Championships Seen


One of the best things about traveling for sports is getting to witness a championship. That means a league title like the Stanley Cup or World Series, not a meaningless regular season achievement like the Presidents' Trophy. Individual titles in sports such as golf and tennis are also excluded except for Grand Slam events. Over my time on the road, I have seen a number of champions crowned, and am always on the lookout for more. Here is a list of what I have seen, in chronological order:


Title
Date
Location
Winner
Notes
Memorial CupMay 13, 1990Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ONOshawa Generals Eric Lindros entered the national stage, game went to 2OT
Stanley CupJune 24, 1995Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJNew Jersey Devils Snuck in, was on TV as the Devils celebrated
Nippon SeriesOctober 23, 1997Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, JapanYakult SwallowsSaw every NPB stadium that year
Olympic HockeyFebruary 22, 1998Big  Hat, Nagano, JapanCzech RepublicIce hockey was not popular in Japan then
World SeriesNovember 4, 2001Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix, AZArizona Diamondbacks Culminated the 7-month MLB Roadtrip, my first extended trip
World CupJune 30, 2002Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, JapanBrazilWas in the media room afterwards when team brought the trophy through
Arizona Fall League ChampionshipNovember 22, 2008Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, AZPhoenix Desert DogsMax Scherzer, Josh Donaldson were on the team
AFC Champions LeagueNovember 7, 2009National Stadium, Tokyo, JapanPohang Steelers2009 was a good year for Steelers teams
World University Baseball ChampionshipAugust 7, 2010Jingu Stadium, Tokyo, JapanCubaFirst time to see the new extra inning rules with runners starting on the bases
NBA ChampionshipJune 21, 2012American Airlines Arena, Miami, FLMiami Heat LeBron's first title
AAA National Championship SeriesSeptember 17, 2013Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PAOmaha Storm ChasersDuring the 2013 NFL Stadium Journey
Pac-12 Football ChampionshipDecember 7, 2013Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZStanford CardinalDuring the 2013 NFL Stadium Journey
Super BowlFebruary 2, 2014MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJSeattle SeahawksCulminated the 2013 NFL Stadium Journey
NASL ChampionshipNovember 15, 2015Shuart Stadium, Hempstead, NYNew York CosmosOttawa were the losers
CollegeInsider.Com TournamentMarch 27, 2016Levien Gymnasium, New York, NYColumbia LionsStormed the court!
National Invitational TournamentMarch 29, 2016Madison Square Garden, New York, NYGeorge Washington ColonialsThe only basketball title in MSG for a long time
U.S. Open Tennis (Women)September 10, 2016Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Queens, NYAngelique Kerber
U.S. Open Tennis (Men)September 11, 2016Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Queens, NYStan Wawrinka
Calder CupJune 24, 2018Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ONToronto MarliesFirst time to see a Toronto title live
NBA G LeagueApril 12, 2019Island Federal Credit Union Arena, Stony Brook, NYRio Grande Valley VipersGame moved from Nassau Coliseum due to Islanders making the playoffs

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