The Most Important Sports Dates of the Year

 

Now that the impacts of COVID-19 are receding, sports fans around the world are looking forward to getting back to their favorite pastime - watching sports! 

Fortunately, this year offers plenty of exciting opportunities to do just that, with several big dates coming up this summer and fall season. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of those dates, and what makes them so monumental to the sports world.

Let’s dive in. 

July 8, 2021: Start of NBA Finals

The 2021 NBA finals officially begin on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Game 6 takes place on Monday, July 19, and Game 7 takes place on Thursday, July 22. Lottery teams are hoping to land Cade Cunningham, resident star of Oklahoma State (and the #1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft), while playoff contenders have their eyes set on Larry O'Brien. 

July 15, 2021: Golf British Open

The 149th Golf British Open returns to Royal St. George’s for the first time since 2011 in July of 2021. Located on the scenic Kent coastline, this match-up will pit the world’s best players against one another while they compete for the Claret Jug. 

July 23, 2021: Olympics

The Summer Olympics kick off in Tokyo on July 23, 2021. After a yearlong postponement due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Games will be taking place under the official branding of the “2020 Tokyo Olympics.” While much of Japan remains under a state of emergency due to COVID-19, the games will go forward with some COVID-19 precautions and alterations meant to keep competitors and spectators safe. 

August 19, 2021: Little League World Series

The 2021 Little League Baseball World Series will take place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, from August 19-29. Based on recommendations from the 2021 Little League International Pandemic Responses Advisory Commission, the Little League International Board of Directors has approved a plan that incorporates COVID-19 mitigation measures while also allowing the World Series to go forward safely. 

August 30, 2021: Tennis US Open 

The 2021 US Open begins on August 30 of 2021 and runs through September 12. The US Open is the main event in a long summer of red-hot tennis matchups and is one of the most anticipated events of 2021. The US Open takes place in NYC at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 

September 9, 2021: NFL Season Starts

The 2021 NFL season begins on September 9, and will be the 102nd season of the National Football League season. The League recently expanded its regular season from a 16-game-season to an updated schedule of 17 games. The season will kick off on September 9 with a matchup between Tampa Bay and Dallas. 

October 26, 2021: World Series Starts

The 2021 Major League Baseball World Series season begins on October 26, with a potential Game 7 scheduled for November 3. For the second consecutive year, the Series is placing restrictions on cross-border travel due to COVID-19. As a result, the Toronto Blue Jays are opening their home schedule in the US, starting in Florida and then moving to New York. 

December 16, 2021: FINA World Swimming Championship

The FINA World Swimming Championship takes place in Abu Dhabi (UAE) from December 16-21, although the event was previously scheduled for December 13-18. The competition takes place in the Etihad Arena, which will be transformed into an aquatics center with 25m of temporary pool. This is the second time the UAE will host the event. 

Sports are Back on in 2021

As 2021 rolls on, sports fans have a lot to look forward to. These sports dates represent some exciting milestones in the sports world, and we’re all looking forward to following along. Here at Level Up Sports, we’ll be watching right along with the rest of you.