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World sport has had a considerable knock-on effect on the tourism industry for decades, and Britain, as a sporting nation, has played its part in the frequent booms. The mammoth sporting occasions that influence tourism are, of course, the Olympics and the World Cup, both of which are held every four years. Domestically, few will forget the buzz that resounded around our fair isles last summer, nor the fact that we scooped 29 gold medals! London was a hive of activity during the 2012 Games, but thankfully we needn’t wait four years for all major sporting events.
Whether your sport of choice is football, rugby, cricket - or something as obscure as baton twirling - you’ll have to travel to lend your support. While many are content to take in home fixtures and keep up-to-date with their team’s progress on TV, some sports-mad fans really do follow their heroes to the ends of the earth. Once you’ve got your tickets sorted, why not browse HomeAway Holiday Rentals to find a suitable property to rent for your time away? We have villas, apartments and houses all over the globe, meaning you’ll never be far from the action. Read on for our rundown of the world’s best sporting destinations.
Top five destinations for sports fans
London was named by SportBusiness as the world’s premier sporting city in 2012, but even excluding the Olympics, the Big Smoke is paradise for a sports fan. Soccer fans can watch the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Fulham do their thing, catch a tennis match at Wimbledon during the summer or get involved themselves in the famous London Marathon! The city regularly hosts other major events, thanks to its gamut of world-class venues and first-rate transport links; forward-thinking sports fans will already have one eye on the 2017 World Athletics Championship. Whether you’re at Twickenham, Lords or watching the Boat Race from the bank of the Thames, holidaying in London is a joy.
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Few cities can match New York and its Five Boroughs for sporting fanaticism. Hell, even if you can’t get a ticket for your chosen event, you’ll be spoiled for choice by the selection of sports bars in which to sink a cold one and watch the action on big-screen TV. If you're lucky enough to attend a Knicks, Jets, Giants or Yankees game, though, you’ll be in your element; attendance is rarely less than 100%. The new Barclays Center in Brooklyn is also carving out a reputation as one of the world’s best boxing venues, rivalling the legendary Madison Square Garden across town. Just don’t forget your foam finger.
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The Boxing Day cricket Test, held at the 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground, is just one of many major sporting events to occur in this city annually; suffice to say, the Aussies’ thirst for competition is near insatiable. The year starts with a bang with the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam, but various sports call Melbourne their home; with world-class rowing on Yarra River, Aussie Rules footy and rugby union at Telstra Stadium, or golf at the Royal Melbourne Club, visitors are spoiled for choice. Petrolheads, meanwhile, can watch the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
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International events, world-class football, track meets, an Olympic Stadium; what more could sports fans ask of Barca? 2013 sees the World Aquatics Championships return here, while next year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup will see the final stages contested at the city’s Palau Sant Jordi, closeby the old Olympic venue on Montjuic hill. While not as famous as London’s great run, the Barcelona Marathon causes a major stir, and the Barcelona Open is one of the most prestigious clay-court tennis tourneys in the world. We can’t fail to mention Camp Nou either. Perhaps the most famous football ground on the planet, you can enjoy ogle the club’s silverware on a tour, or catch a match itself; the atmosphere is out of this world.
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The city of Berlin is a hub of international sports, and the quality of its facilities reflects this. The 02 World Arena, the Velodrome, the Max Schmeling Hall and the Olympic Stadium are just some of the venues, but there’s some 2,300 sport complexes vying for your attention. A diverse range of sports are contested here, and the home support is staggering - go along to a Reinickendorfer Fuchse match and you’ll be surprised at the fervour. Whether you like handball or not, it’s certainly something to behold! The World Championships of Dodgeball, at the Oststrand in Friedrichshain, is another quirky one well worth the admission fee. Roaring on Hertha BSC football team, or world-class pugilists at the 02 World, you’re sure to have a great time in this dynamic city.
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