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We asked the Forty Under 40: What was the most memorable sporting event you attended?

Christopher Benyarko

2016 NBA Finals, Game 7.

 

Daniel Cohen

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. 

 

Gideon Cohen

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.

 

Russ D’Souza

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.

 

Camilo Durana

2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16, Colombia vs Uruguay. For 90 minutes, I was a kid again. 

 

David Foster

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!

 

Lloyd Frischer

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. 

 

Libby Geist

The Superclásico in Buenos Aires, River vs. Boca. It was the rowdiest event I have or ever will go to.

 

Michael Goldstein

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.

 

Al Guido

Last game at Candlestick Park “Pick at the Stick,” or Game 7 of 2001 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Amanda Herald

2003 Fiesta Bowl. It still hurts.

 

Broderick Hicks

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.

 

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Bill Hudock

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.

 

Martin Jarmond

The Ohio State University winning the CFP national championship.

 

Shelby Jordan

Kings’ first Stanley Cup win.

 

Stephanie Joukoff

1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.

 

Tucker Kain

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!

 

Matt Kalish

Super Bowl LI. American Pharoah’s wins at the Derby and the Belmont were a close second.

 

Brian Kantarian

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.

 

Tim Katz

Game 7 of 2014 World Series.

 

Christopher Lee

Andy Roddick’s last match at U.S. Open (2012) was a lot of fun to see live. 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Zach Leonsis

Zach Leonsis

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.

 

Devi Mahadevia

Watching my alma mater, Maryland, upset top-ranked Duke at Cole Field House in 2002, the year UMD won the NCAA basketball championship! 

 

Will McIntosh

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. 

 

Chad Menefee

1996 World Series with my granddad and Super Bowl XLIX with my dad.

 

Nate Nanzer

2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Tiger’s last major championship. 

 

Peter Nelson

World Series with my father.

 

Ashley Page

Eagles vs. Pats Super Bowl LII.

 

Jake Reynolds

The Masters with my dad.

 

Whalen Rozelle

Despite my beloved Warriors losing, the energy at Oracle during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals is something I’ll never forget.

 

Patrick Ryan

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.

 

Frank Saviano

Super Bowl XLII, Giants over Patriots.

 

Rob Schneider

Army beating Navy after 14 years.

 

Daniel Sillman

Two — El Clásico in Miami in 2017, the 2015 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavs.

 

Sara Slane

The Stanley Cup Final last year. One game in D.C. and one in Vegas.

 

Joe Smith

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. 

 

Fabian Stechel

FIFA World Cup 2006.

 

Eric Sudol

Two events: 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis and George Strait’s concert at AT&T Stadium in June 2014.

 

Morgan Sword

Ole Miss over Alabama in 2014.

 

Keli Zinn

2012 Orange Bowl.