We asked the Forty Under 40: What was the most memorable sporting event you attended?
2016 NBA Finals, Game 7.
MLB Cuba Game on March 1, 2016. A testament to the unifying power of sports watching Obama, Castro and a Havana-packed stadium come together as baseball fans.
2006 NLCS Game 7. The “Endy Chavez” game. As a diehard Mets fan, it was memorable for (mostly) the wrong reasons. I have never experienced that extreme of an emotional roller coaster at a sporting event.
Dallas Cowboys home opener this year against the New York Giants. That was the first regular-season Cowboys game we ticketed and it went incredibly smoothly. 25-plus SeatGeek folks came to Dallas to watch the event and we did a [toast] with the Cowboys ticket operations staff at halftime. It was the culmination of months of work on both sides.
2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16, Colombia vs Uruguay. For 90 minutes, I was a kid again.
2015 World Series. It was the first time the Mets had been in the World Series since 2000 and I was able to take my daughter. She was upset because I made her leave a Halloween party early, but given the Mets history of losing I didn’t want to forgo this opportunity and have to wait another 15 years!
Games 6 and 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals where the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in a thrilling Game 6 in OT to tie the series and then closed it out at home in Game 7 to win back-to-back championships.
The Superclásico in Buenos Aires, River vs. Boca. It was the rowdiest event I have or ever will go to.
My first Final Four, in 1991, when Duke beat the undefeated UNLV team in the semis; but also going to some of the ALCS games when the Red Sox came back from an 0-3 deficit against the Yankees in 2004.
Last game at Candlestick Park “Pick at the Stick,” or Game 7 of 2001 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
2003 Fiesta Bowl. It still hurts.
The 2006 Texas/USC Rose Bowl showdown between Vince Young and Reggie Bush that decided the national championship. My wife went to Texas, so it was especially meaningful.
Before he died, I drove my dad from his home in Wilkes-Barre to Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis, where he got to see his favorite team win [above]. On the drive back, we went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
The Ohio State University winning the CFP national championship.
Kings’ first Stanley Cup win.
1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
Dodgers Opening Day, 2013. First Opening Day for our ownership group. It was a perfect day, we had Sandy Koufax throw out the first pitch to Magic Johnson, and the Dodgers won on a Kershaw homer … all against the Giants!
Super Bowl LI. American Pharoah’s wins at the Derby and the Belmont were a close second.
Super Bowl XXVII, 1993. Terrible game as the Cowboys crushed the Bills 52-17, but I sat behind MC Hammer and was an extra in the Michael Jackson halftime show, which my father was producing.
Game 7 of 2014 World Series.
Andy Roddick’s last match at U.S. Open (2012) was a lot of fun to see live.
Undoubtedly the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup in Game 5 of the 2018 finals against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. After marrying my beautiful wife, the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup is the greatest moment I’ve ever enjoyed. I feel so lucky and I never take it for granted. The pure joy that the Stanley Cup brought to our city, our organization, our friends and family? Unmatched.
Watching my alma mater, Maryland, upset top-ranked Duke at Cole Field House in 2002, the year UMD won the NCAA basketball championship!
CFP Championship in Tampa where Clemson beat Alabama the first time, 2016 National Championship. My wife is a lifelong Clemson fan and alumna — special moment with her.
1996 World Series with my granddad and Super Bowl XLIX with my dad.
2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Tiger’s last major championship.
World Series with my father.
Eagles vs. Pats Super Bowl LII.
The Masters with my dad.
Despite my beloved Warriors losing, the energy at Oracle during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals is something I’ll never forget.
Looking at it from a fan experience standpoint, USTA’s U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., is by far the most underrated event I’ve attended. As much positive press as it receives, it still managed to exceed expectations.
Super Bowl XLII, Giants over Patriots.
Army beating Navy after 14 years.
Two — El Clásico in Miami in 2017, the 2015 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavs.
The Stanley Cup Final last year. One game in D.C. and one in Vegas.
Gonzaga’s run in the 1999 NCAA tournament; the highlight was taking a bus from Spokane to Phoenix with 50 students from our “Kennel Club” to watch both the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.
FIFA World Cup 2006.
Two events: 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis and George Strait’s concert at AT&T Stadium in June 2014.
Ole Miss over Alabama in 2014.
2012 Orange Bowl.