There’s nothing quite like the thrill of rooting for your team alongside thousands of other fans at a sporting event televised across the world. With careful planning and finding your tickets through sites like Ticket Monster, attending sports competitions are not just for the rich. So make sure you get to see these competitions in person at least once in your lifetime and get tickets today!
1. FIFA World Cup
When: Right now! And every 4 years.
Where: Brazil in 2014; Russia in 2018.
Why: This soccer tournament is number one because the whole world has their eyes glued to the games taking place right now in Brazil. The FIFA World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events on the globe with 31 national teams competing between June 12 and July 13. While the games take place in 12 host cities across the country, Rio De Janeiro will be the most popular with its reputation as a beautiful tourist destination already. However, whether you go to Rio or to another host city, the games and the country will be sure to dazzle as the competitions heat up and you discover the beauty of Brazil.
What: Book your hotel and flights as soon as possible to get the best prices and make sure you stick around a few days after the game to see some stunning spots in Brazil.
2. The Summer Olympic Games
When: 2016 and every 4 years.
Where: Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
Why: In case you miss out on visiting Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, put the Olympic 2016 games on your radar–tickets become available in 2015! Brazil will become the first South American country to host the games in which there are 28 sports and 306 events. The games open in 2016 on August 5 and close on August 21. One of the most watched sporting events in the world, you don’t want to miss these games, especially as they will be taking place in such a beautiful venue!
What: Keep an eye out for when tickets are expected to go on sale in May 2015. They go fast and can get pricey, so try signing up in advance from vendors. And make sure you book your hotel and flight early to beat out the high prices!
3. Super Bowl
When: February 1, 2015
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, AZ
Why: The 49th Super Bowl will take place in Arizona next year and always promises to be one of the most-watched events in the US. The Seattle Seahawks took a surprising win last February over the Denver Broncos and featured halftime performers, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. With a balmy average of 60F in February, Arizona will be a great place to spend a few days and attend the most-anticipated football game in the States.
What: Get tickets before the playoff teams are announced as tickets generally jump in price afterwords!
4. Final Four
When: April 4 & 6, 2015
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Why: The highlight of college basketball tournaments following March Madness, the Final Four is followed by millions in the US. Fans build and break their brackets all over the country, hoping that their teams make the finals. With the tournament taking place over the weekend fans can discover fun things to do in the beautiful city of Indianapolis when they aren’t attending the games.
What: Get tickets for the final game on Monday because fans and teams leave the city after Saturday and hotel prices drop.
When: June 23 to July 6, 2014
Where: The All England Lawn Tennis Club, London
Why: The ultimate tennis tournament, Wimbledon is followed by millions of tennis fans around the world. Since the competitions take place over a couple weeks, tickets can still be bought for some games and spending a few days in the cultural and historical city of London makes it well worth the trip.
What: Make your plans ASAP as the tournament is starting in a few days. And keep an eye out for celebrities and royalty while you’re there!
6. NHL Winter Classic
When: January 1, 2015
Where: Washington, D.C.
Why: Hockey team fans are especially passionate and this outdoor New Year’s day game has become almost as popular as the Stanley Cup championship. The annual game began in 2008 and has helped revitalize the National Hockey League, breaking game attendance records last January and ranking in the top watched NHL games on NBC since 1975.
What: Don’t miss the game and a chance to explore the nation’s capitol–watch out for when tickets go on sale!
7. Daytona 500
When: February 22, 2015
Where: Daytona International Speedway, FL
Why: The most-watched NASCAR race on TV, the Daytona 500 has taken place annually since 1959 and is the season-opening race for the Cup. Next year, don’t miss out on the excitement at the track, the beautiful Florida weather in February, and fun things to do nearby, such as Universal Studios in Orlando.
What: Stay in nearby Orlando to beat out high hotel prices and make sure to spend a few extra days to experience the parties and fun that build up to the race!
8. The Masters
When: April 9 to 12, 2015
Where: Augusta National Golf Club, GA
Why: Drawing famous golfers like Tiger Woods to the course, the Masters is one of the most famous golfing tournaments out there. The tournament takes place in April in Augusta, so the weather is warm and sunny and the course is known to be beautiful with azaleas in the spring.
What: If you can’t get tickets to the actual tournament, check out the practice rounds where the famous golfers will still be playing.
9. World Series
When: October 22, 2014 (tentative)
Where: Location varies by team.
Why: Baseball games are an American tradition and the MLB championship has been a part of that history since 1903. The championship takes place in the city of one of the teams playing, so that the location for the game is only announced a few days before the start. Despite the chaotic traveling and hotel booking conditions, baseball fans’ energy and excitement make the trip worthwhile.
What: Watch out for where the game is going to be played, so that you can plan your travel accordingly.
Can’t go to the World Series? Check out the College World Series happening now!
10. Kentucky Derby
When: May 2, 2015
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
Why: The Kentucky Derby is one of the longest running horse races in the US, being held every year since 1875. Besides the excitement of the two-minute race, the Derby traditionally draws huge crowds to the parties beforehand and the super-wealthy to the “Millionaire’s Row,” where guests typically wear elaborate fashions and hats.
What: As ticket prices soar closer to the date, you might find it easier to attend the Kentucky Oaks the Friday before. While you’re there make sure you try a mint julep, the traditional drink of choice at the Derby.