With a new year comes new adventures and New Year’s resolutions. The new year is also a time when many people start to re-evaluate their bucket lists of things they want to do or see before they leave this earth. Many people make New Year’s resolutions each year but very few actually manage to keep them. That doesn’t have to be the case with your bucket list. If you are a sports fan, we are sure you have a list of events you would like to attend one day. While there are so many must-see rivalries, championship games, and star players to witness up close and in person, below are three events that we believe should be at the top of your list for 2018. Call it your ultimate sports bucket list for the new year.
1. Super Bowl LII
The 52nd Super Bowl is going down on February 4, 2018, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The largest city in the state of Minnesota is not known to be the ideal party city, but the game itself should prove to be an event worth attending. Sure, it will be cold. It will probably snow; however, the Super Bowl is an event that all sports fans should have on their bucket list and there is no better time to attend one than this year.
This year will be the second Super Bowl Minneapolis has hosted. The first and only time the city hosted the Super Bowl was in 1992. The NFL typically never holds the Super Bowl in cold weather cities, so this could be that last time Minneapolis gets the big game for another 20 years. If that’s not enough to motivate you, can you say “Prince?” There will be a 10-day concert series leading up to the Super Bowl featuring several musicians who collaborated with Prince including Sheila E, Morris Day and The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, The Revolution, Pink, and The New Power Generation to name a few. Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, The Chainsmokers, and The Dave Matthews Band are just a few stars scheduled to perform during Super Bowl week. Justin Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl half-time show. As you check out the best odds for your team winning the big game, we’ll be wondering if JT and Miss Jackson as in Janet Jackson will hit the stage again after what happened the last time the pair hooked-up for a Super Bowl half-time show.
2. FIFA World Cup
Going to Russia is probably not high on your list of places to travel, but the FIFA World Cup may change that. This year, the World Cup is headed to Russia making it the first World Cup in Europe since 2006. Thirty-two national teams will play 64 matches in 12 venues located in 11 cities throughout Russia with the final going down in Moscow.
The 21st FIFA World Cup is scheduled from June 14 to July 15, 2018. With so many matches scheduled across Russia, football (soccer for us Americans) fans are sure to have a once in a lifetime experience. National football squads from all over the world will participate including Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria, Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan, and Uruguay to name a few. If you were planning to place a few wagers, don’t expect to bet on the American team. Unfortunately, they did not qualify for this year’s FIFA World Cup.
3. Monaco Grand Prix
Attending the Formula One Monaca Grand Prix is a motorsports fan dream. Held at the Circuit de Monaco since 1929, this race is a unique spectacle with Formula One cars racing through the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine. Race fans get the opportunity to witness world-class drivers navigate one of the most demanding courses on the Formula One circuit on what many call “The Greatest Day in Racing.”
Sunday, May 27, 2018, offers a full day of racing starting with the Monaco Grand Prix, then the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500, and concluding with the grueling 600-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Sure, the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 is worth attending especially if a driver is attempting to pull the rare “Double Duty,” by running in both races on the same day, but there is nothing more glamorous than hanging out in Monte Carlo with the rich and famous at a Formula One race.