It’s fair to say that 2014 has been an exceptional year so far for sports fans. Whether that’s the Tour de France earlier in the year, the World Cup in Brazil or the US PGA in Kentucky, every month seems to have brought thrills and spills that many will remember for years to come. But as summer moves slowly into autumn, are the best sporting events of the year behind us?
Arguably, the answer is a definitive ‘no’ and anyone willing to travel a little to enjoy their favourite sporting events still has a surprising menu of world-class events to look forward to. So what events can sports fans still look forward to, and where will you need to travel to in order to experience them in person?
Originally founded in 1881 the US Open is one of the premier tennis competitions anywhere in the world. Second only to Wimbledon on the world stage, the US Open is played autumn at the courts in New York City. The main competition is housed at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, though due to the number of tennis players competing for this prestigious prize other NY-based sites are also used; most notably the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Tickets are currently on sale though are expected to be snapped up well in advance of the initial kick-off on August 25th.
For golf fans mourning the end of the PGA there is relief on the horizon, with the promise of the Ryder Cup looming ever closer. Taking place at the world-class Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, tickets for major games are already almost sold out. Golf fanatics are therefore advised to be quick though some tickets for practise sessions are still on offer. Additionally some specialist golf tour companies have stockpiled tickets available for the clients.
October sees the beginning of the baseball World Series or ‘Fall Classic’ as it is sometimes known in the States. The competitors are still being finalized right now as major teams compete in the various preceding selection events, though as always there are sure to be a few surprises in the final line-up.
Buying tickets to travel and see the World Series can be a little more problematic than many other sporting events, as games can take place at a variety of venues depending on which teams actually qualify. That said, for the hardened baseball fan, tickets are currently available. Note that some select brokers offer to refund you if you buy tickets to see a certain team who then fail to actually qualify.
Ascot and the Grand National may be nothing more than a distant memory but the horse racing season is far from over. Australia’s Melbourne Cup, known as ‘the race that stop a nation’, is one of the last racing events of the year. Held every year since 1861, over 100,000 spectators flock to the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to enjoy the largest horse racing event in Australia. Furthermore, thanks to the enviable Australian climate, even as the event kicks off in early November, visitors can still expect both warmth and sunshine in which to enjoy the racing.