8 of the World's Most Incredible Sports Venues

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When it comes to iconic sports venues, fans will likely conjure up images of FC Barcelona inside the Camp Nou, the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, or Madison Square Garden.

This is not a list that celebrates the world's best venues. Instead, this shows off the weirdest, wackiest, and most incredible places to play sport, from 2,000 feet below ground, to inside the Arctic circle.

USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, California

At first glance, a match between Syracuse Orange and San Diego State might look like any other college basketball game.

But on closer inspection, the game is actually being played on the USS Midway aircraft carrier, which is now a maritime museum in California. You can even see aircraft in the top right hand corner of the picture.

The 2012 game was dubbed the Battle on the Midway. It was attended by then-President Barack Obama and Syracuse triumphed by a 62-49 scoreline.

Uummannaq Ice Golf Course, Greenland

The Uummannaq ice golf course in Greenland is far removed from the iconic greens at the Augusta National Club in America, or St Andrews in Scotland. Here, they're not even called greens. They're called whites.

It is important to use coloured balls — red, yellow, or even green — as white balls tend to blend in to the Arctic surroundings.

The annual World Ice Golf Championship in Uummannaq began in 1997. As it is contested on shelf ice, the course is reformed every year. Unsurprisingly, some tournaments have been canceled due to bad weather.

Rugby at Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

If you needed warming up after ice golf, how about beach rugby at Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates?

Before RAK Rugby Club moved into its current grassy home, it had to play UAE Community League matches on a makeshift sand pitch. Here, the team is playing against the Beaver Nomads, a side from Dubai.

Beach rugby looked like great fun to us until we saw this photo which brought home the painful reality of sand getting everywhere.

Bourghton-on-the-Water Football, River Windrush

If the thought of beach rugby brings you out in a hot sweat, how about cooling off with a game of river football?

Bourghton-on-the-Water hosts a football match on the August Bank Holiday Monday, every year. Here, the Bourghton Rovers first team (in red) take on the reserves in the River Windrush. As you can see, it attracts quite a crowd.

You'd think it would be a good spectator event. You might think wrong. Look at the kids on the right — they're about to get soaked.

Cricket in Cumbrian slate mine, England

Yes, this is cricket. And yes, this game was played 2,000 feet underground in a Cumbrian slate mine in the North of England.

English village teams Caldbeck and Threlkeld completed the first ever underground cricket match in 2013. A mesh mat was used for the pitch.

The two sides contested the game to raise money for Threlkeld's flooded grounds. As they were in a slate mine, pieces of slate were used as the bails. Caldbeck won after six overs and received a trophy, also made from slate.

Tennis on Burj Al Arab helipad, Dubai

From within the depths of a mountain to the dizzying heights of the Burj Al Arab helipad in Dubai, we now find Roger Federer and Andre Agassi playing tennis at altitude.

If you suffer from vertigo then look away now. Seriously!

Federer and Agassi enjoyed a friendly rally 692 feet high in 2005 (diving for the ball was not recommended).

Tennis isn't the only sport the Dubai helipad has hosted. Champion golfer Rory McIlroy practiced his short game here in 2011.

Ski Jump on Fenway Park

Speaking of thrillseeking, how about the time Fenway Park — iconic home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team — was turned into a monstrous ski jump?

Freestyle skier Andri Ragettli soared higher than even the most majestic of Red Sox home runs, as the Swiss teenager found big air during a one-of-a-kind event in 2016.

Horse Racing, Switzerland

Finding big air isn't the only fun thing you can do in snow, you can also race horses like they do on the frozen surface of Lake St. Moritz in Switzerland.

Horse-racing events have been held here since 1907. However, you can also play polo and even follow horses on skis.

Source: Business Insider