The sporting calendar is not short of spectacular events to keep us sporting fans satisfied, with jaw-dropping matches, games and races every month. But, there are few events that the world patiently waits for each and every year and when they finally roll around, the world goes crazy. So let’s take a look at sporting events like no other and give you the chance to mark the dates in your calendar, you wouldn’t want to miss out.
The Grand National
When it comes to horse racing, it doesn’t get much better than the Grand National. It is the longest race in Britain and includes a total of 30 fences for runners to clear across the two laps, making finishing the race no easy task, but with a purse of £1 million, competitors have the right motivations as well as the honor of placing in such a prestigious race.
As well as being popular for the racing excellence that it displays, the Grand National is watched by 600 million viewers, majority of who love to get in on the action by not just watching, but placing a bet or two. Bookies and online betting websites such as Timeform generate mass amounts from the event, around £100 million from avid fans, betting enthusiasts and even just people who want to get a taste of the action by picking a horse with their favorite colors, everyone loves to take part in the traditions
The FIFA World Cup
When it comes to sports, we all know there is nothing quite like football and it is without a doubt the most popular sport across the globe; when it comes to football, one event springs to the minds of many – the FIFA World Cup. with an average of half the world’s population – 3.5 billion people – turning up or tuning in to watch the game, it is hands down the most-watched event when it rolls around every four years.
Despite many saying that the event is not the greatest display of football talent, the tournament sees the world come together to support their teams, beers gardens are full and flags are raised to support the boys in the hope they make it to the final. You don’t have to be a footy fan to enjoy the atmosphere that this event supplies, it is truly breathtaking.
The Super Bowl
Many may think that American football is only popular in the US and Canada, but you would be mistaken as the NFL is a widely popular league all across the world and the Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated events in sports. Every February, fans gather to watch the game unfold, whether it be at home or in the arena, it would be a true shame to miss out on the live-action.
Hundreds of millions of people watch the Super Bowl every year, with chicken wings in hand and football jerseys on full show ready to cheers on their teams and enjoy the phenomenal half-time shows that throughout the years have seen performances from some of the most famous musical stars.