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6 Greatest Sporting Experiences

Edan Nissen
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The Olympic Opening Ceremony is a spectacular celebration of culture and sport combined
The Olympic Opening Ceremony is a spectacular celebration of culture and sport combined

As any sports fan can attest to, very little beats the feeling of watching live sport at the ground. The best sports in the world create an unbeatable atmosphere, and combined with top class action can raise your heartbeat, make you pray to any deity, and put you on an emotional rollercoaster better than any drug.

Such is the rush that a live sporting event offers spectators, despite them having next to no effect on the events unfolding in front of them.

While there is a buzz about watching your local team or the team that you support, some events are on a whole different level when it comes to crowds and atmosphere.

These are not only the most sought after sporting events in the world for fans to watch, but generally, create a buzz and excitement inside the arena. The event itself, in many cases, transcends sport and becomes something else entirely.

While some of these sports cater more to domestic fan tastes, others are almost universally consumed, but either way, all the events on this list have attendances ranging from tens of thousands screaming fans to over 100,000 spectators live at the ground creating an intense atmosphere and occasionally a wall of noise that can be heard in the surrounding neighborhoods of the ground.

All of these events also display different cultures of their individual sports, much like different sports around the world. While some sports are played in hushed library-like silence and a biting sense of anticipation, others are played in a cacophony of noise, either co-ordinated or chaotic, to create a turbulent atmosphere that sweeps everyone in the stadium together as one.

In any case, the list of events is not just on the bucket list of any and all sports fans but the atmosphere alone is worth watching even if you aren't usually a fan of the sport in question.



#6 WrestleMania


Once a year, the WWE gathers for the biggest event of the Wrestling year, constantly trying to outdo the events of the year before. In a list of the top 10 attended shows in the WWE, WrestleMania is responsible for nine of those, with the only exception being Summerslam 1992.

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The event has drawn over 75,000 people for the last seven years, with fans coming from all around the world specifically for WrestleMania week.

The company seems to have acknowledged this phenomenon by catering the week of events towards people that are specifically traveling to the show, and the crowd at the Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania is generally considering amongst the more hardcore fans as they tend to be fans that have traveled for the show and booked tickets for the week, as opposed to just going to a single PPV or live event.

As a result of the combination between WWE's biggest event and the legions of traveling fans, WrestleMania, and the week of festivities around it is a sight to see. When WrestleMania was in New Orleans in 2018, fans took over the streets in the weekend leading up to the event. "Rusev Day", "Too Sweet", and Elias chants could be heard up and down Bourbon Street in the days leading up to WrestleMania, creating an incredible buzz in the city for wrestling fans and strange looks from people who didn't know about the event.

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