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18 sporting events to see in 2018

From the World Cup to the Ryder Cup, 2018 will be a top year for sport

If you didn’t know by now, here’s a reminder: 2018 is a World Cup year. Yes, one month of back-to-back football matches broadcast across many channels right in the middle of summer.

Before the festival of football in Russia though there’s plenty of other sport to enjoy on the 2018 calendar, with tennis grand slams, golf majors and also a Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Later on in the year highlights include Team Europe taking on Team USA in golf’s Ryder Cup and also the 2018 European Championships which will be jointly held in Glasgow and Berlin.

So get out your 2018 diary - it’s at the bottom of your Christmas stocking - and jot down these dates as we pick 18 sporting events to see in 2018.

2018 sports events calendar 

Australian Open 2018

  • What: the first tennis Grand Slam tournament of the year 
  • When: 15-28 January 
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia 
  • How to get tickets: ausopen.com/tickets  
  • Website: ausopen.com

X Games Aspen 2018

NFL Super Bowl LII

  • What: the season-ending finale of the National Football League in the US 
  • When: 4 February 
  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
  • How to get tickets: keithprowse.co.uk  
  • Website: nfl.com/super-bowl

2018 Winter Olympic Games

2018 Paralympic Games

  • What: multi-sport event for para-athletes held every four years 
  • When: 9-18 March 
  • Where: PyeongChang, South Korea 
  • How to get tickets: paralympic.org/tickets
  • Website: paralympic.org

2018 Masters Tournament

  • What: first of the four golf majors in 2018 
  • When: 5-8 April 
  • Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, US 
  • How to get tickets: tickets.masters.com 
  • Website: masters.com

2018 Commonwealth Games

  • What: 70 nations compete in this multi-sport event 
  • When: 4-15 April 
  • Where: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 
  • How to get tickets: gc2018.com/tickets
  • Website: gc2018.com

2018 Grand National

2018 Fifa World Cup

  • What: festival of football held every four years 
  • When: 14 June-15 June 
  • Where: Russia 
  • How to get tickets: fifa.com/ticketing 
  • Website: fifa.com

NHL Stanley Cup finals

  • What: best-of-seven season finale of the National Hockey League 
  • When: June 
  • Where: TBC 
  • Website: nhl.com

24 Hours of Le Mans   

  • What: the 86th running of the world’s most famous 24-hour race 
  • When: 16-17 June 
  • Where: Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France 
  • How to get tickets: lemansrace.com
  • Website: lemans.org

2018 Wimbledon Championships

2018 Tour de France

The Open

  • What: 147th edition of the golfing major 
  • When: 19-22 July 
  • Where: Carnoustie, Scotland 
  • How to get tickets: tickets.theopen.com 
  • Website: theopen.com

European Championships

  • What: new seven-sport event held in two cities. Sports include athletics, aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon 
  • When: 2-12 August 
  • Where: Berlin, Germany and Glasgow, Scotland 
  • How to get tickets: glasgow2018.com 
  • Website: europeanchampionships.com

2018 Ryder Cup

  • What: Team Europe take on Team USA in golf’s biggest event 
  • When: 28-30 September 
  • Where: Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France 
  • How to get tickets: rydercup.com/tickets 
  • Website: rydercup.com

Betfred Super League Grand Final

2018 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  • What: the final Formula 1 grand prix of the 2018 season 
  • When: 25 November 
  • Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • How to get tickets: tickets.formula1.com 
  • Website: formula1.com

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