Massachusetts Sports Office’s Top Sporting Event for 2018



December 28, 2017


Contact: Michael Quinlin

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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 For year round information on sporting events, visit






Spalding Hoop Hall Classic

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.


Annual Beanpot Tournament 

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.


2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional

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.


2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional

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.


Red Sox Opening Day 2018

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.


U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships

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.


2018 Boston Marathon

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.


1st USDLDF National Dragon Lion Dance Championship

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.


2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships

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.


Special Olympics Massachusetts

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.


Tough Mudder Boston

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.


Savage Race

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.


New Balance Falmouth Road Race

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.


2018 Dell Technologies Championship

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.


Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

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.


2018 Head of the Charles Regatta

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.


Volleyball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

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.


135th Harvard-Yale Football Game

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.