Sporting events are best experienced in person, there’s simply no way around that. The roar of the crowd, the energy in the stadium; it all contributes to a larger than life experience that simply cannot be replicated anywhere else. The spirit of it, however, can be captured and brought into sports bars, where game nights draw fans from all walks of life to share in the experience of that big goal.
Drinking and sporting events have been very good companions for a long time, pretty much since their invention however many tens of thousands of years ago. For a long period throughout history, drinking establishments were used as after-sport gathering places. It wasn’t until the invention of the radio, and the television a short time after, that it was even possible to deliver a live sports broadcast anyplace at all.
The first sports bar may have begun operating sometime in the late 1940’s; a bar in St. Louis, Missouri that started televising baseball games on a 12 inch black and white screen after having opened as a tavern almost 15 years prior.
Modern sports bars can vary pretty wildly in their type of atmosphere, so a quick Google search of Victoria’s sports bars can help you find one that suits your preference. Some of the bigger sports bars will have as many as 20 screens, so there’s always a seat that faces the action. If you’re looking for a big crowd, sports bars are especially busy on the nights that they host screenings of pay-per-view events such as UFC fights.
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