Last Updated on 29/06/2023 by Kriss
Good day, fellow badminton enthusiasts! Are you eager to combine your passion for badminton with your love for travel? Well, you’ve landed at the right spot. Today, we’ll embark on an exciting journey around the world, visiting legendary places that have left an indelible mark on the world of badminton. So grab your rackets and pack your bags; we’re about to embark on an unforgettable tour.
Famous Badminton Battlegrounds
1. The Legendary All England Club – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Let’s start our journey in the city known as the “Workshop of the World”, Birmingham. This city is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious badminton tournaments: The All England Open Badminton Championships. Hosted annually since 1899, this event attracts the best players from around the globe, making it a must-see for any badminton lover.
You can plan your visit around the tournament’s schedule to catch live action or visit off-season to explore the rich history and culture the club offers. Don’t forget to explore the club’s Badminton Museum, housing memorabilia that dates back over a century. It’s an inspiring visit that provides a deeper appreciation for our beloved sport.
2. Nanning, China
Next, we travel east to the city of Nanning, China, where the Sudirman Cup was hosted in 2019. Known as the “Green City” due to its lush tropical foliage, Nanning is a visual treat. Here, the towering Guangxi Sports Center hosted one of the most exciting mixed team badminton championships, witnessed by thousands of enthusiastic fans.
Visiting the stadium is an experience in itself, but the city also offers training facilities where you can brush up on your skills while absorbing local playing techniques. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a local pro player.
3. Istora Senayan – Jakarta, Indonesia
Continuing our journey, we find ourselves in the bustling city of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is home to the Istora Senayan, an indoor sporting arena known for hosting the Indonesia Open, one of the world’s top-tier badminton tournaments. Indonesian players, known for their swift movements and dexterous racket skills, have dominated the world’s badminton stage for years, making Jakarta a hotspot for the sport.
Playing in Istora Senayan or just being part of its electrifying audience is an exhilarating experience. You can soak up the infectious energy of the local fans while honing your skills. The city’s vibrant food scene and rich cultural heritage are added bonuses, making your trip a perfect blend of sport and leisure.
4. Yoyogi National Stadium – Tokyo, Japan
Our next stop takes us to Tokyo, Japan. Here lies the Yoyogi National Stadium, a unique architectural gem and a hub for various sports, including badminton. It was one of the venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where history was written in the world of badminton. The Daihatsu Open is also played there.
Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned player, the opportunity to play on the same courts graced by Olympic champions is awe-inspiring. While you’re there, enjoy a tour of the iconic city of Tokyo, known for its blend of traditional temples, futuristic architecture, bustling markets, and fantastic food.
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
Before we wrap up our travelogue, let’s head north to the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, you’ll find multiple venues like the Brøndby Stadium, a multi-purpose venue that plays host to numerous international events. Denmark holds a unique place in the badminton world as it’s the most successful European nation in this sport, often rivaling Asian dominance.
The Danish are passionate about badminton, and this love for the game is palpable in the electrifying atmosphere at Brøndby. Get a chance to watch top-tier badminton games, or better yet, play a few matches on the same courts as many world-class players. The Danish National Team (at least most of them) also trains in Copenhagen.
While you’re there, don’t miss out on Copenhagen’s other delights. The city offers beautiful architecture, world-class museums, and delicious cuisine. Tour the iconic Little Mermaid statue, take a leisurely stroll in the historic Tivoli Gardens, or explore the vibrant neighborhood of Nyhavn with its colorful townhouses. These local attractions will add layers of cultural experience to your badminton adventure.
Our journey ends here, but yours is just about to begin! These destinations offer more than just a badminton experience; they are gateways to new cultures, adventures, and perspectives. With every smash, drop, and serve in these iconic venues, you’ll be immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of the international badminton community. Whether you’re in Birmingham, Nanning, Jakarta, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, or Copenhagen, the world is your badminton court. So, are you ready to serve it up?