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I regulaly go to football of various levels and test match and county cricket. Also been snooker at the crucible and dog racing once or twice. Both enjoyable and would go again.

 

I'd like to go to a grand prix at some point, but should probably start with a trip to the speedway as there's a track just up the road from me. Golf and darts also look like fun. Not particularly interested in watching them on TV but the atmosphere looks good so they'd be good to tick off the list. Been invited to the races several times but not at all interested for some reason.

 

Anyone care to fill me in on golf experiences? A mate of mine goes every year and has a great time, I'm just worried I'd get a bit bored after a few hours.

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Watched Football live a fair few times and been to a few grounds. 

 

Ice Hockey I see live pretty much every week, my son plays, so visit a lot of rinks, but also watched various levels of the senior game, from Rec right through to Elite in this country, but never been able to make it across the water to watch my Detroit Red Wings live, nor any other NHL team. 

 

Wheelchair Rugby, as my partner was a care assistant for one of the GB squad, so we went down to the Copperbox to watch a tournament. 

 

American Football, used to watch the London Monarchs at the old Wembley, which was a great experience. 

 

Banger racing (if that counts) at Arena Essex

 

Field Hockey a couple of times. 

 

That's about it really... I might have to take in a few more events. However, I looked at taking the family to see some Athletic events that were on TV last year, the stadiums were half empty and they still wanted stupid money for tickets. Which I will never understand. If you have empty stadiums, do a pay what you want type thing to get people in. You might even get them hooked for future events and they may pay more. 

 

Anyway, I'll be watching Essex vs Nottingham in the Cricket soon as my son's school has been offered free entry for students and parents. Which again I think is a great initiative, because if I enjoy it and so does my son, I'd be willing to buy tickets in the future. 

 

As for what I'd like to do.. I have a bucket list...

 

1. Watch Detroit Red Wings at their new Little Caesars Arena
2. Watch Baseball as both Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park
3. Watch Basketball at MSG
4. Watch Touring Cars at Brands (this one should be easy when I can afford it)

5. Go to the X Games

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Seen the following live:

 

Football

MMA (UFC)

Boxing

Athletics

Rugby union and sevens

Golf

Cricket

Tennis

American football

Ice hockey

Baseball

Basketball

F1

Snooker

 

Bucket list is the Super Bowl and Ryder Cup. And a UFC / boxing event in Vegas, although seeing the former at MSG was pretty special.

 

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100's of Gaelic football, hurling and football matches. Mostly in Ireland, England and Scotland. Followed the Irish football team abroad a few times - been to a few nice places. Also saw a few MLS matches when I was in America 4 or 5 years ago.

 

Been to the Tour De France and the Giro but not since the 90's. Loved being at the big races and I'll definitely try to get back to France again.

 

Watched a lot of amateur boxing back in the day but haven't been to a fight in a few years. Think I'll try to get to Belfast in the Summer to watch Michael Conlon. 

 

I'd love to get to an Olympics or a World Cup. Dublin are hosting 4 matches in the European Championships in 2020 so I'll be all over getting tickets for that. They'll be super rare though.

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Premier League football

Charity football game in the clouds (Zidane on the pitch..somewhere)

Olympics football matches, Brazil and Egypt. Saw Neymar taunt players with tricks, rainbow flick included

Friendly, Messi and Ronaldo playing

Europa league, youth games

Camp Nou La Liga game, which was on my 'bucket list'. Iniesta glides. 

British Superbike race Donnington

Moto Gp race Silverstone 

 

Would like to see the TT, a tennis match and boxing match, and a snooker game would be something very different. Meant to see Dortmund play but after Tuchel left wasn't keen, and never did see an Italian game, never went to Napoli who were playing well at the time. Basketball would be cool too, and ice hockey. Oh..and the x games actually. 

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Hurling, some rallies, a round of BTCC once many years ago and local banger racing when family and some acquaintances used to take part.

 

I nearly forgot until I saw it mentioned above, but I did technically see Tour de France when it passed through my local village once. And Sean Kelly's last race/testimonial type thing. He comes from down the road.

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1 hour ago, Loik V credern said:

 

British Superbike race Donnington

Moto Gp race Silverstone 

Copy that but Knockhill and Donington.

1 hour ago, Loik V credern said:

 

Would like to see the TT,

Ive been to IoM to ride and for the Southern 100 which was great, open pits so you can chat to the riders and you can ride the circuit to. Dont fancy the TT, so busy and ive been to the North West 200 which was good but wet.

 

Been to UFC 4 times (London UFC 75, Manchester, Newcastle and Newark NJ)

 

A handful of Man Utd games (Liverpool, Dinamo Kiev and Porto plus some other league games. Loads of Caley Thistle, few Scotland games)

 

Rugby club and internationals

NFL London 3 times.

Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Football in England (Premier League, Championship, League 1, League 2, Conference), Scotland (Scottish Premiership), Germany (Bundesliga) and Canada (MLS)

Baseball (Toronto Blue Jays a bunch of times)

Ice Hockey (six or seven Maple Leafs games, several Toronto Marlies games)

Basketball (four or five Toronto Raptors games)

American Football (Before I left the UK I went to Wembley for the NFL games in 2007, 8, 9 and 10)

Canadian Football (Toronto Argonauts)

Lacrosse (Toronto Rock)

Rugby (A few England Internationals, and a London Irish game years ago)

Cricket (Few ODIs, and a couple of days of an England test)

 

I'd love to go to an NFL game in the US, do the whole tailgating thing all day. I'd also love to go to the darts, and a proper prize fight in Las Vegas. 

ETA: And, of course, the F1. British or Canadian GP would be easiest, but I'd love to do Monaco or Spa.

 

 

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Spa would be ace if you are mostly interested in the racing but Monaco for socialising would be better.

 

Id fancy a college football game, Michigan State perhaps. NFL-wise  Kansas City or Seattle are meant to be best for atmosphere iirc.

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6 minutes ago, McFly said:

Id fancy a college football game, Michigan State perhaps. NFL-wise  Kansas City or Seattle are meant to be best for atmosphere iirc.

 

Oh, yeah - I'd love to do College Football as well. Ohio State, Georgia or Michigan are the ones I always keep an eye on.

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1 hour ago, McFly said:

NFL London 3 times.

Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

 

Totally forgot about American sports. Been to a couple of  baseball games which were mind-numbling boring. Exactly like that bit in the Simpsons when Homer goes and realises that you need to be drunk to enjoy it. Also been to a couple of NFL games - saw Colin Kaepernick playing for the 49ers in their last season at Candlestick Pk, that was pretty cool. He couldn't throw a pass to save his life that day though.

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22 minutes ago, ilpostino said:

 

Oh, yeah - I'd love to do College Football as well. Ohio State, Georgia or Michigan are the ones I always keep an eye on.

 

Shit.... yes would love to catch a game at The Big House. Ideally Michigan vs Michigan State 

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Loads of football, mainly as a kid (whole family had Norwich season tickets). Also been to a couple of internationals.

Basketball. Went to quite a few Sydney Kings games when we lived in Australia for a couple of years, and have been to a couple of New York Knicks games. Saw Michael Jordan, even if he was there in a Charlotte Hornets owner capacity rather than playing! We did have tickets to Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls back when he was playing and the Magic had Shaq, but the players strike meant that game never happened :(

Also been once a piece to horse racing, stock cars, speedway and BTCC. Made it to F1 testing, but not an actual race. Oh, and American Football once, when Norwich had a team somewhere about 25 years ago!

I'm pretty sure that's it. No, hang on! Saw the Tour Of Britain bike race speed past once. And and Indycar street race in Australia! Almost definitely it now. I think...

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43 minutes ago, Silent Runner said:

 

Totally forgot about American sports. Been to a couple of  baseball games which were mind-numbling boring. Exactly like that bit in the Simpsons when Homer goes and realises that you need to be drunk to enjoy it.

It was an exciting game i saw but i can imagine it can be superdull at times. 

43 minutes ago, Silent Runner said:

Also been to a couple of NFL games - saw Colin Kaepernick playing for the 49ers in their last season at Candlestick Pk, that was pretty cool. He couldn't throw a pass to save his life that day though.

Id always wanted to go to Candlestick, gutted its gone now :(

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Been to quite a few BSB and WSB rounds in the 90s, mostly Donington and Mallory, also saw the practice sessions for what was then the Grand Prix (so 125, 250 and 500cc before they became MotoGP, it was when Max Biaggi was in 250s)

Nottingham Forest and Notts County matches at their respective grounds

Dragon boat racing at Bedfords river festival

Amateur white water Kayaking

Amateur Rally, think it may have been an RAC one

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Seen:

Cricket (Lords Taverners)

Football

Basketball

Formula 1

Formula 3

Motocross

Powerboat racing

Rugby Union

Touring Cars

 

Would like to see American Football (only seen amateur & youth games) live, maybe one of the NFL games

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For motor racing, I have found sometimes TV is better than live.

I've been to the Le Mans 24hrs. Enjoyed it but not massively. A huge lap, plus different LMP1/2 / GT cars spreading out within an hour means without commentary you have no idea who's doing what. Also you can only watch the race from the stadium section, the majority of the lap (Mulsanne straight etc) are off limits.

 

Conversely, BTCC at Brands hatch short circuit is great to see live, but maybe a bit rubbish on TV. The bigger the lap, the more enjoyable it is to stay home!

 

I've seen Rugby at Wembley. Again, without commentary, no idea whats going on at the far end of the field. We just cheered when the other crowd did. :unsure:

 

Finally I've been to Ascot. Horse racing on TV = dull IMO. But yet at the event is fantastic.

 

 

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6 hours ago, dino_jr said:

without commentary you have no idea who's doing what

 

I guess that's why quite a lot of events have those headphones that give you a feed from the TV/Radio commentary now. Best of both worlds. In-seat replay apps are a thing as well. Soon you will be able to sit there without ever looking up and not miss a thing! 

 

 

It's pretty rare I've paid to go see sport, working at a lot of (football/cricket/rugby/NFL) has kinda killed the magic for me to some extent. I can't think of many particular novel ones to talk about either, maybe that Sky One pro-celeb indoor football thing from a few years back, where the kick-off was the ball dropping from some high place to be scrapped over. Meh.

I'm curious about seeing golf live, that always struck me as one where there's not necessarily a whole lot to see without TV.

 

 

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Football (All the way from Premier league down to step 7)

Ice Hockey (NHL, AHL, ECHL, all British leagues, Czech league and GB internationals)

Rugby League 

Cricket

 

Then the stuff I've seen via Commonwealth Games

Table Tennis (brilliant)

Squash

Athletics

Rugby Sevens

Diving

 

Paralympics

Sitting Volleyball (Team GB game, thousands in, incredible atmosphere)

Table Tennis

Weightlifting

 

Other

Basketball (dire...)

Cycling

Rallycross

Moto GP

Gaelic Football

Hurling

Greyhounds (brilliant!)

Showjumping (surprisingly good)

 

 

On the list

F1, one day.  Probably Singapore.

Baseball

Track cycling

Aussie Rules

Touring Cars

NASCAR (I've been to Daytona, but no event on)

Football wise, I would like to tick off matches in some of the worlds great stadiums.  (I visited the San Siro a couple of months ago.  Would love to see a big game there.)

 

Not even if you paid me

Darts

Snooker

American Football (been to Green Bay and toured the stadium but that is because a) there isn't much in Green Bay and b) I like stadiums)

Horse racing

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Football all over the world (AFC champions league final ? I’m your man) inc Euros and WC’s

Boxing in Vegas 

Olympics. Was lucky in 2012 to see the Jamaican 123 in the 200.

Basketball. Knicks and Celtics at MSG

NFL Wembley

Horse racing

Ice Hockey in Montreal

Rugby at Twickers

Speedway at Arena Essex

F1, Truck Racing and Bikes at Brands when I was a kid.

TdF as a coincidence when I was in France 1990

 

I’m guaranteed tickets for the Raiders when they move to Vegas, so left on the list is baseball at Fenway (but there is a game at the London Stadium next year ) and a Super Bowl.

 

PS does Eddie Kidd jumping buses count ?

 

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