Travelling Sport Fan

Proudly showing my Canadian flag at the Arena Corinthians before the Chile vs Netherlands game / June 23, 2014
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I think that many sports fans have a desire to one day be able to cheer on their favourite team on the road. At least I always held this dream with the hopes of one day making it a reality.

My first road game was to see the Toronto Blue Jays on the losing end of four-game sweep in the Bronx against the New York Yankees. It was a disappointing weekend on the scoreboard and for our standings but we had fun cheering for the boys in blue in foreign territory.

The next time that I would travel to see sports would come just a few months later in Detroit & Ann Arbor, USA for the National Hockey League’s New Year’s Day special – the Winter Classic, a special outdoor hockey game which was attended by more than 109,000 freezing fans.

Me, Jonathan, Christina & Sam at Michigan Stadium / December 31, 2013
Me, Jonathan, Christina & Sam at Michigan Stadium / December 31, 2013

2014 was a big year for me. Just 3 months after the Winter Classic trip, I booked flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Washington, D.C., USA. In June, I set off to São Paulo, Brazil for the FIFA World Cup. To date this is my furthest solo trip. I share more about this trip and being a Female Futebol Fan on my blog which was birthed from that summer’s experiences.

Getting my seat for the match between Netherlands & Chile at the Arena Corinthians / June 23, 2014
Getting my seat for the match between Netherlands & Chile at the Arena Corinthians / June 23, 2014

“Some opportunities come once in a lifetime.” [tweet this quote]

Five weeks after returning home from Brazil and just sixteen days after Germany won the cup over Argentina in extra time, I was off to Washington D.C. for a three-day midweek preseason trip to Washington D.C. to see Inter Milan face off with Manchester United in the International Champions Cup

Taking in the warm ups at FedEx Stadium, Landover, MD before Manchester United vs Inter Milan / July 29, 2014
Taking in the warm ups at FedEx Stadium, Landover, MD before Manchester United vs Inter Milan / July 29, 2014

Although many would have been more than satisfied seeing the top football tournament in the world, I wanted more. Moreover, even though it was a meaningless exhibition match, (although ICC and Relevant would say differently) it was extremely special for me to be able to make the trip to see the teams I have grown up watching on television, up close. Some opportunities come once in a lifetime and the thought of my two favourite teams, from Italy and England, playing each other in “my own backyard” and not being there would have been devastating to me. I believed that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could not let pass me by.

Almost two years later, Christina and I were off to south side Chicago to see the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular field.

The Jays took just one win of the three games but we went two for three in making it onto the Rogers Sportsnet broadcast and our family and friends at home saw us on television. I would say that was a win in itself!

An MLB photographer took this photo of us at the game. Moments later, our phones were going crazy with friends telling tagging us on the Bluejays' instagram post / June 24, 2016
An MLB photographer took this photo of us at the game. Moments later, our phones were going crazy with friends telling tagging us on the Bluejays’ instagram post / June 24, 2016

Everything comes full circle.

Would you believe me if I told you that Mastercard Canada saw our Priceless sign on the Blue Jays instagram account and in October we were connected by a representative and gifted with two tickets to a Toronto Blue Jays ALCS game? Well it happened! We made that poster to get noticed by camera at the stadium so when it happened we were thrilled. We never imagined that anything more would come of it.

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