We have now entered another year and being an even number, we can look forward to a few major global sporting events. Firstly, congratulations to the first champion of the year, Gary Anderson who won the PDC World Darts Championship at the weekend.
2016 sees the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio beginning on 5 August and concluding on 7 September. Although these Games may not be physically accessible as the last one for the majority of the British public, there are events closer to home such as the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix and the Indoor British Championships in Sheffield, both taking place in February. July sees the London Anniversary Games.
For football fans, Euro 2016 starts in France on 10 June, with England perhaps in the strongest position it has ever been to bring home some semblance of glory. Cricket’s summer series starts 19 May with test matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and the T20 World Cup taking place in India.
Golf fans, watch out for the start of the Open, 14 July and the Ryder Cup, 30 Sept and over the summer, golf is being included in the Olympics for the first time.
For sailing fanatics, the ISAF World Cup event at Weymouth and Portland in June is expected to attract great attention, and tennis is well represented with Wimbledon in the summer and the Davis Cup, starting 4 March.
Events Calendar 2016
Date(s) Event Location
Jan 14-18 Cricket South Africa v England Johannesburg
Jan 16 Boxing David Haye v Mark de Mori O2 Arena, London
Jan 16-7 Football African Nations Championships Rwanda
Jan 18-3 Tennis Australian Open Melbourne
Feb 7 Gridiron Super Bowl Santa Clara, California
Feb 3-13 Cricket South Africa v England South Africa
Feb 6 Rugby Union Start of Six Nations UK
Feb 12-21 Multi-sports Winter Youth Olympics Lillehammer, Norway
Mar 2-6 Cycling World Track Championships London, UK
Mar 6 Mothers’ Day
Mar 11-Apr 3 Cricket ICC World Twenty20 India
Mar 15-18 Horse Racing Cheltenham Festival Cheltenham
Mar 25-28 Easter Weekend
Mar 27 Running IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff
Apr 7-10 Golf Masters Augusta, USA
Apr 9 Horse Racing Grand National Aintree, Liverpool
Apr 24 Marathon London Marathon London
May 2 Early May Bank Holiday
May 7 Horse Racing Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky, US
May 8-12 Multi-sports Invictus Games Orlando, Florida, USA
May 18 Football Europa League Final Switzerland
May 21 Football FA Cup final Wembley Stadium, London
May 22-Jun 5 Tennis French Open Paris, France
May 28 Football Champions League Final Milan
May 30 Spring Bank Holiday
Jun 3-26 Football Copa América Centenario United States
Jun 10-Jul 10 Football Euro 2016 France
Jun 16-19 Golf US Open Pennsylvania
Jun 27-Jul 10 Tennis Wimbledon London, England
July 2-24 Cycling Tour de France France
July 14-17 Golf British Open Ayrshire, Scotland
July 28–31 Golf US PGA Baltusrol New Jersey
Aug 5-21 Multi-sports Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aug 21-28 Rowing World Rowing Championships Rotterdam
Aug 29 – Sep 11 Tennis US Open New York, USA
Aug 29 Summer Bank Holiday
Sep 7-18 Multi-sports Paralympic Games Rio, Brazil
Sep 30-Oct 2 Golf Ryder Cup Minnesota
Oct 1 AFL Grand Final Melbourne, Australia
Oct 9-16 Cycling UCI Road World Championships Doha, Qatar
So from the events calender 2016, it is going to be a busy year for sport and with them opportunities for the catering trade to lay on themed events on top of the all the local celebrations across the South West of England and South Wales.