By Ray Hamill
I’ll never forget the first big sporting event my father took me to as a child back in Dublin.
It was a hurling championship game at Croke Park, one of the largest and most historic stadiums in all of Europe, and as I climbed the steps of the cold grey stands for the first time ever that day, I remember feeling a tremendous sense of awe at the sight of the bright green field and the intense nature of the occasion.
That moment is a pivotal one for sports fans all over the world. It is an initiation of sorts, a rite of passage, a coming of age when you get to see the big stage up close for the first time ever.