See below for a taster of spectator sport in London coming up between January to March 2019 and beyond.  Book your tickets now where applicable to avoid disappointment!  And for daily fixture updates, ticket giveaways and more follow our @sportonspecLDN social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

JANUARY

SNOOKER.  13th to 20th January – The Masters – Alexandra Palace

The most prestigious invitational tournament in snooker returns to the Alexandra Palace where it has been held since 2012.  Ronnie O’Sullivan is just one of the elite top 16 players in the world who looking to win the tournament considered one of the sport’s Triple Crown events, alongside the World Championship and the UK Championship.  Tickets for some sessions remain via the World Snooker website. 

BASKETBALL.  Thursday 17th January.  NBA London Game 2019 – The O2

Stars from American basketball – the ninth regular-season NBA game to be played in London in as many years – are back for their annual appearance across the pond and this time it’s Washington Wizards and New York Knicks who will be delighting the crowds at The O2.  Check out the Twickets resale website (all tickets at face value or better) for availability.

NETBALL.  19th and 20th January – Vitality Netball International Series – Copper Box Arena

After the success of their Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2018 the Vitality are back on home soil as four of the world’s best netball teams go head-to-head in the Netball Quad Series.  Who will seize a psychological advantage in a huge year for netball with the World Cup taking place in Liverpool in July.  A limited number of tickets for Saturday 19th remain via the England Netball website.

TABLE TENNIS.  26th to 27th January – World Championship of Ping Pong – Alexandra Palace

Sandpaper bats at the ready the BetVictor World Championship of Ping Pong returns for its seventh year in the iconic surrounding of Alexandra Palace.  Fast and furious action meets speed, power and old-fashioned skill across a packed weekend of matches.  And with close up viewing for many matches an added bonus it promises to be great weekend of ping pong entertainment.  Tickets are on sale. 

HOCKEY.  27th January – Super 6s – Copper Box Arena

Stand by for an indoor hockey bonanza as the Jaffa Super 6s returns to the Olympic Park.  Non-stop action is guaranteed in the Copper Box with the best women’s and men’s indoor sides battling it out to be crowned national champions.  No less than six matches – four semi-finals and two finals – plus live entertainment will make a social and sporting event to remember.  Tickets on sale here.

FEBRUARY

RUGBY UNION.  Saturday 10th – Six Nations – England v France – Twickenham

Le Crunch is back as England and France get set to battle it out on the Twickenham turf in an Anglo-Gallic rugby rivalry that dates back over a 100 years.  With it being World Cup year and England looking to avenge their defeat to France in the Stade de France in 2018 expect the fixture to have some added spice – as if that were needed.  A limited number of single tickets are currently on sale check the England Rugby website for latest availability. 

WALLBALL.  23rd-24th February – Euro1wall UK Open 2019 – Westway Sports Centre

The Euro1wall UK Open is the centrepiece of a festival of wallball taking place this weekend at Westway Sports Centre.  Men’s world champion Conor McAelduff and GB No1 Luke Thompson join women’s European champion Mar Giminez as part of a world-class line-up at this year’s tournament.  And as well as watching the elite action there will be plenty of opportunities for spectators to try their hand at the sport across the weekend.  Spectating is free with prior registration required.

HORSE RACING.  Saturday 23rd – Chase Day – Kempton Park Racecourse 

With the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ looming large on the National Hunt horizon there’s no better place to get in the Cheltenham Festival mood today than at Kempton Park’s 888sport Chase Day.  Six jumps races on the card include the feature race the Grade 3 Handicap Chase.  Expect many of the horses, trainers and jockeys heading to Cheltenham to be in attendance as they make their final preparations for the festival.  To purchase tickets visit the Kempton Park website. 

MARCH

BOXING.  Friday 8th March – Nicola Adams v Arely Mucino – Royal Albert Hall

World championship boxing returns to the Royal Albert Hall for the first time since 1999 with what promises to be a memorable night of action.  Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams looks to make more sporting history tonight by adding a professional world title to her gold medals from the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.  In the opposite corner will be the Mexico’s formidable Arely Mucino making the second defence of her WBO female flyweight world title.  Also on the bill is Liam Williams making the first defence of his British middleweight title, while Londoner and undefeated rising heavyweight star Daniel Dubois goes in search of a 10th straight win.  Tickets on sale via the Royal Albert Hall box office.

ATHLETICS.  Sunday 10th March – The Big Half – Central London

Sir Mo Farah – four-time Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion – returns to defend The Vitality Big Half title he won in 2018 with two former London Marathon champions, Wilson Kipsang and Daniel Wanjiru, among the opposition.  The 13.1 mile race starts near Tower Bridge and finishes by the iconic Cutty Sark.  Expect Mo to put on a show as GB’s greatest ever runner continues his preparations for a mouth-watering showdown against marathon GOAT and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge at this year’s London Marathon on 28th April.  Spectating at both events free on the route.

FOOTBALL.  Friday 22nd March – England v Czech Republic – Wembley

England are back in international action at Wembley for the first time since their dramatic late win against Croatia in November that secured a place in the semi-finals of June’s inaugural Uefa Nations League finals in Portugal against the Netherlands.  Tickets on sale from the FA website.

GYMNASTICS.  Saturday 23rd March – The Superstars of Gymnastics – The O2

The Superstars Of Gymnastics is a major new event headlined by global megastars Simone Biles and Max Whitlock who are joined by a host of other stars including Olympic and Commonwealth medallist Daniel Purvis, two-time Olympic gold medallist Aliya Mustafina of Russia and Germany’s Fabian Hambüchen a gold medallist on horizontal bars at Rio 2016.  Taking place at The O2 the Superstars of Gymnastics will showcase an exhibition of the very best talent in gymnastics.  Tickets for both the afternoon and evening session are on sale.

And there’s plenty more spectator sport in London to look forward to in 2019 including …

ROWING.  7th April – The Boat Race – River Thames

Join some 250,00 spectating who line the banks of the River Thames annually to watch this iconic race.  Women’s Boat Race at 2.15pm.  Men’s Boat Race 3.15pm.  Spectating free on the route.

HOCKEY.  April to June – FIH Pro League – Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

A ground-breaking new global competition for hockey in 2019 the FIH Pro League will feature 16 matches in London with Great Britain’s women and men competing in both leagues.  Home matches begin on Saturday 27 April 2019 and runs through to Sunday 23 June 2019 made up of 8 single internationals and 4 ‘double-headers’ where GB’s women’s and men’s team will play back to back.  Tickets are available to purchase now.   

DIVING.  17th-19th May – Diving World Series – London Aquatics Centre

A host of world, Olympic and European champions are guaranteed to be in action as the Aquatics Centre hosts the concluding leg of the 2019 Diving World Series, a key event in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Exclusive to the best competitors on the globe expect a dramatic finale to the series which has already visited Japan, China, Canada and Russia.  Tickets on sale from British Swimming.

CRICKET.  May 30th to 14th July – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Lord’s and The Oval

The eyes of the cricketing world are on England & Wales this summer as the best One Day International sides in the world meet over six weeks in pursuit of the ultimate 50-over trophy in cricket.  All 10 teams – including defending champions Australia and hosts England – play each other in a round-robin format with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals.  Lord’s and The Oval stage various matches, visit the Cricket World Cup website for fixture info and the latest ticket news.

CANOEING.  14th to 16th July – ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup – Lee Valley White Water Centre

The world’s best paddlers continue their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as Lee Valley White Water Centre – the venue constructed for London 2012 – hosts the first leg of the 2019 series of the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup.  4 individual events – Kayak (K)1 men, K1 women, Canoe (C)1 men, and C1 women – take place alongside the C2 mixed competition.  Also featuring is the emerging discipline of Extreme Slalom involving four paddlers racing against each other in boats down the white water course.  Tickets are available online.

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