- 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
Events with multiple sports
- 2016: Summer Olympics, 5–21 Aug, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- 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
Pan American Games
Events for a single sport
National Football League
- Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (Home of the San Francisco 49ers) on 7 February 2016
- Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas (Home of the Houston Texans) on 5 February 2017
- Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Home of the Minnesota Vikings) on 4 February 2018
NFL International Series
Three regular season games, all held in London (England, not Ontario in case you were wondering). The dates for the 2016 games have not yet been set. However, 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 set to be built by Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
US college football
- College Football Playoff National Championship
- 2016: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (home of the Arizona Cardinals) on 11 January
- 2017: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida (home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) on 9 January
- 2018: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (future home of the Atlanta Falcons), date TBA
- 2019: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers), date TBA
- 2020: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (home of the New Orleans Saints), date TBA
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.
- 2018 EFAF European Championships: Germany, games to be held in Frankfurt, Dresden and Berlin
- 2019 IFAF world championship. Exact dates and sites TBA
Australian rules football
- 2016 AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground – date TBA, expected to be early October
see also Baseball in the United States
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:
- 2016 – April 2 and 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston
- 2017 – April 1 and 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
- 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
- 2016 – April 3 and 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
- 2017 – March 31 and April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas
- 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 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.
- 2016 Euroleague Final Four – May 12–15 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin
- 103rd Grey Cup at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba (home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers) on 29 November
- 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".
- Masters Tournament (always held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia) – April 7–10, 2016
- U.S. Open – June 16–19, 2016 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh)
- The Open Championship – July 14–17, 2016 at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland
- PGA Championship – July 28–31, 2016 at the Lower Course of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey (near New York City)
- Other significant events
- Ryder Cup (USA vs. Europe team competition) – Held in even-numbered years; alternately hosted by the US and Europe
- 2016 – September 30–October 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota (in the Twin Cities, aka Minneapolis–Saint Paul)
- 2018 – September/October (exact dates TBA) 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)
- 2024 – September/October (exact dates TBA) at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park on Long Island (near New York City)
- The site for the 2022 edition is currently being determined.
- 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) – March 31–April 3, 2016
- Women's PGA Championship – June 9–12, 2016 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington (near Seattle)
- U.S. Women's Open – July 7–10, 2016 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California (near Gilroy and about 30 miles/50 km from San Jose)
- Women's British Open – July 28–31, 2016 at the Woburn Golf and Country Club in Milton Keynes, England
- The Evian Championship (always held at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France) – September 8–11, 2016
- Other significant events
- Solheim Cup (USA vs. Europe team competition) – Held in odd-numbered years; 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 the dedicated article.
A U.S. stock car racing (with cars that look vaguely like regular passenger cars, but are far more powerful) organization that operates three national touring series:
- Sprint Cup Series, the top 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 Sprint Cup, 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
- 2016 Six Nations Championship in Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Rome and Saint-Denis (Paris), February 6–March 19
- 2016 Rugby Championship in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, August 20–October 8
- 2017: British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, June 3–July 8
- 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, September 6–October 20
see also Football in Europe
- 2018: FIFA World Cup, Russia
- 2022: FIFA World Cup, Qatar
- FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, host to be announced in December 2015
- FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France, dates TBA
- 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, dates TBA
- Gambling (which takes place on sports)