Do you want to avoid just sitting by the pool on your next holiday? Do you want a little more excitement for your money? If so, a great way to add an extra dimension to your trip away as by attending a sporting event. 2018 might have seen the FIFA World Cup come and go for another four years, and the Olympics isn’t until 2020, but 2019 still has a host of events with which you can fill your calendar.
Here, alongside Audi servicing specialists, Lookers, we take a look at which occasions you can plan 2019’s holiday around. So, hunt out that passport and start looking for cheap flights now!
Audi FIS Ski World Cup
New year is fast approaching and what better way to start 2019 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.
The New Year’s Day event is the pick of the bunch in a full calendar of events. Start your year as you mean to go on – having fun!
Date: 1st January
Location: Oslo, Norway
Super Bowl 53
London may well be hosting more NFL games each year, but there’s nothing quite like the spectacle that is the Super Bowl. The 2018/19 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!
Even the half-time shows are an event in themselves, so this occasion is likely to tick off several bucket list activities at once. 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
In May, F1’s drivers take to the streets of Monte Carlo in one of the sport’s most 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
For this one, you won’t even need your passport! In a year when The Ashes come back to our shores – or at least the series does – 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.
With 11 grounds hosting games, including The Riverside Durham, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval, 2019’s final will be 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
European football’s crème de la crème will face off at Atletico Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano for next year’s Champions League swansong. 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 match is always an occasion that fascinates spectators and would be a great event for any football fan. 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 favourite team is in the Europa League, then you may prefer to head to Azerbaijan, with the Olympic Stadium in Baku playing host to 2019’s final on 29th May.
Date: 1st June
Location: Madrid, Spain
‘History Awaits’, according to the official site, so why not be a part of history and 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.
It’s the sixth time that the U.S. Open has headed to the course in the last 50 years and with so many spectator accommodations and packages available, it really can be a great holiday for a golf fan to take advantage of.
Date: 13th – 16th June
Location: California, USA
2018’s tournament at The All England Club was full of thrills, wasn’t it? 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 British favourite Andy Murray return to try to win the title once more in 2019? 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
The predominantly French race will once again set off from Belgium’s capital, Brussels, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of five-time winner Eddy Merckx’s maiden victory,. 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 106th edition also marks the 100th year anniversary of the introduction of the yellow jersey. 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 Rugby World Cup heads to Japan in 2019. 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.
Twelve venues will host 48 matches between the 20 qualifying teams. 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
Before the FIFA World Cup heads to Qatar in 2022, athletics takes centre stage. 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 Jamaica’s Usain Bolt’s retirement, who will be crowned the king of the sprints? Elsewhere, 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