The 10 Best Sports Tickets to Give as Gifts

Austin SchindelAnalyst IINovember 21, 2011

The 10 Best Sports Tickets to Give as Gifts

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    There is nothing like being at the game.

    The smells, the sounds, the live, in game action that goes beyond the commercials and the unwarranted breaks in the action. At the game, you get it all.

    Above you, the best part is walking away with the feeling that I was there, and saw it all unfold, live before my very eyes.

    Nobody can wrap this up and give it to someone in a box. Tickets are a thoughtful gift, because you are giving the person an experience above all else. 

    Here are the 10 best tickets to give this holiday season. Enjoy.

10. MLB Home Run Derby

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    If the home run is the best part of any baseball game, then the derby is the mecca of baseball excellence and power.

    The biggest bangers in the game come out annually to see who can hit the ball the farthest. Unlike the slam dunk contest, the home run derby includes the game's greatest power hitters, on display for the whole country to see.

    If you ever wanted to catch a home run ball, this is your chance.

9. Rose Bowl

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    The Rose Bowl, played every year in Pasadena, California is one of the most storied events in college sports. For those who feel like venturing to the west coast, you will be treated to beautiful weather and an event that is more than a football game.

    The winner of the Big Ten plays the winner of the Pac-12, acting as a home game for the Pac-12 teams. It is a great atmosphere and the perfect gift to give a college football fan looking for a good vacation. 

8. Indy 500

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    You do not need to be Indy Car Series fan to appreciate the greatest race in professional driving. The tradition and aura surround the race track are second to none, and the speed will completely amaze you.

    Don't get me wrong, it is a dangerous sport, but it is also a once in a lifetime opportunity.

7. Final Four

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    Some people will argue that the better games are in the early rounds. I do not necessarily disagree, but I would rather watch them at home and flip back and forth between the action.

    If I was given the chance, I would rather see four of the year's best teams play in the biggest college basketball tournament in the world. Every college basketball fan would love to sit and watch history unfold.

6. Kentucky Derby

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    Get out your big hats and fancy dresses, because when you go to Churchill Downs, you should be prepared to see some of the world's elite thoroughbred owners and their families.

    It is a classy event that has been taking place since 1875 and will be a lot more fun than just watching horses run around a track.

5. Winter Classic

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    The Winter Classic has become a new hockey tradition where they move the game to a baseball or football stadium, and then set up shop right in the middle.

    For the fans, this brings everyone back to playing on the frozen pond in their backyard, and the cold days they sent practicing outside. As freezing as it will be during the game, you will be happy that you bought the tickets and went.

4. Wimbledon Finals

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    So once you have secured the funds to go overseas to London, make sure you go during Wimbledon and catch the men's final.

    Over the past few years, we have seen some of the best Wimbledon finals finishes; you are guaranteed to see a great matchup.

    To top it all off, the concessions are very different. You can take a break from your regular peanuts and hot dogs for some of their finer options such as sugar and fruit. 

3. The Masters

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    August National is where The Masters are held every year. The tournament's slogan, "A Tradition Unlike Any Other", is a true indication of how highly people think of the event.

    For a golf fan, this is the grandest competition of them all. The best in the world battle it out for the green jacket, a honor bestowed only onto the best. 

    This is the golf fan's dream gift.

2. UEFA Champions League Final

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    This the height of European soccer competition. Yearly, the two best clubs in the world battle it out for one of the biggest prizes in Europe. Last year, Barcelona defeated Manchester United in the final, showcasing their incredible skills. 

    In 2012, the final will be played in Munich, Germany. If you have a chance to go, it is one of the best international competitions there is.

1. Super Bowl

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    For an American sports fan, this is it.

    The Super Bowl is the most famed championship of our favorite game. Any true fan would pay top dollar to see their team's attempt at achieve football immortality.

    Though it will cost you an arm and a leg to get there, it is one of those sporting events that everyone should go to before they die.