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Top Sporting Events You Must Attend At Least Once (part 3)

Important Game 7 within the NBA Playoffs or Stanley Cup Playoffs

There’s no iconic venue in basketball or hockey like what exists in football and baseball. Thankfully those sports can still bring something to the table that’s a must-see event. A game 7 within the NBA Playoffs or Stanley Cup Playoffs means win or head home. You’ll tell the instant you step into stage that the atmosphere thereon night is different than the opposite playoff games during that round. Ticket prices increase for game 7s for a reason. They’re events everyone within the local markets wants to attend. Just be prepared to carry your breath for 2 and a half hours or more if the sport goes to overtime.

F1 Grand Prix of Monaco

Step outside the American bubble for a second and you’ll realize the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco is one among the five most spectacular events outside of the US. It’s all about location when it involves this race. Monaco has many its high rollers in town with their yachts and bottles of champagnes. It’s an occasion to ascertain and be seen. The race itself is super unique because the cars whiz through the town streets at 200 miles per hour. The grandstands are right the track and you’ll feel the facility of the cars as they drive by. Now you recognize why it’s a thing.

Champions League Final

Think of the Super Bowl for soccer fans. That’s what the Champions League Final is. It features the 2 best teams of European club football (arguably the simplest teams within the world) and moves from city to city per annum. Meaning you’ll see the simplest players within the world available like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Robert Lewandowski. There are parties within the host city leading up to the sport. Unlike the Super Bowl, however, more fans of the competing teams actually make the trip for this one. These same fans riot within the streets after the sport when their team wins. It’ll be easy to urge swept up within the excitement.

Top Sporting Events You Must Attend At Least Once (part 2)

Tour de France

Professional Cycling isn’t what it once because of performance-enhancing drugs and sports fans drifting to other interests, but the Tour de France still holds a special place in the world of sports. Over the course of three weeks in July, the world’s greatest cyclists take each other on in an event that’s as much a team sport as it is an individual one. As the route touches all parts of France and sometimes starts in other countries, the Tour de France offers a more wide-ranging opportunity for fans to witness the action than any other sporting event. Seeing the stages in the mountain adds much more excitement as fans enjoy night party before waking up to scream for hours when their favorite riders endure the most treacherous climbs in the world.

Chicago Cubs Baseball Day Game at Wrigley Field

Most people know about the history of Wrigley Field and it starts when you see the red marquee before entering. You can stand on Waveland Ave before the game to collect balls hit over the fence during batting practice. Once you’re done with that, grab some drinks in at one of the many bars around Wrigleyville. (Or you can do that after the game too.) Once you get inside, it’s the ballpark that time forgot since you won’t see much advertising during a game and can focus on the baseball. The ivy and the scoreboard in center field just make everything seem right. And of course, there’s the always entertaining “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” which is usually done by a celebrity now that Harry Caray has passed. No baseball fan’s life is complete without seeing one game here and if it’s a rivalry game against the hated Cardinals then that’s even better.

Green Bay Packers Football Game at Lambeau Field

There’s no football stadium in the country like Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. It’s a stadium with a capacity of 81,435 in a city of only 104,000. Every local fan’s Sunday revolves around football. The city is literally devoid of life when Packers games are taking place. Watching a rivalry game against the Chicago Bears would add a little extra to the trip.

Top Sporting Events You Must Attend At Least Once (part 1)

No matter how close the TV brings you to the action on the field, there’re some things the cameras and mics can’t quite capture, such as the palpable excitement of rabid fans celebrating a score, or the deafening roar of engines. Sometimes you must be there in person. But which sporting events are worth planning a trip? Here are the top events that sports fans must attend at some point in their life.

El Clásico – Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Football Match at Camp Nou

Football is the world’s most popular sport. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid is football’s great club team rivalry. Others rivalries like the Manchester derby between Manchester City and Manchester United or A.C. Milan vs. Juventus are pretty great, but none of them have the intensity of Spain’s rivalry as well as take place in such a large stadium. The fans are at their loudest in Camp Nou when Barcelona hosts Real Madrid. To make things better, Spain’s two best teams also currently have the two best football players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Australia vs. New Zealand Rugby Match

The two best countries in one of the world’s most popular sports just happen to be separated by 1500 kilometers. Winners of four of the first seven Rugby World Cups, Australia and New Zealand have definitely made their mark on the sport’s landscape. Australia usually beats New Zealand is most sports, but rugby is the one in which New Zealand somewhat dominates Australia. That never goes over well with the Aussies, who tend to feel a superiority complex towards the Kiwis. The two countries usually face each other three times a year and each match is a battle. The weird thing is the most glorious point in every match happens before it actually starts when New Zealand performs their “haka,” the ancestral dance war cry of the Maori people of New Zealand.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Baseball Game at Fenway Park

Baseball has many great rivalries, but none as great as any game featuring the Boston Red Sox taking on the New York Yankees. There are over 100 years of history including the Babe Ruth trade, Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone, and the bloody sock game. It’s another scenario in which both fan bases can’t stand each other. Every regular season game between these two squads feels like it has the bragging rights of a playoff game. The atmosphere kicks up a notch when they face off at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in the country. Now that the original Yankee Stadium has been replaced with a new one, Fenway offers the historical setting that elevates this rivalry to an elite level.

SEA Games 30: Philippines tours hotcakes as Vietnam in football final

The demand for tours to the Philippines has increased after Vietnamese female footballers defeated Cambodia to enter the SEA Games football final match against Indonesia.

The number of people who are buying tours to Manila of the Philippines has experienced a rapid surge since last Saturday night after Vietnam advanced to its first SEA Games final in one decade. The final match of the SEA Games 30 men’s football will take place on Tuesday.  

Local operators said that tours with price from VND9.5 million ($409) to VND15 million ($646) are almost sold out.

A representative of Vietravel – local tour operator – said that more than 500 slots departing from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang City to Manila were sold out. “We’re working with airlines to open more flights to cater to the increasing travel demand,” the representative said.

Top travel company Saigontourist has sold 60% of its tours and went on to receive bookings till Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, travel agency Hanoi Redtours has chartered an aircraft in order to take football fans from Hanoi to Manila with 90% of the seats having been booked as of Saturday night.

In addition to charter tours, local travel companies are still providing customers regular tours to visit the host country Philippines in combination with watching the final match between two teams Vietnam and Indonesia.

Presently, three carriers, Vietnam Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine Airlines operate direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Manila with an average ticket price of VND9 – 11 million (about $387-$473) for a round trip. Vietnam Airlines doesn’t have a direct flight from Hanoi to Manila.

The carriers themselves all have increased the number of flights to the Philippines.

Last Saturday night, Vietnam Airlines announced that it would add 6 additional flights, equivalent to 1,300 seats to take Vietnamese football fans to the Philippines. Vietnam’s U22 football team is chasing a 60-year gold medal dream.

The additional flights will leave for Manila on Tuesday morning and return to Vietnam one day later.

TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT (PART 2)

4. Arrive early

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to arrive at least two hours early. You don’t want to miss the pre-event ceremonies because you’re stuck in traffic, trying to find a place to park, or standing in line waiting to get inside. Remember this is a bucket list event. Make the most of it by getting there early so you can experience the tailgating scene and soak up the energy from the crowds as anticipation of the big sports event builds.

6. Make purchases outside the venue

Food and souvenir are notably expensive inside sporting venues. The fact is that you can save more money as well as eat better food outside the venue. I’ve found tailgaters to be among the friendliest people in the world. Compliment them on the smell of whatever they are cooking and you’ll likely get an invitation to join them for a bite.

The best deals for souvenirs can be found from venders outside the venue, after the event. They don’t like having to pack up and carry inventory home and they are much more willing to bargain. By holding off on purchasing souvenirs until after the event, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to keep up with them during the event.

7. Plan your potty breaks

Waiting for halftime to go to the restroom is a bad idea. You may miss a game-changing play as the event resumes since you are having to ask the person in the next stall for some toilet paper. Worse yet, you will run the risk of having an accident in your pants. The best time to go to the restroom is during a commercial time-out, before half-time, or other official break in the action. Your other option would be to wear adult diapers to the event and not worry about it.

8. Bring a charging device for your smartphone

With the right apps, your smartphone is the best tool for making the most of your trip. Social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are great for sharing photos of your adventure with your friends. You can also find nearby places to eat and read reviews via Yelp and TripAdvisor. TripIt is great for keeping your itinerary organized. Google Maps will help keep you from getting lost. While apps can enhance your trip and help preserve your memories, they do tend to drain your phone’s battery so bringing a portable, battery powered charging device is essential.

TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT (PART 1)

There are few things in life that are as exciting as attending a major sporting event. Whether it’s the Super Bowl, the World Series, a NASCAR race, the Kentucky Derby, the World Cup, the Masters Golf Tournament, the Final Four, or the Olympic Games, attending a big sporting event is an unforgettable experience.

Traveling to these major events can present challenges every bit as demanding as those that are faced by the athletes on the field of competition. Success will require careful planning as well as execution, and sheer will power. Whether your favorite team, driver, golfer, or horse wins or loses the competition, you’ll emerge victorious in your adventure by adhering to these tips for traveling to a major sporting event.

1. Make travel arrangements as far in advance as possible

The availability of flights, hotels, and even rental cars can disappear in a hurry. Booking as soon as you know that you’re going to the event is the only way to assure that you can get there and that you’ll have a place to stay.

2. Consider ancillary cost when booking your hotel

Though hotels in outlying areas are usually less expensive than hotels in town, you need to consider how you are going to get to and from the airport and the big event. Rental car? Taxi? Public transportation? How much will it cost to park at the event? Do your research. You may find that you can actually save time and money by staying at a pricier hotel that is within walking distance of the venue, or easily accessible by public transportation.

3. Purchase tickets from a legitimate source

Beware of scams involving counterfeit tickets. It’s best to purchase tickets from a team-sanctioned ticket reseller or through a site like stubhub.com that guarantees the ticket. Although the ticket could still be fake, at least you can get your money back.

Some states allow licensed ticket brokers to sell tickets within a certain distance from the venue. You’ll definitely pay more than face value but the risk of buying a counterfeit ticket is diminished as brokers are careful about vetting the tickets they purchase to sell.

Cricket Traveling Tours 2019/2020

It can’t be denied that sport is a huge industry that attracts a lot of people from all over the world. Cricket is not an exception. There are thousands who watch important matches and support their favorite teams.

However, cricket is not just games, tournaments, and competitions. It is also an opportunity to travel to new places and enjoy cricket at the same time. Here you will find an overview of the main cricket events in 2019/2020 that will give you a perfect opportunity to see the games live and enjoy new countries and cultures experience.

Besides an analysis of the Cricket traveling tours, people like to find other cricket updates on Stumped.App and never miss any important news. Without further ado, let’s analyze the main games and their venues.

If you are a dedicated cricket fan, it is time for you to set up your schedule for the 2019-2020 cricket season. There will be lots of interesting events to attend and worthy places to visit, but, undoubtedly, 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia will be the main cricket Championship of the 2019-2020 playing season. Sure, there is no way to attend all the matches, but semi-finals and final games are must-see. They will take place at Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground respectively. Besides, the 2019-22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tournament is underway, providing even more potential countries to visit during your cricket traveling tour. This guide will help you choose which places and matches to visit.

The overview of the 2019-2020 cricket international season covers 31 Test Matches, 69 One Day Internationals, and 138 Twenty20 Internationals, excluding the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Few of these events have already taken place, but most of them are still to take place.

The nearest international cricket competition will take place in Singapore during the 2019-2020 Singapore Tri-Nation Series. Singapore, Nepal and Zimbabwe national teams will participate in the event. The tournament starts on September 27, 2019, and ends on October 3, 2019, so you still have time to visit Singapore and witness the competition. All the matches will be played as Twenty20 Internationals. This event is worth attending for two reasons: the matches are expected to be interesting, and Singapore city is definitely a must-see for any tourist. Therefore, you can combine your sports interests with a great traveling experience.

The Rugby World Cup 2019: What to see, eat and do in the host cities of Japan (part 2)

5. Fukuoka in the southern main island of Kyushu is the furthest venue from Tokyo. Fukuoka is also one of the most beautiful, surrounded by mountains and forests and a rich local culture including wonderful food and some of the country’s best hot-spring resorts.

6. Japan is safe and uber-clean but best buy travel insurance in order to cover medical treatment in the case that you take ill. Every major street in Japan has a pharmacy selling over-the-counter drugs for simple ailments. If you have any more serious complaints, you will need to visit a hospital. Check out the English-speaking clinics before you leave.

7. You won’t be able to scale the national icon of Japan – Fuji – as climbing season ends in the summer. But you should catch a glimpse of it while you’re whizzing past on the bullet train to Kyushu or Kobe. Ask for a seat on the Fuji side of the train and make sure to have your camera ready.

8. Another ubiquitous pleasure, ramen restaurants in Japan are cheap, fast, and a bit oily. Soba (buckwheat) noodles are the healthier option. Don’t forget to try kaiten sushi.

9. Everyone should try Japan’s wonderful onsen hot springs. For centuries men and women in Japan communally bathed; the expression Hadaka no tsukiai (naked friendship) means that they had nothing to hide. Now most onsen carry signs in English explaining bathing etiquette to foreign visitors in case they unwittingly offend.

10. Pachinko is a popular game in Japn, mixxing of pinball, slot machine, and midweek bingo. The gaudy exteriors of Pachinko wreck architectural vandalism on high streets across the country. Players are sealed off hermetically from outside by a thick wall of noise, smoke, and gambler’s tension.

11. Queer culture is thriving in Japan. Tokyo hosts Shinjuku’s sprawling 2-Chome – one of the most diverse concentration of gay clubs and bars in Asia. Gay bars and saunas can be found in every big city and the Internet makes it all easy to navigate.

The Rugby World Cup 2019: What to see, eat and do in the host cities of Japan (part 1)

The top 20 rugby squads in the world will duke it out over 6 weeks in Japan, from the opening match in Tokyo on Sept 20th to the final in Yokohama on Nov 2nd. There are some notes when you are in Japan’s host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

1. Japan has a relaxed attitude to drinking with thousands of gastro-pubs called izakaya. Rugby World Cup organisers fret that some might dry up before half time amid reports of Olympian feats of drinking by Irish, English, and Australian fans. Therefore, pub owners have been warned to stock up.

2. Be well prepared for natural disasters. Earthquakes are an unlucky feature of life in Japan. Few countries in the world are better equipped to deal with them; however, last year, foreign tourists found themselves struggling and isolated after a quake in Hokkaido, main northern island of Japan.

So, spend a bit of time before you leave to familiarize yourself with the place where you are going to and what to do if the worst thing happens. Make sure to always carry some cash and a fully charged mobile phone with you so the folks back home can reach you.

3. Bring plenty of yen. In spite of its high-tech prowess, Japan remains a cash-based society. Although hotels and larger service businesses accept Visa and MasterCard, many smaller bars and restaurants won’t. You can find foreign-friendly ATMs in 7-Eleven convenience stores, post offices, some department stores, airports, and train stations.

4. Leave your stash at home as Japan takes a very dim attitude to drugs. Possession of marijuana is punishable with up to 5 years in prison. Cocaine can be even more frowned upon while tiny pot busts can still ruin celebrity careers.

5. From being one of the more obscure tourism destinations, Japan has become the world’s fastest growing tourist market. More than 31 million people visited last year, triple the 2013 figure; the government believes 40 million might come in 2020. Although some venues moan that they are being overrun by badly behaved gaijin, one result of the tourist growing is that English use is now widespread.

The Best Sporting Events Worth Traveling to in 2020 (Part 2)

2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo

In terms of huge sporting events, there is nothing quite like the Summer Olympics. The next year’s event is known officially as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and is also set to be a spectacular affair.

There are going to be some amazing new events added to the Olympic roster here, including Madison cycling, freestyle BMX, and 3×3 basketball, as well as skateboarding and surfing. The Japan’s authorities are building 11 new venues for the event, with the National Stadium in the capital Tokyo being the main one. Most of the action in the event will be held within a few kilometers of the Olympic village.

You won’t want to miss visiting the capital of Japan without experiencing the other amazing things that this city has to offer, including the panoramic views from the Tokyo Skytree observation deck to the Imperial Palace, where you will discover unique attractions, to the Sensō-ji, the oldest temple in the city.

Champions League Final, Istanbul

The biggest prize of European club soccer will be at stake as two teams compete in the UEFA Champions League final that will be held in Turkey. The setting will be the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, where Liverpool came back from 0-3 to dramatically win the trophy from Milan in 2005.

This stadium has a total 76,761 seated capacity and is located on the western, European side of Istanbul. It was built as part of the country’s bid for the Summer Olympics in 2008 and is renowned for both the size and the intense atmosphere that is generated inside it.

Before or after the game, there is a lot of things to explore in this historic city which straddles Europe and Asia. The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, and Hagi Sophia are all outstanding. But for many visitors, wandering through the mammoth Grand Bazaar is their lingering memory of Istanbul.