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Ten Must See Events in 2016

For some sports fans, nestling into their seats at the stadium to root for their team is a tradition.  For others, spectatorship is a voyage.  Some fans are on a mission to visit every NFL stadium.  Others have sports bucket lists that are a mix of hallowed venues to travel to and legendary events to witness.

Ten Must See Events of 2016

Super Bowl 50

February 7, 2016
Santa Clara, California

America has basically created a national holiday framed around this event.  It’s become that big. Super Bowl Sunday is where corporate America goes to party – and that’s a good thing.  The NFL was one of the first organizations to understand that this week can be about more than just the game.  From pre-game and halftime shows that rival the scope of any concert you’ll ever see, to parties hosted by celebrity clients, this game should be on your bucket list. 

NCAA Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds

March 17-19, 2016
Pepsi Center – Denver, Colorado

There’s nothing like March Madness.  Sixty-eight teams will play 67 games in a span of just 21 days in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Cinderella-outcomes and stunning upsets are par for the course come March.  It all begins on March 17th in Denver, where the Pepsi Center will host the First and Second Rounds of the 2016 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.  When the dust settles, two teams will advance to the Sweet 16 for regional competition.  And Sports Shares members can receive an exclusive opportunity to obtain tickets to the games.  Let the madness begin!

MLB Opening Day

April 4, 2016
Coors Field – Denver, Colorado; Turner Field – Atlanta, Georgia; Globe Life Park – Arlington, Texas

Finally, the three words we’ve been waiting to hear since the Kansas City Royals won their first World Series since 1985: “Baseball is back.”

Baseball’s Opening Day is something of a national holiday.  It’s more than just the beginning of a season.  It’s a symbol of rebirth – the return of America’s national pastime.  Winter’s gloomy days are behind us, and we can settle into six months of perusing box scores and cheering at the ballpark.  We’ll call in sick or make an excuse to leave work early to recapture the joys of playing hooky by sitting in a luxury suite, drinking beer, and eating our weight in cheese-fries.

It doesn’t matter if your team barely missed the postseason or finished at the bottom of the standings last year.  We all have hope and excitement on Opening Day.  Every team starts the season with a clean slate.  Finally, it’s “your year.”

The Masters at Augusta National

April 7-10, 2016
Augusta, Georgia

One of the most difficult North American sporting tickets to obtain, the Masters offers transportation back to another era in sports (and commerce).  The first week of April brings the world’s best golfers to the dazzling azalea-covered hills of Augusta National Golf Club.  While only one player will go home with the famous green jacket, any attendee can enjoy a legendary pimento cheese sandwich ($1.50) and some sweet tea (also $1.50).

The Kentucky Derby

May 7, 2016
Louisville, Kentucky

“The Run for the Roses,” also known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” is held the first Saturday each May.  All crusts of American society are on display, from the well-dressed donning over-the-top hats to the infield crowd wearing…let’s just say those folks are not as well-dressed.  From singing “My Old Kentucky Home” to sipping mint juleps, there’s no better place to witness one of America’s favorite pastimes.

NCAA College World Series

June 17-29, 2016
Omaha, Nebraska

Every summer, eight college baseball teams from around the nation come to Omaha to play pure move-the-man-over, run-manufacturing baseball in a series that’s part college bowl game, part county fair.

The NCAA Division I Men’s College World Series is two weeks of double-elimination drama punctuated by tailgating, batting practice, team photos, all-hands-on-deck autograph sessions, and sticky summer weather (unless of course you’ve booked your air-conditioned, catered, luxury suite).  In Omaha, you don’t just feel like a fan, you feel like part of a baseball family.

The Summer Olympic Games

August 5-21, 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From archery to wrestling, more than 50 sports will take place in 33 venues during the Summer Olympics.  This unique sports festival marks the culmination of many athletes’ lifelong dreams.  Few things compare to the rush of emotions we at home experience while watching American athletes march to the beat of The Star-Spangled Banner.  From NBA All-Stars like Kevin Durant and John Wall to swimming standouts Missy Franklin and Amanda Beard, Team USA will attempt to climb to the top of Medal Mountain this summer in Rio.

SEC Football Championship

December 3, 2016
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia

Two of the best teams in college football will take the field on December 3rd in what is one of the biggest games each year.  The Southeastern Conference is considered by many pundits to be the top conference in the land, which makes its title game all the more interesting.  Raising an SEC banner typically means you are one of the top teams in the game.  In fact, the SEC has won nine national titles since the BCS era began in 1998 – seven in a row from 2006-2013.  All eyes will be on the Georgia Dome in December, one of the most cherished college and pro football venues in the country.

Cotton Bowl Classic

December 31, 2016
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas.  “Jerry’s World” features the biggest high-definition TV (72 feet high, 160 feet wide) known to mankind.  And that’s just the tip of the AT&T Stadium iceberg.  The 81st installment of the Cotton Bowl Classic will be played in front of roughly 87,000 fans in Arlington.  Played annually since 1937, the Cotton Bowl often highlights the best players the game has to offer, from Joe Montana and Troy Aikman to Joe Theismann and Doak Walker.  That in itself is worth seeing up close.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

December 31, 2016
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia

In 2014, the BCS conference commissioners selected the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as one of six elite bowl games to host the new College Football Playoff.  Starting on December 31, 2016, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host a national Semifinal Game (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3) four times over the next 12 years.  This third annual College Football Playoff semifinal should be a game for the ages!

If you are interested in these events next year, it is not too soon to start booking!  From the minute a Sports Shares Member Services Manager hand-delivers your tickets until the clock strikes zero, your happiness is our top priority.

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