4 January Covid-19 update: Following the announcement of a national lockdown sporting events (classed as elite) in London and surrounding areas are taking place behind closed doors, where not already postponed or cancelled. See below for the latest spectator updates, including any rescheduled dates.
🏉 RUGBY UNION. PREMIERSHIP ~ 1 January onwards ~ Venues various ALL MATCHES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The new Gallagher Premiership season continues with Exeter Chiefs defending the title they won last November when beating Wasps 19-13 in the 2019/2020 final at Twickenham Stadium. The best 12 men’s club sides in England include newly-promoted Newcastle Falcons, while two teams represent London. Harlequins – who play their 500th Premiership match this season – and London Irish, the latter having recently moved home to the brand new Brentford Community Stadium. The sides meet in a London derby at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 10 January | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors.
🏀 BASKETBALL. BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE ~ 1 January onwards ~ Copper Box Arena & Surrey Sports Park ALL MATCHES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The BBL 2020/2021 season, featuring the top 11 men’s professional basketball sides in the UK, is back with London Lions (who play their home matches at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park) looking to retain the league title they won in 2019 having put together an impressive roster including former NBA guard DeAndre Liggins. Meanwhile down the A3 the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford is the home of Surrey Scorchers who recently announced their first signing for the new campaign, two-time BBL team of the Year player Rashad Hassan | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors.
⚽️ FOOTBALL. PREMIER LEAGUE & CHAMPIONSHIP ~ 1 January onwards ~ Venues various ALL MATCHES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The Premier League season continues with Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and newly-promoted Fulham the six men’s teams in the London area who will vie for honours. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are also in European action this season, while in the Championship Brentford, QPR, Millwall and Watford all represent the capital during the 2020/2021 season | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors.
🏇 HORSE RACING.
TOLWORTH HURDLE DAY ~ 2 January ~ Sandown Park Racecourse BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The first fixture of the new year at Sandown Park the Unibet Tolworth Hurdle Day features an afternoon of quality National Hunt action. The centrepiece of a seven-race card is the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle won in 1984 by the one and only Desert Orchid, and in more recent times by equine stars such as Monsignor and Summerville Boy | 🎟️ Tickets not available.
LANZAROTE HURDLE DAY ~ 9 January ~ Kempton Park Racecourse BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Kempton Park marks its first meeting of the year with the ever popular Ladbrokes Lanzarote Hurdle Day. With a bumper eight-race card to enjoy the co-feature races are the Silviniaco Conti Steeple Chase and Lanzarote Handicap Hurdles due off at 2.55pm and 3.30pm respectively | 🎟️ Tickets not available.
🎯 DARTS. WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP ~ 3 January ~ Alexandra Palace BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
16 days of action featuring 96 players on the oche reaches a finale this weekend with the final to decide the 2020/2021 PDC World Darts Championship. Taking place at Alexandra Palace Scotland’s Gary Anderson – world champion in 2015 and 2016 – is up against Gerwyn Price for the coveted trophy | 🎟️ Tickets not available.
🏉 RUGBY UNION. PREMIER 15s ~ 9 January onwards ~ Twickenham Stoop & Brentford Community Stadium MATCHES CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL 30 JANUARY AT THE EARLIEST
10 teams are taking part in the new Allianz Premier 15s season, the top tier of women’s club rugby in England. Champions Saracens Women join Harlequins Women and Wasps FC Ladies to make up the London contingent. All eyes will be on the London derby between Harlequins and Wasps on 9 January*, a showdown between the league leaders and a Wasps side who are third in the table. *Match postponed and likewise Rounds 11 and 12 have been postponed with a possible restart date of Saturday 30 January | 🎟️ Tickets not available matches behind closed doors.
🏀 BASKETBALL. WOMEN’S BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE ~ 9 January onwards ~ Barking Abbey & Oaklands College MATCHES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The WBBL 2020/2021 championship season – featuring the top 11 women’s clubs sides in the UK – continues this month. Oaklands Wolves welcome Nottingham Wildcat to St Albans on 9 January for their first home match of the season while BA London Lions open their league campaign season with a visit from Manchester Met Mystics on the last day of the month | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors.
⚽️ FOOTBALL. FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE & WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP ~ 9 January onwards ~ Venues various ALL MATCHES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
FAWSL and FAWC action returns for a new 2020/2021 season featuring the best women’s club sides in England. Champions Chelsea join Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United representing teams from the capital in the Women’s Super League. In the Championship Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, London Bees and London City Lionesses ensure there is plenty of London interest | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors.
🏆 SNOOKER. MASTERS SNOOKER ~ 10 to 17 January ~ Alexandra Palace TOURNAMENT MOVED TO MILTON KEYNES WHERE ALL MATCHES ARE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The most prestigious invitational tournament in snooker this year takes place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes, the first time since 2012 the Masters hasn’t been held at Alexandra Palace. Defending champion Stuart Bingham, Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson, John Higgins and Mark Selby are just some of the star names among the elite top 16 players in the world who are in contention to win a tournament considered one of the sport’s Triple Crown events, alongside the World Championship and the UK Championship | 🎟️ Tickets not available all matches behind closed doors.
🏇 HORSE RACING. MATCHBOOK CLARENCE HOUSE CHASE ~ 23 January ~ Ascot Racecourse BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
New year’s racing get underway at Ascot Racecourse with one of the highlights of the jumps season in the lead up to the Cheltenham Festival. The feature race today is the Matchbook Clarence House Chase, a Grade 1 contest typically attracting the best two-mile chasers in training. Previous winners include equine superstars such as Sprinter Sacre and Altior | 🎟️ Tickets not available meeting behind closed doors.
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