Travel Picks: Top 10 sporting event destinations for 2011

Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:05pm EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Sports fanatics happily travel to all corners of the globe to watch their favorite sport or team but planning ahead is key to securing good seats and hotel rooms.

Online travel company Expedia ( has come up with a list of the top 10 sporting event destinations in 2011 to help sports buffs plan their vacation next year. This list has not been endorsed by Reuters:

1. The Australian Open (Tennis)

Melbourne, Australia from Jan 17 - 30

Kick off the sporting year at the Australian Open, Asia Pacific's Grand Slam, at Melbourne Park. Between sets, travelers can explore Melbourne and be tempted by some of the best food and shopping experiences in Australia, visit the Eureka Tower for a 360 degree view of the city, or take a dip at St Kilda beach.

2. Super Bowl XLV (Gridiron)

Arlington, Texas, USA on Feb 6

One of the most watched games in the world, a quarter of a million fans are expected to visit the Dallas-Fort Worth area for next year's Super Bowl. The game is at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, so after the celebrations head to Dallas for some Texan cuisine and explore the history of JFK's murder.

3. Cricket World Cup   Continued...

<p>Fans watch British rock group 'The Who' perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIV between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida February 7, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>