When it comes to American sports, there are three that stick out; American Football (NF- Baseball (MLB); and Basketball (NBA). These are beloved, with the money in each franchise ridiculous and the fans extraordinary. Supporters live and breathe for their teams, generating unbelievable atmospheres at every game.
These three sports also draw huge interest from tourists, with many going for the experience, which is pretty much the main reason for mum and I attending the NBA game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves on Janury 6th 2010.
Back in 2010 GSW weren’t enjoying anywhere near the success they have since achieved in the 2016 & 2017 seasons. Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette were the supposed ‘stars’ of the 09-10 season, with Steph Curry – freshly plucked from the ’09 draft after being overlooked by the Timberwolves – beginning to make a name for himself (he would end the season as runner up for the NBA Rookie of the Year).
With such a large crowd in such an enclosed space, the atmosphere was electric before, after, and during the game. Chants of “defence” and “offence” rang out like clockwork, along with the iconic “lets go [insert team nickname here], lets go!”
In terms of sporting atmosphere, I would have to say that it was the most intense one I have found myself in so far. The way everyone throws themselves into it with 100% commitment in the states? It’s crazy!
It was a really tight scoring game to, and you really couldn’t pin it as the fourth quarter drew to a close. In the end, the Warriors ran out 107 – 101 winners, much to the delight of the home crowd.
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