2020’s sporting calendar

30 January 2020

2020 promises another big year in sports. Alongside all the usual domestic action we’ve got a whole host of international sporting events to look forward to. With this, the opportunity arises to combine your passion for sports and travel as you explore the world in search of the finest sporting events around and use the opportunity to experience the destinations in which they are held.

February: Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, Las Vegas

On 22nd February, Tyson Fury will challenge Deontay Wilder for his WBC world heavyweight title in a rematch of the 2018 blockbuster which sent the internet into a spiral. The match is set to take place at the iconic MGM Grand and is one of the most hotly anticipated heavyweight bouts in recent years. While tickets to the fight might be sold out, the atmosphere in Las Vegas will be electric in the lead up and watching the action unfold in a casino bar is the next best thing to being live in the arena.

March: Major League Baseball season begins

The MLB season begins on 26th March with games taking place across North America, and cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami and Houston all hosting games on the opening day of the season. The MLB has an army of millions of supporters who are passionate about baseball but if you don’t feel the same, not to worry. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that a day at the ballpark is about much more than the game on the field, but rather the peripherals such as the delicious food and the electric atmosphere.

April: Diamond League, Qatar

On 17th April, the world’s elite athletes will converge on Doha to size one another up leading into the Summer Olympic Games. As well as promising beautiful weather, Doha offers an enticing destination for fans to experience, and is the perfect base for exploring wider through Qatar to sample authentic desert life.

May: The French Open, Paris

The major tennis tournament takes place over two weeks in the French capital. Spend your days watching the world’s elite battle it out on the court and enjoy your evenings around the most romantic city of the world, dining on delicious French fare and admiring the beautiful Romanesque architecture.

June: UEFA Euro 2020

 

This year, the UEFA European Football Championship will take on a slightly different format as it spreads itself across the continent rather than being focused on one or two host nations. The finest players will be competing across 12 cities in 12 different countries as they vie for the title. This new format has brought about the chance to soak up the culture of multiple different nations as you follow your team.

July: 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo

The land of the rising sun will be hosting its second Olympic Games this summer between 24th July and 9th August. The games will centre around the National Stadium, which was used in the 1964 games, and is being rebuilt to bring a brand-new sleek design for the 2020 edition.

August: Vuelta a España

The 75th edition of the great race will be held this year. Starting in the Netherlands, the cyclists will then transfer to Spain to cover the race’s traditional regions in the country’s north, passing through miles of bucolic countryside as they work their way towards the grand city of Madrid.

September: Ryder Cup, Wisconsin

The annual contest between Europe and the USA will be taking place on American soil this year at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. Teeing off on 25th September, the hotly contested competition will last four days, during which time we’ll see the best golfers on earth compete to earn their team the title. Team USA will be looking to avenge their 2018 defeat with a win on one of the country’s most famous courses.

October: T20 Cricket World Cup, Australia  

As the UK’s weather begins to drop off, the temperature rises in Australia and conditions become perfect for cricket. The international game’s shortest format guarantees thrills in every match as bails go tumbling, balls go flying over the boundary and fielders pluck victory from the jaws of defeat as they lunge at full length to take the winning catch. This year’s hosts have never won the competition themselves but with stars like Finch and Maxwell at the crease that could all change.

November: F1 season ends in Abu Dhabi

The 2020 Formula 1 season will come to a close in Abu Dhabi in the magnificent setting of its Yas Island circuit. The race will see the crowning of a new champion and where better to do it than on this island of fun and excitement where thrilling theme parks sit side by side with designer shopping centres and endless leisure activities.

December: PDC World Darts Championship, London

Every year the party atmosphere of the of the PDC World Darts Championship rolls into London’s Alexander Palace in the run up to Christmas. Combine a trip to the darts with an extended stay in the capital for some festive shopping, an evening in the West End or the new year’s eve celebrations around Big Ben.

 

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