There is just something about sports we all love. It creates a sense of community, of feeling part of something, and it’s an incredible way to bond with friends, family, and even strangers. Whether you’re a fan of an individual, a team, or just enjoy watching a sport, you always know there’s a chance for drama, excitement, and you might even see something remarkable.
And some people will base their entire life around a particular sport. They eat it, drink it, sleep it. Simply, they cannot get enough. So what can you do when a birthday or celebration comes around? It seems obvious to treat them to something they’ll adore, and if you’re stuck for ideas, here are eight great days out for people who love sports.
Watch a Live Game
Few things in life are better than seeing a live game. Whether you love football, soccer, basketball, baseball, or hockey, the atmosphere inside the stadium is difficult to replicate elsewhere.
Tickets can be tricky to come by sometimes, so this can’t always be a last-minute decision. Still, if you keep your ear to the ground, you might get lucky and find some cheap tickets to the biggest game of the season. The experience isn’t just about watching the game but feeling the energy of the crowd pulse through you and your party, which is something that few people forget.
Suppose you can’t get tickets in time, or maybe it’s during the off-season and there aren’t any games that are worth watching. This can be a bummer, but it needn’t be the end of the world. If you’re looking for a unique experience for your sports-loving relative or partner, stadium tours are always a successful option.
Depending on where you live, you’ve got the pick of the biggest NFL Stadiums around. If you’re planning a vacation to go alongside a celebration, you have essentially zero restrictions. Stadium tours are a fantastic way to help them peek behind the curtain, view trophy rooms, and even sit in the same dressing room as their favourite stars.
A Pick-Up Game
Planning those sorts of celebrations can be expensive, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get everyone there at the same time. What’s more, that sports-loving person in your life may not want a huge fuss, and that’s okay.
If they’re hinting they want something relaxed, a pick-up game at the local park is a good way to get them moving without too much pressure. You can bring together friends and family, or if there are just a few of you, there might be a game you can join anyway. When you’re finished, you’ll have earned something nice and cold, as well as something greasy.
A Day At the Bar
No matter who you are, everyone enjoys a drink while watching the game, and while you could sit at home (it’s definitely cheaper), there’s something about the bar atmosphere that you can’t get in your living room.
Sure, the beer may be overpriced, but that doesn’t take away from the experience. Ice-cold drinks on tap, an entire day of sporting action, and as many chicken wings as you can handle (and then some), are all perfect ingredients for a great day out, just make sure you get a taxi home.
Sports memorabilia is something many people are born into. It all comes from that first rare baseball card or that first foul ball catch, and they cannot get enough. This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. If you think that your home is filled with too much sports memorabilia, wait until you see what the museums have to offer.
It might seem like a building full of junk and stories about people no one remembers, but to the sports fan, it’s practically Disney World. They could spend hours there pouring over every little detail, every story, and every rare item, and they’ll come away loving their favourite sport even more.
Classic Sports Movies
Whether Field of Dreams, Raging Bull, Hoops Dreams, or Rocky (among a plethora of others), sports movies capture what everyone loves about sport and compacts it into 120 minutes of drama, heartache, and glory. If they’re looking for a quiet night in, throwing on a sports movie marathon is a great way to go.
Not satisfied with sitting inside all night? Why not wind the clock back and look for local outdoor cinemas. If they’re showing some classic movies, you might stumble across one of the best sports movies of all time, which is a superb way to spend any evening.
Full Throttle Fun
Sport is about much more than throwing and catching a ball or tackling your opponent to make up the territory. Racing is as much of a sport as football or basketball, and the mental demands require constant focus to anticipate every twist and turn in the track.
You won’t be able to battle the likes of Hamilton, Leclerc, or Verstappen, but you can book them a day at the track where they get behind the wheel and hit speeds they’re unlikely to experience at any other point in their life.
Collecting sports cards or other types of memorabilia is a great investment as long as you know how to maintain your items and when to sell them. A collectors convention will put your sports-loving friend or partner in contact with people just like them.
If they’ve been looking for a certain card to complete their collection, this could be the place. You might not think you’ll have much fun walking around with them, but it isn’t about you, and when they leave (perhaps asking you to help carry boxes upon boxes of new collectibles), they’ll be eternally grateful.
Whether it’s a trip to the stadium, witnessing an instant classic live, or just having some fun with friends and family, you can’t go wrong when planning a great day out for sports lovers. They will enjoy whatever you plan, and they’ll have the memories that will remember this day for the rest of their lives.