Sport excites, brings people around the world together in a way that only a few other things can. From the world’s best football in Barcelona to chess boxing in Berlin, here’s a quick tour of the best cities in the world for sports fans of all stripes:
1. Boston, US
Boston is among the most successful sporting cities in North America. Home to the Boston Bruins, an ice hockey team that has amassed a total of 6 Stanley Cups, 4 Conference Championships, 2 President Trophies, and a massive 25 division championships, seeing them play is a must-experience for anyone who is interested in hockey. Not such a hockey fan? Boston has got you covered. The Boston Celtics basketball team have won 17 NBA titles, while the New England Patriots, an American football team, have only missed the playoffs once in 15 seasons.
2. Washington D.C., the US
Washington D.C. may not be in Boston’s league in terms of glorious sporting history, but the Washington Capitals’ recent Stanley Cup championship in ice hockey has had the city’s sports fans buzzing. Immerse yourself in the sea of red at one of their games and soak in the atmosphere of a city that has only just discovered its sporting prowess.
3. Barcelona or Madrid, Spain
Spain is a proud sporting nation. Alongside successes in basketball, tennis, cycling, handball and water sports, Spain is known for its world-class football. Want to see the best players in the world perfect their moves on the pitch? Head over to Barcelona to Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona (and Messi, of course), or Madrid’s Bernabeu, home to Real Madrid.
4. Tokyo, Japan
Think of baseball when you think of Japan? Probably not, but this island nation – due to the American presence after the Second World War – is one of the best, and probably most unexpected, places on the world to see a baseball match. If you’re not a fan of baseball, enjoy the 1,500-year-old sport of sumo wrestling. Tournaments are held six times a year and last 15 days each. It sees two wrestlers weighing around 450 pounds trying to knock each other out of the ring. Given its cultural significance, it comes with a very special atmosphere and is definitely something to tick off the bucket list.