Kickin’ Summer Off with Top Sporting Events of 2014

Summer is officially here! In continuation of our summer events blog, this week, we are going to focus on the exciting sporting events that are taking place this season. So get your #jerseys on and support your favorite team!

World Cup 2014: June 12 – July 13

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Soccer, also known as football in Europe, is the most popular sport in the world. Fans worldwide are going wild for the FIFA World Cup, which occurs every four years. Although the actual games take place in Brazil, as I walk past bars and restaurants in #NYC, you can’t help but notice the cheers coming from the indoor and outdoor crowds, all rooting for their national teams; hoping to win and advance to the next round.

All the excitement has started before the games have even begun. A huge hype broke out called the “Paninimania”. The collectable Panini sticker frenzy that soccer fans are going crazy over is for the set of 639 #Panini stickers – one for each player from the 32 country tournament. It’s an adrenaline rush; collectors purchase the $2 albums at local stores (Modell’s Sporting Goods) and fill them with stickers that come seven to a package and sell for $1 each. Beware of duplicates; they do occur and can be traded amongst collectors. The sticker phenomenon has been going on for decades; however, it just started to become a trend in America, while the popularity for soccer continues to grow.

So, the million dollar question is, who do you think will take the #WorldCup this year?

 

Wimbledon: June 23 – July 6

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Wimbledon – the most prestigious and the oldest, grass-court tennis tournament in the world; is held in London, since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (others being US, French, and Australian Open), that takes place over two weeks in late June and early July.

As a recap from last year, Andy Murray became the first British player to win the Wimbledon men’s title since 1936…now that was a massive win for England.  As the multiple champion Rafael Nadal just won the French Open, he is looking to win the title back, including his top contenders Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer.

Maria Sharapova, who won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 10 years ago and just won her second French Open championship, is considered Williams’ top challenger at Wimbledon. Who knows, maybe they could end up on a draw?

Which male and female will take the cake this #Wimbledon tournament?

 

MLB All-Star Game: July 15

The 85th Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, also known as “Midsummer Classic”, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, selected by fans for starting fielders, managers for pitchers, and managers and players for reserves.

The game will take place on July 15 2014, and will be held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This will mark the third time the Twin Cities have hosted this big event and will be televised on FOX…now, let’s play ball!

 

The US Open: August 25 – September 8

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Welcome to the US Open – one of NYC’s hottest summer sports events that is held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY for two weeks. The best players in tennis face off at one of the biggest and most exciting tennis events of the year…definitely a perfect afternoon or evening of entertainment. The matches are played on hard courts and this year, for the first time in history, both Men’s and Women’s tournaments will be played in the same year and on the same course.

Want to come and see Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams return to defend their titles? Book early for the very best seats! Tickets to the US Open are popular and sell out fast. Tickets range from below $100 to the upper hundreds, and the stadium can be accessed via the 7 subway line and other public transportation.  Stay at #Hotel Belleclaire, conveniently located on the Upper West Side, in the cultural and residential heart of NYC that is within easy access to the subway to get to your destination at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens, NY. Now, I’d say, that’s a match! :)

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