The World's Best Free Stuff
Courtesy of Utah Olympic Park
Free Sports Events
Sure, you can see amateur athletes compete at your local soccer field. But world-class athletes are expensive to see, right?Wrong!
- Park City, Utah: Each year, dozens of Olympic teams (from China to Australia to Great Britain) train at the Utah Olympic Park, site of 14 events during the 2002 Olympic Winter games. You may see Olympians ski jumping 60 feet into the air or training for bobsled, luge, and skeleton.
- Lake Placid, New York: At Lake Placid’s Olympic Center, site of the 1932 and 1980 winter games, you can watch Olympic and professional figure skaters and hockey teams training for free.
- Many professional baseball and football teams allow the public to watch them train and sometimes offer autograph days. Check out the Chicago Bears’ free practice sessions in July and August, 50 miles south of Chicago in Bourbonnais, Illinois. From mid-July to mid-August, fans can watch practice, get player autographs, and take part in free clinics.