Top 8 sporting cities in the world

Anyone thinking of booking a weekend away or lining up their next holiday? Before doing it, take a look at the top eight sporting cities in the world. A holiday based around great sports events beats looking at ancient monuments and being dragged around shops, in my opinion anyway.

8- Rio De Janeiro

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The amazing christ the redeemer statue overlooking the magnificent backdrop of Rio De Janeiro- Hosts of 2014 FIFA World Cup, and 2016 Olympic Games

The most recent hosts of the Olympic games and home to the greatest ever national team to play football. Brazil have won the world cup five times and can be seen playing their samba soccer at the famous Maracana stadium. Rio is also famous for beach volleyball; although women wearing barely any clothes playing volleyball on the beach may not be your scene. Up to you.

7-Dublin

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8 September 2013; A general view of Croke Park during the pre-match parade. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

I just had to get Dublin in here for the All-Ireland final weekends alone.  The Football and Hurling finals in a packed Croke Park are without doubt one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the world and simply have to be experienced.

6-New York City

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A view of inside the Metlife Stadium, New York City

 

Metlife Stadium, Yankee stadium, Madison Square Garden. Need I say anymore? New York is the host city to the New York Knicks, Yankees, Rangers, Mets and Giants. If you travel to New York you have to take in a game of some sort with some of the biggest clubs in the world all based in the one city, you would be mad not to.

5-Barcelona

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An image of inside the Nou Camp stadium, Barcelona with their famous ‘Mes Que Un Club’ slogan advertised on the seating.

The Catalan city is steeped in culture, and this adds all the more to the passion of the Barcelona fans. The Nou Camp on an evening where Real Madrid are in town for El Classico is something most men only dream of attending. Maradona, Ronaldinho, Messi, Neymar and Cruyff have all graced this hallow turf.

4- London

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A full house at centre court,Wimbledon for the 2016 grand slam final between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic.

 

Contains Six clubs from the best football league in the world (the premier league), Wembley stadium, Twickenham, Lords cricket ground and of course the home of Wimbledon. Wimbledon is one of only four tennis grand slam tournaments in the world and the only to be played on a grass court. Thousands flock to London every summer to take in the tournament and it never fails to impress.

3- Boston

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The players stand for the American national anthem in Fenway stadium, Boston before a 2013 World Series game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Similar to New York, Boston is coming down with clubs steeped in sporting history across different codes. The Red Sox, Celtics and the Patriots all hail from Boston and are all enormously famous franchises. Witnessing any of these teams in action would create memories that would last a lifetime. Not to mention the show that the Americans put on around their sports events, it truly would be a remarkable experience.

2-Melbourne

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The cars take off from the grid on a sunny day in Melbourne for the Melbourne Grand Prix.

Australia had to make the list. Great weather, half of Ireland already over there. You can’t go wrong for the craic when there’s Irish people out there. Add to that the Australian open, another one of the four tennis Grand Slams. The Melbourne F1 Grand Prix, Royal Melbourne Golf club and Melbourne Cricket ground. Not to mention the endless opportunities to try your hand at surfing on the unbelievable beaches out there.

1- Las Vegas

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Manny Pacquiao knocks down Timothy Bradley Jr. in the ninth round of their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Viva Las Vegas. Every man alive dreams of getting to Vegas with the lads. Where every big money fight seems to happen. Tyson vs Holyfield, Mayweather vs Pacquiao, McGregor vs Aldo all happened in Sin City and they didn’t travel all the way there just for the casinos. Spending time in Vegas on its own would be surreal but to top it off with attending a big fight night in the MGM would be magic.

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