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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
Events with multiple sports
- 2018: 18 August-2 September, Greater Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia
- 2022: 10-25 September, Hangzhou, China
- 2018: Winter Olympics, 9-25 Feb, Pyeongchang, South Korea
- 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 LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota (home of the Minnesota Vikings) on 4 February 2018
- 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
Four regular season games, 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.
All four London games for the 2017 season have been played. Dates and locations for the 2018 London games will be announced with the rest of the NFL schedule in April of that year.
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.
US college football
- College Football Playoff National Championship
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.
- 2018 EFAF European Championships: Germany, games to be held in Frankfurt July 27-29
- 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:
- 2018 – March 31 and April 2 at the Alamodome in San Antonio
- 2019 – March 30 and April 1 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
- 2018 – March 30 and April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
- 2019 – April 3 and 5 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
- 2020 – April 2 and 4 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.
- 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 5–8 April 2018
- U.S. Open – ends on the third Sunday in June; next edition to be held 14–17 June 2018 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York (near the eastern end of Long Island, about 85 miles/140 km from Midtown Manhattan)
- 2019 – 13–16 June at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California (near Monterey)
- 2020 – 18–21 June at the West Course of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York (in Westchester County, slightly over 25 miles/40 km from Midtown Manhattan)
- 2021 – 17–20 June at the South Course of Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, a neighborhood in the northern part of San Diego
- 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.
- ANA Inspiration (always held at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course of Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, California) – Normally ends on the first Sunday in April; next edition to be held 29 March–1 April 2018
- U.S. Women's Open – 31 May–3 June 2018 at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Shoal Creek, Alabama (near Birmingham)
- 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
- 2018: Denmark, at Royal Arena in Copenhagen and Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, 4–20 May
- 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 fourth Sunday of February (which is the last except possibly in leap years) 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 Six Nations Championship, 3 February–17 March:
- Cardiff, Principality Stadium (Millennium Stadium): 3 February, 11 March, 17 March
- Dublin, Aviva Stadium: 10 February, 23 February, 10 March
- Edinburgh, BT Murrayfield: 11 February, 24 February
- London, Twickenham Stadium: 10 February, 17 March
- Rome, Stadio Olimpico: 4 February, 17 March
- 2018 Rugby Championship, August–October at various locations in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa
- 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, 6 September–20 October
- 2021: British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, June–July
National Rugby League
- 2018 State of Origin series – Three matches in May–July
- At least one, and likely two matches, at ANZ Stadium
- One match at Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park) in Brisbane
- 2018 NRL Grand Final - ANZ Stadium in late September
- 2018 Super League Grand Final – 6 October, Old Trafford, Manchester
- 2017 Rugby League World Cup - Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
- 2021 Rugby League World Cup - England
- 2025 Rugby League World Cup - Canada and the United States
see also Football in Europe
- 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, 14 June–15 July
- FIFA U-20 World Cup, host and dates TBA
- FIFA U-17 World Cup, host and dates TBA
- 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, 22 November–18 December
- 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, 7 June–7 July
- 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)