Got a groom who never misses a game? Celebrate his passion for athletics with a sports-themed bachelor party. A sports-themed bachelor party can unify and excite your groomsmen, and there are fun celebration options for every budget. You can stay close to home and support your local team or take your bachelor party on the road for an athletic weekend getaway.
Explore some ideas for a sports-themed bachelor party that will be a legendary experience for any fan. Check out some of these ideas and get planning.
If you’re planning a sports-themed bachelor party, you need to decide if you should keep the party local or hit the road for a destination celebration.
If your groom is a huge fan of a local team or a sport you can easily play in your area, holding your party locally can save you money and travel time. If he loves a sport that requires a different climate (like skiing), wants to visit a famous sports landmark, or if his team is playing a big game in another city, book the tickets in advance so you can ensure the entire gang gets to participate.
Some grooms prefer to stay local. If his favorite team is playing nearby, or you’re trying to stick to a lower budget, staying in the area might be the better option. Before planning a bachelor party, discuss his preferences and set a budget with the groom.
Take your groom to a game for a memorable and easy-to-plan sports-themed bachelor party. The lively stadium or arena atmosphere, quality time with buddies, and hopefully a win can make for a great bachelor party experience. If it’s in the budget, rent a luxury box with all you can eat and drink for an extra touch. Elijah Miller, CEO of RC Ride On Cars, suggests, “get those courtside tickets for an incredible view, listen to the players talk, and hear the coaches. It’ll be an event of a lifetime!”
If your location has multiple sports teams, it might be fun to try and hit multiple games. Some sports seasons overlap, MLB and NFL in late summer and early fall, NBA and NHL over the winter, and MLS and MLB in the summer. If your city has more than one game on a weekend, keep the party going and attend both.
Seeing a minor league or even an amateur beer league can be a great experience if your buddy is a true fan of the game. The level of play might be lower, but the passion for the game is the true attraction, and the relaxed atmosphere might be more conducive to a bachelor party.
Some beer leagues might even allow you and your friends to field a team for a one-off game. You might not win, but your group, particularly your groom, will have the time of his life playing the sport he loves.
If your groom wants a blast of adrenalin before the big day, get adventurous and jump out of an airplane or high tower to get the heart pumping.
Sky diving and bungee jumping are great ways to do something fun and unique while feeling like you are on vacation without leaving your area. Choose a reputable company, and make certain no one in your group has a heart condition or other safety concerns.
There are countless fun bachelor party destinations if your sports-obsessed groom wants to travel. You may want to catch your team on the road, go to a high-stakes rivalry game, or visit a famous stadium or hall of fame.
Before you plan and book a destination bachelor party, make sure the groom (and groomsmen) are okay with paying the additional travel expenses.
Every true game fan wants to go to the hall of fame to see memorabilia and honor the greats. Visiting one of the major sports halls of fame is a bucket list trip and can be a perfect place for a bachelor party. You can also pair this daytime activity with an evening event, like a game, for a full day of celebrating your groom’s love of sports.
The Major Halls of Fame:
If you want a truly legendary bachelor party, a one-of-a-kind experience, take your groom to a championship game. It doesn’t matter if his team is playing or not. Just the experience of going will be a memory he will cherish for a lifetime. Tickets for these games can be difficult to get and expensive, but if you plan well ahead, you should be able to snag some seats.
If the timing is right, attending rarer sports events like the Olympics or the World Cup could also be an incredible experience.
Some big games your groom might want to see include:
A ski trip is a favorite of many athletically-inclined grooms, perfect for a sports-themed bachelor party. During winter, check out some of the fine ski resorts this country has, or even ski at a South American ski resort during the summer months.
The ski trip getaway experience includes more than just hitting the slopes. Many ski resorts offer fine dining, classy bars, and happy hour around the fire. Spend the day on the slopes and the night enjoying the camaraderie for a well-rounded bachelor party experience.
If your groom likes hitting the links, organize a golf tournament among friends at a famous or picturesque golf course. It doesn’t need to be Augusta National or Pebble Beach, but find a course he has always wanted to play and organize a few rounds for your group.
Make (or buy) a trophy to mark the occasion and pretend to be pros for the weekend. You don’t need to let the groom win, but make sure he gets some sort of memento no matter what.
For an iconic destination bachelor party celebrating animal athleticism, head to Louisville with your groomsmen to watch one of the most famous horse races in the world, the Kentucky Derby. Sip mint juleps and cheer on your picks as they careen around the track.
The Kentucky Derby is extremely popular, so you’ll need to book tickets and accommodations well in advance. However, a horse race might not be the right environment for your bachelor party if you want to avoid the gambling scene.
The goal of the bachelor party is to celebrate the groom, and participating in his hobbies is one of the best ways to show your friendship and love. If your groom is a big sports fan, celebrate him through this fandom, and spend the weekend enjoying what he enjoys.
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