There is something about sports that connect to human emotions. Many who are into sports, regardless of role, would agree to what has always been said about sport being a metaphor for life. Stories about athletes’ dreams, struggles, wins, and losses are among the things that have inspired millions of people. While anyone can be an athlete and play everywhere, there are places that are veritable havens for people who love sports. Here are some of the best cities in the world for sports enthusiasts.
The city is home to not just its world-renowned soccer club — FC Barcelona. It also boasts of several sports clubs. It has hosted numerous major international tournaments like the European Champions League, FIFA World Cup, and an extensive list of World Championships for different sports. In 1992, the city served as a venue for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It has many sporting venues like sports arenas and stadiums suitable for hosting high-profile sports events.
London has a vibrant sport scene. Soccer clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham are among the major clubs that see action in the city. Soccer is indeed big in London. But it is not the only sport that enjoys huge support and following. Places like the Crystal Palace, Lord’s, The Oval , Twickenham, Wembley Stadium, and Wimbledon among many others serve as excellent venues for a wide range of sports. The city has thrice been an Olympic venue the most recent of which was in 2012. It also hosts various local and international sports events like the Boat Race, London Marathon, and Tour de France.
Australia has a strong sport culture and Melbourne is no exception. It is not only a popular destination for people who want to catch some waves. It also boasts of several sporting events. Basketball, cricket, rugby, soccer, and surfing are among its most popular pastimes with huge following. The city also has numerous sporting arenas and venues including the Albert Park, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne Ballpark, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Olympic Village, State Netball and Hockey Centre, Victoria Park, and a lot more. It has hosted the Olympic Games in 1956 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006.
Tokyo is a major sports hub in Japan. It is home to many sports teams like the professional baseball clubs Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants. Many sports are played the most popular of which are baseball, basketball, football, rugby, tennis, and volleyball. Martial arts like judo, karate, and kendo are also widely practiced. There are many sports venues including the Ajinomoto Stadium, National Olympic Stadium, Meiji Jingu Stadium, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Dome, and Yoyogi National Gymnasium among many others. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics and is set to be the venue for the 2020 Games.