The eyes of the world will be on the Super Bowl tomorrow so let’s play a little game of stadium spotting… and Touchdown LA.
The magnificent SoFi Stadium is led-lighted up like a Christmas Tree so the world can see it from the air.
And while we, of course, always look out of our windows for iconic landmarks, us sporty types also target sports stadiums.
LA is my Playday
Alas it is not so easily spotted up there in the hills meaning SoFi monopolises your view.
You can, of course, rectify that with a 8.8km walking trip up to the Griffith Observatory.
As long as you didn’t sit yourself down next to a passenger who was sick into her bag, gave it to you and passed on a 24-hour bug.
You can see a good bunch of them, Wembley, the Emirates, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Stamford Bridge and the Thameside Craven Cottage.
More surprising is the ground outside of the capital in Watford.
And its red and yellow seats… very Harry Potter which is pertinent seeing you can visit Harry’s world there.
As the Hertfordshire town houses the Warner Bros. Studio London.
In Dublin’s air city
Dublin: And, of course, Irish sports fans will be converged in Paris today for le rugby et Les Bleus v Les Vertes.
For those of us who visit the Irish capital, or were lucky enough to live there for 13 years you’ll see their marvellous Aviva Stadium.
Which I will again tomorrow… and my heart is leaping.
The Cruyff turn Amsterdam
The Ajax stadium is named after the Netherlands greatest-ever player after which this move was named.
The late Cruyff was iconic in his white and single red stripe Ajax top and Oranje national shirts.
And if you can board a bouncing train with the Oranje Army down to Rotterdam where Cruyff played latterly then all the better.
The Camp Flew
Barcelona: Cruyff is as big a hero in Barcelona as Amsterdam.
After reviving them as a player with his total football.
And as the architect of Barca’s Tiki-Taka football, taken to new heights in the Catalans Messi-inspired teams of the Noughties and Tweens.
I first saw Barcelona from the cabin of a cruise ship (as you do).
So I saw the city from the air in a helicopter.
I expressed my wonderment to the pilot about the stadium below.
Only for him to tell me that that was the Reserve Team’s ground and that the Camp Nou was coming up.
So if you’re flying into the City of Angels for the Super Bowl.
Or plan to visit in the future look out for the SoFi stadium… because it’s Touchdown LA.