We only go around once which is why it is so important to travel as often as possible and visit the sites we’ve all heard about but can only be appreciated in person. Different strokes for different folks means that while the Louvre in Paris might be the crème de la crème for museum aficionados, it won’t do much for those who would much rather watch an NFL game between the two best teams on the league’s grandest stage. Here are the destinations for sports fans:
And while we respect the arts and the genius of a Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Picasso, sports fans’ predilections are more carnal in nature. We would much rather watch the poetry in motion of a fleet-footed boxer practicing the sweet science than gaze upon the relics of a medieval troubadour whose musings have survived throughout the ages.
So, with that, let us take a look at three of the must-see destinations for sports fans everywhere. One needn’t necessarily be a fan of any of these sports per se, but seeing these events live is an experience unto itself and one you will never forget!
The Super Bowl – The Super Bowl is a spectacle unto itself and one that cannot be fully appreciated unless you are at the event. The greatest athletes on the planet go toe to toe in a stunning display of world-class speed, brutal strength, and staggering agility. But that’s only half of it because the halftime show is worth a trip to the big game all by itself.
This year, for the first time in league history, one of the Super Bowl teams will be playing in their home stadium. The Super Bowl venues are chosen years in advance and they are ordinarily a neutral site but the forces of the universe collided this year when the legendary Tom Brady accepted an offer to play with the Tampa Bay Bucs and brought them all the way from a sub .500 team to an AFC champion. And wouldn’t you know it, this year the Super Bowl is being held at Raymond James Stadium, aka The Ray Jay, in Tampa Florida!
Due to the global pandemic, it appears as though only vaccinated healthcare workers might attend the Super Bowl. Many are expecting the Kansas City Chiefs to win according to the current odds. Kansas City is a three-point favorite but Tom Brady is in desperate search of a seventh Super Bowl ring! If you can’t make it this year, make sure to schedule it in your future travel plans.
The Indianapolis 500 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting venue in the world and it is home to one of motor racing’s premier events. You don’t need to be an avid fan of motorsports to appreciate the thundering engines of the world’s fastest cars coming within inches of each other around the 2 ½ mile oval track with a total seating capacity of 400,000 people.
The Sunday before Memorial Day is the traditional date for the Indy 500 and it will be so this year when the drivers start their engines on May 30th, 2021.
Some fun facts to know: Driver Arie Luyendyk spun the fastest lap during qualifying on May 12, 1996, when he averaged 237.498 miles per hour.
Five drivers have won the race twice in a row but no one has ever won it three straight times. A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears are tied for the lead in winning the Indy 500 four times apiece.
The first Indy 500 race was won in 1911 by Ray Harroun.
Louis Meyer began the tradition of drinking milk in Victory Lane way back in 1936.
The Kentucky Derby – Everyone is a horse racing fan on the first Saturday in May because that is when the fastest two-year-old horses compete at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a step back in time as many of the women in attendance can be seen wearing magnificent dresses complemented by decorative hats while the men can be spotted in seersucker suits with plenty of mint juleps for everyone.
The tradition of the crowd singing along with the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band playing, “My Old Kentucky Home” is a wonder to hear and a sight to behold. And make certain to place your bets early because well over 150,000 people from general admission to Millionaire’s Row will be eagerly flooding the betting windows to get their money down on the horse of their choice.
Make sure to contact your travel agent and make plans to include The Run for the Roses as part of your bucket list itinerary!