The 5 Biggest Sports Events of July 2021


July 2021 features the biggest sports event of them all, as the delayed 2020 Olympic Games takes place across 17 days in Tokyo. The highly anticipated British and Irish Lions tour of world champion’s South Africa also goes ahead in a three match series, whilst The Open is held at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club.

Meanwhile in the USA the NBA season reaches its climax with the 7 game NBA Finals, whilst the the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup takes places over 3 weeks.

Further details on each of the highlighted events, such as travel and ticket information is available by clicking below.

2021 NBA Finals (Basketball)

8th-22nd July 2021 – Phoenix Suns Arena (Phoenix, Arizona) & TBC

The 2021 NBA Finals will not see the return of 2020 finalists, the Los Angeles Lakers or the Miami Heat after both lost in the first round play-offs. At the time of writing, the Eastern Conference Finals were tied at 2 a piece between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks who will face Phoenix Sun after they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 4-2 in the Western Conference Finals.

2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Football)

10th July – 1st August 2021 – USA

The premier international football (soccer) tournament of North America, Central America and the Caribbean is to be hosted in the United States again. The USA and Mexico will be favourites going into the 16 team tournament, however Canada can be seen as dark horses whilst 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar have been invited to the event and will be seen as a contender having won the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The Open 2021 (Golf)

15th-18th July 2021 Royal St. George’s Golf Club (Sandwich, England)

The last golf major of the year, The Open returns having been cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event returns to the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent for a 15th time and a first since 2011. The 2011 Open saw an emotional victory for Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland who won his only major after finishing three strokes ahead of runners-up Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

2020 Olympic Games

23rd July – 8th August 2021 – Tokyo (Japan)

Its been held by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the biggest sports event of them all, the Olympic Games returns to Tokyo 57 years after it held its first in 1964. Action will will focus on the New National Stadium, a newly constructed venue that will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as the highly anticipated Track and Field events. New sports to the Olympics includes 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX, madison cycling, karate, sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding as well as the return of baseball and softball.

British & Irish Lions Tour of South Africa 2021 (Rugby Union)

24th July 2021 (18:00): 1st Test – Cape Town Stadium (Cape Town, South Africa)
31st July 2021 (18:00): 2nd Test – FNB Stadium (Johannesburg, South Africa)
7th August 2021 (18:00): 3rd Test – FNB Stadium (Johannesburg, South Africa)

One of sport’s most unique teams, the British and Irish Lions team made up of players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales tour the world champions South Africa for the first time since 2009. The Lions play five tour matches before facing the Springboks in a 3 match series, with the first at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town before a double header at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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