From horse racing to tennis, the American sporting calendar looks full of excitement


The American sporting calendar is an annual heaving mass of dates and expectations with 2020 sure to be yet another year of emotion, controversy and despair – for some. Here are five events that any American sporting enthusiast should look forward to.

The Superbowl

Never mind an American event, the Superbowl is a worldwide showpiece celebration. Sunday 2nd February is the date of what will be the 54th Superbowl at Miami Gardens, Florida. Expect fireworks, entertainment and talent as the 100th NFL season comes to a close.

The New England Patriots are reigning champions and Miami should be treated to a spectacle in the 65,000-capacity Hard Rock Stadium.

Masters Golf

One of the most prestigious and important events in the men’s professional golfing calendar, the Masters is an incredibly tough and exciting competition which sees the winner don the victorious green jersey.

Taking place in the first week of April at the Augusta National Golf Club, the Masters is the first port of call for any golfing enthusiast. Tiger Woods is the current champion, belying his 14-1 outsider tag in 2019 to triumph over favourite Rory McIlroy.

Triple Crown Horse Racing

Three races in five weeks make up the Triple Crown. From the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes, American horse racing is at its peak in May and June of 2020.

Only 13 times has a horse won all three races (the Triple Crown), the last time in 2018 with Justify. This time it’s Game Winner that looks the best bet with Roadster looking the best each way in any free horse picks.

Indianapolis 500

Hosted at the largest spectator sporting facility in the entire world, the Indy 500 is a must-see for car-racing fans. Taking place on Memorial Day Weekend (Monday 25th May 2020), the Indy 500 is witness to 33 cars racing 200 laps on a 2.5 mile circuit.

Everything is on a huge scale with the 257,000-capacity stadium, the number and scale of bets being made, and the $2.5 million prize money making the race an astronomical success each year.

The U.S Open

Queens, New York hosts the final competition of the tennis Grand Slam in a two-week tournament beginning at the end of August and culminating at the start of September with Labor Day falling in the middle weekend.

With a prize money of $57 million in 2019, viewing figures and attendance records were broken as people flocked to American tennis’ most prestigious event.

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