave perfectly captures the spirit of Philadelphia and its fans. You have the authentic stadium seats, a bar, a humble television—this is a place for drinking and yelling.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Sure, you can design a man cave equipped with the latest digital projection technology, custom leather seats and surround sound—but you can't duplicate the experience McWilliams is providing.

The American Way

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    The Deets

    This converted boat house has that rustic American spirit that's perfectly paired with a good lager and a great game.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    I bet they'd know your name if you walked into this man cave. And I bet they wouldn't give darn about the mistakes you've made or the trouble you're running from.

The Elegant Superfan's Choice

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    The Deets

    The New York Giants superfan shows you how a man cave can be both a dedicated tribute to your beloved team and classy.

     

    Why You Want To Watch the Game Here

    Prop up your feet (if that's allowed), sip on an alcoholic beverage and wait for the jarring obscenities when things go wrong in the game.