Sport continues to be one of the UKs most popular pastimes, with thousands of people attending professional sports events throughout the year. With the commercialisation of professional sport across the globe, many sports arenas can now be set up to hold many different types of events; from music concerts, corporate hospitality, to charity days.
A sports stadium tour allows anyone to see the areas of a venue that usually cannot be accessed when there is a sports event taking place. Most sports stadiums are associated with a particular team, for example – Anfield is where English Premier League side Liverpool FC play their home matches. There are a few exceptions, with The Grounds of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, otherwise known as simply Wimbledon, is known as one of the Grand Slam championships in the sport.
Whichever stadium you decide to visit, one guarantee is that you will learn a lot about the team and individuals that have played at that particular venue. A club historian or tour guide will talk and walk you through the history of the arena, usually with some amazing anecdotes and facts to keep you entertained. Each stadium will have a collection of memorabilia connected to past events that have taken place, like at Wembley Stadium you can see the crossbar that was hit by Geoff Hurst when scoring his third goal in the 1966 World Cup Final.
Each stadium tour is different, but you can expect to see several common areas on each tour, no matter which arena you choose to visit.
Professional sports comes with a lot of media attention. It is now the case that elite sports venues need to be able to accommodate local, national and even international journalists. Football managers from the top English clubs are expected to give press conferences and interviews several times a week to discuss their team, possible transfers and many other topics. A stadium tour allows you to sit in the managers chair and answer a few questions whilst posing for photos.
The most exclusive parts of the stadium are the ones used by the players on the day of a sports event. This is where the coach of a sports person or club can make inspirational team-talks to motivate their players. From the changing room, the performers make their way to the tunnel waiting so they can finally arrive at arguably the most sacred and important part of the stadium – the pitch or court. As the playing surface is usually being treated between sports events, it is unlikely you will be allowed to go on the surface. However, take your place in the technical area and enjoy an exceptional and unique view of the stadium.
A stadium tour offers a behind-the-scenes experience that would be the ideal gift for any sports fanatic.