Winter Olympics & World Cup Two Of This Year’s Top Sports Happenings
The 2018 sports calendar is a good one, for it includes two worldwide events that don’t occur ever year, the Winter Olympic Games and the World Cup. Here’s a rundown of the dates and places of the biggest sporting events in the world for the year.
January’s Top Sporting Events
• Jan 8 – College Football National Championship, Atlanta
Alabama vs. Georgia. If Alabama wins it will be the school’s 17 National Championship. Georgia is seeking its first since Hershel Walker’s freshman season in 1980.
February’s Top Sporting Events
• Feb. 4 – Super Bowl LII, Minneapolis, MN
If you’re going, pack your thickets team sweatshirt! Thankfully for the fans, players, officials, etc., the game in indoor.
• Feb. 18 – Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, FL
The Super Bowl of the NASCAR season is its first race of the year. Some 500,000 people will be watching (some sort of from the infield) at Daytona International Speedway.
• Feb. 9-25 – Winter Olympic Games, Pyeongchang, South Korea
The Games are being played in South Korea with hopes North Korea will behave itself for two weeks. The only way Russian athletes will be able to compete is to enter as individuals, because the country has been banned from these Games because of doping issues.
March’s Top Sporting Events
• March 15-18 & 23-25 – March Madness
The greatest weekend in sports is the first four days of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
• March 31 & April 2 – NCAA Tournament Final Four
This is the time our bracket is busted so just watch and enjoy the games.
April’s Top Sporting Events
• April 5-8 – The Masters, Augusta, GA
The toughest ticket in all of sports is this historic golf tournament at this historic golf course an hour from Atlanta.
May’s Top Sporting Events
• May 21-June 10 – French Open
The clay-court major from Roland Garros tennis stadium in Paris.
• May 27 – Indy 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN
This is the 102nd running of this American open-wheel auto race.
June’s Top Sporting Events
• June 14-July 15 – The World Cup soccer Russia
The month-long tournament at various venues takes place in Russia for the world’s most popular sport.
• June 14-17, U.S. Open Golf, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York
This year’s tournament takes place in Shinnecock Hills east of New York City on Long Island.
July’s Top Sporting Events
• July 7-29 – Tour de France
This is a great spectator event. Grab some wine and sit at an outdoor cafe as the riders fly by or sit on a hill in the Pyrenees with a picnic basket. And a bottle (or two) of wine.
• July 2-15 – Wimbledon, England
The grandaddy of ’em all, the most prestigious tournament in tennis, takes place outside of London.
July 19-22, British Open, Carnoustie, Angus, England
Golf has been played on this course since the 16th century at it has a reputation of being one of the toughest golf courses on Earth.
August’s Top Sporting Events
• Aug. 16-19 – Manhattan Open AVP, Manhattan Beach, CA
The Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball takes place on the sand where the sport was born and became popular, as well as a huge part of the Southern California lifestyle.
• Aug. 27-Sept. 9, U.S. Open Tennis, New York City
It’s hot, sweaty and THE All-American tennis tournament.
September’s Top Sporting Events
• Labor Day Weekend – College Football Season Begins
Some big games weed out the pretenders from the contenders in the first game of the year.