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3 sporting venues you must see before you die! Here’s our bucket list!

Do you ever see a sporting venue and think wow, I wish I were there? I know I do. Here are three sporting arenas, I believe should be on your bucket list! Check it out with STATSCORE!

The truth is that most of us watch the sport we consume via TV streams. These days there seems to be an endless list of devices that allow us to follow all the action LIVE! Even when we’re on the move. It’s a great way for sporting bodies to expand their fan base, promote their sport and showcase their stars. But sometimes, do you ever see a sporting venue and think wow, I wish I were there? I know I do. Here are three sporting arenas, I believe should be on your bucket list.

The Bird’s Nest

The official name of this amazing structure is The Beijing National Stadium. Built to host the 2008 summer Olympics, and now set to host the 2022 winter Olympics. It’s due to its unique appearance that it earned the nickname, The Bird’s Nest! 

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Designed by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the Nest has a capacity of 91,000. During the summer Olympics, the stadium was home to all track and field events and soccer matches. Since then, it has been used mainly for basketball, but for the 2022 winter Olympics, the plan is to host the Ice Hockey there. I for sure, can’t wait to see this amazing venue in use again for a major sporting event!

For those that like some numbers!

1. The stadium covers 258,000 square meters.
2. Cost around 500 million dollars to build.
3. Construction took 5 years.
4. Used 42,000 tonnes of steel.
5. It’s 332.3 meters in length, 297.3 in width and 69.2 meters high.

Augusta National Golf Club

It is said that St Andrews, in Scotland is the birthplace of golf. But for many, Augusta is at the pinnacle of the sport as a venue.

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I can’t lie, being a massive golf fan, I get goosebumps every time I see this course at its best, and that’s the day before the first round of the Masters! With every hole named after flowery connections, the Masters is normally held in April, when the course is in full bloom. This magical place was designed, by Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened in 1932. It has hosted the Masters since 1934 and is the only course in the world to host a golfing major every year. Fitting recognition of its place in the history of golf.

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Now some fun facts!

1. Club membership is by invitation only, so don’t ask!
2. The famous green jacket was first presented to the winner in 1949. Who? Sam Snead.
3. The champions dinner is a tradition where the previous winner selects the menu. Oh yes, you only get to eat if you have won the event yourself!
4. Dwight D. Eisenhower is the only U.S. President to be granted membership.
5. While the players can wear their outrageous coloured trousers, caddies must wear all white.

Monte Carlo

At the best of times, Monaco’s Monte Carlo area is a very lively place. But once a year it truly becomes the place to be when F1 comes to town!

The fastest drivers in the world just love racing here. The city’s streets and tunnels are transformed, into one of the most spectacular racing tracks on the planet. Full of tight corners and super fast chicanes, it’s really, a great test of skill. Normally held in the last week of May, this great event has been taking place since 1929. The race is run over 78 laps, on a course that is 3.337 km in length (2.074 miles). Last held in 2019 but is back on the racing calendar this year. Can’t wait!

But did you know?

1. The circuit used for this race is the shortest on the F1 calendar.
2. It also has the slowest conner of any track.
3. Lewis Hamilton may hold many F1 records, but Senna still has the most race wins here with 6.
4. The track is lined with 33 kilometres of safety rails.
5. As well as the rails, there are 3,600 tyres used to make up the tyre. barriers
6. Every year it takes two months to get the track ready.

3 great venues that maybe one day, I will get to see. For now, it’s back to the TV!

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