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- This article is about watching sport. For participating in sport, see Sport.
Watching sport is a popular pastime around the world, be it a major international event such as the Olympic Games, or a minor league football game.
Articles about watching sport
- Baseball in the United States
- Football in Europe
- Formula One
- American football
- Rugby football
- Ice hockey in North America
- Olympic Games
- Handball in Europe
- Australian Rules Football
- Motorcycle speedway
Events with multiple sports
- 2018: 18 August-2 September, Greater Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia
- 2022: 10-25 September, Hangzhou, China
- 2021: dates TBA, Moncton-Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada
- 2020: Summer Olympics 24 Jul - 9 Aug, Tokyo, Japan
- 2022: Winter Olympics, 4-20 Feb, Beijing, China
- 2024: Summer Olympics, 2-18 Aug, Paris, France
- 2026: Winter Olympics, dates and host TBA
- 2028: Summer Olympics, 21 Jul - 6 Aug, Los Angeles, USA
Pan American Games
Southeast Asian Games
Held every four years in the year before the next summer Olympic Games; all sports are non-Olympic and the events are organized by the International World Games Association, which is recognized by the IOC
Events for a single sport
National Football League
- Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (home of the Atlanta Falcons) on 3 February 2019
- Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (home of the Miami Dolphins) on 2 February 2020
- Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida (home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) on 7 February 2021
- Super Bowl LVI at Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California (future home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams) on 6 February 2022
NFL International Series
Normally four regular season games, but three in 2018, all held in London (England, not Ontario in case you were wondering). The NFL has contracts with the following venues for future games:
- At least two games per season at Wembley Stadium through 2020.
- Three games at Twickenham Stadium from 2016–2018.
- At least two games per season from 2018–2027 at the new stadium being built by Tottenham Hotspur F.C., though only one will be held in 2018.
The dates and matchups for all three 2018 London games have been announced.
- 14 October, New White Hart Lane in the Tottenham neighbourhood of the London Borough of Haringey — Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders
- 21 October, Wembley Stadium — Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- 28 October, Wembley Stadium — Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
NFL games in Mexico
The NFL has held a regular season game in Mexico in 2005. Despite good attendance, the league did not return until the 2016 season, the first of what was initially meant to be a three-year deal to hold one game each season in that country. With both the 2016 and 2017 games selling out, the deal was extended through the 2021 season with an eye to possibly play more than one game per season in future years. All Mexico games thus far have been held in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
The 2018 game will feature the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs on November 19.
US college football
- College Football Playoff National Championship
- 2019: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers) on 7 January
- 2020: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (home of the New Orleans Saints) on 13 January
- 2021: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (home of the Miami Dolphins) on 11 January
- 2022: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana (home of the Indianapolis Colts) on 10 January
- 2023: Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California (future home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams) on 9 January
- 2024: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas (home of the Houston Texans) on 8 January
Note that each of these games is the championship for the previous calendar year. The bulk of the American football season takes place in the northern hemisphere fall/autumn.
German Football League
- German Bowl XL October 2018 - in Berlin Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark (in Prenzlauer Berg) The contract with the stadium currently runs through the 2019 season and presumably the following editions of the German Bowl will also be held at the same site on the first or second Saturday of October of their respective years.
- 2019 IFAF world championship. Exact dates and sites TBA
Australian rules football
Australian Football League
- 2018 AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – 29 September
see also Baseball in the United States
- World Baseball Classic
The NBA (National Basketball Association) season runs from late October to mid-April, followed by a 16-team tournament that ends in the NBA Finals in June. All tournament matchups consist of best-of-7 series, in which a team must win four games to advance to the next round or, in the Finals, to win the championship.
US college basketball
The biggest event in US college (university) basketball is the NCAA Division I men's tournament. The Division I women's tournament draws considerably less interest, but is still the biggest event in American women's college sports. The four-team final round of both tournaments is known as the Final Four. Future Final Four sites are:
- 2019 – April 6 and 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
- 2020 – April 4 and 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
- 2021 – April 3 and 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
- 2022 – April 2 and 4 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
- 2019 – April 5 and 7 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
- 2020 – April 3 and 5 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
The EuroLeague is basketball's equivalent to the UEFA Champions League in association football (soccer), featuring top club teams from throughout Europe (note that in sports, "Europe" includes several countries either partly or totally in Asia, most notably Russia, Turkey, and Israel). The season starts in October and ends with its own Final Four in May.
- 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup – 30 June–8 July in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina
- 2020 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup – dates and host TBA
- AfroBasket – dates and host TBA
- FIBA AmeriCup – dates and host TBA
- FIBA Asia Cup – dates and host TBA
- EuroBasket – dates and host TBA
- 2020 FIBA Under-17 Women's Basketball World Cup – dates and host TBA
- 106th Grey Cup at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta (home of the Edmonton Eskimos) on November 25, 2018
- Major championships
Three of the four men's major championships are held in the US. The only exception is The Open Championship, also known as the "British Open". Each tournament is played from Thursday through Sunday, barring weather-related delays, and has a fixed weekend on the calendar.
- Masters Tournament (always held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia) – ends on the second Sunday in April; next edition to be held 11–14 April 2019
- U.S. Open – ends on the third Sunday in June; next edition to be held 13–16 June 2019 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California (near Monterey)
- The Open Championship – played during the week containing the third Friday in July; next edition to be held 19–22 July 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland (about 11 miles/18 km from Dundee)
- PGA Championship – normally played during the third weekend preceding U.S. Labor Day weekend (with that holiday on the first Monday in September); next edition to be held 9–12 August 2018 at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri (near St. Louis). The tournament will move to May beginning in 2019.
- 2019 – 16–19 May at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park on Long Island (about 35 miles/56 km east of Midtown Manhattan)
- 2020 – May (exact dates TBA) at TPC Harding Park in southwestern San Francisco
- 2021 – May (exact dates TBA) at the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, about 30 miles/48 km from Charleston, South Carolina
- Other significant events
- Ryder Cup (USA vs. Europe team competition) – Held in even-numbered years; alternately hosted by the US and Europe
- 2018 – 28–30 September at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France (near Paris)
- 2020 – September/October (exact dates TBA) at the Straits Course of Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin (near Sheboygan)
- 2022 – September/October (exact dates TBA) at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Italy (near Rome)
- 2024 – September/October (exact dates TBA) at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park
- Presidents Cup (competition between a USA team and an "International" team of non-Europeans) – Held in odd-numbered years; alternately hosted by the US and a non-European country
- Major championships
Three of the five women's major championships are held in the US. As with the men's major championships, all are held from Thursday through Sunday (barring weather delays).
- ANA Inspiration (always held at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course of Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, next to Palm Springs) – Ends on the first Sunday in April; next edition to be held 4–7 April 2019
- U.S. Women's Open – 30 May–2 June 2019 at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina
- Women's PGA Championship – 28 June–1 July 2018 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Long Grove, Illinois (in the northern suburbs of Chicago)
- Women's British Open – 2–5 August 2018 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England (near Blackpool)
- The Evian Championship (always held at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France) – 15–18 September 2018
- Other significant events
- Solheim Cup (USA vs. Europe team competition) – Held in odd-numbered years, usually in August; alternately hosted by the US and Europe
- International Crown (team competition involving eight top national teams of four players each) – Held in even-numbered years
- See also: Ice hockey in North America
- IIHF Men's World Championship
- 2019: Slovakia, at Slovnaft Aréna (aka Ondrej Nepela Aréna) in Bratislava and Steel Aréna in Košice, 3–19 May
- 2020: Switzerland, at Hallenstadion in Zürich and an arena to be built in Lausanne, 1–17 May
- IIHF Women's World Championship
The top level of the Women's World Championships is not held in Winter Olympic years. This contrasts with the men's version, which is held annually regardless of the Olympic cycle. The next two hosts for the top flight have been determined, but no exact dates or specific venues have been set.
- See also: Motor sport
See the dedicated article.
A U.S. stock car racing organization, and the country's most popular form of motorsport. The term "stock car" is a historic reference; when NASCAR first organized races in the years immediately after World War II, the cars were in fact "stock"—exactly as purchased from dealers, with minimal safety-related changes. Over time, the cars changed to the point that they are only vaguely similar in external appearance to current street vehicles, with much more powerful engines and far more safety equipment. NASCAR now operates three national touring series:
- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the top series; often simply called the "Cup Series"
- Xfinity Series, the second level
- Camping World Truck Series, the third level, which races pickup trucks instead of cars
Most races are held on oval tracks; only two races in the Cup Series, three in the Xfinity Series, and one in the Truck Series are held on road courses. Equally unique is that the Truck Series hosts one event each year on a dirt oval; all other tracks in all series are paved. Also, the Truck Series is the only one of the three that races outside the U.S., hosting a single race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a road course near Bowmanville, Ontario (near Oshawa, on the edge of the Greater Toronto Area).
Historically, the sport was centered in the Southeastern U.S., but beginning in the 1990s expanded to become a national spectacle. A typical NASCAR event spans a long weekend, with two or even all three series holding races at one site. Unlike most sports, NASCAR's biggest event is the first race of the season:
- Daytona 500, held on the day before the Presidents Day holiday (which falls on the third Monday of February) at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
A U.S.-based open-wheel racing series. It was established in its current form in 2008, when the IndyCar Series (launched in 1996) merged with the former Champcars series. The merger is a story in itself—as late as the early 1990s, open-wheel racing, governed by a body known as CART (which later became Champcars), was the most popular form of motorsport in the U.S. However, in 1994, the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the series' marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, had a bitter falling-out with CART, leading to the creation of the competing IndyCar series (which took the Indy 500 with it). The feud led many former open-wheel fans to abandon the sport, often for NASCAR. By the time the feud ended, attendance and sponsorship money for the sport were a fraction of what they had been only 15 years earlier.
Currently, all of the series' races are held in the U.S. except for one in Canada. The tracks are a mixture of ovals, road courses, and street circuits.
The series' marquee event, as mentioned above, is:
- Indianapolis 500, held the day before the U.S. holiday of Memorial Day (which falls on the last Monday of May) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana (a community completely surrounded by the city of Indianapolis)
see also Rugby football
- 2018 Rugby Championship, August–October at various locations in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa
- New Zealand:
- South Africa:
- 2019 Six Nations Championship, 1 February–16 March:
- Cardiff, Principality Stadium (Millennium Stadium): 23 February, 16 March
- Dublin, Aviva Stadium: 2 February, 10 March
- Edinburgh, BT Murrayfield: 2 February, 9 February, 9 March
- London, Twickenham Stadium: 10 February, 9 March, 16 March
- Rome, Stadio Olimpico: 9 February, 24 February, 16 March
- Saint-Denis (Paris), Stade de France: 1 February, 23 February
- 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, 20 September–2 November
- 2021: British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, June–July
- 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens: 20–22 July at AT&T Park in San Francisco's China Basin neighborhood
- 2018–19 World Rugby Sevens Series: Dates to be announced, but the season schedule is expected to be:
- Dubai Sevens, traditionally the first event, held in early December at a stadium known as The Sevens
- Australian Sevens, typically held in late January at Allianz Stadium (Sydney Football Stadium)
- New Zealand Sevens, typically held in early February at FMG Stadium Waikato (Waikato Stadium) in Hamilton
- USA Sevens, typically held on the first weekend of March at Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney, Nevada, a community in the Las Vegas area
- Hong Kong Sevens, typically held in late March or early April at Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po, in the east of Hong Kong Island
- Singapore Sevens, typically held in late April at the National Stadium in Kallang, a district just to the northeast of the Downtown Core
- Paris Sevens, typically held in early June at Stade Jean-Bouin in the city's 16th arrondissement
- London Sevens, traditionally the season's last event (though not in 2018), usually held in early June at Twickenham Stadium
National Rugby League
- 2018 State of Origin series – Three matches, with two remaining to be played:
- 2018 NRL Grand Final – 30 September at ANZ Stadium
- 2018 Super League Grand Final – 6 October, Old Trafford, Manchester
see also Football in Europe
- 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, 14 June–15 July
- 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, 22 November–18 December
- 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, dates TBA
- 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, 7 June–7 July
Tennis has events throughout the calendar year. The top-level men's tour is the ATP World Tour, with the WTA Tour as the women's counterpart. The men's and women's tours come together for the four Grand Slam events and a few other select tournaments throughout the year. In addition to these, the Davis Cup (men) and Fed Cup (women) are the top events for national teams; these operate as multi-level leagues, with the top levels of each (known in both competitions as the "World Group") conducted as knockout tournaments.
Grand Slam events
All four of these events are held over two weeks.
- Australian Open: Ends on the last Sunday in January at Melbourne Park in the city centre. Frequently suffers from hot and humid weather in the southern summer, although this has been alleviated in recent years with retractable roofs on the three main courts.
- French Open (also known as Roland Garros): Held in late May and early June at Stade Roland Garros in the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arondissement of Paris. Most notable as the only Grand Slam event still held on clay courts.
- Wimbledon: Begins on the first Monday in July and ends on the second Sunday following at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in the Wimbledon neighbourhood of southwest London. Notable for its grass courts, no play on the middle Sunday, and numerous other traditions.
- US Open: Begins on the last Monday in August and ends on the second Monday in September (straddling the Labor Day holiday as celebrated in the US). Held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens.
Both the ATP and WTA have season-ending events for the very top players, with eight players qualifying for the finals in singles and eight teams in doubles. The competitors are divided into two groups of four, each playing a round-robin within the group. The top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals, with the winners of each semifinal contesting the final.
- ATP Finals: Mid-November at The O2 Arena in London.
- WTA Finals: Late October at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in the Kailang district, just to the northeast of the Downtown Core.
Other top-tier events
Both the ATP and WTA have a multi-level hierarchy of events, with the Grand Slam at the top, followed by the season-ending championships and then the events shown here (with other levels below these in both cases). The two tours have differing terminology for this level:
- ATP: Nine events known as the "ATP World Tour Masters 1000". All top players are required to enter these events (barring injury or other misfortune), with the exception of the Monte-Carlo Masters.
- WTA: The WTA's category of "Premier" tournaments is much broader. with three levels. This tour has only four tournaments that all top players must enter, known as "Premier Mandatory". Five other events that do not have a required player commitment, but much larger purses than lower-tier events, are known as "Premier 5". The remaining Premier tournaments are analogous to the ATP's fourth level, the World Tour 500 Series.
With that in mind, here are the ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 events:
- Qatar Ladies Open: Mid-February at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. WTA Premier 5.
- Indian Wells Masters (men) and Indian Wells Open (women): Early March in Indian Wells, California (near Palm Springs). ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Miami Open: Late March–early April; moving to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (north of the city of Miami) in 2019. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Monte-Carlo Masters: Mid-April at Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, next to Monaco. ATP Masters 1000.
- Madrid Open: Mid-May at Caja Mágica in Madrid. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Italian Open: Week following the Madrid Open at Foro Italico in Rome. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5.
- Canadian Open: Early August at Stade IGA in Montreal and Aviva Centre in Toronto. In odd-numbered years, the men play in Montreal and the women in Toronto, and vice versa in even-numbered years. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5.
- Cincinnati Masters (men) and Cincinnati Open (women): Week after the Canadian Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, northeast of Cincinnati. ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5.
- Wuhan Open: Last week of September at Optics Valley International Tennis Center. WTA Premier 5.
- China Open: Start of October, immediately following the Wuhan Open, at the National Tennis Center in Beijing. WTA Premier Mandatory.
- Note that the ATP Tour plays here at the same time, but the men's version of the China Open is a fourth-tier 500 Series event.
- Shanghai Masters: Week after the China Open at Qi Zhong Stadium in the southwest of the city. ATP Masters 1000.
- Paris Masters: Late October–early November at AccorHotels Arena in the 12th arrondissement. ATP Masters 1000.
- See also: Handball in Europe
Olympic or team Handball is a fast paced team sport that is mostly played indoors and enjoys considerable popularity in most of continental Europe. The world cup as well as the European championship are major events, second only to soccer. The best national leagues (found in Germany, France and the Nordic countries) battle out a club champion every year. There is also the EHF Champions League which battles out Europe's top club team every year with a final four to be held in Cologne for the 2016/17 season.
National team competitions
- Men's world cup January 2019 Germany & Denmark
- Men's European Championship January 12-28 2018 Croatia
- Women's world cup December 1-17 2017 Germany; 2019 Japan
- Women's European Championship November 30 - December 16 2018 France
- Gambling (which takes place on sports)