Dates for the Diary - Scotland

Sport in Scotland ~ What’s On in 2022

AUGUST (Note: keep scrolling for sport in Scotland later in 2022)

⛳️ GOLF (W).  WOMEN’S OPEN ~ Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 August ~ Muirfield

The best women golfers in the world are all set to take on Muirfield’s legendary course at the 2022 AIG Women’s Open.  Defending champion Anna Nordqvist from Sweden is expected to defend the title she won last year at Carnousite | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale here for the AIG Women’s Open.  

⚽️ FOOTBALL (M).  SPFL ~ Saturday 6 August onwards ~ Venues various

The 2022/2023 Scottish Football Professional Football League (SPFL) season is underway with title dreams alive across the Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.  Celtic are defending the title they won in May after finishing top of the Premiership ahead of Old Firm rivals Rangers and Hearts.  In the Championship Arbroath, Inverness Caley and Partick Thistle are all looking to go one better than their run to the play-offs last season, while in League One the same can be said for Airdrie and Montrose.   In League Two the early-season pacesetters are East Fife and Bonnyrigg Rose | 🎟️ Visit the SPFL website for upcoming fixture news and see home team websites for ticket news.

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🏑 SHINTY (M) ~ PREMIERSHIP ~ Saturday 6 August onwards ~ Venues various

The Mowi Premiership features the top ten clubs in the country including the likes Kingussie, Newtonmore, Lovat, Fort William, Kinlochshiel, Glasgow Mid Argyll and Oban Camanachd.  In the race for the 2022 Premiership title Kingussie are the team to beat, top of the league on 25 points and coming into August with an impressive record of 12 wins from 13 matches.  Newtonmore and Kinlochshiel are their closest challengers on 18 and 16 points respectively.  Also this month (on 21 August), Oban Camanachd and Kingussie meet in the Macaulay Cup Final at Mossfield Park | 🎟️ Visit the shinty.com website for upcoming fixture news and see home team websites for ticket news.

⚽️ FOOTBALL (W).  SCOTTISH WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE ~ Sunday 7 August onwards ~ Venues various

The Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) 2022/2023 season has lift-off and for the first time in fourteen years Glasgow City FC are not defending the title.  A changing of the guard last season seeing Rangers crowned champions, having gone undefeated in the league.  All eyes will be on the top two while Celtic – winners of a domestic cup double last season – will also fancy their chances of mounting a title bid | 🎟️ See the SWPL website for upcoming fixture news and visit individual team websites for ticket information. 

🏏 CRICKET (M).  CWCL2 SERIES 12 ~ Wednesday 10 to Wednesday 17 August ~ Mannofield

Scotland take on USA and UAE this week in the CWCL2 series 12 at Mannofield, home of Aberdeenshire CC.  Mannofield last hosted the CWCL2 series in 2019, welcoming visitors Papua New Guinea and Oman.  Match schedule (all start times 11am): Wednesday 10th August – Scotland v UAE.  Thursday 11th August – UAE v USA.  Saturday 13th August – Scotland v USA.  Sunday 14th August- Scotland v UAE.  Monday 15th August – UAE v USA.  Wednesday 17th August – Scotland v USA.  Wednesday 17th August – Scotland v USA | 🎟️ Tickets are on general sale via the Cricket Scotland website.

🤼‍♂️ WRESTLING.  ICW: Fight Club ~ Saturday 13 August & Sunday 11 September ~ The Asylum

ICW’s Fight Club returns to Glasgow’s Pro Wrestling Asylum for a double-header of shows this summer.  ICW is known for its mixture of pro wrestling styles in a hardcore, over 18’s environment with a formula put into action by some of the best wrestlers working in the UK.  The shows have earned rave reviews.  Strap yourselves in for the latest edition!  Over 18s only | 🎟️ Tickets are available.

🏁 SPEEDWAY.  FIM GP CHALLENGE & SGB CHAMPIONSHIP ~ Saturday 20 August & various ~ Armadale Stadium and Peugeot Ashfield Stadium 

Glasgow is the place to be this month for the 2022 Speedway Grand Prix Challenge.  Organised by the FIM the final qualifying round for the World Championship series event takes place at Ashfield Stadium on Saturday August 2022 – tickets here – while Glasgow Tigers and Edinburgh Monarchs continue their Speedway GB Championship seasons with fixtures throughout August at Ashfield and Armadale Stadium respectively.  Tigers are aiming to go one better than last year when they were beaten by Poole Pirates in the 2021 SGB Championship play-off final.  Meanwhile Monarchs have been busy assembling their team for 2022 as they prepared to go full throttle in pursuit of league title and KO Cup honours.  🎟️ Visit the Glasgow Tigers website and Edinburgh Monarchs website for the latest ticket news.

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🏑 HOCKEY (M).  EUROHOCKEY QUALIFIERS ~ Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 August ~ Uddingston

Scotland, Wales, Gibralter and Switzerland go head-to-head this week in the EuroHockey qualifier D at Uddingston Hockey Club.  The four teams play each other in a round-robin tournament with the winner qualifying for the 2023 EuroHockey Championships in Monchengladbach, Germany.  Scotland open their their campaign on 24 August v Gibralter at 7pm, before taking on Wales at the same time the following day.  The Scots final game is against Switzerland on 27 August at 1pm | 🎟️ Stay tuned to the Scottish Hockey website for ticket news.

🏇 EQUESTRIAN.  FEI LAND ROVER BLAIR CASTLE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS ~ Thursday 25-28 August ~ Blair Castle

Blair Castle hosts Scotland’s premier equestrian event, the Blair Castle International Horse Trials.  Taking place over four days, Thursday and Friday focus on the dressage phase with the cross-country on Saturday and showjumping on Sunday.  Eventing classes run from national level 90cms up to four-star, with the international levels attracting many of the best riders in the UK, often including Olympic and world medalists performing in front of the breathtaking backdrop of Blair Castle.  The shopping village and Food Hall also return for 2022, along with a live band and disco providing fantastic evening entertainment | 🎟️ General admission, parking and camping tickets are on sale here.

SEPTEMBER 

🏋️💃🏃‍♀️ HIGHLAND GAMES.  THE BRAEMAR GATHERING ~ Saturday  3 September ~ The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park

Held on the first Saturday in September the Braemar Gathering is a world-famous event that heralds the finale of the Highland Games season.  With the Queen as Chieftain the event will see international athletes among those taking part in the ‘heavy’ and ‘track’ events, together with pipers and dancers in attendance while teams from H.M. Forces will compete in tug-o-war and relay events | 🎟Buy tickets here.

🚴‍♂️🚴🚴‍♂️ CYCLING (M).  TOUR OF BRITAIN: STAGES 1 & 2 ~ Sunday 4 & Monday 5 September ~ Aberdeen to Glenshee Ski Centre & Hawick to Duns

Britain’s biggest professional cycling race returns to Scotland which this year hosts the opening two stages of the Tour of Britain.  Expect a star-studded startlist to match the 2021 line-up which featured sprint legend Mark Cavendish and his Deceuninck-Quick-Step teammate and reigning UCI road world champion Julian Alaphilippe, along with Tokyo 2020 medallists Wout van Aert, Ethan Hayter and Rohan Dennis.  Aberdeen will become only the third Scottish city to host the start of the race when the Grand Depart takes place on Sunday 4 September. Racing through Aberdeenshire, Stage One of the race will finish at Glenshee Ski Centre.  The following day the Scottish Borders hosts a full stage for the second time in three editions as the race heads from Hawick to Duns.  This is the race route in full | 🎟️ Spectating on the route is free.

🧗‍♀️🧗‍♂️ CLIMBING.  IFSC WORLD CUP ~ Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September ~ Edinburgh International Climbing Arena 

The best national and international talent the climbing world has to offer is set to descend on Edinburgh for the IFSC Lead and Speed Climbing World Cup.  The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – a venue set in an old quarry used to make the paving stones of Glasgow and Edinburgh and affectionately known as ‘Ratho’ – will host the event.  Lead and Speed disciplines will be featured as climbers continue their journey towards Paris 2024 where climbing will once again feature at the Olympics after its successful debut at the 2020 Games in Tokyo | 🎟️ The first wave are tickets are sold out.  A final release of tickets will be on sale here at 5pm on Friday 26 August.  Please note these are limited so early booking on release is advised.

🏒 ICE HOCKEY.  Dundee Stars/Glasgow Clan/Fife Flyers in the Elite League ~ Friday 9 September onwards ~ Dundee/Glasgow/Kirkcaldy 

A brand new Elite League season has lift-off with an enticing encounter between Glasgow Clan and Fife Flyers at Braehead Arena in the Challenge Cup.  The Flyers – looking to put last year’s poor campaign between them – visit Glasgow on 9 September before welcoming Scotland’s third representative in the EIHL (Dundee Stars) to the Fife Ice Arena the following evening.  It promises to be another absorbing season in the top tier of club ice hockey in the UK.  Where the championship is concerned only a top-eight finish will do for Glasgow Clan, Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars if they want to qualify for the end of season Elite League play-offs in April 2023 | 🎟️ Tickets for Glasgow Clan Fife Flyers ~ Dundee Stars

🎾 TENNIS (M).  DAVIS CUP FINALS GROUP STAGE ~ Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 September ~ Emirates Arena

It’s back!  An electric atmosphere is guaranteed as Great Britain’s Davis Cup team return to Glasgow for a Davis Cup finals group D stage.  The event marks the first Davis Cup action in Scotland since 2018, and follows similar events in 2016 and memorable matches in 2015 (also at the Emirates Arena) when Team GB triumphed in a first-round tie against America and a semi-final versus Australia en route to becoming Davis Cup champions | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale now.

🏑 SHINTY (M).  CAMANACHD CUP FINAL ~ Saturday 17 September ~ The Dell

The final of the biggest prize in the sport of shinty takes place at The Dell, Kingussie.  Celebrating the 125th anniversary since the Camanachd Cup Final was first played, it returns to Kingussie for the first time since 1999.  The final of shinty’s national knock-out cup competition – first contested in 1896 – promises to be a brilliant day out for all the family and also an opportunity to watch two of the country’s elite shinty teams | 🎟️ Early bird tickets for the 2022 final are on sale here.

⚽️ FOOTBALL (M).  UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: SCOTLAND v UKRAINE/REPUBLIC OF IRELAND ~ Wednesday 21 September & Saturday 24 September ~ Hampden Park

Scotland’s men continue their UEFA Nations League campaign with a double-header of home matches this month.  On Wednesday 21 September they host Ukraine at Hampden Park followed by the visit of Republic of Ireland on Saturday 24 September | 🎟️ Tickets on sale via the Scottish FA website.

⛳️ GOLF (M).  ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP ~ Thursday 29 September to Sunday 2 October ~ St Andrews/Carnoustie/Kingsbarns Golf Links

A celebration of links golf at its finest the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship returns for 2022.  This unique date on the golfing calendar incorporates an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers, together with a team event in which professionals are paired with celebrated amateur golfers from the world of entertainment and sport | 🎟️ Spectating is free for the first three days with tickets – stay tuned here for release news – for the final day at St Andrews available here middle to late July.  

OCTOBER – DECEMBER

🏋️ WEIGHTLIFTING.  GIANTS LIVE WORLD TOUR FINALS ~ Saturday 8 October ~ OVO Hydro

Giants Live returns to the strongest country on earth for the Giants Live World Tour Finals at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow.  In 2021 the season finale featured the Scottish Stoltman brothers (Tom and Luke) who thrilled a home crowd.  Stand by for more drama in 2022.  The World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour is a ‘live’ Arena-based, professional strongman tour and Giants Live acts as a qualifier for athletes to the World’s Strongest Man contest each year | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale.

🏉 RUGBY UNION (M).  AUTUMN NATIONS: SCOTLAND v AUSTRALIA/FIJI/NEW ZEALAND & ARGENTINA ~ Saturday 29 October and 5/13 and 19 November ~ BT Murrayfield  

A mouth-watering Autumn Nations Series at BT Murrayfield features Scotland in action on four consecutive weekends against southern hemisphere opposition.  The series, which sees the New Zealand All Blacks return to Scotland for the first time in five years, and Argentina and Fiji for the first time since 2018, kicks off against Australia, currently ranked one place above Scotland in the world rankings | Visit the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre for the latest ticket news. 

WRESTLING.  WWE LIVE ~ Sunday 30 October ~ OVO Hydro

WWE Live returns to Scotland and with it is an opportunity to see some favourite WWE Superstars in the flesh.  WWE LIVE is a unique blend of sport and entertainment, combining in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment suitable for all the family | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale here.

🎾 TENNIS (W).  BILLIE JEAN KING CUP FINALS ~ Tuesday 8 to Sunday 13 November ~ Emirates Arena

A bumper year of tennis in Scotland continues after Glasgow was selected as the host city for the 2022 finals of the Billie Jean King Cup.  Taking place from 8-13 November Great Britain are one of 12 teams – along with Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland and the USA – who will compete at the Emirates Arena in the competition previously known as the Fed Cup.  The teams will be put in four round-robin groups of three, with the group winners qualifying for the semi-finals  | 🎟️ Ticket news will appear here as soon as confirmed.

🏆 SNOOKER.  SCOTTISH OPEN ~ Monday 28 November to Sunday 4 December ~ Meadowbank Sports Centre

The Scottish Open heads to Edinburgh for the first time, the cue for Meadowbank Sports Centre to welcome the best snooker players on the planet.  Part of the Home Nations Series, the top 16 seeded players are set to compete in Edinburgh meaning the draw should include the likes of Scotland’s four-time world champion John Higgins, defending Scottish Open champion Luca Brecel and current world champion and legend of the game Ronnie O’Sullivan | 🎟️ Tickets are on general sale here.

🎾 TENNIS.  BATTLE OF THE BRITS ~ 21-22 December ~ P&J Live

The waiting is over for the Battle of the Brits after last year’s event had to be be postponed due to Covid-19.  Two-time Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray joins his brother and fellow Scottish tennis star Jamie Murray for a Scotland v England showdown at the P&J Live Arena.  Two fun-packed days of tennis and entertainment for all the family are guaranteed as Great Britain’s top male tennis players take to the court with the Murray brothers to compete in one of sport’s oldest and most celebrated rivalries – Scotland versus England | 🎟️ Tickets are on sale now.

2023 – SAVE THE CYCLING DATE!

🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️ 🚵🚵‍♂️ CYCLING.  UCI CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ~ 3 to 13 August 2023 ~ Glasgow and across Scotland 

Sport in Scotland reaches new heights hosting the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships in the summer of 2023.  The event in August will mark one of the most important moments in the history of the sport, bringing the global cycling family together for the first time.  The 11-day mega event – the biggest ever held in cycling – incorporates 13 UCI World Championships across cycling’s different disciplines including BMX, Mountain Bikes, Road, Para-cycling Road, Para-cycling Track, Track & Trials.  More than 2,500 elite cyclists from over 120 countries will take part with more than 190 UCI World Champions receiving their rainbow jerseys.  Six venues have already been announced in Glasgow and across Scotland (including Kelvingrove Park, Gasgow BMX Centre, Emirates Arena, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, George Square and venues in Dumfries & Galloway) with additional venues and locations to be confirmed during 2022 | 🎟️ Sign up at the UCI Cycling World Championships website for news and ticket updates.

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