Sporting Events In Edinburgh
Whichever way you look at it, Edinburgh is a remarkable city. Home to some of the greatest examples of medieval architecture in the world, it is also a much-loved venue for one of the largest arts festivals on the planet. But if theatre isn’t your thing, you’ve seen enough Harry Potter-esque buildings to last a lifetime, and you don’t fancy getting spooky with one of the city’s internationally renowned Ghost Walks, what else is there to do?
Fear not. Despite the often temperamental weather, Edinburgh is also a great place to be for sports fans. In this article, we take a look at some of the best sporting events in Edinburgh, when they take place, and what to expect when you arrive!
Despite the many differences which people from the various territories of the UK like to point out, most Brits are united by a common love (or, at least, tolerance) of football. (That’s soccer, of course, not the poor substitute that is the terribly misnamed ‘American Football’.)
Edinburgh is no Manchester or London when it comes to team density, sure, but it’s home to a good number of clubs (around 21 to be exact) so you should always be able to find a game at a moment’s notice. And when you do, well, there’s nothing quite like being in the crowd for a football match with a local, passionate, and vocally enthusiastic Scottish audience. It’s an experience that has to be had first-hand to be understood completely. Powerful stuff.
Three of Edinburgh’s clubs play in the SPFL (the Scottish Professional Football League to the rest of us). They are the wonderfully named Heart of Midlothian. which sounds like some kind of potion you might take to restore your faith in Gandalf; Hibernian, which sounds like it could be a wolf from Game of Thrones; and Edinburgh City, which is far less exciting as names go. If you want to get properly in the spirit of things, keep in mind that the nicknames ‘Hearts’ and ‘Hibs’ are far more acceptable. Start throwing those out and you’ll be an honorary local in no time!
If football isn’t your thing, then you may want to opt for something a little closer to home. Edinburgh’s rugby scene is surprisingly solid for a city of its fairly diminutive proportions, and the fans try their best to match the football crowds for size, volume, and intensity.
Murrayfield Stadium is the place to be if you want to catch a game. Here you’ll find Edinburgh Rugby, the local professional team, and the Scotland national side who also call this large venue home. When we say ‘large’, we mean it: it’s the biggest stadium in Scotland and can seat whopping 67,000+ spectators on a big match day.
If you’re more inclined towards the scrapper, lower-level play, check out some of the Premier One teams including the Edinburgh Academicals (classic Ravenclaw name), Watsonians RFC, and Boroughmuir RFC. Plenty to choose from here.
Finally, if you enjoy the sport enough to know the difference between the Rugby Union and Rugby League, congratulations! You’ll be pleased to find that both are on offer here with League being represented by the Edinburgh Eagles who play in the Conference division.
We get it. Football and rugby, they’re just not you. You’re not mainstream. Well, neither’s Edinburgh. If you want to catch some ‘alternative’ sports, you’re in a great place to do so.
Edinburgh’s international cricket team is based out of the Grange Cricket Club in the city, so you can spend a couple of days hanging out there if that takes your fancy. The city also plays home to the Edinburgh Capitals who are the most recent incarnation of Edinburgh’s ice hockey club (previously known as the Murrayfield Racers or the Edinburgh Racers).
Beyond that, you can find some more traditionally American fare in the form of the only professional female basketball team in Scotland, Caledonia Pride, based out of the Oriam National Performance Centre. Continuing the theme, the Edinburgh Diamond Devils are a baseball club which, believe it or not, have been around since the 1980s!
Last but not least, you can get involved with the Edinburgh Marathon which takes place in May every year. First established in 1982, it has been going strong ever since and is known as the ‘fastest marathon in the world’ given the steep inclines the city is known for.
All in all, Edinburgh is a great place for sports fans!
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