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MASSACHUSETTS SPORTS OFFICE’S TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2018
Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy
Boston – Massachusetts, known as the State of Champions for its longstanding athletic traditions and high-level competition, has issued its annual round-up of popular sporting events throughout the Bay State in 2018. Massachusetts’ Sporting Events for 2018 ranges from collegiate and amateur tournaments to professional match-ups and iconic annual events.
Compiled by Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), the calendar features highlights not only in sports like basketball, hockey, baseball and football but also in lacrosse, golf, volleyball, figure skating, rowing and lion dance competitions.
“The high caliber of our sports culture helps define Massachusetts as a competitive, accomplished state that continually strives for excellence,” says Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham. “Sporting events are fun for the whole family, and contribute and to our local economy, supporting sports venues, hotels, restaurants and retail centers. Sports are good business for Massachusetts.”
“From the Boston Marathon to the Charles River Regatta, sporting events attract domestic and international visitors to compete or cheer on their favorite athletes,” says MOTT Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud. “We encourage visitors to enjoy Massachusetts’ many other highlights, from our rich history and culture to outdoor adventures and natural beauty.”
Massachusetts attracts 25 million domestic, 700,000 Canadian and 1.8 million overseas visitors annually, according to MOTT. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com. For year round information on sporting events, visit masportsoffice.com.
MASSACHUSETTS SPORTING EVENTS 2018
January 11-15 | Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield
The top high school hoop players in the nation flock to the birthplace of basketball in Springfield to showcase their talents.
February 5 & 12 | TD Garden, Boston
Boston’s finest college hockey teams compete for the coveted Beanpot Championship title during one of the longest-running hockey tournaments in college sports.
March 23 & 25 | TD Garden, Boston
The nation is enthralled by the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament each winter, and Massachusetts is part of the action when it hosts the 2018 East Regional at TD Garden in Boston.
March 24 & 25 | DCU Center, Worcester
NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey teams hits the ice at DCU Center in a battle to become Northeast Regional Champion and compete in the Frozen Four Tournament.
April 5 | Fenway Park, Boston
Nothing says springtime in Massachusetts like Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park, a Boston tradition dating back to 1912. The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays this year.
April 10 – 14 | New England Sports Center, Marlborough
Top U.S. adult figure skaters convene in Marlborough, competing to attain the national title in one the six qualifying divisions.
April 16 | Boston
2018 marks the 122nd time that the best runners in the world gather at the oldest annual marathon in history to complete 26.2 miles and raise charitable funds for worthy causes.
May 25-27 | Quincy High School, Quincy
Come enjoy the best of amateur dance competition when the United States Dragon & Lion Dance Federation holds its first ever National Dragon Lion Dance Championships at Quincy High School.
May 26-28 | Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, hosts the D1 national collegiate lacrosse competition.
June 8-10 | Harvard University & Boston University, Boston
2,000+ athletes with disabilities compete at this inspiring Olympic Games in track & field, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
June 23 & 24 | 508 International, Charlton
Ten miles, 20+ obstacle courses and hundreds of pounds of mud determine who is tough enough to win it all at 508 International, the actions sports venue in Charlton.
July 14 | Barre
The Savage race in Barre features 25 obstacles over a seven mile course that tests strength, agility and athleticism. The course fluctuates between rolling hills and rocky terrain.
August 19 | Falmouth, Cape Cod
The 46th running of the 7-mile Falmouth Road Race attracts 11,000 + runners from throughout the world, including elite Olympians and wheelchair champions.
August 29 – September 3 | TPC Boston, Norton
The most famous names in golf gather on Labor Day Weekend to play at the beautifully scenic TPC Boston course, one of the stops along the PGA Tour.
September | Basketball hall of Fame, Springfield
Before every new NBA season, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrines the legends of the game in the city where basketball was born. In September, the Class of 2018 is being inducted into the elite club.
October 20 & 21 | Charles River, Boston & Cambridge
For two days, elite collegiate and amateur rowers from around the world gather on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge to compete in this classic contest of endurance, strength and speed.
November | Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
The International Volleyball Hall of Fame inducts the 33rd class of elite athletes, coaches and leaders into its hallowed halls in Holyoke, where volleyball was invented in 1895.
November 17 | Fenway Park, Boston
The nation’s most iconic collegiate football game between Ivy League powerhouses is being played at Fenway Park, the first time it has been played outside of Harvard Stadium or the Yale Bowl since 1912.