The biggest international sports events The biggest international sports events
Sport is a huge deal in Ireland. Of the ten most watched programs in a given year, roughly seven of them tend to be big sporting events. It’s no surprise, then, that some of the world’s biggest sporting events are regularly held in Ireland. Today, we’re going to look at some of those events, from the football to the motorbike racing. Let’s get started.
1. Europa League Final 2011
In 2011, the final game of the 2010-11 Europa League Final was held in the Aviva Stadium, in Dublin. Around 45,000 spectators attended in the stands, with many millions more watching from home. The game was played between the two Portuguese teams, Porto and Braga, and ended 1-0 to Porto.
The Aviva Stadium was chosen to hold the event as far back as January 2009, when the venue was still under construction. It was a huge international event for Dublin, and one of the biggest the city has held since. This was Ireland’s first ever European football club competition final to be hosted and bettors from around the world bet on the event through sites like betting on football at Betfree and the big names like bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral.
Without doubt, this remains one of the biggest international sporting events held in Ireland over the last decade.
2. North West 200, 2012
No list of Ireland’s biggest international sporting events would be complete without the motorbike racing. Every year, thousands of fans come from all over the world to view this prestigious race and tournament, and 2012 was one of the biggest of those events. It took place on The Triangle circuit, around Porstewart, Coleraine and Portrush.
The event was launched by Ireland’s first minister and minster for tourism, Peter Robinson and Arelene Foster respectively. It was broadcast across all platforms on television, radio and online.
There have been many incredible North West 200 races, but 2012 was one of the biggest events held in Ireland over the last ten years.