Like many people, you probably have a list of things you want to do before you die, or before you’re too old to do them.
This is commonly known as a bucket list.
Your own list may well include visiting different countries or going to see architectural marvels such as Angkor Wat or the Great Wall of China, or stunning geographic features like the Grand Canyon or Machu Pichu.
If you’re any kind of sports fan, it’s likely that witnessing some of the top sporting events around the world will be on your list.
Tickets for most of these events are likely to be over-subscribed and difficult to get hold of, so why not enhance your experience, and guarantee your seat in the stadium with high-end hospitality?
Discover eight of the top events taking place in the next twelve months that you might want to consider adding to your list.
1. The Masters at Augusta
If you’re a golf fan, attending a Masters must surely be high on your bucket list.
It’s certainly on mine, and something I’m hoping to tick off in the next few years.
Augusta is an extraordinarily picturesque course, and the build-up to the event always features stories of the months of preparation that go on for the four days the course spends in the limelight each year.
Given that the organisers make a virtue of the exclusivity of the Masters, tickets are notoriously difficult to get hold of, and as soon as they go on sale, they sell out instantly.
Then, even if you are lucky, the nature of watching golf means that you’ll be in the gallery with thousands of others – many who could be taller than you – fighting for a view of the action.
This means that a top hospitality package – with guaranteed excellent views of Amen Corner and the final green – is by far the best way to see the action close-up.
2. The Ashes test at Lord’s
When it comes to cricket, events come no better than the oldest international cricketing rivalry at the self-styled “Home of Cricket”.
Recent redevelopment of the ground, means that there are few bad seats in the house, but why not have one of the best by treating yourself to a hospitality package?
While there are a range of hospitality dining rooms behind the scenes, one of the exclusive boxes is really the spectating venue to aim for. Here, you can watch in comfort and not have to join the lengthy queues for food and drink.
Even if you want to linger over the post-lunch cheese and wine you don’t need to miss any of the action out in the middle. Just turn your chair round at the table and watch the game.
Such a facility could be especially useful this summer as the new high-octane style of “Bazball” currently played by the England Test team means you won’t want to take your eyes off the play.
3. The Women’s World Cup final in Sydney
It’s off to the southern hemisphere for next event where, in July and August, New Zealand and Australia will co-host the ninth FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The always formidable United States team will be looking to retain the trophy they won in Lyon in 2019.
The final itself is being held at the Gadigal Stadium in Sydney. With an 82,700 capacity it’s likely to be sold out.
The organisers are offering a range of hospitality packages to give you the best possible experience and a great view of the action.
4. The Rugby World Cup final in Paris
The other big World Cup taking place in 2023 is in rugby union.
The biggest event in the rugby calendar will take place in one of the most historic cities in the world – Paris.
A top price hospitality package featuring legendary French cuisine and wine will give you the best view of the action at the final in the Stade de France on 28 October.
Rugby World Cup finals have produced some great games over the years. No rugby fan will forget the drama of England beating Australia in 2003 and the extraordinary All Blacks versus France battle eight years later.
You could easily witness a repeat of the latter this year. New Zealand perennially start favourites at all rugby tournaments, and the hosts are highly fancied to finally win the Webb Ellis Cup. So the chance to watch an always passionate French rugby crowd celebrate a home win is not to be missed.
5. The Hong Kong Sevens
We’re staying with rugby for the next recommendation for you, although this is very much focused on the shorter form of the game.
The Hong Kong Sevens has been one of the highlights of the Asian sporting calendar for decades.
After a hiatus caused by the pandemic, it’s now back to it’s traditional calendar slot at the beginning of April.
The action is always fast-paced and continuous, with minimal gaps between matches.
Those years of hosting experience means that you’ll witness a superb spectating experience. Fine Asian hospitality has always been a feature of the event and it’s a great opportunity to entertain clients.
6. The Singapore Grand Prix
If you’re thinking of watching sport while enjoying luxury hospitality, it’s hard not to include Formula 1 on your list.
Monaco gets the headlines when the talk is of races near the sea, but the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore provide a similar vibe – with the added attraction of the race being held under lights – enhancing the aura of the event.
As you’d expect a blend of Singaporean hospitality, combined with the Formula 1 reputation for doing things in style with money no object, means that a top package will give you a never-to-be- forgotten experience.
7.The Superbowl in Las Vegas
My first thought when it came to a typical American sporting event was the baseball World Series. However, with the venues not being known until less than a week before the start of the first of seven games, it can prove logistically awkward.
On the other hand, the date for the Superbowl is known months in advance. The 2024 event will take place on Sunday 11 February, with the added bonus that it’s going to be held for the first time in Las Vegas.
The combination of typical US sport razzmatazz and ceremony, plus exciting sporting action, and great hospitality in a city famed for it’s non-stop entertainment will be something you’ll remember for years.
Finally, one of the few sporting events where you only need to mention the name of the London suburb where it’s held for everyone to know exactly what you mean.
It’s the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and has been held at the All-England Club venue since 1877.
Held over two weeks in June, it’s one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.
Top tickets on centre court, with give you a great view, great facilities, and a guaranteed day of tennis, thanks to the new roof.
The hospitality is world-class, and the organisers have a well-deserved reputation for excellent facilities and service.
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