There are several can’t-miss sporting events coming up in 2023. Whether you’re an avid-tennis watcher or a die-hard college basketball fan, there’s an exciting lineup for you to tune into this year. Reigning champs will defend their titles while newcomers try to make a name for themselves on the field, making for a thrilling year of sports ahead. Here’s an overview of 13 sports events to get excited about in 2023.
1. Australian Open: Jan. 15-29
Get ready to tune in and pull the occasional all-nighter for the Australian Open coming up on Jan. 15-29. While the time difference can make it a little difficult to stay on top of matches, they’re the perfect excuse to grab a snack and stay up late watching your favorite tennis stars hit the court. Fan favorite Novak Djokovic returns to try to claim his 10th Australian Open title. If he wins, this would be his 22nd Grand Slam, tying him with Rafael Nadal for the most in tennis history.
2. Winter X Games: Jan. 27-29
If you’re a fan of extreme sports, make sure to tune in to the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, this January. As a viewer, you may remember the X Games as the setting for the debut of Torstein Horgmo’s first-ever landed triple flip in a snowboard competition or Heath Frisby’s snowmobile front flip in Snowmobile Best Trick. With top-tier athletes appearing to demonstrate their latest tricks and skills, you never know what to expect when watching the Winter X Games.
3. Super Bowl LVII: Feb. 12
Is there anything more exciting in the cold winter months than the Super Bowl? Whether you’re a fan of Super Bowl parties or you prefer to focus on the game in the quiet of your own home, there’s something to look forward to every year.
With Rihanna performing the halftime show at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, this will be an important event for sports fans and music lovers alike. This event will inspire football fans everywhere to don their officially licensed sports apparel, so make sure to find your team’s jersey before the big event.
4. MLB Opening Day: March 30
Attention all baseball fans, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is March 30. This sets off a season of daily games for you and your friends to enjoy. Whether you visit a stadium or watch the action from the comfort of your couch, Opening Day marks the beginning of an exciting baseball season ahead.
For the first time since 1968, every single team in the league will play on Opening Day, making this a crucial day for baseball fans, no matter which team you support. With all teams scheduled to play, some will begin the season with an interleague matchup, with the purpose of creating a balanced schedule and minimizing unfair advantages in the wild card race. Find your MLB apparel and merchandise at Fanatics.com.
5. NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four Championship Games: April 1-3
Every basketball fan knows that the middle of spring means March Madness. Make sure to tune in to the Final Four games, the culmination of one-on-one tournaments between 68 teams from mid-March to the beginning of April. This seven-round event is a fan favorite, and you’ll be able to see how your favorite team ranks in 2023. Whether you’re a fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, or the Kentucky Wildcats, make sure to have your gear and NIL player jersey ready as you root for your team.
6. Kentucky Derby: May 6
Get your extravagant hats and mint juleps ready for the Kentucky Derby, happening May 6. Known as the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” the 2023 Kentucky Derby is the 149th occasion of this esteemed sporting event, with fans tuning in from around the world to place their bets and watch the racehorses speed around the track. Whether you decide to splurge on a ticket and visit the legendary Churchill Downs Racetrack or you watch from your local derby party, make sure to check out this event that’s full of surprises.
7. Indianapolis 500: May 28
Check out the 107th run of the Indianapolis 500 race on May 28. This annual automobile race takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the aptly named town of Speedway, Indiana.
Motor sports fans around the country will watch big names in racing, including Takuma Sato, who won the event in both 2017 and 2020, and Scott Dixon, who had a qualifying speed of over 234 mph in the 2022 Indy 500. While experienced racers have dominated the competition over the last five years, a newcomer could steal the show in 2023, so make sure to check out the race and represent your favorite drivers.
8. Stanley Cup Finals: June
Not only is the Stanley Cup Finals an important championship series for hockey fans, but it’s the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, with the first of these events emerging in 1914. With April 13 marking the end of the regular season for the NHL, the playoffs will begin shortly thereafter, culminating in a final game sometime in June. With the Colorado Avalanche taking the 2022 title, there’s fierce competition ahead to see if they’ll repeat their victory in the coming year or if another fan favorite will win the championship.
9. NBA Finals: June 1-18
Watch the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, take on teams from around the country in the NBA playoffs, beginning April 15 and culminating with the NBA Finals in June. They kick off on the first of the month, and while the year is typically filled with basketball excitement and viewership, the best games usually take place during the first two weeks of June. While the Celtics‘ last championship win took place in 2008, fans are rooting for them to take the title again this year, so tune in to see how the fierce competition unravels.
10. FIFA Women’s World Cup: July 20-Aug. 20
Watch the powerhouse U.S. women’s national team take on other strong contenders including England, Spain, and Germany for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. After winning the Euro Cup in 2022, England is hoping to back up their victory. Co-hosted in Australia and New Zealand, the games will take place in 10 venues across the two countries. This event will likely break viewership records as fans from around the world observe 32 teams compete for the Women’s World Cup title.
11. US Open: Aug. 28-Sept. 10
With last year’s winner, then 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, taking the title at the U.S. Open as the youngest winner in history, this tennis championship competition is full of surprises. It’s unsure whether he’ll be able to hold on to this title, with other knockout competitors like Jannik Sinner and Caspar Ruud in the competition. American Francis Tiafoe is another player to watch, as he took out the fan favorite, Rafael Nadal, in the 2022 tournament. Make sure you don’t miss any of the action from Aug. 28-Sept. 10 so you see who takes the championship title this year.
12. Rugby Union World Cup: Sept. 8-Oct. 28
Fans from around the world will tune in to the Rugby Union World Cup in France happening from Sept. 8-Oct. 28 this year. Antoine Dupont will lead strong fan favorite, France, into a home World Cup against 19 other nations. They’ll play New Zealand in the opening game, making for an exciting start to the 2023 competition. England enters the tournament with a new coach, Steve Borthwick, and reigning champions South Africa will play to defend their title.
13. World Series: October Through November
Gear up for the 2023 World Series, which will include 162 games between the 30 teams within MLB. If you’re a baseball fan, you’re likely wondering whether the Yankees will take the title and break their 14-year drought or if the Astros will win again for the third time in six years. Other strong contenders include the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. With so many strong teams, make sure to catch the World Series this year.
Whether you’re a horse-racing aficionado or a die-hard hockey fan, there’s a lot to watch this coming year. Tune in to watch teams compete for annual championships and enjoy individual competitors in tennis, motor sports, and horse racing take on national titles. If you want to show your support for your favorite team or player, make sure to check out the selection of NHL, NBA, and NFL apparel from Fanatics and sport their gear while you watch.