FIFA Football World Cup 2014 is going to start in a few days, unfortunately Latvian Natiaonal team haven't managed to get into final part, which will take place in Brazil.
Likely almost every of us, Latvians, has another or two favourite team :)
Personally, I like to watch football with friends in shot bar Spot Kafe. Spot is a good place in Old town with few large TVs always showing sport games.
There is no ski jumping sport in Latvia, at least because there is no any built ski flying hill.
Although in the mid of 1970 there was a project to built a Ski Jumping Hill in Valmiera, but it has never finished.
Recent years Poker is gaining a massive popularity in all parts of the world, including Riga. In some countries Poker has been recognized as sport, but in Latvia it is still gambling. Photo has been taken legally in Olympic Voodoo Casino in Hotel Latvia.
Just 2 months ago this shopping center in Imanta was called Wellness because of the gym inside of it. Although recently the gym was bought by Atlētika health club chain, hence it has changed its name. The area around Atletika gym will be still called as Wellness area, some time of course.
The highest density of sport venues in Riga is in Mezaparks area, next to Kisezers lake, although most of them are just training fields with no places for spectators. I guess on this picture I can count more than 20 playing fields for football, tennis, etc.
Night Marathon is one of the most remarkable events during Riga Festival, which is taking place this weekend. The distance is only 5km (3.1 miles) and the track route was made through many sights in Riga, which were illuminated and blazing at night. The photo was taken by F64 Agency few seconds before marathon start.
I didn't expect that so many Spanish people are living in Riga. Nearly all of them were in Old town to support their national team against The Netherlands and then to celebrate the victory in the Football World championship.
Today is the beginning of Football World Cup in South Africa. Waka Waka, this time for Africa! Unfortunately Latvian team couldn't get into final part, hence I'm going to support North Korea this time :) What team do you support?
Nordea Riga Maratons has broken all records this year. More than 11,000 participants made Riga Marathon the biggest sport event in the history of Latvia. Even organizers didn't expect, such a big number, so they were ordered additional numbers for participants. Unfortunately Latvians didn't get any gold medal in Marathon or Half-Marathon. See Marathon 2009.
I always feel sorry, when I write about casinos, especially which are built in a very poor areas of the city. Estonian company Casino Olympic has a low of slot machines around the town, some of them has title Lounge, and some of them has Optibet representative, the only Latvian totalizator company. Have you ever put a bet on sport?
I guess this season's last game of Dinamo Riga at home was finished some minutes ago. Dinamo managed to get into KHL Play-off and won the strongest team SKA Saint Petersburg in eighth-finals. In quarter-finals we faced MVD Balashikha, and the current series' score is 1:3, which means nearly end for us. In any case it was a brilliant season for Riga Dinamo. Next KHL season will be even more interesting with new teams, new countries. Good Luck Dinamo!
Arēna Rīga (Arena Riga) is the biggest indoor venue in Riga. The total capacity is 15,000 visitors. It was built in 2006 as main arena for Ice Hockey World Championship. Now it is permanent home for several hockey and basketball teams, including Riga Dinamo, ASK Riga, Barons LMT. It also the main arena for huge concerts and music events like Sensation White.
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