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Seven World-Class Sports Events

Sports fans, rejoice! For over the next two years or so, there are some truly epic contests and championships taking place across the globe. From Ryder Cup golf in New York to rowing in Shanghai and the Ashes in Australia, act now to secure your tickets and travel to see the best of the best in action says Rebecca Miles

This is a feature from Issue 23 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

1. The Ashes 2025

It’s the one all English cricket fans have been waiting for – England visit Australia at the end of 2025, seeking to regain the hallowed urn. Thanks to Covid and a 2-2 series draw in England in 2023, the Australian team have had their hands on the Ashes since 2018 and fans have had to wait eight years for the opportunity to take it back.

While the exact match dates are yet to be confirmed, we do know that five legendary venues will be hosting the two months of sporting drama. They are: The Gabba in Brisbane, home of many an epic battle; Adelaide Oval known for its highly charged atmosphere; Perth Stadium, a marvel of modern engineering; Melbourne Cricket Ground, the home of Australian cricket and steeped in history; and Sydney Cricket Ground, the scene of many Ashes dramas. The opportunity for cricket fans to travel to Australia has been a long time coming, so make the most of it and see the Outback, the vineyards and the glorious beaches too.

2. World Cup Football 2026

The FIFA World Cup in 2026 isn’t just taking over one country, it’s taking over three – the USA, Mexico and Canada. Matches will be taking place in 16 cities across North America, providing fans with the perfect excuse to see as much as possible. The fixtures are set for the tournament’s 104 games, with the opening match taking place in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and the final in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

3. Ryder Cup 2025

Golf’s grandest stage is coming to New York in September 2025, when the Black Course at Bethpage State Park hosts the Ryder Cup, a biennial men’s golf competition, and joins Oak Hill Country Club as the only New York courses to host the prestigious event.

Over three days, 28 matches will be played between Team USA and Team Europe, the current holders of the cup. Each match win is worth one point, and to win it back, Team USA will need to collect 14.5 points of the 28 available. If it goes to a 14-14 tie, Team Europe will retain the trophy. In Bethpage State Park on Long Island you’ll find five 18-hole golf courses, all open to the public. The Black Course opened in 1936 as part of the Depression Era public-works project that built Bethpage State Park and has a very vocal, golf-crazed New York fan base.

4. Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2026

Italy welcomes the Olympics for the fourth time in 2026, when the action will focus in the north of the country. Joint host cities Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will be hosting the ice and snow events; the former will be the epicentre of the ice hockey and ice skating competitions, while the latter, in the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, will welcome the alpine skiing, the curling, and the bobsleigh. The snowboarding and freestyle skiing will take place in Livigno.

5. England Test Cricket 2024

If you can’t wait until the Ashes in Australia in 2025, the men’s England cricket team will be heading to New Zealand in December 2024 for a thrilling three-test Tour. Playing five-day matches in Christchurch, Wellington, and Hamilton, the Tour provides an ideal opportunity to visit both islands, and catch some highly anticipated matches. Stay in the country for just under a month to watch all three Tests, or extend your stay with a pre-Test tour of the South Island, as November, with spring turning to summer, is a great time to visit New Zealand.

6. Tour de France Femmes 2024

Rotterdam in The Netherlands is the destination for the Grand Départ of the third Tour de France Femmes. The now annual Tour de France Femmes event will take place between the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, and will see the cyclists spend three days in The Netherlands (including an individual time trial on Stage Three in Rotterdam), before travelling into France and finishing on the legendary and gruelling 18 hair-pin bends of the climb up to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps. Spectators are encouraged to line the route to watch the peloton whizz past; Stage One from Rotterdam to The Hague promises a flat, fast race.

7. World Rowing Championships 2025

The annual World Rowing regatta is the culmination of the rowing season and, as it includes both Olympic and International boat classes, provides fans with the chance to watch all the greats. As 2024 is an Olympic year, the next full Championships will be in Shanghai, China, in September 2025, coming to the country for the first time. Shanghai has long had a strong bond with its river and the aim is for the event to help foster further development of water sports in China. The hub of the races will be Suzhou Creek, where you’ll find the recently redeveloped waterfront that includes the former Shanghai Rowing Club clubhouse, built in 1905.

This is a feature from Issue 23 of Charitable Traveller.