There are few locations around the world that are adored by sports fans quite as much as the US, and with good reason – sports are taken seriously here, and the calendar is packed with exciting events year-round. But, if you’re visiting in summer, you’re really in luck. Here are some of the most-anticipated events taking place in the US this summer that sports fans won’t want to miss.
US Open Championships
The US Open is one of the top hard-court tennis tournaments in the world and is an annual event, held in New York at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. It’s a modern take on one of the oldest tennis championships in the world – the US National Championship that dates back to 1881. The US Open is an event to plan for well in advance though, as it’s hugely popular with tennis fans around the world.
US PGA Championship
Conducted by the Professional Golfers’ Association, the US PGA Championship is one of four major events in golf. It was previously held in August but 2019 marks a shift as this event will now take place in May. The US PGA sees 156 of golf’s top players competing for the Wanamaker Trophy and the prestige that comes from achieving this victory. Punters will be gambling on who will be following in the footsteps of Brooks Koepka who won his third major at last year’s PGA Championship.
MLB All-Star Games
Is it really summer in the US without a baseball game? There’s nothing more all-American that this sport and sports enthusiasts visiting in July would be made to miss the integral game of the season – the MLB All-Star Game. It’s become affectionately known as the Midsummer Classic and is held in Cleveland, Ohio. 2019 will be the sixth time the Cleveland Indians have hosted the game and they certainly know how to put on a show, so it’s guaranteed to be an event you won’t forget.
The most challenging and final portion of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is an esteemed thoroughbred race held in New York at the beloved Belmont Park racetrack, but before it you can study some of the horses with these tips for the Grand National as some horses will be running in both. The Belmont Stakes can make or break a champion and as a result, this race is one of the most exciting of American horse racing events. If you’re visiting New York in the summer, this illustrious race is a must-visit for a truly unforgettable experience where the atmosphere is electric.
The NBA finals have seen some memorable match-ups that still get talked about years later, with prominent rivalries making for some truly thrilling games. The atmosphere at a live basketball game is gripping and a really memorable experience, so the finals are sure to be even more exciting. While the NBA playoffs take place in April, the season is wrapped up with the finals in June and this year has all the potential to be one of the most captivating games fans have seen in years.