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.