About Itinerant Fan
I started this site as a blog dedicated to the relentless pursuit of sporting event attendance. The way I see it, we all have our interests that we are willing to spend irrational amounts of time and money on — for me, it’s sports travel. I love immersing myself in a city’s culture and traditions through its sports teams and stadiums.
Through this site I aim to serve those who are curious about the greater world, faraway lands and different cultures. I believe it’s important to demonstrate what it’s like to seek out the unfamiliar and to inspire people to step outside their comfort zone and experience cultures different from their own.
This site serves partly as a living record of the venues I visit, a way to motivate myself to see more of the world through sports, and a chance to share my experiences and compare them to the other sports-traveling nuts out there who spend gobs of money just to watch athletes hit each other and/or send inanimate objects in motion.
When not traveling the world in search of a good game, I foster my love of sports and wanderlust in other ways. I am fortunate to have had a long career in sports media — currently I’m at Fox Sports and have also worked at ESPN.com, The Sacramento Bee and the Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal. I also play beer league hockey, tinker with content and web development projects and create Simpsons memes.
I live in the Los Angeles area with my wife Jennifer, a professor of design at USC and a website developer (check out her portfolio site) and our daughter Mariana. I’m an avid fan of USC, my alma mater, and the Los Angeles Kings. You can frequently find me at Staples Center — feel free to drop me a line if you’re going to be in town!
How Itinerant Fan began
When I was 9, I saw my first live sporting event: A California Angels game in what is now known as Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Within a couple years I had also added Dodger Stadium, the Forum and the Oakland Coliseum to my list, thanks to my parents, who were quick to recognize my growing love of sports.
Somewhere along the way I wondered: Would it be possible to visit every stadium and arena in the four major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball)? Of course it is, and people have done it.
I’m currently more than 75 percent of the way to joining those lucky folks in that exclusive club, and checking off new boxes every year. Along the way I’ve also added many college football and basketball venues, as well as a handful of soccer and international events.
And in 2010, I thought it would be fun to have a place to document all of these travels. Seeing as blogs were new and innovative at the time, I thought I’d give it a go.
Since then, Itinerant Fan has grown into a reference guide for sports fans and avid travelers, as well as a journal for my own stadium visits. I sincerely hope my sports travel experiences can be of help to you as you plan your own sporting itineraries and general travel plans!
How to contact me
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— Edward de la Fuente
Founder, Itinerant Fan