Combining travel with a hobby can be a great way to really get the most out of any trip and if watching live sport is one of your favourite pastimes, then you are really spoilt for choice when it comes to cool places to visit.
Wherever you go, you are likely to have the opportunity to watch some kind of sport but there are certain cities that are renowned for hosting some of the biggest sporting events in the world. From Grand Slam tennis tournaments to football matches in the world’s most popular professional league, these five cities below have all the bases covered for keen sports fans.
New York is a fantastic city to visit at any time of year but it’s also one of the great cities to visit if you’re a keen sports fan. The Big Apple is home to some of the biggest teams in the United States across a range of sports including American football, basketball, ice hockey and baseball.
New York also has two teams in Major League Soccer and boasts one of the most iconic sports venues anywhere in the world, Madison Square Garden. This arena has witnessed some of the greatest boxers of all time in action including Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. New York also hosts the US Open tennis tournament each year at Flushing Meadows, with all the finals taking place in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis arena in the whole world.
The capital city of Great Britain has some of the leading attractions in the country. It is also a great city to visit if you are a fan of live theatre but there are several sports venues worthy of a visit as well. For those who love football and want to attend a Premier League game, London is certainly the place to be.
At the time of writing you will find Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United all playing in the Premier League and each of these teams has a unique venue. The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the London stadium are two stadiums not to be missed.
And let’s not forget Wimbledon, arguably the most famous tennis Grand Slam tournament of them all.
One of the greatest cities to visit for any sports fan is without doubt Melbourne in Australia. This city is not only a fantastic place to visit as part of a tourist holiday but it also home to some fantastic sporting events.
These include the Australian Open tennis tournament and Australian Grand Prix. Melbourne will host the 2020 ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup and regularly witnesses top level Australian Rules Football matches, International rugby union and rugby League games, horse racing meetings and domestic cricket and football fixtures.
Rio De Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and it came alive during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This is without doubt one of the biggest events ever staged in the Brazilian city, which is also home to several top professional football clubs.
The Maracanã Stadium is one of the most historic football stadiums in the world and one of the main reasons to visit Rio De Janeiro as a sports fan. The Copacabana Beach is a great place to hang out during the day and possibly join in a game of football or volleyball with the locals.
There is no mistaking the neon lights of Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. This is one of the greatest cities to visit if you’re a keen sports fan, especially if you enjoy baseball. There are many top teams to watch in the Tokyo area including the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants and Saitama Seibu Lions.
The city will host the Olympic Games in 2020 and this will be the second time that Tokyo has hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the first being in 1964. However, if you are there during the season, you must take in a sumo wrestling event, it is a spectacle not to be missed.