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The Biggest Sports Games in America in 2023

TRAVEL NEWS (press release) – September 6, 2022: Deliciously fragrant hot dogs, enthusiastic fans and performances by world artists; American sports competitions are a gigantic experience! In 2023, combine a visit to America with the vibrant cities of Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Louisville, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York with one of the biggest sports competitions. Visit The USA shares the places to be in 2023 for American Football, basketball, horse racing, golf and tennis. Let the games begin!

Mesa Verde - Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023
Mesa Verde – Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023

1. Phoenix | Super Bowl – NFL

The Super Bowl is the most watched annual sporting event in the world. Extra cool to experience once! In 2023, the event will take place on February 12. The Super Bowl is so loved by Americans that they have made it a national holiday. Next year's Super Bowl LVII will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The match itself consists of the necessary touchdowns, field goals, fumbles and interceptions. The halftime show features performances by the biggest and most popular artists worldwide.

State Farm Stadium by John Penic. Credit City of Glendale | Sports competitions America in 2023
State Farm Stadium by John Penic. Credit City of Glendale | Sports competitions America in 2023

The typical American tailgate parties, near the Phoenix Stadium, are also worth a visit. During these 'tailgate parties', fans meet at their own cars and share food and drinks together, straight from the tailgate.

Desert Botanical Gardens Phoenix - Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023
Desert Botanical Gardens Phoenix – Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023

If you want to experience the magic of a live NFL game without the hefty price tag of the Super Bowl, you can visit the Arizona Cardinals in October. And besides the ultimate sports game, Phoenix, Arizona is also well worth a visit. From Camelback Mountain, where you have an amazing view of the city and Phoenix Mountains Preserve at the top, to impressive cacti in The Desert Botanical Garden' and Roosevelt Row, the urban heart of Phoenix, where you stroll past gigantic street art and fun find terraces.

2. Salt Lake City | NBA All Star Basketball

On February 19, 2023, the 72nd NBA All-Star Game will take place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. This is considered to be 'the basketball event' in the world. Basketball is one of America's favorite sports and is played in both major cities and rural areas across the country. With the glitz and glamor of the Hollywood stars in the front row, the cheerleaders at halftime and spotting fans on the jumbotron, watching an NBA game is quite an experience.

NBA - Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023
NBA – Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023

You won't be bored in and around Salt Lake City besides the NBA game! In fact, there are five national parks and 11 ski resorts within a few hours' drive of the city, including the hot springs of Yellowstone and the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. 

3.Louisville | Kentucky Derby

Known as the "fastest two minutes in sport," the Kentucky Derby is the longest-running continuous sporting event in the US. It has been held every first Saturday in May since 1875 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2023 Kentucky Derby will take place on May 6. Anyone who thinks this horse race is just a race between three-year-old thoroughbred horses is wrong! The 155.000 fans celebrate all weekend. For example, on Friday there's the Kentucky Oaks race, followed by a night of partying in the ballrooms, mansions and bars of Louisville, which stay open all night over the Derby weekend. On Saturday there will be another full day of races at Churchill Downs. Visitors to the Kentucky Derby come smartly dressed. Women wear hats, the bigger the better, while men come in suits. They get bonus points if they combine khaki or a pinstripe suit with a straw hat.

Kentucky Derby - Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023
Kentucky Derby – Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023
Kentucky Derby - Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023
Kentucky Derby – Credit Visit the USA | Sports competitions America in 2023

After the weekend of partying, you'll want to explore… Less than an hour's drive from Louisville, Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown is a must for any bourbon aficionado. Go for a tasting at the family run estate and be sure to get a tour of 'Whiskey Jean'.

4. Los Angeles | US Open – Golf

Next year's US Open Championship will take place from June 12-18 on one of the country's toughest golf courses; the Los Angeles Country Club. Even the world's best golfers will struggle to score well here… The players consist of the top 60 golfers worldwide, all recent major winners, professional golfers who have made it through the qualifiers and some successful amateurs. In addition to the golf competitions, Spectator Square allows visitors to work on their swing, have lunch and dinner, go wild in photo booths and collect autographs.

And while you're in Los Angeles… Don't miss the recently opened Academy Award Museum, the film industry museum, where you can discover four floors of gallery spaces and two theaters. In the collection you will find old and new film treasures.

5. Seattle – All Star Baseball

Baseball is one of America's most important sports. With a season running from April to October, Major League Baseball games are perfect for summer vacation. The Seattle Mariners, T-Mobile Park, is the home of the 2023 All-Star Week. T-Mobile Park is considered one of the MLB's most beautiful parks. Not surprising, because from the stadium you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the Seattle skyline. Many say there is not a bad seat in this stadium! The special thing about these matches is that the players are selected on the basis of the votes of fans. Expect a quintessentially American sports experience, with a continuous scent of hot dogs and the song 'Louie Louie' played every time after 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'.

And for those who love Starbucks coffee, Seattle is a must. It is in fact the city where the brand was founded. At Starbucks Reserve Roastery you can discover more about the start of Starbucks, followed by a tasting.

6. New York City | US Open – Tennis

The US Open is the last of the four tennis majors and takes place annually in late August and early September at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City. 128 of the world's top tennis players from around the world qualify for the singles tournaments. There's a lot at stake, because the majors are critical to players' reputations. The mix of fans in the stands is as diverse as the lineup of players on the field, as people from all over the world come to cheer on their favourites.

Queens is also the place to go in New York City for the culinary highlights. During your stay, also take the 'Culinary Backstreets' food tour, which takes you through the avenues of the city's largest borough and delights your taste buds.

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