Monaco Grand Prix | Formula 1 | Wednesday, May 25, 2022
This weekend, Formula 1 teams, fans and staff arrive in the principality of Monaco for the Grand Prix everyone has been waiting for when the calendar first arrives at the start of the season. The Monaco GP is not alone in its status however, with many sporting events around the world having similar levels of grandeur, so we have selected the top five which are usually only experienced by the lucky few.
Center Court at Wimbledon
Just above the entrance to Center Court are the words of the official British ‘Poet of the Empire’, Rudyard Kipling, saying ‘If you can meet triumph and disaster / and treat these two imposters of same way “. Like your mother with the “Live, Laugh, Love” wall art she has on the living room wall, the quotes on the walls look stylish no matter what environment you’re in, and at Wimbledon that’s no is only the start of the class your experience can get.
The Royal Box is always a quick and popular hit for BBC coverage, with esteemed guests joining Prince William and Kate in the box, while David Beckham sports a new haircut and gets the usual reaction of disbelief on Twitter that he is 50 years old. years. As a fan, you may have the chance to sit among the world’s most famous humans and indulge in the standard strawberries and cream alongside a glass of Pimms. The sun usually makes a rare outing during the event, so with the retractable roof down, there would be nothing grander than sitting on center court alongside royalty watching the best tennis players in the world. world.
The lack of advertisements around the place really shows how much tradition lives on at the All-England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, and you might even spot the resident eagle Rufus, who sits around the place to scare away people. pigeons threatening to spoil the opportunity. Wimbledon also remains one of the few events where premium ticketing is only available on the day, making the famous queue an event in itself.
If you want to attend, tickets are said to be cheapest towards the end of the second week, when the initial excitement of queuing has passed and the big stars are few and far between.
Masters at Augusta National
Augusta National is a fantastic place to watch golf. Although not the birthplace of golf, it is the only venue for a major championship each year as The Masters never leaves the course as the Open, US Open and PGA Championship do each year. .
The course is in one of the “Garden Spots” of the United States, where the land is so fertile that you could drop any seed in the ground and it would grow. Due to the low number of competitors, you can see that the ground crew outnumber the golfers on day three as they cut around the bunkers with scissors and tend to the greens every hour.
The exclusivity of the Masters is always something people who are lucky enough to go there talk about. The official broadcast is only allowed to refer to fans in attendance as “patron”, and there are only 40,000 of them during the competition. Demand is so high that another 10,000 accumulate on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the tournament sells thousands of merchandise during practice rounds.
Rules for guests are strictly enforced as politely as possible. You won’t be tackled for running, but you will be told only walking is allowed. Cell phones must be turned off and you will be kicked off the site if you dare to take one out of your pocket to film Bryson DeChambeau trying too hard not to end up in the water. Only golfers, caddies and rules officials are permitted to pass the rope where generally photographers and sign-bearers are permitted to follow golfers to other venues.
Class events sometimes break the mold too, and The Masters is no exception. A beer in Augusta costs $3 as standard, or £2.40 at the current exchange rate. Most of the food is also around the same price and tickets to this major tournament cost around $50 per round, a lower fee than any other major tournament.
The Grand National at Aintree Racecourse
Despite its proximity to a KFC fast food chain and a Toby Carvery, Aintree Racecourse exudes wealth. The foundations of the course date back to 1829 when Lord Sefton and Waterloo Hotel owner William Lynn decided to build a racecourse to bring flat racing to Merseyside.
Next to the racecourse is now an equestrian center and a nine-hole golf course, where punters can admire the grandstand while they play. The value around Aintree is enormous, with over 500 million viewers of the main attraction, The Grand National, each year and over £250 million placed in wagers.
Notoriously tough, the Grand National was designed to ‘test a horse’s mettle’ and sees horses from top trainers compete for a £1million prize, the highest in European horse racing.
Celebrities and royalty are often seen in the main stand, many of them holding stakes in the horses on display. Over 70,000 spectators attend every Saturday and it’s always a great show with everyone dressed and booted. Whether it’s a day with friends or a day to make some money, Grand National day is always fantastic.
Boxing at Madison Square Garden
It’s slightly different, because the event changes but not the location. Madison Square Garden is home to many sports, primarily ice hockey and basketball for the New York Rangers and Knicks respectively, but it is the modern spiritual home of boxing.
Before the bright lights of Las Vegas, MSG was a boxing mecca and arguably still is despite the success of West Coast venues. Most recently, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano headlined a historic night there as the first women to top an MSG-hosted bill, and there are so many more historic nights. The ‘fight of the century’ between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place at the Garden in 1971, Lennox Lewis drew against Evander Holyfield in 1999, Rocky Marciano sacked Joe Louis in the 50s and Anthony Joshua suffered a shock defeat on his The debut on American soil of Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.
There’s no doubt that when the ring arrives in midtown Manhattan, an epic night ensues. It’s the only indoor arena with a concave ceiling that gives it an electric sound and MSG CEO Hank Ratner has described it as “a hall of fame unto itself”.
For the more affluent visitors, a private VIP suite is available with your own personal bartender serving you and giving you access to over 180 events for two. Very classy.
The Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo
The most exclusive event ever. The Monaco Grand Prix is ridiculous at first sight. There are rich and famous people who have achieved the highest social status you thought imaginable and then you have an even higher rung of fame where you may not have a clue who they are, but they have more kilos than you have atoms in your body. They’re usually the ones seen in the paddock being shamelessly picked up by the legendary Martin Brundle before retiring to their multimillion-dollar yachts parked in Port Hercules.
Tickets are relatively accessible for the general public if you want to see the early days there. You can go on Fridays for less than €100 a ticket, but it’s just a seat in one of the many grandstands, often without a screen, so you can’t see all the action. The best place to be is F1’s “Paddock Club” hospitality option, where you can meet the stars, walk along the pit lane and take a guided lap. You can even touch the trophy and have a picture claiming Michael Masi gave you an extra lap to beat your arch rival for the title.
Like the track, racing is also a credit to the world of motorsport. The Grand Prix is part of the Triple Crown, the other two races being the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Graham Hill being the only driver to win all three races. Off-track royalty comes in the form of Albert II, who will attend the race after revealing his links to West Ham just weeks ago.