ESPYS – Open to the Public
If you’re into sports (even just a little), odds are you already know what the ESPYS are. The ESPYS are like the Golden Globes and Oscars rolled into one, except featuring some of the world’s best athletes and most awe-inspiring stories of the year.
But did you know the ESPYS are open to the public?
The event boasts an all-star lineup of the world’s best athletes and entertainers recapping and celebrating the greatest sports moments of the year, but it’s not just for those big names. Tickets are as low as $75 and there truly is no bad seat in the house, so you can be right in the middle of the action too.
Taking place at the newly named Microsoft Theatre (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live), the 7,100-seat concert and special events venue (which is also host to other awards shows like BET Awards, People’s Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and others), offers an incredible unobstructed view from any seat in the house. The ESPYS isn’t just about seeing what’s happening on the stage, but about feeling it.
While no official release has been sent out, there is no doubt the sports-station will honor one of its own, Stuart Scott, who passed away earlier this year after losing his battle with cancer. If I know the higher-ups at ESPN at all, they are going to pull out all the stops to honor this sportscaster and reporting legend, as they should. And if you don’t believe me, take a peak at what ‘SportsCenter’ did to honor and pay homage to their dear friend shortly after his passing.
No doubt a potential Stuart Scott tribute won’t be the only tear-jerker, you also have Danielle Green, former Notre Dame basketball standout, who will be receiving the Pat Tillman award for service.
Just like every other awards show, you’ll also have some hilarious moments, especially with host Joel McHale at the helm. Comedian, actor and television host Joel McHale, most widely known for hosting The Soup on E! as well as his role on Community, is a big sports fan and known for his hilarious anecdotes. A former athlete himself, McHale was on the University of Washington’s football team for more than a year after originally being recruited for the school’s rowing program.
The ESPYS takes place on Wednesday, July 15th at 5pm and airs LIVE on ABC. Tickets can be purchased but and here are just a few things to keep in mind before heading out to the event.
Being fashionably late is not acceptable here.
The doors close promptly at 4:45p and since it’s Los Angeles, parking will be a nightmare. Your best bet is to grab a taxi or Uber, or you can valet at JW Marriott and walk through the lobby to get to the show (last year’s valet was $45).
JW Marriott is the media hotel for the ESPYS, so you’ll want to at least walk through the lobby to see how decked out it is – hologram logos on the walls and floors, ESPYS-branded pillows and décor, photobooths tagged by ESPN at the bar, athletes and celebs walking through the lobby and much more. While security is understandably tight during those few days, the restaurant and bar are open to the public, so stop by.
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