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.