I’VE ALWAYS WANTED to go to the World Cup, but it’s probably going to be a while. I couldn’t afford Brazil, and I don’t have much of a desire to go to Russia in 2018 or Qatar in 2022. So for the next 12 years at least, I’m going to have to start knocking off all of the other major “must-see” sporting events on my list.
There are different reasons to go, of course. You’ve got the sports that you actually care about, but then there are other events you want to go to more for the party that surrounds it, or for the spectacle of the game.
No one, for example, knows the point of a monster truck rally beyond “let’s crash cars and bring out Truckasaurus.” But it looks like so much fun to watch. So here’s my list of must-sees, with some mainstream events and a few lesser-known, quirkier options thrown in as well.