I’m not sure about you, but I cna’t really say I’m into sports. I love some activities, but few; however, I have to admit that there are some events really worth the trip, no matter who you are or what you do for a living. There are different reasons to go, of course. You’ve got the sports that you actually care about, but then there are other events you want to go to more for the party that surrounds it, or for the spectacle of the game. So, I think these are the 20 Must-See Sporting Events; there may be more, but be sure to attend at least one on this list. Check it out!
1. The World Cup
The World Cup is obviously #1 on everyone’s list. No sport is as truly international as soccer, and there’s no other sport where the United States’ team is the underdog. It’s not quite as extensive as the Olympics, because only 32 teams can participate, but it’s still one exciting event.
2. The Summer Olympics
In terms of sports, there’s just so much to choose from during the Summer Olympics. You sohuldn’t miss out if you get the chance.
3. The Kentucky Derby
I’ve wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby ever since reading Hunter Thompson’s article “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.” The celebrity and funny hat sightings are unparalleled, and who know: you might win!
4. ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
Surfing is probably the most baller sport on the planet, and at the end of the day, you still get to watch it on the beach. Let’s not forget the surfer babes.
I’m not a big tennis guy, but Wimbledon sounds fun solely on the basis of being a gathering of Britain’s upper class, including the Royal Family. Can anyone say “short skirt’?
6. Roller derby
One of the only contact sports that consists mostly of female players, the point of roller derby is to lap your opponents and to prevent them from lapping you. This can get violent, which usually draws a crowd
7. The Winter Olympics
I’m absolutely petrified of skiing, and I’ve been known to fall over while standing perfectly still. Thus, the Winter Olympic games always seem doubly impressive to me. You can’t argue that the Winter Games don’t feature some of the most skilled athletes in any sport.
8. Tour de France
This is one of those events that, for the most part, consists of you standing in one place and watching the bicyclists zip by, but the perk is that you get to be pretty much everywhere in France during it. I love the Tour de France!
9. The Super Bowl
As an American, this is a must. But it’s only a must when your team goes, because the tickets are hella expensive. But hey, it’s part of the experience.
10. Running of the bulls
The nights before and during the bullfights are absolutely crazy parties. And you can stand and watch the running of the bulls from the side of the road, totally safe. Keep safe!
11. X Games
The X Games are organized by ESPN, and they feature extreme sports. So if you want to see incredibly skilled people doing incredibly dumb and dangerous things, check out the X Games.
12. Grand Prix de Monaco
I want to go to the Grand Prix mostly as an excuse just to be in Monaco. However, the race itself is supposed to be mesmerizing; at least, that’s how it looks on TV.
This is an event you’ll have to put in hard work to follow. Dogsled racing is an endurance sport, and is a sport of patience, but you get to hang out in Alaska during the winter and eat comfort food while waiting for the racers to pass through town.
14. The Henley Regatta
This is another Royal-sponsored contest, and is one of the few items on this list that I’ve managed to tick off of my list. It’s like the British version of the Kentucky Derby, with incredibly posh, colorful outfits. Please note there’s less drinking than at the Derby.
15. Stanley Cup
Hockey is one of the most fun games to watch live. A bunch of bruisers on skates literally pounding the teeth out of each other? I’d pay money to see that, and so will you. The Stanley Cup would be a fun event to attend no matter what.
16. Argentine Polo Championship
For whatever reason, the Argentines have clung to polo long after most countries have let it fall by the wayside as a relic of more aristocratic times.The polo championships, held every year in Buenos Aires, are supposed to be an absolute blast.
17. Champions League Final
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club soccer tournament in Europe, which means it’s also the most prestigious in the world. It’s like the Olympics, but instead of countries being represented, it’s teams.
18. Indianapolis 500
I grew up with the Indy in mind, so it’s a shame I never made it to the Indy 500. It’s billed as one of the best races in the world, and it has a slightly different fan-base than NASCAR. Having a hot-dog there? Priceless!
19. Rugby World Cup
I’ve had rugby explained to me a few times, and I’ve never quite retained the rules because I always get caught up in the action of the game. This game should’ve caught on in the United States, but was supplanted by American football.
20. World Series of Poker
You should check out the WSOP to be in Vegas. For the most part, the WSOP is a slow tournament, happening over thousands of hands and a long period of time. That said, the stakes are incredibly high, there’s plenty to drink and the babes.. well, I’ve said enough!