Every weekend, sport seems to take control of our lives. Whether youâ€™re a football fan and want to watch the intriguing battle for the Premier League title or a tennis supporter and you are watching the latest Grand Slam, sport is everywhere and we LOVE it.
This year, Britain will play host to many important sporting events â€“ some that are a regular event on the calendar and others that vary on an annual basis. We take a look at just three sporting fixtures that you should try to attend this year.
Challenge Cup Final (Rugby League)
In the modern era, Super League and the Grand Final have attracted plenty of popularity but rugby leagueâ€™s oldest and most prestigious competition is actually the Challenge Cup. This year, treble winners Leeds Rhinos will attempt to defend their crown but itâ€™s actually Wigan Warriors who are currently leading the betting odds with Betway.
Shaun Waneâ€™s men have enjoyed plenty of success in this competition in previous years and it wouldnâ€™t be a huge surprise to see the Cherries lift the trophy once again. The event is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend and Wembley Stadium is likely to be packed to the rafters for one of the highlights of the sporting calendar â€“ especially for rugby fans!
Emirates Stadium (Football)
The Emirates Stadium is one of the most modern stadiums in the Premier League and is home to north London side Arsenal. The Gunners are currently flying high near the top of the table and plenty of punters, including those at Betway, believe that Arsenal could win the title for the first time since 2004 this season. As the top 3 betting odds are heating up, so is the opportunity to catch one of Arsenalâ€™s fixtures at the 60,000 capacity arena.
Arsenal are one of the best teams in the league and youâ€™d be hard pressed to find a team that plays more attractive football than Arsene Wengerâ€™s side. The Emirates is a venue truly fitting of their beautiful style of play and itâ€™s an absolute visit, even if you cannot get a ticket. There is still the stadium tour and plenty of other events throughout the year that will appeal to the masses â€“ including the aptly named Emirates Cup competition!
NFL International Series (American Football)
Since 2007, the UK has hosted at least one NFL fixture every year. In 2016, three games will be played across two iconic London venues: Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium. The Jacksonville Jaguars face the Indianapolis Colts in the opening fixture whilst the NFC East champions Washington Redskins will face the AFC North champions Cincinnati Bengals in the second Wembley clash.
This year, Twickenham will host an American football match for the very first time as Todd Gurley and the newly located Los Angeles Rams will face Odell Beckham Jr and the New York Giants. The atmosphere at Twickenham is always sensational for Englandâ€™s rugby union fixtures and itâ€™s likely to be equally as breath-taking for its first ever NFL game. If youâ€™re a fan of the sport, itâ€™s an absolute MUST for your sporting calendar.
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