Nothing can beat the thrill of watching a sporting event live. The atmosphere, the drama and your chance to say ‘I was there’ to witness first hand some of sport’s finest moments. Here are 10 sporting events that should make your bucketlist.
The Super Bowl
Not only is it the biggest game in the NFL calendar, the Super Bowl is now one of the biggest games in the sporting world. It’s a spectacle like no other that’s worth attending for the halftime show alone. Beyonce, Prince and Michael Jackson are just some of music industry’s giants who have taken to the pitch for past halftime performances.
The Super Bowl really is a sporting event of epic proportion, even the choice of food available at the game is astounding! And of course there is the chance to witness which team lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy come the end of the sporting battle and gets their name written in the history books.
The FIFA World Cup
The fact that the tournament comes around every four years only adds to the prestige of this event. Fans from around the world gathered to celebrate one thing - their love of football, or depending which part of the world you’re from, soccer - and no matter which country the tournament takes place, it is guaranteed to be a spectacular event. Watch the best players in the world assemble for a month long football feast.
The emotion and national pride on display at the World Cup is unlike any other sporting tournament and the atmosphere around the host country is truly something to behold. At every World Cup there are upsets from the underdogs, spectacular goals scored and heroes made. Make sure you’re there to witness it all.
Holding the historic stature of the oldest of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, it’s little wonder Wimbledon claims a place in the top 10 sporting events you should attend. The annual tournament that takes place in the suburb of London is also the only Slam event still played on grass courts.
With a retractable roof fitted in 2009, gone are the days when a game on Centre Court would be cancelled as a result of the rain. The tournament also boasts many famous traditions such as strawberries and cream, Pimm's and an all white attire rule, for the players that is, not the spectators.
The Olympic Games
This is the event which encoumpases the best of sport. For thousands of athletes, this is the pinnacle of sporting endeavour. It’s the chance to stand on the podium with a gold medal around their neck, hearing their country's national anthem, flag flying high and their name written forever in the history books. Although you might not get the opportunity to participate in the games, you should certainly make attending one a high priority on your bucket list.
On average there are over 10,000 athletes from 204 countries who compete in the Olympics. With the sheer size alone of the event, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the emotion of the Games. A particular popular event is the men’s 100 metre final. Although it might all be over in a few seconds, the chance to experience the thrill of the race and witness amazing feats of human speed is too good to miss.
The chance to witness the best golfers in the world play on the pristine greens of Augusta National should feature on the bucket list of any sports fan. Steeped in history, the course offers magnificent scenery throughout the 18 holes. One bad shot and the tournament can change in an instance as golfers give it everything they’ve got to try and claim the coveted green jacket.
Past champions include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. This is also the only major golf tournament that plays sudden death should there be a tie at the end of the final day. One things for sure, you are guaranteed to witness some undeniable sporting drama at the Masters.
Monaco Grand Prix
This event is considered one of the most prestigious motor races in the world. Taking place through the streets of Monte Carlo, breathtaking scenery awaits at every corner. The twists and turns of the track pass iconic landmarks including Casino Square and the luxurious yachts lined up along the harbour.
The track is extremely tight and for drivers the option to take over competitors is few and far between. For spectators, this only adds to the excitement of the race. This Grand Prix also gives fans the opportunity to take in the beautiful city of Monaco.
Tour de France
Although the Tour de France has not been without its controversies over the years, it remains a top sporting event that sports fans should witness in their lifetime. After all, the tour is the biggest cycling event in the world.
Before the riders themselves pass along the route, an entourage of promotional vehicles pass spectator, handing out free gifts to those lining the streets. The tour is the world’s largest annual spectator event as hundreds of thousands line the route every year to see who will take home the yellow jersey. Just make sure you do your research before you attend the event so that you claim a prime spot to view the peloton.
This legendary football fixture between Real Madrid and Barcelona really is a clash of titans as two of the biggest names in world football come together. Whichever stadium the game takes place in - the Bernabeu with it’s 90,000 capacity, or the 100,000 capacity of Camp Nou you can guarantee an exciting game.
With a fierce rivalry that transcends far beyond the stadium, when these two Spanish giants clash, it’s war, with the occasional pig’s head thrown in for good measure. For the majority of football fans, this fixture will be high on their list of priorities.
A baseball game at Fenway Park
Taking in a Red Sox game at the oldest park in Major League Baseball is an experience you won’t forget. Opened in 1912, the park in Boston is home to one of the most recognised sights in baseball, The Green Monster. Another thing to look out for at Fenway Park is the lone red seat among the sea of green in the right field bleachers. This is to mark the spot where longest home run ever hit at the stadium landed - Ted Williams’ astounding 502 foot home run in 1946.
Be sure to grab a hotdog at Fenway Frank, which have been hailed as the best ballpark hot dogs in baseball. All around Fenway Park, there are touches to the rich history of the sport to remind you of the legends who have played here over the years, while you watch some of the biggest names in baseball today play on the hallowed turf.
Boxing at Madison Square Garden
Recognised around the world as the home of boxing, Madison Square Garden is a spectacular sporting venue. The 20,000 average capacity venue in New York has played host to many famous bouts over the years including the fight of the century in 1971 between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
The ceiling in Madison Square Garden is concave, so the acoustics are extraordinary and with no structural roof supports, no matter where you are sat in the venue, you will have an unobstructed view of the ring. Legendary boxer Ken Buchanan once said of the venue: “From a boxer’s point of view, once you have boxed there you can die in peace.” As a sports fan, once you have watched a bout there you might be able to rest easy too.
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