Olympics 2016 - How do you plan to celebrate Team USA?
With the Opening Games for the 2016 Summer Olympics Games taking place on August 5 in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, you might think scoring last minute tickets is impossible, right? Think again.
For the first time in years, tickets to the Games did not sell out months in advance. A visit to the official Rio 2016 website shows that tickets are still available for dozens of popular events. While tickets were difficult to acquire for the Beijing and London Olympics, various factors – from concerns over the Zika virus to crime, negative press and Brazil’s ongoing political instability – have all contributed to the low turnout.
At a recent press conference in Rio, Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Olympics organization committee, confirmed that the city is all set for the Olympics and “All the competition areas are ready.” The competition venues in Rio will be clustered in four zones around the city – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã – and connected by a high-performance transportation system.
And here are some fun facts about the summer Olympics. There are 28 sports featured, with 2 new additions – golf and rugby 7’s - making their debut in Rio. What’s the most popular sport? Based on Tweets during the 2012 Olympics, soccer was the most popular with football /fútbol/soccer receiving over 5 million Tweets. Cricket and American Football are two popular sports not yet included in the Olympic Games.
Rio, alone, is a city worth visiting and spending some time in – whether relaxing on one of its many famous beaches, like Ipanema beach, dancing samba at popular venues like the Rio Scenarium, a three story music club decorated throughout with antiques, or taking in the scenic, 360 views atop Sugarloaf mountain.
So if you have the chance to score last minute flights and tickets to a variety of events like Boxing, Gymnastics, Soccer and Sailing, why not jump at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? There are still flights and accommodations and for the entire summer (June 1- September 18, 2016) US citizens can travel to Brazil without a visa. (As can travelers from Canada, Australia and Japan).
However, if a last-minute trip to the Olympics is still not in the cards for you – how can you celebrate stateside? With Rio being practically the same time zone - one hour ahead of the east coast –you don’t have to stay up all night long and there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate team U-S-A! Here are some of the most popular viewing parties around the country:
In New York City check out Smithfield Hall in Chelsea (138 W. 25th Street, New York). Already a popular football/soccer pub, they regularly have viewing parties, serving a wide variety of beers, offer lots of seating, large TVs and are prepared for an international event. http://smithfieldnyc.com/
In Los Angeles, the city that has already hosted two Summer Olympics Games is well-versed in celebrating the games. Try Biergarten LA (206 N. Western Ave., Koreatown), a gastro-pub of fusion eats in the heart of Koreatown that regularly hosts parties for sporting events. http://www.biergartenla.com/
And Chicago, who lost the bid to host this year’s games, will still be celebrating. Attend an opening ceremony party at Crew, Chicago’s premier gay sports bar: http://crewbarchicago.com/