The Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla., is the grand-daddy of all NASCAR racing, with plenty of fan opportunities for parties and pit tours and enjoying the beach during a weeklong build-up to the race.
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The Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla., is the grand-daddy of all NASCAR racing, with plenty of fan opportunities for parties and pit tours and enjoying the beach during a weeklong build-up to the race. (Photo: World Center of Racing)
The Final Four college basketball tournament is always a fan-driven event, followed by millions of office-pool competitors hoping their Cinderella team beats the odds and makes it to the championship. (Photo: Banayote Photography)
Although the college football world is full of bitter rivalries, there's perhaps none more heartfelt than the annual Thanksgiving weekend match-up between the University of Alabama and cross-state rival Auburn University (Photo: Tourism.alabama.gov)
The Kentucky Derby has been held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., since 1875. Fans come out for the fashion and mint juleps, along with the horse race. Photo: Dan Dry, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau)
Although it just started in 2008, the NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor game played at New Year's, has become a huge hit, rivaling the championship Stanley Cup Tournament for popularity. (Photo: Flickr/canyonero)
The FIFA World Cup, which just started in Brazil, truly lives up to its promise of being a world competition. Because the event lasts for more than a month, and takes place in a variety of locales, it's not too difficult to attend. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo, AP)
The Super Bowl has grown in recent decades, and is now where corporate America goes to party. Many attendees arrive early and take in an array of events, from golf tournaments to fashion shows. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)