What’s the next best thing sports lovers do after spending hours playing their favourite sports? Surely watching their favourite players in action LIVE or even on TV. For sports lovers, these pursuits are not just a mere hobby, they are an important part of life and build character and determination.
The good news is that if you love sports, there are plenty of travel destinations that are a sports fan’s delight. So, here is a list of 6 sports arenas situated in some top global vacation destinations that you should include in your travel itinerary for the best sports fan experience:
1. Camp Nou – Barcelona
The home stadium of FC Barcelona, and the largest football stadium in Europe is nothing short of a dream come true for football fans. The footballer inside you will not just be witnessing the field where the greatest footballers of our times have played numerous times but, will also have the chance to live the emotion of entering the field of play from the tunnel, see the five European cups and interact with the history of the Club at the Museum.
Of course, nothing can replace looking at your favourite players in LIVE action and cheering them on, so if you plan to attend a match, be sure to book your tickets well in advance as they sell out quickly.
2. Venetian Casino Resort – Macau
For mind sports lovers, Macau is not only the new gaming destination but also the biggest. Last year, it overtook Las Vegas and became the new gaming capital of the world. Get ready to be left in awe with more than 500 gaming tables, more than 2000 slot machines and the likes of electronic table games unique to the resort which cannot be found anywhere in the World.
The resort is one the of most luxurious hotels in the World, and contains luxury suites, 300+ shopping stores, cuisines from across the globe and its own gondoliers roaming the canals inside the hotel, Venice Style!
3. Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis
Also known as ‘The Greatest Race Course in the World’, the speedway is home to the very famous Indy 500. For the racing sports fans, this race course is a must visit as it boasts one of the richest histories of tradition amongst race courses throughout the World. It is the perfect destination for motorsports lovers as it hosts NASCAR as well as F1 races.
Fans can have their lifetime dream come true with the Indy Racing Experience, which offers driving experiences in an authentic racing engine that can power up to 180mh! Here’s a chance not to just watch, but also experience the thrill of racing and witness the world’s premier collections of automotive and motor racing vehicles and artefacts.
4. Madison Square Garden – New York
Madison Square Garden needs no introduction. Every basketball fan knows about the greatest basketball arena in the World. Not only has it been the host to some of the greatest moments in the history of the sport, it is also known to be the favourite arena of basketball players such as the legendary Michael Jordan.
Home to the New York Knicks, the arena is a treat for fans for both pregame and postgame fun. Located in the heart of Manhattan, the arena is surrounded by bars in which to loosen up or celebrate the win of your favourite team. At the game, you are sure to have a culinary experience of your life with the vast choices of American delicacies to pick from inside the arena.
5. Centre Court, Wimbledon – London
Tennis superfans know it is every professional tennis player’s dream to play on the prestigious Centre Court at Wimbledon. The famous inscription on the entryway by Rudyard Kipling reads “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same”, which sums up the venue’s intense historical past of agony, pain, determination, and triumph.
Fans will no doubt be mesmerised by the retractable glass roof and most importantly, the way the All England Tennis Club still defies commercialism. For an inspiring experience, you can book the tours to truly experience the majestic Wimbledon but of course, nothing can beat the memorable experience of watching a match on this prestigious court.
In this article, we have listed the top places that provide the best of superfan experiences for you. As illustrated by these spots, a sports fan experience does not have to be limited to watching your favourite players in action, it can be much more than that.