January kicks off what is sure to be a great year of sporting action and below we sum up 5 of the world’s biggest sports events you can catch in January 2023, with further detail on each of the highlighted events such as travel, ticket and hotel information. Happy New Year!
2023 NHL Winter Classic (Ice Hockey)
2nd January 2023: Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins – Fenway Park (Boston, Massachusetts, United States)
The Winter Classic is one of the NHL’s premier events, held annually around New Year’s Day in an NFL or MLB stadium generally in an area that is home to an NHL team. This year see’s the outdoors match return to the world famous Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and previous host of the 2010 Classic in which the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime in front of a crowd of over 38,000. Fenway Park will become the first venue to host two Winter Classics, as the Bruins take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tickets for the 2023 Winter Classic sold out, however there are resale tickets still available through the NHL’s Official Marketplace Ticketmaster here.
Logan International Airport is Boston’s primary airport, with flights to a number of destinations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Caribbean, Africa , Asia and Europe. Thinking of flying to Boston? Search & book your flights through Skyscanner here.
Where to Stay
Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in Boston by clicking here.
2022/2023 World Darts Championship (Darts)
15th December 2022 – 3rd January 2023 – Alexandra Palace (London, England)
The annual World Darts Championship spans its usual slot over Christmas and New Years, with the Quarter-finals, Semi-finals and Final due to take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd January respectively. The premier event in World Darts has plenty of contenders this year, including three-time winner Michael van Gerwen, 2022 runner-up Michael Smith, World Number 1 Gerwyn Price and 2022 Champion Peter Wright.
Many of the sessions at the World Darts Championships sell out well in advance, however there is always the chance of last minute availability through See Tickets here. Tickets for the Final cost £65 for a tiered seat or £75 for a table seat.
Alexandra Palace has its own train station (Alexandra Palace Station) which has a regular service that runs direct from Moorgate, through Highbury & Islington or from Kings Cross, changing at Finsbury Park. Thinking of catching a train to London? Search and book your journey through the Trainline here.
Where to Stay
Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in London by clicking here.
Sports Tourist London City Guide
2023 World Men’s Handball Championship (Handball)
11th-29th January 2023 – Poland & Sweden
Handball is a hugely popular sport, particularly in Europe and January see’s the bi-annual World Men’s Handball Championship take place in Poland and Sweden across nine different cities (four in Poland and five in Sweden). Denmark are the two-times defending champions having won on home soil in 2019 and Egypt in 2021 and go into this edition as firm favourites. The Final will be held at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on the 29th January.
Tickets for the 2023 World Men’s Handbook Championship are available to purchase through the official website here. Ticket prices start at 150kr in Sweden or 19zł in Poland.
In Poland, there are major airports in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, Katowice, Wroclaw and Poznań whilst in Sweden there are major airports in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Thinking of flying to Poland or Sweden? Search & book your flights through Skyscanner here.
Where to Stay
Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in Poland or Sweden.
2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup (Hockey)
13th-29th January 2023 – India
The 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup takes place in Odisha in India, returning to the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar (after successfully hosting the last tournament in late 2018), as well as the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela. Defending champions Belgium will be joined by other strong contenders including the Netherlands, Australia, England, Argentina and hosts India.
Ticket prices start at Rs 100 for non-India matches at Rs 200 for India matches and are available to purchase through Paytm Insider here.
Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar is the main airport in the state of Odisha, with daily domestic flights to the major cities of India. Thinking of flying to India? Search & book your flights through Skyscanner here.
Where to Stay
Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in Odisha by clicking here.
2023 Australian Open (Tennis)
16th-29th January 2023 – Melbourne Park (Melbourne, Australia)
The 2023 Australian Open is the 111th edition of the event, which is the first Grand Slam of the tennis season. Held on the famed blue hard courts at Melbourne Park, Rafael Nadal will be looking to defend his 2022 Men’s Singles title but will face stiff competition from the returning Novak Djokovic, who was controversially deported from Australia on the eve of the tournament, as well as new emerging stars such as Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune.
In the Women’s Singles, Ashleigh Barty will not be defending her 2022 title after her surprise retirement in March – with World Number 1, Iga Swiatek being the firm favourite ahead of Caroline Garcia, Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur.
Tickets can be purchased either for a day or night session for each day and prices vary on where you sit and the session you attend. Tickets can be purchased for the Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne Arena and as a Ground Pass (access to Melbourne Arena, Show Courts 2 and 3 and the outside courts). Tickets are available to purchase through the official ticket sale on Ticketmaster here.
Tullamarine Airport is the second busiest in Australia and serves many domestic and international destinations. There is a SkyBus that operates from the airport for access to the city.Thinking of flying? Search & book your flights through Skyscanner here.
Where to Stay
Use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in Melbourne by clicking here.
Sports Tourist Melbourne City Guide
Last Updated on December 24, 2022 by Sports Tourist