‘It was worth it to me”: Hawaii man travels to every NBA arena and NFL stadium

Updated: Jan. 3, 2019 at 6:14 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Traveling to the mainland is a luxury many of us here in Hawaii can’t afford to do.

No professional sports teams are located here at home and often times in order to get a glimpse of our favorite players or teams we have no choice but to cross the Pacific Ocean.

Sterling Bautista wasn’t going to let money or geography stop him from achieving his goal of watching games.

After attending his first NBA game in 1992, he was hooked, and decided he wanted to attend every NBA arena in the country.

“My ultimate goal was just to see one NBA game," Bautista said. “Then it kind of trickled after that.”

After traveling over 150,000 miles across the U.S. he accomplished his goal in the 90′s despite the fact that technology is not what it is today.

“Took awhile, a lot of money, and a lot of miles," Bautista said. " I don’t know how I did it with no GPS and opposed to getting tickets at the stadium opposed to today.”

After accomplishing his goal of going to every NBA arena he set his sights on something new, something different.

“My brain start rattling,” he said. “I told myself I should do the NFL."

In November 2018, Bautista reached his goal. He traveled more then 200,000 miles to all 32 NFL stadiums.

Bautista knew the exact dollar amount it cost to fulfill his lifelong dream. Nevertheless, every dollar he has spent has been worth a memory that will last him a lifetime.

“I know people do this on the mainland, It’s easier for them," Bautista said. “But for somebody from Hawaii to cross the ocean every time I had to do this, it was worth it to me.”

Next up on Bautista’s list is conquering every Major League Baseball stadium.

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