For so many of us, sport provides an essential break from the mundaneness and repetitiveness of daily life. Where would we be without the high-octane action and drama that sport provides on a regular basis? In particular, we live for those glorious and unforgettable moments that we experience watching the world’s top sporting events.
If you’re a sport nut, it’s best that you try to attend and mark off these sporting events off your bucket list:
Wimbledon (London, England)
When it comes to tennis tournaments, there’s nothing quite like Wimbledon. The tradition. The grass courts. Strawberries and cream. Fast-paced tennis action. The best players in action for 2 weeks. Wimbledon is one of the oldest tennis tournaments, and is still considered done of the most prestigious ones. While most other tennis tournaments are played on synthetic surfaces, Wimbledon has steadfastly stuck to tradition, and is the only Grand Slam played on a natural turf surface. It also helps that some of the most famous tennis matches (think of the 1980 Borg/McEnroe final and the 2008 Federer/Nadal final) and most famous players have graced the hallow courts of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
If you have to ask today’s top players which tournament they would most like to win, 95% of them would probably answer Wimbledon. Unsurprisingly, it is also at the top of most tennis spectators list of tournament to watch live (prepare to queue for hours though).
The Super Bowl (Various parts of the US)
While professional American football may be mainly played in the US, there’s no doubting that the Super Bowl is a spectacle that a true sporting fan would be privileged to attend. The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the US’s National Football League (NFL), and is the culmination of a season that began in the late summer of the previous calendar year. It regularly draws more than 100 million viewers.
The allure of the Super Bowl extends far beyond the bones of the contest itself; in true American style, it is an entertainment spectacle of Disneyland proportions. The most dazzling aspect of the Super bowl is the famous half-time show, which features pop music, choreographed acts, and people in elaborate costumes.
The UEFA Champions League (Various European cities)
Since 1955, this tournament has been recognised as the premier club football competition in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to watch Europe’s top football clubs go head to head with each other, and catch some of the best players in the world in action such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Coupled with the opportunity to experience some of the best and most historic cities in Europe, attending a UEFA Champions League match is truly an unforgettable experience.
The summer Olympics (Various cities around the world)
With its history dating back to ancient Greece, it’s no wonder that the Olympics is held in such high regard by sporting enthusiasts around the world. Winning an Olympic medal is considered the pinnacle of athletic endeavour, and the games themselves offer the ultimate spectacle of high sporting-drama. A wide range of sports are played at the games, from prestige events such as athletics and swimming to lesser known sports such as archery.
For over 2 weeks, the city where the Olympics is hosted is abuzz with energy and enthusiasm, as people from all parts of the globe are brought together to marvel in the ultimate tribute to human strength, skill and commitment, as participants push themselves beyond their boundaries to win either gold, silver or bronze medals.
FIFA World Cup (Various countries around the world)
Every 4 years, the world comes to a standstill as the most popular global sport brings together 32 countries to compete against each other for 1 month. The FIFA World Cup is undoubtedly the most prized trophy in football, and every football fan would give their right arm for the chance to attend the FIA World Cup final live.
Incredible memories over the years include Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick in the 1966 final, the incredible skills and talent displayed by Pele in various tournaments, and Diego Maradonna’s incredible goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal (which also included his infamous “hand of god” goal).