Sports are life and death to many people in throughout the world. Taking a trip based on watching a particular event is one reason for travel. So, what are the best cities to travel to around the world for sports immersion? Truthfully, it depends on which sports you are looking for. Whether it is baseball, basketball, soccer or something else, there is a travel destination that caters to everyone.
Chicago – Baseball, (American)Football, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Soccer
If you are looking for total immersion, it is hard to look past Chicago. Despite being America’s second city, its teams are second to none. Chicago boasts the 2016 World Series winner, the Chicago Cubs, who are no longer lovable losers. Chicago is also home to the White Sox, a South Side summertime favorite.
It isn’t just summer that Chicago has on lock-down when it comes to sports. In the fall, winter and spring the Chicago Bears(NFL), Blackhawks(NHL) and Bulls(NBA) keep fans entertained. The United Center is regularly busy, and both the Blackhawks and Bulls top their respective leagues in attendance. While Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire has been the worst team in the league over the last few years, it still has a dedicated following. Furthermore, the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League gives an alternative to the men’s game.
Yes, Chicago has got every sport covered and it gives fans variety. So grab an Old Style and get ready to immerse yourself in Chi-Town sports.
Seoul, South Korea – Baseball and Soccer
Home of the 1988 Olympics, Seoul, South Korea has come a long way since the 1950s and the Korean War. Today, Seoul is a thriving metropolis and a center of tourism in East Asia. Koreans love their baseball and during the summer months, fans are glued to their television sets in bars across the city.
Of the Korean Baseball Organization’s 10 teams, half play in or around Seoul. During summer, it is common to see fans singing and cheering in local beer bars, just like in the United States.
When it comes to soccer, the Korean’s professional league has really come on strong in the last 10 years. Consisting of 23 teams split between two divisions, the K-League provides soccer fans with great soccer action during the spring, summer and fall. If you are attending any games during June or July, it is a good idea to take a poncho as Seoul is hit by rain regularly. Other than that, enjoy a Hite Beer and be ready to sing and dance with the hometown FC Seoul fans.
Sydney, Australia – Aussie Rules Football, Rugby and Cricket
That’s not a sport, this is a sport! Things are done just a little bit differently down under. Australians love full-contact sports. Aussie rules football is king and Sydney is one of the most popular cities for it. The Sydney Swans have been in existence for 118 years and are still going strong.
Sydney is also home to the Sydney Cricket Ground, where many of the world’s most fervent fans flock to see a match. Especially when Australia takes on England in the Ashes series.
Meanwhile, Bondi Beach is famous for surfing and watersports. Aussies love sports, and Sydney is unmatched by the other cities down under. Grab a Tooheys beer, sit back and relax.
Dortmund, Germany – Soccer
Dortmund, Germany isn’t well-known for its sports. That is, unless you are a soccer fan. Borussia Dortmund is one of the word’s premier clubs and regularly attracts fans from all over the globe. With low ticket prices and the ability to accommodate 81,000-plus fans, a match day is an event like no other in the world.
The south stand of Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park houses 25,000 supporters in a standing room only terrace. The “Yellow Wall” is considered one of the best – if not the best – group of supporters on the planet. On match day, it is an amazing sight to see 25,000 fans singing and jumping in unison.
New York City – Everything Sports!
New York City was voted the best sports city in the world by Sports Business in 2016. Is it really any doubt why it is so good? On any given night, a sports fan can find a number of games, matches or events to attend. Whether baseball, basketball, WWE or tennis, you can immerse yourself in the city’s sports landscape. In addition to the sheer variety of events you’ll find throughout the city, you’ll also find some of the world’s most dedicated fans. “Yankee” families go back decades, and players are considered near demi-gods as they walk the city.
If you can’t make it out to a game, there are plenty of sports bars all over the city, and many with their own allegiance to the city’s teams. If you want to get immersed in a scene, it isn’t too hard in the City that Never Sleeps.