The Top 20 Sporting Events Played in Unusual Places

The modern-age sports fan has been getting the stops pulled out for them when it comes to the locations their favorite games (or matches) are being played.
The NCAA men’s basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State University tips off on board the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
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The modern-age sports fan has been getting the stops pulled out for them when it comes to the locations their favorite games (or matches) are being played.

Been there, done that. Entertain me!

One downside to a sporting event in a stadium or an arena is that while it is most definitely a spectacle, it’s a spectacle that’s surrounded by concrete and steel.

It’s also a bit of the First World problem of, “Been there, done that. Entertain me! The same, but different!” That’s when the big guns get rolled in, like when the USS Carl Vinson was enlisted for the first Carrier Classic college basketball game in 2011.

Source: Rebeccafschu / Flickr. Carrier Classic college basketball game.

Played in front of 8,111 people on the deck of the Vinson, the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Michigan State Spartans with U.S. president Barack Obama in attendance.

How about some other sporting events?

With an approximate cost of $3 million (U.S.) to put on, a series of aircraft carrier games were in the works when everything was put on hold after a rather disastrous second Carrier Classic outing in 2012 that saw condensation on the court making the event unplayable.

How about some other sporting events that are either normal sports held in unusual places, or just plain unusual sports played in all kinds of places?

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