By Sponsored Stories17 May 2018Get behind-the-scenes of some of the greatest sporting grounds in America with a sport-specific holiday. Like the underdog in a sports movie, a lot of companies started off with a simple goal. Qantas was started delivering mail in Queensland and the Northern Territory, Contiki started with a New Zealander who wanted to explore Europe, and Escorted Sports Tours began with a simple goal: Inspiration and Education through Sports and Travel You learn a lot about a city via the sports it loves, for some places it is in their DNA whether it is Melbourne for the AFL and Australian Open or London to catch a home game of football at Fulham or Arsenal – or an international rugby match at Twickenham. And Escorted Sports do things differently by taking you to the game personally not just providing the tickets. Getting to know these cities means getting to know the sports that they love and that is especially true of the United States, a country that is passionate about its team sports like baseball, American football, ice hockey and basketball. These are sports that the US has exported to the world not just with nail-biting competitions but with movies like The Mighty Ducks, Bull Durham, Hoosiers, Friday Night Lights and Slap Shot. These sports have captured the attention of the world and have become a tourist attraction in themselves, and now you can get exclusive behind the scenes access to the game. Ice to see you Escorted Sports Tours travels all over the US to give you a once in a lifetime sports experience. Timed to coincide with the 2018 National Hockey League (NHL), Escorted Sports Tours “Slapshot Tours” will take you to see ice hockey – the world’s fastest sport – at cities including Boston, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Washington – and as well as an immersive look at the sport you will visit other key tourist spots. In Boston check out the Boston Bruins game at TD Stadium and get a behind-the-scenes look at famous Fenway Park. When you get to New York you will see a game at Madison Square Gardens but you will also climb the Empire State Building and stroll through Central Park. It’s a win-win-WIN situation! Score a touchdown! If football is more your speed, how about a Quarterback Tour that takes in games from iconic teams like the New England Patriots and the New York Giants – with a post-game party on the streets of the Big Apple. In Miami, you won’t just go to a Miami Dolphins game you will also take an airboat through the Everglades and get a guided tour of the beachside night spots. In Washington, it’s a Redskins game and a visit to Capital Hill. See basketball and baseball Escorted Sports Tours “Slamdunk Tour” takes in the basketball hotspots like the New Knicks at the Garden and the L.A Lakers at Staples Centre. On the Homerun Tours let Escorted Sports Tourstake you to the ballgame and be cheering in the crowd for the New York Yankees or buying a hot dog at a Boston Redsox game. Then it is off to see the city with a guide that knows it best. Team spirit The difference with Escorted Sports Tours is they don’t just give you the tickets to the game and a pat on the back, they are the only sports tour company that comes with you and makes sure you get a well-rounded city experience to boot. Given that the tours are based around the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL schedules some tours are not finalised yet, but keep an eye on the website for full itineraries as they become available. READ: You’ve been getting this one fact about the United States wrong for years READ: 5 of the best: United States shopping Have you travelled to see a big game? Written by Paul Chai, KarryOn contributor This article is brought to you by: Other stories you may like NATIONAL AGENTS DAY: How consultants celebrated around Australia #travelforlife: Meet resource-hub Director Maxine Wiggs WHERE IN THE WORLD can you buy the most beers for $20?