Does sitting by a pool on holiday not appeal to you? Would you prefer to add a bit more ‘umph’ to your trip? Taking in a sporting event on your vacation is a top way to add an extra dimension to your break away. The FIFA World Cup might be years away following the 2018 edition and the Olympics isn’t until 2020, but there are still an array of major occasions to fill your 2019 calendar.
Here, with Audi servicing specialists, Lookers, we take a look at some of the world’s best events in which you could plan your holiday around. So, hunt out that passport and start looking for cheap flights now!
Audi FIS Ski World Cup
Is there any better way to start the year than on the slopes? Based in the heart of skiing at Holmenkollen, the event invites 32 of the world’s best skiers to battle it out until the best man and woman is crowned as the night’s winner. With a full calendar of events, the New Year’s Day event is certainly the pick of the bunch. Start your year as you mean to go on – having fun!
Date: 1st January
Location: Oslo, Norway
Super Bowl 53
London are starting to host more NFL games this side of the pond, but you still can’t beat the Super Bowl. The 2019 season finale takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the Atlanta Falcons. While we may not know who will be appearing in the spectacle for some time, what should be guaranteed is your attendance!
With half-time shows that are an event in themselves, the occasion must be on every fans’ bucket list. Can the Philadelphia Eagles keep ahold of the title they received when they beat the New England Patriots this year in Minneapolis?
Date: 3rd February
Location: Atlanta, USA
Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix takes to the streets of Monte Carlo and is one of Formula 1’s most important and prestigious races. While it’s a favourite for the drivers, the fans also love it, so why not book one of the many packages on offer from travel agents and lap up the luxury?
Date: 23rd– 26th May
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
You don’t always need a passport to take in big events. In a year when The Ashes come back to our shores – or at least the series; let’s not get ahead of ourselves – we really are blessed with a fantastic 12 months of cricket on home soil next year. England and Wales have combined to host the international one-day competition for the first time since 1999. While the host nation currently tops the world rankings, Australia won’t be keen to give up the crown they won four years ago, and the likes of India and Pakistan are always a threat.
In total, 11 grounds around the UK will host games, including The Riverside Durham, Headingly, Edgbaston and the Cardiff Wales Stadium before the final is held at Lord’s. It’s a great opportunity to tour the two countries while taking in some (hopefully) tantalising cricket.
Date: 30th May – 14th July
Location: England and Wales
UEFA Champions League Final
The Champions League comes to a gripping conclusion at Atletico Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano. Will their rivals Real Madrid, without Cristiano Ronaldo, be on hand to lift the trophy for the fourth year in a row? Or could there be a new name on the cup when it’s handed over in the Spanish capital.
This occasion is the pinnacle of the European football calendar and is sure to wow spectators. Will an English team lift the cup once more? Liverpool came within a whisker last year, but no British team has been crowned number one since Chelsea in 2012.
If your team is competing in the Europa League, perhaps you’ll head to Azerbaijan, as the Olympic Stadium in Baku is the host for the 2018/19 final on 29th May.
Date: 1st June
Location: Madrid, Spain
The U.S Open’s official site claims ‘History Awaits’. So, make sure you’re there for the action at Pebble Beach. The course has so much prestigious Major championship pedigree, with a setting that is draped over cliffs that are perched above the pristine Stillwater Cove; it really is a fantastic location to watch the sport.
The course will host the competition for the sixth time in 50 years and offers a variety of spectator accommodations and packages available to take advantage off.
Date: 13th – 16th June
Location: California, USA
The tournament had many twists and turns in 2018. For a moment it looked like the men’s competition was going to throw up a huge surprise before Novak Djokovic reigned victorious, while Serena Williams came unstuck in the women’s final against Angelique Kerber.
Will Britain’s Andy Murray return and launch a bid to win back the crown for the Great British public, or can a new talent emerge? Either way, it’s an event you should certainly pencil into your planner. Get the strawberries and cream at the ready!
Date: 1st – 14th July
Tour de France
With the tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of five-time winner Eddy Merckx’s maiden victory, it will be setting off from Belgium’s capital, Brussels. This will be the second time the city has hosted the race’s Grand Depart, with the first coming way back in 1958. The annual event’s 2019 edition, the 106th edition of the famous bike race, also marks the 100th year anniversary of the yellow jersey’s introduction. The route is still to be finalised, but with so many amazing sights to take in, a trip to Belgium or France to watch the cycling is a great way to spend your summer.
Date: 6th – 28th July
Location: Belgium and France
The 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place in Japan. The event, held over seven weeks, is the third largest sporting event in the world, following the football World Cup and summer Olympics. Like its football namesake, the rugby union tournament only takes place every four years and the Japanese host the tournament for the first time in its history; failing with a bid for the 2015 edition.
In total, there will be 48 matches between 20 teams across 12 venues. The opening match will be played at the Tokyo Stadium before the tournament wraps up at the Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa. Will New Zealand hold on to their crown after beating Australia in the 2015 final? Book your trip and be a part of the action!
Date: 20th September – 2nd November
Athletics World Championships
Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but athletics takes centre stage first. The Qatari capital of Doha beat rival bids from Barcelona and the American city of Eugene to host the 17th edition of the spectacle and welcome the world’s best athletics stars.
Following Usain Bolt’s retirement, who will be the king of the sprints? And will we see Mo Farah compete in the marathon following his decision to leave the track behind?
Date: 28th September – 6th October
Location: Doha, Qatar