It might be too late to travel to the 2014 Olympic games, but there are still plenty of exciting world sporting events coming up! Here’s a list of some of our picks.
NHL Heritage Classic – March 2
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Not for those with an aversion to cold weather, the upcoming Heritage Classic is part of a series of outdoor NHL ice hockey games in Canada. If you can brave the chill, it’s guaranteed to be exciting; nobody loves ice hockey as much as its Canadian fans!
Masters Tournament – April 10-13
Golfers all over the world dream of being fitted with the iconic green Masters jacket, but only a handful of entrants since 1949, when the tradition began, have and the honor. But did you know that the champion only gets to keep the jacket for a year?
Monaco Grand Prix – May 25
If you prefer your sports a little faster, look no further than this Formula One event. Its course, the Circuit de Monaco, is laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine alongside the famous harbor. Because of the tight turns, changes in elevation, and narrow tunnel, the Grand Prix is widely considered to be the single most challenging Formula One race.
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FIFA World Cup – June 12-July 13
If the sound of vuvuzelas gets your adrenaline pumping, the FIFA World Cup just might be the sporting event for you. Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup for the first time since 1950 and even if you can’t score tickets, it’s sure to be an amazing time to visit the country.
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Henley Women’s Regatta – June 20-22
The Women’s Henley was formed in 1988 as a result of the lack of Women’s events at the Henley Royal Regatta and takes place annually, two weeks before its Royal counterpart. There are no entrance fees to the regatta and all spectators are welcome.
US Open – July 25-Sept 8
New York City, NY
The US Open is the fourth and final of the annual Grand Slam tennis majors, and the combination of a year’s worth of rivalries and the energy of New York City always makes for an exciting two weeks. Make sure you leave time to walk the grounds and check out the junior and wheelchair matches, which are free to watch with a grounds admission pass.
2014 will mark the 101st edition of the Tour de France. The route begins in Leeds, England and passes through London along with eastern and southeastern France before heading north to conclude at Paris’s Champs Elysees. The crowds in London and Paris can be overwhelming, but with a little advanced planning you can applaud the athletes along their route.
photo: Marcos Vasconcelos Photography/flickr
NYC Marathon – November 2
New York City, NY
The New York City Marathon is one of the largest in the world, with 50,304 finishers in 2013. It passes through all five boroughs, beginning in Staten Island and ending in Manhattan’s Central Park. Wherever you are in the city, you’re sure to be in a great position to cheer on the runners!